The Top 4 Credit Cards for Maximizing Ultimate Rewards Earnings

Ultimate Rewards points have long boasted one of the highest valuations in TPG’s monthly series, as you can redeem this transferable loyalty currency with 11 great travel partners, including Hyatt, Southwest and United. Since the premium Chase Sapphire Reserve Card hit the market with a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points (after you spend…

When Should I Transfer Points to Airline and Hotel Partners?

TPG reader Sai sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferable points programs: “What’s the advantage of transferring Ultimate Rewards points to partners rather than booking through Chase?” There are a lot of benefits to redeeming Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal. For starters, Chase tends to offer competitive prices and lets you use points to cover a…

The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the…

Attending the Emmy Awards as a Chase Sapphire Cardholder

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Sapphire Reserve are favorites of many award travel enthusiasts. The Sapphire Preferred has been popular for some time by offering double points on all travel and dining purchases, while the new Sapphire Reserve Card ups the ante by offering a 100,000-point sign-up bonus (after spending $4,000 in three months), 3x…

Should I Keep the Hyatt Visa If I Get the Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Austin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Since Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at 1:1, does it make sense to have both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Hyatt Visa card?” When you’re deciding whether to keep or cancel a credit card, it’s important to look at the big…

Chase Freedom Q4 5x Bonus: Wholesale Clubs, Department & Drug Stores

Chase Freedom’s latest promotion is officially available for enrollment. From October 1 to December 31, you’ll earn 5% cash back (or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on purchases made at wholesale clubs (BJ’s, Sam’s Club and Costco), drug stores and — just in time for holiday shopping — department stores. But, no matter how generous you’re feeling this holiday season, the 5%/5x…

Android Pay Gets a Big Upgrade, Now Supports Chase Visa Cards

Attention Android fans: Google recently rolled out new improvements to its Android Pay mobile payment platform. Chase Visa cardholders will now be able to use Android Pay for purchases at retailers that accept mobile payments — set up your card (or cards) by opening the Android Pay app and taking a picture of it with your phone’s camera. Purchases…

How To Track Your 5x Bonus Spending with Chase Freedom

There’s just three weeks left in September, which means you only have three more weeks to max out your Chase Freedom third quarter category bonus. In case you missed the announcement, you’ll earn 5% cash back (or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on restaurant and wholesale club (Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club) purchases. This 5%/5x return is limited to…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for September 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to…

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…