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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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Should I Get a US Airways or American Airlines Credit Card?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Mike needs a new credit card. He’s a US Airways flyer, but is thinking ahead to the merger with American. Here’s his question: “Wondering if you would post about which credit card to get (US Airways or American). I have lot of upcoming travel and typically fly US Airways up and down the […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders Now Get Same-Day Admirals Club Access

March 25, 2014

Last Friday was the last day American Express Platinum cardholders enjoyed access to American and US Airways club lounges as part of their benefits package, and it looked like the only credit card left that would get you access to both sets of lounges (thanks to the merger) was the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard. […]

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Limited Time Offer: 50,000 Hilton Points and $50 Statement Credit on Citi Hilton Visa

March 18, 2014

Update: This offer has expired, view the current offer for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card here. The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa has just launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer of 50,000 points (ending April 18, 2014 as of now) when you spend $1,000 in the first 4 months, plus a $50 statement credit […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders – Redeem ThankYou Points For 1.6 Cents Each on American and US Airways Flights

March 17, 2014

When Citi announced that the ThankYou points earned with the ThankYou Premier card would be devalued to be worth 1.25 cents each toward airfare instead of 1.33 cents apiece, a lot of readers had questions about upgrading to the Citi Prestige card. That’s because, in addition to other perks like $200 in airline credits, 2x […]

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Can You Play the Credit Card Game Forever?

March 16, 2014

One of my best friends, Mike, follows my lead and plays the credit card game for mileage bonuses. (In fact, he just flew business class for almost nothing to meet up with me here in Dublin for a vacation.) Having read that I got four new credit cards and 230,000 points last week, he asked me a […]

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Top 5 Current Travel Credit Card Offers

February 18, 2014

In light of the news that the Barclaycard Arrival will be raising its sign-up bonus minimum spending requirement from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days any time now, as well as the current 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, I know a lot of you are considering a round of […]

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What’s The Best Travel Rewards Credit Card For Someone Young Without Great Credit?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Cliff is young and doesn’t have great credit, and he emailed to ask what reward credit card options he has: “I’m young and don’t have great credit. Are there airline credit cards designed for people like me?” Having good credit is essential if you want to be able to apply for several credit […]

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Can I Get The 100,000 Mile Citi AAdvantage Credit Card If I Already Have Another Citi Card?

February 2, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  With so many great Citi AAdvantage credit card offers available at the moment including 50,000-mile bonuses on the Platinum Select Mastercard and 100,000 miles for the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, TPG reader Phillip wants to be […]

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Saturday Recap: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 100,000 Mile Bonus, Boost Or Renew Your American Elite Status, Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluation, Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promo & More

February 1, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Reminder – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles: Citi launched a 100,000 mile bonus on this card which you can earn when you spend $10,000 in the first 3 months; in addition, you can receive $200 in statement […]

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Top 10 Current Credit Card Bonuses for A Round of Applications

January 28, 2014

In the credit card game, when great offers come along, you’ve got to hop on them fast. Sign-up bonuses are the fastest way to rack up a lot of points or miles, and in order to maximize the great deals out there, a lot of folks apply for multiple cards in a single day. The […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles

January 28, 2014

Update: The 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  Last week, I wrote about an amazing sign-up bonus offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard that came with 75,000 American Airlines miles when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months of cardmembership, […]

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Citi Discontinues ThankYou Shopping Portal Earning Bonuses

January 28, 2014

You don’t have to be a shopaholic to earn thousands of bonus miles or points through airline, hotel and credit card online shopping portals where you can earn multiple points or miles per dollar simply by logging in with your account and then clicking through to the merchant of your choice. While most US airlines […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: 75,000 Miles for Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard

January 24, 2014

Fellow travel blogger (and LA Times Travel Show panelist) Johnny Jet forwarded me an exclusive new credit card offer from Citibank on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard with a whopping 75,000-mile sign-up bonus – which is as high as we’ve seen any bonus on any of the Citi AA cards in a while. The […]

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Barclaycard Credit Card Contract With US Airways and American Extended Through 2017

January 17, 2014

One of the major points of speculation surrounding the American Airlines-US Airways merger has been what will happen to the US Airways Mastercard issued by Barclaycard once US Airways’ Dividend Miles program is folded into American’s AAdvantage program and whether the card will go away before or after that. Last week, Barclaycard issued a letter […]

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The 5 Most Overlooked Travel Credit Card Offers Right Now

January 16, 2014

I spend a lot of time talking about the top travel credit cards including the Sapphire Preferred and Platinum Amex, but there are a ton of other cards currently in the marketplace that present some great values both in terms of earning and redeeming points and miles for travel. Here are five you should keep […]

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The Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

January 2, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. Since it’s a new year, I’ve already started to hear from a lot of friends and family that they are sick of seeing my amazing travels and not being able to go places themselves. So they’re […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Citi AAdvantage Concert Tickets – The Temptations in NY

December 19, 2013

Today’s Thursday Giveaway goes out to all you music lovers out there. The good folks at Citibank have offered me two tickets to an exclusive Citi Private Pass event in January that’s sure to make any Motown fan swoon. Like many of the other premium Citi credit cards, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Mastercard – […]

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Amex Platinum Losing AA/US Lounge Access; New Centurion Lounges Announced for LGA and SFO

December 4, 2013

The American/US Airways merger is expected to close any day now and its effects for consumers will be wide-reaching. Sadly, for American Express Platinum cardholders, this means that “effective March 22, 2014, Consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum and Centurion Card Members will no longer have complimentary access to the American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn 25,000 Hilton Points, Get Double AAdvantage Miles to Asia, IHG Rewards Club 50% Bonus, and More

November 30, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn 25,000 HHonors Points Towards A Hilton Stay When You Purchase Rosetta Stone: Have you always wanted to learn a language? Well now is the perfect time since Hilton has teamed up with Rosetta Stone so that when you purchase a Rosetta […]

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Citi ThankYou Premier Card

October 31, 2013

Citi has been pretty quiet this year when it comes to lucrative sign-up bonuses on their own ThankYou rewards cards. Earlier this year they launched new  category spend bonuses and decreased the value of points when redeemed for travel (from 1.33 cents a point down to 1.25 cents). However, the sign-up bonus on the Citi […]

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