Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

JFK’s Historic TWA Flight Center Will Become a 500-Room Hotel

The historic TWA Flight Center, housed in New York City’s JFK Airport, will soon be put to use for the first time in 14 years. Built in 1962, the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal ended operations in 2001. In 2005 the terminal began its transformation into JetBlue’s Terminal 5, but this portion of the project was never completed. Yesterday NY governor Cuomo announced…

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Returns to Category 6

The Maldives is an aspirational vacation destination for many travel enthusiasts, but it can also be one of the world’s most expensive. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it’s not the easiest to get to, and many resorts require a further seaplane or speedboat transfer. It’s about to get just a little bit…

Why I Use Chase Sapphire Preferred for Most of My Purchases

I frequently get asked how I’m able to earn so many points and miles to open up valuable award redemptions like Singapore First Class, Korean First Class and JAL First Class, to name a few. One important part of the answer is my rewards credit card strategy, as I often take advantage of lucrative sign-up bonuses (like the current…

Red Carpet Access with Chase Sapphire Preferred Experiences

If you’re a Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholder, you may already know that you have access to exclusive perks, special events and private experiences. These Chase Sapphire Preferred Experiences are generally pretty baller, but the latest one is especially amazing: a chance to walk the red carpet and attend the 67th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September…

Sapphire Preferred or Amex Premier Rewards Gold for Dining?

TPG reader Thomas tweeted me about using credit cards for dining: @thepointsguy – “Since both Amex Premier Rewards Gold and Chase Sapphire Preferred now offer 2x points on dining, which card are you using for that category?” In June, American Express amped up rewards on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, adding 2x points on dining to…

Chase Sapphire Preferred to Lose First Friday Bonus

The Chase Sapphire Preferred routinely makes the list of top travel rewards cards, in part because it earns 2 points per dollar on travel and dining expenses. Furthermore, for the past few years, Chase has offered a bonus point promotion (3 points per dollar total) for dining purchases made on the first Friday of each month. This…

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…

Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines

Frontier is continuing to offer special summer deals with one-way flights starting at $29. This deal includes flights from Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Trenton, NJ; Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, PA for domestic, nonstop travel from July 18 to August 31, 2015.  However, it’s about to come to an end; tickets must be purchased by…