What to Do When Rewards Programs Misbehave

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines one reader’s troubles with changes made to her loyalty program, and explains how to handle a similar situation if it should happen to you. The landscape of travel rewards and loyalty programs is constantly changing. In the past year we’ve seen the end of lucrative…

Carlson and AAdvantage Bonuses, Summer Travel Cards and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Launches Online Booking Bonus Club Carlson is giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 Gold Points per night for reservations made through the Club Carlson website, mobile app or any Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group website at the more than…

How to Earn Bonus Rewards through Your Banking Relationship

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can boost your travel rewards earnings through your checking, savings, and investment accounts. While credit card issuers are happy to earn your business by offering travel rewards, they’d all like to engage you in their full spectrum of banking and even investment products. In this post, I’ll explain how both Bank…

13 Benefits Every Airline Credit Card Should Have

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to explain which airline credit card benefits are most important to help you decide what to look for when applying. When it comes…

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Your FICO Score and Which Credit Cards Offer It Free

Building a good credit score is important if you want to get approved for the best travel rewards cards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains the significance of your FICO score, and which credit cards can help you track it to better maintain your credit rating. After a Social Security number, a FICO credit score is perhaps the most important number assigned to Americans,…

Business Credit Card Comparison: Bonus Categories

I try to maximize my points and miles by using credit cards that offer spending category bonuses for all my purchases, including business expenses. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at which business credit cards offer the most rewards to help you do the same. Just about all rewards credit cards offer one…

How Do I Figure Out a Good Credit Card Application Strategy?

TPG reader Thomas sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “Love all your info. I’m learning a lot, but have lots more to learn. I’m interested in trying a credit card app-o-rama. I have 780+ credit, pay my balances each month, and 20 years of credit history. I’ll be shifting over from several cash…

Top Airline Credit Cards that Waive Checked Bags Fees

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card One of the top money-saving perks offered by many airline co-branded credit cards is the ability to check a bag (or several) for free. This one benefit can end up saving hundreds of dollars per trip depending on the…

Bank of America Launches New Preferred Rewards Program

The travel rewards credit card market is always evolving, with new opportunities popping up just as fast as others disappear. While this year will spell the end of some cards and benefits, we’ve also seen new ones arise, like primary rental insurance on the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the launch of the new Citi Double Cash card. This week it’s Bank of America’s…