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Why I Paid My Taxes With a Credit Card to Earn Points and Hotel Nights

September 25, 2012

I always get asked if paying taxes with a credit card is a good way to rack up points. My answer is always: it depends on your situation since there are fees involved using credit cards, so the value proposition decreases drastically. However, depending on the size of your bill, it is a quick and […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Credit Card Perks and Mileage Benefits

September 25, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  You don’t have to be a super frequent flyer to get special treatment from the airlines. These days most major airlines are partnered with a credit card company and if you are one of their flyers/cardholders, you […]

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10% Miles Refund For Citi Cardholders on American Awards

August 23, 2012

Though the current public sign-up bonus for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature is just 30,000 miles, there are still offers out there where you can get both the Citi AAdvantage Visa and the Citi AAdvantage Amex cards with 50,000-mile sign-up bonuses each for a total of 100,000 bonus American miles when you spend […]

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My August Credit Card Applications & Status Update

August 7, 2012

It’s been a solid 3 months since my last credit card application round, so I figured the Starwood 30,000 point offers were good enough of a reason to get a couple more cards and replenish my accounts. I checked my credit scores with Experian and Equifax and had a 749 and a 762 with Transunion, […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Travel Points and Miles Business Credit Cards

July 31, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are the quickest and easiest way to rack up miles and points, especially if you open business credit cards in addition to personal cards. Most issuers will let you get a business credit […]

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New Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card

July 24, 2012

Citi and Hilton are launching a new Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Visa Signature Card with new spending bonuses and elite benefits. (Note: It is not replacing the current Citi Hilton Visa Signature card, which will still be available). Rather than a sign-up points bonus, however, when new cardmembers spend $2,500 within the first four months […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: No Annual Fee Credit Cards for Travelers

July 3, 2012

There are a lot of great rewards credit cards out there that offer lucrative sign-up bonuses and opportunities to redeem points and miles for fantastic travel options. One downside to many of them, though, is the annual fees many of them levy on cardholders each year for the privilege of earning those points and miles. Depending […]

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Choosing The Right Hilton Credit Card

June 19, 2012

After his first post about the basics of double-dipping with Hilton HHonors, TPG contributor Nick gives us the breakdown of the three Hilton credit cards on the market and which one might be right for you and your needs (just in case you have trouble deciding, there’s another one of his famous Excel spreadsheets to […]

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Amazing Deal: 100,000 American Miles With Citi Credit Cards

June 13, 2012

Update: The 50,000 mile Citi AA offers have expired. The current offer for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard is 30,000 miles after $1,000 spent in 3 months.  Though Citi’s AAdvantage cards have been hovering around the 30,000-mile sign-up bonus mark for a couple months, according to this Flyertalk thread, the opportunity to score a combined 100,000 […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Card Companion Tickets Deals

June 12, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  In addition to earning cardholders frequent flyer miles or points, several travel credit cards offer another valuable perk: airline companion tickets and passes. To qualify for one of these tickets or passes, it’s usually a matter of […]

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The Best Business Credit Cards for Miles, Points and Cashback

June 11, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Business credit cards are great because they allow small and large business owners alike to accrue valuable points that can then be redeemed for everything from travel to statement credits and cash back. What many […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Long Does It Take For Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses to Post?

May 20, 2012

TPG reader Paul writes: “Saw your post a couple months ago about the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  I wondered if you could tell me how long it took Chase to post the bonus points to your account after reaching the minimum spend?”  Chase is probably the best credit card issuer when it comes to posting points. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Earning Elite Miles and Using Systemwides on Flights Paid With Points

May 13, 2012

TPG reader Grainne asks: “If I book an AA flight with Ultimate Rewards points, do I still get my AAdvantage miles for the trip?  Also, and very important, as I fly to Dublin and London can I still use one of my systemwide upgrades? (I am Executive Platinum with American).” To answer your question simply […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Cards for Travelers

May 1, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  1. Starwood American Express: This is one of the best points-earning cards out there, especially because Starpoints can be so valuable thanks to great redemption options including Cash & Points at the over 1,000 Starwood properties all […]

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New Benefits Added to Citi Platinum Select AA Visa Card, Better Deals Still Out There

April 3, 2012

Update: Most Citi AAdvantage 50K offers have expired as reported in this FlyerTalk thread, though there is a live offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® for 50,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months. Citibank just launched a new Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature card with a 30,000 mile […]

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Citi to Potentially Add British Airways and Singapore Airlines to ThankYou Program

March 27, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  It’s no secret that competition is heating up in the credit card space with Chase and American Express duking it out for the most credit worthy cardholders. Citi has somewhat competed with their ThankYou Preferred card, but that program pales […]

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In News We Already Know: Credit Card Rewards Get Richer (WSJ Article)

March 27, 2012

UPDATE: 50,000 point Sapphire Preferred sign-up bonus offer is now 40,000 points. Several TPG readers emailed me this WSJ article all about how credit card bonuses have been as high as ever. It’s an interesting read, although not a surprise most savvy TPG readers, with quotes directly from American Express on the state of the […]

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TPG on Fox Business News: The Taxation of Frequent Flyer Miles and Points

February 20, 2012

There’s been a lot of buzz lately on taxing miles and points and I recently got a chance to talk about my position on Fox Business’ The Willis Report. The host, Geri Willis, is a fierce consumer advocate, so I had a feeling we might have a similar stance on this subject. In case you […]

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Citi Decreases Thank You Premier Card Sign-up Bonus

February 4, 2012

Out of nowhere, Citi cut the sign-up bonus for their Thank You Premiercard from 50,000 to 30,000 points. 50,000 points were worth $665 in travel and now 30,000 equates to $399. While 30,000 isn’t really noteworthy these days, it’s also not horrible for a card that has the first year waived – especially if you […]

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Paying Taxes on Points: Citibank Sends Tax Forms For Some Checking & Savings Sign-up Bonuses

January 31, 2012

New TPG Contributor Series: Financial and travel writer Jason Steele investigates recent reports that Citibank is sending tax forms to customers who received American Airlines miles for opening bank accounts last year. Are miles going to be taxable? Citibank raises the alarm among customers by sending them 1099 forms for bonus points earned by opening […]

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Are Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses on the Decline?

January 11, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now reduced to 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. If you read many other frequent flyer blogs, I’m sure you’ve heard that Chase recently […]

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It Never Hurts to Ask: Lucrative Citi Retention Bonuses

January 9, 2012

One of my favorite phrases in the miles and points game is, “It never hurts to ask.” In the past year I’ve gotten thousands of miles, better seats and even money – simply by being nice and asking your preferred credit card company or travel provider. While I recommend not pushing this to the extreme, […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Using Miles and Points for Cruises

January 8, 2012

TPG reader Gloria writes: “I have been saving up United mileage to treat my parents with a trip to Europe for my dad’s 60th Birthday in June.  However, Dad now changed his mind and would rather take a cruise in Alaska instead with my aunts and uncles.  I am wondering do you know of any […]

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My 2012 Points Strategy: Future Credit Card Applications

January 4, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  This is an installment in the My 2012 Points Strategy Series. Posts include: Taking Credit Card Inventory, Future Credit Card Applications, Airline Elite Status, Hotel Elite Status. As I wrote about yesterday, I’m probably going to close/downgrade a couple credit cards […]

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