Do Refunds Count Against Spending Toward a Sign-up Bonus?

TPG reader Lance sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning a credit card sign-up bonus: “If I’m trying to meet the spending requirement for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, will refunds count against my total? The terms and conditions don’t mention refunded purchases in the list of non-qualifying transactions.” The top credit card sign-up bonuses can…

Amex Introduces the No-Fee SimplyCash Plus Business Card

Today American Express is adding a new cash-back business card to its product lineup: the SimplyCash Plus Business Card. Read on for the full details. This new card is not to be confused with the SimplyCash Business Card from American Express, though it does offer many of the same features, and neither card charges an…

70k Bonus Points When You Sign Up for the Chase Ink Plus Business Card at a Branch

The Ink Plus Business Card from Chase routinely earns a high spot on TPG’s monthly list of top travel rewards credit card offers, thanks to lucrative bonus categories and a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. While that offer is already worth a whopping $1,260 based on TPG’s…

Why You Should Add Authorized Users on Your Amex Platinum

The Platinum Card from American Express is one of several premium credit cards that offer several great perks in exchange for a high annual fee. Today, Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get even more value out of this product by adding authorized users who can utilize most of the…

The Best Credit Cards for Marriott Guests

If you’re looking to earn points toward hotel award stays and enjoy elite-status perks while you’re at it, credit cards should definitely be a part of your award travel strategy. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through the best options for those who frequently stay at Marriott properties. With over 4,000…

Eat Your Way Through Madrid With This Guide to the Tastiest Tapas

One of the best parts of traveling through Europe is the food. Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some of Spain’s most popular dishes and where to find them in Madrid. (All photos are by author unless otherwise noted.) Madrid seems to have become a hot destination for foodies since you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean meals for…

The Best Credit Cards For Hilton Guests

If you frequently stay at Hilton properties or just want to rack up enough HHonors points to enjoy some free award stays, it’s important to have the right cards in your wallet. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele helps you decide which products are best for you below. While most airline and hotel…

Can I Get Full JetBlue Mosaic Benefits with the New Cards?

TPG reader Brian sent me a message on Facebook to ask about JetBlue Mosaic benefits: “I saw that spending $50,000 or more on the new JetBlue Plus or Business cards gets you Mosaic status for one year. Does that include the 15,000 bonus JetBlue points normally offered to Mosaic members?” Earlier this year, Barclaycard introduced three new co-branded JetBlue…

Does Amex Platinum Still Offer Starwood Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Wissam sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex Platinum benefits: “I had SPG Gold status from my Amex Platinum card, but for some reason I was recently demoted back to Preferred Guest. Did that benefit disappear?” One valuable benefit of the Platinum Card and the Business Platinum Card from American Express is that…