5 Credit Card Perks You Might Not Know About

You’ve studied credit cards to recognize which sign-up bonus offers are best. You’ve taken extra care to understand which time of year will deliver additional points in certain spending categories. You’ve researched hotels and airlines to know where you can make the most of the stockpile of points in your account. But have you spent time comparing the small details of…

Which Credit Card Maximizes Rewards With Uber and Lyft?

TPG reader Cole sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning rewards for Uber: “Is Uber considered a travel expense, and if so, which credit card should I use to pay for Uber charges?” One important step to maximizing your rewards is knowing how each purchase is categorized. Credit card issuers don’t always agree about what qualifies as…

Review: Allegiant World MasterCard from Bank of America

Until recently, Allegiant was the largest airline in the US that didn’t have a loyalty program. This changed when it introduced the Allegiant World MasterCard from Bank of America, which offers points toward airfare purchases. In today’s post, I want to take closer look at this card and its program, and compare it to the value offered…

Get 10% Off HotelTonight Stays With Capital One’s Latest Promotion

Now though January 31, 2017, Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card cardholders can score 10% off all hotel bookings through last-minute booking app HotelTonight. There’s no registration required to take advantage of the discount. Instead, cardholders will need to enter promo code VENTURE on the payment screen to automatically see the…

Hyatt Adds Residence Club Properties to Its Standard Award Chart

Hyatt Residence Clubs are timeshare-style properties in locations across the US such as Aspen, Carmel and Sedona. While you can redeem Gold Passport points for free nights at these hotels, previously Hyatt grouped them under a separate award chart — one that apparently hadn’t been updated for more than 10 years. Now, however, the hotel…

Which Credit Card Payment Network Offers the Best Foreign Exchange Rates?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard You may know to avoid cards with foreign transaction fees when you’re making purchases abroad, but many travelers overlook the fact that payment networks offer different foreign exchange rates. TPG Senior Points & Miles…

Should I Earn Cash Back Rewards or Transferable Points?

TPG reader Janelle emailed me to ask about choosing between different travel rewards: “I just got a Capital One Venture card and earned a sign-up bonus, but now I’m wondering if the Sapphire Preferred or another card is better. My husband and I mainly travel to Las Vegas (on Hawaiian Airlines) with the occasional staycation at a hotel near…

Capital One and Uber Partner to Launch Loyalty Program, Free Rides

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card, Capital One QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card Update: Uber and Capital One announced that starting November 2, you’ll get $15 in Uber credits instead of a free ride every time you pay for nine…

Ross Mathews on Travel, Points Strategy and Feeling Guilty in the TSA PreCheck Line

Ross Mathews has come a long way since his days as “Ross the Intern” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno back in 2001. The man can write (his memoir came out in 2013), host (The View among other shows), play the guest (as on Celebrity Fit Club and Chelsea Lately) and certainly judge (RuPaul’s Drag…

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…