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American Chooses Citi As Post-Merger Credit Card Issuer; Judge Sends Merger Plan to Vote

June 4, 2013

While not the most surprising piece of news, it looks like AMR (parent company of American Airlines) has agreed to continue its relationship with Citi once the merger with US Airways goes through. On May 24 Citi filed a motion to make AMR choose whether or not to continue their relationship with Citi once the […]

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The Best Current Citi AAdvantage Credit Card Offers

June 4, 2013

Update: The 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  Over the past several years, Citi has offered some juicy sign-up bonuses on their numerous AAdvantage co-branded cards. In 2010 there was a 100,000 mile offers (75,000 miles within the first year and 25,000 miles […]

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US Credit Cards With Smart Chip Technology

May 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, I know many of you (like me) are planning some great trips abroad, and are already thinking about which credit cards you should be packing along with […]

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Amex Business Gold FAQ and My Top 10 List of Other Credit Cards for the Last Minute App-o-ramas

May 8, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  I’m getting a ton of traffic and emails today about the current 75,000 point Amex Business Gold deal and people asking whether they should do an impromptu round of applications if they applied for this deal today. The point of […]

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Hilton American Express Cards Bonus Spending Category Changes Go Into Effect

May 2, 2013

If you have either the Hilton card or the Hilton HHonors Surpass cards from American Express, you’ll be noticing some changes on your statements from now on. Starting with the first billing cycle that starts after May 1, both the Hilton HHonors card from American Express and the Hilton HHonors Surpass card, will be reconfiguring […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Current Travel Credit Cards (And 10,000 Chase Point Giveaway)

April 30, 2013

Over the weekend I gave a talk at Frequent Traveler University in Tysons Corner outside Washington, DC called “The Points Guy’s Credit Card Thunderdome.” As you might guess from the title, we had a lot of fun debating the relative merits of the various travel credit cards on the market at the moment and putting […]

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Video SRQ: Deciding Between the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve and the Chase Hyatt Visa

April 14, 2013

TPG reader Jeff would like some help deciding whether to get the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card or the Chase Hyatt Visa: “Since the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve came out I’ve really wanted to pick it up. I want to get a card with SmartChip technology and am debating between getting it and Chase Hyatt […]

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Citi Executive AAdvantage Mastercard 50,000 Mile Bonus Through Admirals Club

April 9, 2013

During my recent credit card app-o-rama, I applied for both the CitiBusiness AAdvantage card and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard through Citi’s main 30,000 mile link (but later found this Flyertalk thread which promoted a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus, but apparently does not work). Well, I learned my lesson because though I got approved for […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons To Get A Travel Credit Card Without An Annual Fee

April 9, 2013

When it comes to travel credit cards, the ones that often get the most attention are the premium ones many issuers offer that allow you to bank points and miles to airline programs or, my favorite, to accrue into a central pool that can be transferred to numerous programs. The thing is, though these sought-after […]

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Maximize Monday: Fixed-Value Travel Points

April 8, 2013

Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired. Follow these links to view the current offers: Platinum Card from American Express, Business Platinum Card from American Express,  Citi ThankYou Preferred, Capital One Venture Rewards Card. The recent launch of Barclaycard’s two new Arrival card (one with no annual fee and one with an $89 annual fee that’s […]

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Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Free Weekend Nights Valid At Category 1-10 Hotels

April 3, 2013

One of the biggest concerns surrounding the recent Hilton HHonors program devaluation has been the fate of the two free weekend night certificates that come with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card when you apply and spend $2,500 on the card within four months as well as the additional one you can earn each calendar […]

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Credit Card Application Reconsideration Line Phone Numbers & Application Status Links

March 22, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. This is the fourth post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to […]

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Five New Cards and 315,000 Miles/Points Later: The Results of My Latest Round of Credit Card Applications

March 21, 2013

This is the third post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Most Valuable Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses for Travelers

March 19, 2013

2013 has started off as a pretty solid year for credit card sign-up bonuses. This year has brought some amazing deals via sites like CreditCard.com’s Card Match Tool, which has recently offered now expired 100,000-point Amex Platinum and 50,000-point Amex Premier Reward Rewards Gold deals. Word on the street is that more lucrative bonuses are […]

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Open Your Mail: Targeted Citi AA 60,000 Mile Sign Up Bonus

February 27, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  Although we live in the age of email, social media and, yes, points and miles […]

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My Ranking of the Top Five Limited Time Travel Rewards Card Offers

February 27, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the British Airways Visa has changed. View the current offer here. Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is no longer available through the Card Match Tool. They say timing is everything, and that certainly holds true for those of us […]

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Leveraging Credit Cards and Points for Concerts and Experiences

February 13, 2013

Although I personally prefer to use my points and miles for premium travel, going to the Grammy’s this past weekend made me reconsider when it might be a worthwhile idea to use points for experiences like when I considered redeeming points to attend the Conde Nast Visionaries Gala last fall (I ended up paying instead […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons to Get a Business Credit Card

January 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Last week’s limited-time 75,000-point sign-up bonus offer for the Amex Business Gold Rewards card was a good reminder that many of the credit cards currently on the market that are geared towards business carry […]

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Maximize Monday: The Best Ways to Earn Points on Dining

January 14, 2013

It’s a well known fact that you don’t need to step onto a plane to earn miles and points. The credit cards you carry and what you use them to buy are just as important, if not more so, than how and where you travel. Making the most out of your everyday expenses is one […]

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(Citi) Bank Error In Your Favor- Collect Free AA Miles

January 8, 2013

One of the new features of the Citi American Airlines AAdvantage credit cards is a 10% rebate in redeemed AA miles, up to 10,000 per year. I received my rebate in May of last year, but unbeknownst to me I got an additional 1,250 AA miles credited to my account in July as well. At […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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Citi ThankYou Points Now Transferable to Hilton HHonors for Premium Cardholders

January 5, 2013

Citi ThankYou Points may now be redeemed for Hilton HHonors points. It appears that 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points will transfer to 1,500 Hilton HHonors Points – the same ratio that they transfer from American Express Membership Rewards. However, Hilton is currently the only transfer partner of Citi, which makes this much more compelling versus Amex, which offers […]

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The Points Guy 2012 Year In Review

December 31, 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I wanted to take stock of what turned out to be another exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding year both on ThePointsGuy.com and personally. I visited over 20 countries, flew dozens of airlines, flew about 200,000 miles the good old-fashioned way and spent nearly 160 nights in hotels – and […]

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No More Priority AAccess for Citi AAdvantage Cardholders

December 24, 2012

Apparently Citi AAdvantage cardholders have been enjoying a benefit by mistake that they were not entitled to. One of the many perks to holding a Citi American AAdvantage credit card is priority boarding – you’re among the first to get onto the plane so you don’t have to worry (as much) about finding space for […]

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