Despite Claims, Capital One’s Cards Aren’t the Best for Award Travel

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at some of the claims made by Capital One about its travel rewards cards, and separates the truths from the half-truths. Several years ago, Capital One launched a new marketing campaign touting the virtues of its travel rewards credit cards, featuring celebrity endorsements from Samuel L. Jackson and (more recently) Jennifer Garner. To say…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Wyndham Rewards Visa

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much even a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when…

Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?

TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons: “I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so…

Why the Wyndham Rewards Visa Is Now a High-Value Hotel Card

The landscape of award travel is constantly changing, and it’s helpful to periodically reassess which loyalty programs and travel rewards cards offer you the best value. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a deeper look at the Wyndham Rewards Visa, and explains why it deserves your attention. Hardly a month goes by without news of a…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for June 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall,…

Does Uber Count as Travel on Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Michael tweeted me to ask about the travel category on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card: @thepointsguy– “Does Uber count as 2X travel for the Chase Sapphire Preferred?” It’s no secret that I love Uber. It has fundamentally changed the way I travel; I can’t even tell you the last time I rented a…

10 Best Travel Rewards Cards with Annual Fees Under $100

Some of my favorite perks (like Amex Centurion Lounge access) come from premium travel rewards credit cards, but those cards can come with hefty price tags. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at cards that strike a balance between cost and benefits. I find that there tend to be three types of travel…

Which Credit Card is Best for Non-Category Bonus Spending?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask about which credit card offers the best rewards for general spending: @thepointsguy– “I need credit card for non-category bonus spending. Should I get the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex, or is there another one you recommend?” For travel, dining and airfare you should be using a credit card that gives you two,…

My 5 Hottest Credit Cards for Summer 2015

I carry a lot of different credit cards in my wallet. With each one offering a unique collection of benefits — such as category bonuses, extra points with certain hotel chains and perks like lounge access and waived foreign transaction fees — it pays to diversify. Last week I wrote about the cards I use for most of my spending, from dining to…

Should I Redeem Amex Rewards or Barclaycard Arrival Miles For Flights?

TPG reader Eva tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it better to buy airline tickets with American Express Membership Rewards points or Barclaycard Arrival Plus points?” Not all miles and points are created equal, which is why I love to have a diverse collection of airline miles, hotel points and transferable credit card points. Lately…