Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

Fun Summer Trips for Budget-Conscious Travelers

As soon as that summer sunshine hits, everyone seems to crave a getaway, so it can often be hard to find good deals. High-season around most of the U.S. and Europe means higher prices, but TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers up some destinations that won’t break the bank. For the Carefree and Spirited Adventurer: A U.S. Road Trip…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for April 2015

In the constantly shifting landscape of loyalty programs, which credit cards you carry are key to the success of your award travel strategy. Not only do frequent flyer mileage and hotel points programs change at a moment’s notice, but so do the credit cards associated with them. Sign-up bonuses rise and fall, benefits are added…

Should I Get Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom?

TPG reader Jeremy asked me “Do you recommend getting the Chase Freedom card over the Chase Sapphire Preferred card? I’m a recent graduate and only spend around $10,000 a year on my credit card. I like the double points on dining that the Sapphire Preferred offers, but the 5% bonus categories with the Freedom makes…

Redeeming One Year of Points from Chase Sapphire Preferred

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 too many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how even a single card can give you access to free flights, hotel nights, and more….

Coolest Hotel Gyms Around the World

Maybe working out isn’t the first thing on your mind when you head to another country, but in case the urge strikes, read on as TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares some of the coolest hotel gyms around the world—with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, unique locations, and amazing views. Make sure to also check out her companion piece on U.S….

Tips & Tricks For Booking Rental Homes

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation and her own on booking rental homes, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers tips to help you determine if apartment and house rentals are right for you when you travel.  If you’ve always booked hotel rooms in the past, perhaps the idea of renting apartments or houses seems intimidating. These rentals are typically…

Sapphire Preferred 2x Points on Travel is Alive and Well

It was over 8 months ago that Chase announced a number of updates to the Ultimate Rewards program, as well as some changes specific to the Sapphire Preferred card (including improvements to the rental car insurance policy and the removal of the annual 7% points dividend). However, I continue to get emails expressing confusion about how those changes impacted the bonus earning…

Which Credit Cards Are Most Useful for a Summer Road Trip

TPG readers Melissa & Augustine asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “We’re taking a road trip and are wondering what the best credit cards are to use for last-minute hotels and similar expenses. We already have the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Amex Platinum; what other cards should we get?” With gas prices really low, I…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom for Dining in Q2?

TPG reader Suzanne tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “For next quarter, is it better to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and earn 2X on dining plus the 7% dividend, or use the Chase Freedom for 5X?” To be a real points pro, you need to learn how to maximize the earning of points,…