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Which Credit Reporting Agencies Banks Use To Pull Your Credit Report – And Why It Matters

September 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  One of the most important things to know when applying for multiple credit cards at a time is which credit bureau each bank pulls your credit report from. There are three main credit bureaus or credit reporting […]

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Free 24-Hour NYC Citibike Pass for MasterCard Cardholders

September 10, 2013

Earlier this year New York City officially joined the ranks of cities with biking programs such as Paris, London and Barcelona with their Citi Bike NYC bikeshare program. The Citi Bike program, operated by New York Bike share is probably one of the most affordable modes of transportation NYC has to offer. And perhaps the […]

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Citi ThankYou Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Increased 50% to 30,000 ThankYou Points

September 5, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred Card is no longer available. View the current  here. Offer expired January 14, 2014. The Citi ThankYou Preferred card just increased their bonus offer to 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points. You’ll earn 10,000 bonus points after $1,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, plus another […]

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Applying For The Best Credit Cards – The Top Deals For Your Round Of Applications

August 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 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. Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the […]

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New Citi ThankYou Preferred Versus The No Annual Fee Barclaycard Arrival

August 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  Offer expired: November 4, 2013 Back in June Citi announced to cardholders that they would be changing several features of their ThankYou Preferred card as of July 28, 2013, including the following. Bonus Spending Categories: Instead of earning 1 ThankYou […]

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More (Negative) Changes To Citi ThankYou and Premier Cards?

July 16, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here. Offer expired: November 4, 2013 Last month, I wrote about some of the Changes To Citi ThankYou Preferred such as 2X Earning on […]

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1,000 Free Citi ThankYou Points for Linking Account to Amazon

June 27, 2013

Citi is offering 1,000 ThankYou points (worth anywhere between $8-$13 depending on which card you have) for simply linking your ThankYou account to Amazon. Go here and then use promo code TYAMCAZON2. Valid for the first 20,000 enrollees and some people are reporting that they are ineligible. I don’t know what the qualification criteria is, […]

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Should I Charge My Marriott Stay On My Marriott Visa Or Citi AAdvantage Card?

June 23, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa is 50,000 points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months. TPG Twitter follower Adam has a question about American Airlines’ new partnership with Marriott where you can now earn AAdvantage miles on Marriott stays: “@thepointsguy so is it better to charge a Marriott stay with the […]

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Reminder: Reduced Priced Awards for Citi AAdvantage Cardholders Exist and They Just Got Better

June 12, 2013

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. Offer Expired: December 13, 2012 American AAdvantage miles are some of the most valuable airline […]

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Changes To Citi ThankYou Preferred – 2X Earning on Dining and Entertainment, No More Anniversary Bonus

June 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  Offer expired on September 26, 2013. TPG reader Gavi wrote in to me about a letter he received from Citibank announcing changes to the terms of his ThankYou Preferred card that will go into effect July 28, 2013. As […]

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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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