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Using Amex FHR to Save Big on Luxury Hotels

December 18, 2014

I’ve been an American Express Platinum cardholder for years. While the $450 annual fee is nothing to scoff at, I’m able to get way more than that in value every year. Off the bat, each calendar year you get $200 in airline reimbursements, and every 5 years you get a $100 rebate for Global Entry/TSA Pre-check. Plus, […]

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New American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport

December 17, 2014

American Express has recently been opening up a bunch of their own airport lounges, known as the Amex Centurion Lounges. I had the opportunity to attend the Lounge Preview of the San Francisco location last month, and I’ve been impressed with other locations in New York LaGuardia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Las Vegas. Amex also recently announced plans for a Centurion Studio Lounge in […]

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Last Chance: Chase Freedom 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

December 17, 2014

As I’ve written about before, I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however, today is the last day for the increased $200 […]

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Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

December 17, 2014

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you […]

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50,000 SkyMiles Sign-Up Bonus for Amex Delta Gold Card

December 16, 2014

American Express has launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit on their Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and their Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000-35,000 SkyMiles, so the present offer for these is substantially better. These offer will be available until December 21, 2014. Here are more details of the present offers: […]

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Credit Card Annual Spending Bonuses to Hit in 2014

December 16, 2014

As 2014 winds down, there are a lot of important award travel considerations for the end of the year, including elite status qualification, upcoming program changes, and credit card benefits to maximize before they expire. Back in January I looked at what I think are the top credit card annual spending bonuses. Most of these bonuses are based […]

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Gogo WiFi Benefit for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

December 15, 2014

Six months after announcing that Platinum Card members will receive complimentary, unlimited WiFi access from Boingo Wireless, American Express OPEN has announced that in 2015 (on a not yet specified date), Amex Business Platinum cardholders will receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually. These passes can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of […]

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American Express 40% Transfer Bonus To British Airways Avios

December 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay Preferred and EveryDay cards, just launched a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways now through January 31, 2015. Normally when you transfer Amex points to Avios, the ratio is 1:1, so if you transfer […]

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How to Maximize Rewards and Discounts for Dining

December 15, 2014

There’s more than one way to earn travel rewards, and in some cases, there are many ways to earn all at once. Today TPG Senior Points & Mile Correspondent Jason Steele discusses strategies for leaving your next meal out with more than leftovers. Dining out is both a travel expense and a regular living expense for most people, so it’s perfect […]

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Which Card for Cash Back: Citi Double Cash or Amex Fidelity?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Zach messaged me on Facebook to ask: “I’ve been considering switching to the Citi Double Cash card; this would replace my Fidelity Investment Rewards card that earns two percent cash back. Since the Citi card is MasterCard and the Fidelity one is American Express, I thought maybe the Citi card would be accepted in more […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So […]

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Free $5 Statement Credit for Amex Cardholders with Mobile App

December 12, 2014

American Express is offering targeted cardholders a $5 statement credit for downloading its iPhone or Android Amex Mobile app and logging into it for the first time from their smartphone by December 31, 2014. To get the $5 statement credit, you must be a first-time user of the app, you must not have logged into […]

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Credit Card Annual Fees: When Does Paying Make Sense?

December 11, 2014

Maximizing award travel means not only getting the most out of your points and miles, but also limiting your cash expenses. To earn big credit card sign-up bonuses, you often have to strike a balance between your rewards and the amount you pay in annual fees. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers his analysis of how to find that […]

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American Express Membership Rewards New Partner Airbnb

December 10, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards just announced their new partnership with Airbnb, which means that Amex cardholders, based in the United States, that have an eligible card which earns Mermbership Rewards points, will now be able to redeem for Airbnb eGift Cards, which will be avaiable in $100 and $250 denominations. Airbnb is a website that allows you to book […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

December 10, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination, […]

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Chase Freedom 5% Bonus Category Calendar for 2015

December 9, 2014

Today Chase released a preview of next year’s 5% cash back calendar for the Chase Freedom card. As previously announced, the 2015 categories (which allow cardholders to earn up to 5 points per $1 spent) will include grocery stores, movie theaters, Starbucks, restaurants, gas stations, and; additional categories or merchants will be announced before the start of each […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for December 2014

December 9, 2014

The sign-up bonuses and other benefits of travel credit cards are constantly changing. Bonuses increase and decrease all the time; cards introduce new benefits or take others away, sometimes with little or no notice. An offer that’s available today could be gone…well, later today. That is why it’s useful to stay current on the credit card marketplace […]

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5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

December 8, 2014

Missing Europe? Well, happily, this winter is a great time to get yourselves to the Continent – and here’s why: 1. The euro is low. Last month, the euro fell to $1.22 US, its lowest value in more than two years, and has held steady ever since; today it’s been valued at $1.23 US. After a brief dip to $1.17 US […]

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Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via

December 8, 2014

I’ve written previously about online travel agency and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that […]

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Can I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit for Gift Cards?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Stan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the current 2014 success rate of getting an Amex Platinum reimbursement for purchasing airline gift cards?” One of my favorite perks of the American Express Platinum card is the annual $200 airline fee credit. Every year you get to select a different airline of your […]

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US Airways Barclaycard 50,000 Miles Sign-Up Offer

December 4, 2014

The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but they just announced an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 US Airways miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee. The miles are usually awarded in the billing cycle when you […]

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How to Redeem Points for Adventures, Events and Experiences

December 4, 2014

I typically encourage readers to use points and miles exclusively toward award travel, since gift cards, merchandise, and other alternatives provide less value. However, there are some exceptions, and today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares some redemption options apart from flights and hotels that can still offer an excellent return. Most discussion of award redemptions centers around airfare and hotel stays, but there are […]

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Top Business Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

December 3, 2014

Part of maximizing your award travel is learning to weigh the value of the points and miles you earn against the cost of earning them. This is particularly evident when deciding whether to get a credit card with an annual fee, so today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at several business cards with no annual fee to determine whether each one […]

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Earn Double Amex Membership Rewards Points at Small Businesses

December 2, 2014

Currently, American Express is running a targeted promotion where you can earn double American Express Membership Rewards points for shopping at participating businesses with your American Express Everyday card and the American Express Everyday Preferred card. If you’ve been targeted for the promotion, you should have received an email, but even if not you can still […]

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