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Transferable Points from Bank of America: The Weekly Wish

September 18, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: a transferable points program from Bank of America. 2014 has seen its fair share of improvements on the loyalty front. Sure, there have been devaluations (ahem, Delta and United, ahem), […]

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No Foreign Transaction Fee on Premium Cards: The Weekly Wish

September 11, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at how some of the best travel credit cards shoot themselves in the foot by charging foreign transaction fees, and explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to do away with those international charges. I’m sure that like me, the vast majority of TPG readers travel at least occasionally outside of the country. […]

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Virgin Atlantic MasterCard 75,000 Mile Bonus Offer

August 22, 2014

The Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard usually comes with sign-up bonuses of 20,000 miles after the first purchase and 25,000 miles after a spend of $2,500, with the ability to earn 5,000 miles with an authorized user and 15,000 miles every year you spend $25,000. They just launched one of the most lucrative offers I’ve seen, but […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Top 0% APR Credit Cards That Earn Points & Miles

August 19, 2014

Generally when I write about credit cards, it’s to tell readers about the sign-up bonuses and other benefits they offer that can help enable and enrich your travels. But there are other important factors to consider when getting a new card – most critically, the impact that opening an account has on your credit score, and how applying for and using a card fits […]

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My Four New Credit Cards and 205,000 Miles & Points

August 5, 2014

I currently have 23 active credit cards, and my credit score is consistently in the high 700s. Earlier this year I canceled and applied for 4 new cards for 230,000 miles/points, and recently I did another round of applications to bring my year-to-date sign-up bonus total to 435,000 miles/points. Some people’s eyes pop out of […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014

July 18, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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Alaska Airlines 40,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus Worked For Me

June 2, 2014

Alaska Airlines miles are some of the most valuable miles out there (2 cents a piece in my most recent valuation), and one of my priorities this year has been to build up my bank of miles to redeem for some incredible redemptions (like my recent Emirates First Class trip home from Mumbai via Dubai for […]

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A Rundown of US Credit Cards With EMV Chip Technology

May 15, 2014

With the unveiling yesterday of the rebranded Barclaycard Arrival – which is now called the Arrival Plus and comes with a Smart Chip (with PIN capability, no less) embedded, as well as recent announcements about the Delta Amex cards getting them May 1 and the introduction of the Amex EveryDay cards with Smart Chip technology, […]

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Up to 65,000 Bonus Miles Offer For Virgin Atlantic Mastercard

January 15, 2014

The 65,000 bonus-mile offer on the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard® credit card from Bank of America is back! It’s actually a bit more accurate to call it a 50,000-mile bonus offer since that’s what you can earn with a $2,500 minimum spend and adding an authorized user rather than having to put a ton of calendar […]

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Updated Options for Earning Airline Miles from Debit Cards

August 14, 2013

While points-earning debit cards are few and far between – and getting rarer by the day! – there are still some out there that offer a good alternative to getting a credit card if you want to maximize your miles. I can’t value travel credit cards and the points they can earn you enough, but […]

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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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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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Virgin Atlantic Amex 65,000 Bonus Miles Offer Back

March 14, 2013

Virgin Atlantic has relaunched a bonus offer on the Bank of America American Express card with the potential to earn new cardholders up to 65,000 bonus Flying Club miles when they meet certain spend requirements. We haven’t seen a bonus this high on the card since last spring, and this beats the usual 50,000-mile bonus […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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Sunday Reader Questions: Any Good Debit Card Rewards Programs Left?

October 14, 2012

Update: PerkStreet Financial will be closing permanently and ceasing all business operations on September 26, 2013. TPG reader Edward asks a more general question about debit card reward programs: “I was reading your blog while looking for a debit rewards program. Can you recommend any debit card rewards programs?” Unfortunately, while debit cards used to be […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Travel Points and Miles Business Credit Cards

July 31, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are the quickest and easiest way to rack up miles and points, especially if you open business credit cards in addition to personal cards. Most issuers will let you get a business credit […]

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The Top Credit Cards Without Foreign Transaction Fees

June 4, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. View the current offer for the British Airways Visa. The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Cards for Travelers

May 1, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express 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.  1. Starwood American Express: This is one of the best points-earning cards out there, especially because Starpoints can be […]

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65,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus for Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Amex

April 5, 2012

Virgin Atlantic launched a new bonus offer on their Bank of America American Express card with the potential to net new cardholders 65,000 bonus Flying Club miles (application link) when they meet certain spend requirements). This beats the usual 50,000-mile bonus for getting this card–the extra 15,000 miles from the anniversary bonus when you meet […]

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Maximizing the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card: Flight Bonuses and $99 Companion Ticket

March 15, 2012

TPG Contributor Josh is an MVP Gold with the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Program cardholder of the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card. Since so many of the top credit card offers right now are Chase and American Express-focused, I asked him to expand on some of the perks of the Bank of […]

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