Analyzing the Value of the Refreshed Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

As we wrote about earlier this month, Chase recently made some major (positive) changes to the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card. This included an improved sign-up bonus and a number of new or enhanced perks. Back in 2014, I reviewed the card and identified a fairly limited type of traveler for whom it would be a good fit….

Maximizing American Airlines’ Award Routing Rules

In recent months, American Airlines has completely overhauled its AAdvantage mileage program. The changes have included switching how you earn miles to a revenue-based system, introducing a new elite level as well as spending requirements for all status tiers, changing some award regions and routing possibilities and generally devaluing much of the airline’s award chart. That’s not…

Marriott’s Fall 2016 MegaBonus Offers Two Earning Options

Marriott offers MegaBonus promotions multiple times per year, giving members of its loyalty program the opportunity to earn extra points and even free nights in some cases. For the fall 2016 MegaBonus announced today, the hotel brand’s changing things up a bit. Rather than offering targeted bonuses to members based on their account and status details,…

Debunking Credit Card Myths: Does It Matter If I Don’t Pay My Balance In Full?

It’s no surprise that travel rewards credit cards are a common topic of conversation here at TPG. Taking advantage of top sign-up bonuses and utilizing bonus categories and other maximization strategies, you can unlock fantastic redemptions like premium-class flights and luxurious hotel rooms. However, there are a number of misconceptions out there when it comes to credit…

Should I Keep Sapphire Preferred If I Get Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Ben sent me a message on Facebook for help deciding between rewards credit cards: “I just recently got the Sapphire Preferred card, but now I’m interested in applying for the new Sapphire Reserve card. If I’m approved, does it make sense to keep both?” Since it was formally announced just a few weeks…

Which Airlines Allow Transfers from More Than One Program?

TPG reader Hal sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I’m trying to book a business class flight to Sydney using Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards points. Which airlines will let me transfer from both programs?” I tend to focus on earning transferable points because they give you access to multiple loyalty programs at…

Unbearable Traffic at LaGuardia, 10 Ways to Use 100k Ultimate Rewards Points, Free Uber for Students and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Which Credit Card Payment Network Offers the Best Foreign Exchange Rates?

You may know to avoid cards with foreign transaction fees when you’re making purchases abroad, but many travelers overlook the fact that payment networks offer different foreign exchange rates. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele investigates which network gets you the best deal, and provides some top picks for cards to use overseas. …

Have $10 Million with Chase? You Can Get the J.P. Morgan Reserve Card

Following this week’s launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, Chase has quietly rolled out an update to its Palladium Card, issued by J.P. Morgan. The updated card has been renamed the J.P. Morgan Reserve, and as the Reserve moniker suggests, the card features the exact same benefits as the Sapphire Reserve. (Note that the…

Why the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s Annual Credit Is Far Better Than the Competition

TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert takes a closer look at one of the standout features of the recently announced Chase Sapphire Reserve Card: the $300 annual travel credit. If you’ve been following TPG’s recent coverage, you know that Chase just introduced the Chase Sapphire Reserve, a premium travel rewards card with a generous sign-up…