Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Paris

My most recent visit to Paris was for the city’s busy Fashion Week, which filled up points-friendly hotel options like the Westin Paris – Vendôme, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and the Prince de Galles. So I took the opportunity to try out a property that’s famous for not being a points hotel — the Mandarin Oriental Paris. There’s…

Amex Platinum 100K & Premier Rewards Gold 50K via Cardmatch

This week, quite a few TPG readers have let me know by email and over social media that they’re finding some amazing sign-up bonus offers through the CardMatch tool. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be targeted for one of these offers, but as there’s no cost beyond a few seconds of your time, there’s no harm in trying! Some TPG readers reported seeing yesterday, July…

Using Amex Business Cards to Maximize Your Return at Hotels

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses how you can use benefits on a variety of Amex business cards to get the most out of your next hotel stay. After airfare, hotel charges represent the largest expense incurred by most business travelers. But thankfully, there are plenty of ways to use business credit…

Sapphire Preferred or Amex Premier Rewards Gold for Dining?

TPG reader Thomas tweeted me about using credit cards for dining: @thepointsguy – “Since both Amex Premier Rewards Gold and Chase Sapphire Preferred now offer 2x points on dining, which card are you using for that category?” In June, American Express amped up rewards on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, adding 2x points on dining to…

How to Score Free Nights with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr delves into one of my favorite luxury hotel programs, and explains how you can use it to get free nights and more at select properties around the globe. I tend to enjoy hunting for the perfect hotel more than I do booking the perfect flight, and when I’m searching for a luxury property, I…

Which Card to Use When Buying Expensive Items Abroad

Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig had to make a large purchase while traveling in Australia. Here’s how he decided which credit card to use. This month, a product I’ve had my eye on for quite some time finally started shipping. It’s a wide-angle lens from Olympus that’ll make review photos — particularly those shot in tight quarters on…

6 Ways to Maximize Amex OPEN Savings Discounts and Rewards

Naturally, the focus at TPG is on earning points and miles, but the American Express OPEN Savings program allows you to choose between bonus rewards and cash savings. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr discusses how select Amex business cards can earn you unexpected discounts at a variety of retailers. There are plenty of high-value travel…

Amex Business Gold Rewards vs. Amex Business Platinum

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at two popular Amex business cards to determine which one offers the best rewards. The American Express brand has long been synonymous with both travel and business use, so it makes sense that Amex offers a variety of business credit cards that earn travel rewards. In this…

Get a $10 Credit with Amex’s Express Checkout Promo

American Express does a great job at engaging its cardholders with targeted discounts, social media campaigns and more. You might be familiar with its Link, Like, Love promotions, or the targeted discounts you can find in your online account that offer cash back when you shop with certain merchants. Amex has also been innovative in partnering with various…

Do Delta Reserve Amex Cardholders Get Free TSA PreCheck?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me to ask about TSA PreCheck: @thepointsguy – “Do Delta Reserve Amex holders get free TSA PreCheck? I’ve been selected twice and I never signed up.” Happy Sunday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from steamy Madrid. It’s over 100 degrees here, but I won’t let the heat stop me from enjoying one of…