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Lifetime Hotel Elite Status: a Hilton HHonors Proposal.

July 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen begins a new column called The Weekly Wish, where he’ll look at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Each hotel chain has its own unique ways of attracting and maintaining profitable customers. These methods can include enhancing on-property benefits, expanding ways to earn and redeem points, and introducing […]

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My New York – The City for Culture, Foodies and Adventure

July 7, 2014

This week, we introduce you to the TPG staff based far and wide across the United States and Europe. To learn a little more about them, they’re sharing with you their experiences in the destinations that they call home. Today, meet Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss and his New York City. New York City is the greatest city in […]

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Do I Have to Cancel a Card Before Applying a Second Time?

June 29, 2014

TPG Reader Christopher emailed me to ask: “if I apply for the same card multiple times (like you did with the Citi AA) do I have to cancel the existing card first?” The short answer is “maybe”. Some card issuers are more lenient than others and it even depends which specific product you’re trying to get. The Citi Executive AAdvantage […]

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Top Credit Card Offers With No Annual Fee

June 23, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  So far 2014 has been a great year for new credit cards and increased sign up bonuses. Most notably, American Express came out with the first Membership Rewards earning card with no annual fee, the Amex Everyday. While […]

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Getting My Third Citi Executive AAdvantage 100k Offer

June 17, 2014

Edit: This offer seems to be in the process of getting pulled- check out this post for a new link that may work This past Friday I was approved for my third Citi Exectuive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard, which will get me another 100,000 AA miles after $10,000 spent within the first 3 months. I […]

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What Are The Best Ways To Maximize Expiring United Miles?

June 15, 2014

I was recently tweeted a great “newbie question of the week” by TPG reader @Mommalogues: “@thepointsguy My 18,000+ United MileagePlus miles will expire on July 31st. Can I trade them for American AAdvantage miles?” The answer to your question is yes, you can trade your expiring MileagePlus miles for American AAdvantage miles through points/miles exchange and clearing house points.com … but at a […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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7 Top Hotel Credit Cards for Free Nights

June 5, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. With the recent news of the 30,000 point bonuses for Amex Starwood cards (EXPIRED) and the $100 statement credit with the Citi Hilton Reserve card (EXPIRED), I thought it was time to review what I see as the best hotel credit card […]

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Citi Hilton Reserve 2 Free Nights PLUS $100 Statement Credit

June 3, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card has expired. View the current offer here.  The Citi Hilton Reserve card is one of the most lucrative hotel cards out there. The two free weekend night signup bonus (after spending $2,500 within 4 months of account opening) can be super valuable. I used […]

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Coordinating Credit Card Strategies for Couples

May 30, 2014

Equitability in relationships is crucial, including financial decisions like which credit cards to apply for, who does the applying, and who reaps the benefits. I asked resident TPG family man Jason Steele to share his strategies for maintaining balance and harmony in a credit sharing couple. Couples need twice as many points and miles to travel together, […]

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Avis Coupon Code: Up to 7,500 AA Miles Per Rental

May 29, 2014

This afternoon, Avis sent out a blast to American Airlines AAdvantage members announcing a new promotion now through July 15th where AAdvantage members can earn up to 7,500 bonus miles for car rentals at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Get the bonus miles by […]

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How Can I Protect My Points and Miles from Devaluation?

May 25, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. A couple weeks ago American Airlines made some negative changes to their AAdvantage program overnight, including getting rid of their round-the-world Explorer awards and modifying really valuable stopover policies. TPG reader Martin sent me a […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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A Rundown of US Credit Cards With EMV Chip Technology

May 15, 2014

With the unveiling yesterday of the rebranded Barclaycard Arrival – which is now called the Arrival Plus and comes with a Smart Chip (with PIN capability, no less) embedded, as well as recent announcements about the Delta Amex cards getting them May 1 and the introduction of the Amex EveryDay cards with Smart Chip technology, […]

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What’s the Best Way (and Best Credit Card) For American Airlines Admirals Club Access?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Connor has the American Express Platinum card and misses access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs, which the card used to have as one of its benefits, but which it lost March 22, 2014. Now he wonders if it’s worth getting the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard to get back into the Admirals Club […]

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Top Current Credit Card Bonuses Of 40,000+ Points and Miles

April 25, 2014

Summer is coming, and along with it the travel high season in much of the world. A lot of readers have been writing to me about getting their travel plans in order and using miles to get to popular destinations where airfares and hotel rates are too high to be an option. Not only that, […]

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The Top Airline and Hotel Credit Cards With Anniversary Bonuses

April 24, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, how to decide when to cancel a credit card. This comes up a lot because many of the best points-earning travel credit cards carry annual fees ranging anywhere from $49-$495. That’s why, every year when it’s about to hit their statement, readers write in asking whether […]

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The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Earning Elite Status

April 22, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Yesterday I posted about the best credit cards that help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and I thought it would be helpful write up a companion piece exploring hotel credit cards that […]

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The Best Credit Cards For Earning Airline Elite Status Qualifying Miles

April 21, 2014

Readers often ask me which credit cards help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and after recently exploring  the best airline credit card offers and the top credit card spending bonuses for 2014, it seemed like a great time to specifically address this question. While most airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award/redeemable miles that have no […]

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Confirmed: I Got A Second Sign-Up Bonus On The Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard

April 21, 2014

Back in March, I applied for four new credit cards – and a 230,000 points/miles bonus haul – including the current offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard of 100,000 American Airlines miles when you spend $10,000 in 3 months. I actually had already signed up for this card back in October 2013 when […]

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What Is the Best Credit Card for a First Time Applicant?

April 20, 2014

TPG reader Kashif tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m turning 18 this week and I’m thinking of signing up for a credit card that I could pay off. What’s your suggestion for the best points card for a first-timer?” Happy 18th birthday, Kashif! Before you choose any card, I’d suggest checking your credit score for free […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles and Admirals Club Passes from Citi

April 17, 2014

When American Express Platinum cardholders lost access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs in March, the only cards that would get you into the Admirals Club were the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard (which comes with full Admirals Club membership) and more recently, the Citi Prestige, which just added Admirals Club access (not membership though) […]

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Citi Extends Complimentary Admirals Club Access to Amex Platinum Members in April

April 10, 2014

In December, we reported that American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders would be losing access to Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs in March. I personally loved this benefit, as being able to visit a lounge before or after a flight to do work, freshen up, have a drink or take a call was […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects of Adding an Additional Cardholder? Should I Make My […]

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