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Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

December 10, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination, […]

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Chase Freedom 5% Bonus Category Calendar for 2015

December 9, 2014

Today Chase released a preview of next year’s 5% cash back calendar for the Chase Freedom card. As previously announced, the 2015 categories (which allow cardholders to earn up to 5 points per $1 spent) will include grocery stores, movie theaters, Starbucks, restaurants, gas stations, and Amazon.com; additional categories or merchants will be announced before the start of each […]

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Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via Hotels.com?

December 8, 2014

I’ve written previously about online travel agency Hotels.com and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that Hotels.com offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that […]

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How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

November 28, 2014

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption […]

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Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

November 21, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Chase Freedom Increased 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

November 18, 2014

I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus and Bold cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however for a limited-time they are offering a $200 (20,000 points) sign-up bonus. […]

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Three Credit Cards for the Domestic Economy Traveler

November 17, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Chase Restricts Ultimate Rewards Transfers Between Members

November 11, 2014

Chase recently updated the Ultimate Rewards website with a whole new look and some new features. Aside from the aesthetic updates, there’s one significant negative change, as Chase is making it more difficult to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to friends and family. New Look When you login, you’ll see a points balance menu that lets you view point balances for […]

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Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

October 27, 2014

I often preach the importance of diversifying your loyalty currencies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on earning points that you can transfer to airline and hotel partners. However, not all transferable points are created equal. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele compares the major transferable points programs to see which one comes out […]

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How To Still Get The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Sign-Up Bonus

October 20, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a few weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Why Gas Credit Cards Can’t Compare to Travel Rewards

October 20, 2014

Most airlines and hotels have co-branded credit cards that offer a good (or sometimes great) return on spending within the brand. Many gas brands have similar card offerings, but today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains why the value of these cards just doesn’t measure up. Gas isn’t cheap, and it’s a product that most Americans need regularly, so […]

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How Should I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards for Hotel Stays?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ali tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I am looking to book a trip to the Caribbean in January and sitting on a lot of Chase points. Any recommendations on hotels?” Winter is coming, at least for those of us who live in colder climates like the Northeast. A nice getaway to the Caribbean may […]

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Last Chance for Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

October 18, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a couple weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than […]

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How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

October 15, 2014

Call me crazy, but I tend to think that if you have to pay for something, it isn’t free. Yet many airlines charge frequent flyers for the privilege of redeeming miles by adding fuel surcharges to award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains which airlines are the worst offenders, and offers some tips for how to avoid these […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Bonus Still Available Until October 19

October 14, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. EveryDay Preferred – Which Card Wins?

October 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced that, starting in 2015, the Premier Rewards Gold card would no longer offer a 15,000-point bonus for spending $30,000 or more in a calendar year. That prompted us to reevaluate Amex’s Membership Rewards cards in a showdown that pitted the Premier Rewards Gold against the Platinum and EveryDay Preferred cards. […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus Ending Soon

October 9, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card last week, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the […]

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Top Chase Ink Plus Benefits Along with 70,000 Point Bonus

October 6, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. Last week Chase launched an increased sign-up bonus for the Ink Plus card, offering 70,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. That’s 40% higher than […]

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Instant Starwood Points Transfers: The Weekly Wish

October 2, 2014

In the world of award travel, there’s little more frustrating than hunting down the perfect itinerary and locking in on scarce award availability only to have your plans undone by a delay in transferring points from one program to another. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen calls out one notoriously slow transferable points program, and explains why […]

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Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

October 1, 2014

If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014. In order to take advantage […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a points and miles devotee, I’m always trying to get the best return I can on my rewards, and an important part of my strategy is knowing how to […]

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