Points Intervention: Personal vs. Business Credit Cards

Every week, I get a ton of reader e-mail from people asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business use or both. In this new Points Intervention series, I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Points Intervention: Choosing the Best Transferable Points Program

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage of the Chase…

Redeeming Ultimate Rewards Points for a Free Hotel Stay

Chase offers many different options for redeeming your Ultimate Rewards points, but some are better deals than others. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his tips for getting the most out of this incredibly valuable currency. Flexible point currencies such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards can be a blessing and…

Earn Elite-Qualifying Miles When Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

You won’t earn any miles when you redeem frequent flyer miles for a flight, but Chase’s Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal provides an opportunity to use your miles and earn credit. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr reviews this option to see when it might make sense for you. Last month, I wrote about the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal and…

Chase Now Issuing Debit Cards with EMV Chips

EMV chips, or smart chips in layman’s terms, are becoming increasingly common in US credit cards. Long a security staple of credit cards issued in other countries, smart chips have taken a bit longer to catch on in the US, where most cards still use older magnetic-strip technology to embed cardholder information. However, more and…

One Week Left for the 60,000-Point Chase Ink Plus Bonus

Earlier this month, Chase launched a limited-time 60,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Chase Ink Plus. That’s 10,000 points more than the normal sign-up bonus, and you are only required to hit the same minimum spending of $5,000 within 3 months of account opening. Here is a quick video in which I explain just what…

Should I Use Sapphire Preferred or Citi ThankYou For Travel?

Recently, TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy —”Which card would you recommend using for travel expenses: the Chase Sapphire Preferred card or the Citi Thank You Premier card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of the top travel credit cards for a while now, as you can earn 2X points on…

50,000-Point Sign-Up Bonuses on All Chase Southwest Cards

A couple weeks ago, Chase launched an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 points for the personal and business versions of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, which is double the usual sign-up offer on these cards. As a reminder, here are the full details: Get…

5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent for Visiting Cuba

Although Cuba is only 235 miles from Miami, it can be extremely frustrating to plan a trip there without the help of a travel agent. I’m so used to booking my own flights and organizing my travel that it was strange to turn to an agent for help, but it was definitely a worthwhile move. Despite the…