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Can I Earn Multiple Signup Bonuses for Southwest Cards?

June 15, 2014

The Chase Southwest credit cards are among the most lucrative deals out there. If you know how to leverage them, the 50,000 Rapid Rewards points earned from each card (after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months) can get you about $800 worth of Wanna Get Away fares, and if you earn one of their prized Companion Passes (which […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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What’s The Best Credit Card for a Trip to the World Cup?

June 8, 2014

Things are heating up in the Southern Hemisphere as the World Cup gets ready to kick off in Brazil; TPG reader Justin emailed me with a question about his upcoming trip to Rio: “I’m soon off to Brazil for the World Cup, and I’m thinking of getting a new card specifically for the trip. I currently only […]

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus vs. Southwest Premier Visa

June 8, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of months in the credit card world, with sign-up bonuses increasing across the board. Amidst all this excitement, TPG reader Ignacio tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Between two credit cards – Arrival Plus World Elite (4o,ooo-point sign-up bonus, $89 annual fee waived in the first year) OR Southwest Premier Rapid Rewards […]

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Does Chase Sapphire Preferred Get a 10% Exclusives Bonus?

June 8, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. The Chase Freedom card is tied into a program called Exclusives, which gives a 10% bonus on all points earned throughout a year (including the 5X bonus points) to customers who […]

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7 Top Hotel Credit Cards for Free Nights

June 5, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. With the recent news of the 30,000 point bonuses for Amex Starwood cards (EXPIRED) and the $100 statement credit with the Citi Hilton Reserve card (EXPIRED), I thought it was time to review what I see as the best hotel credit card […]

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Starwood Amex 30,000 Point Offers Are Back

June 3, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. This past weekend Amex announced a limited-time, increased bonus offer for the Starwood American Express personal and business OPEN credit cards.  The signup bonus for this card is typically 25,000 points, but through June 30, 2014, new cardmembers can earn 30,000 Starwood […]

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Citi Hilton Reserve 2 Free Nights PLUS $100 Statement Credit

June 3, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card has expired. View the current offer here.  The Citi Hilton Reserve card is one of the most lucrative hotel cards out there. The two free weekend night signup bonus (after spending $2,500 within 4 months of account opening) can be super valuable. I used […]

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Alaska Airlines 40,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus Worked For Me

June 2, 2014

Alaska Airlines miles are some of the most valuable miles out there (2 cents a piece in my most recent valuation), and one of my priorities this year has been to build up my bank of miles to redeem for some incredible redemptions (like my recent Emirates First Class trip home from Mumbai via Dubai for […]

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Southwest Airlines Premier Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

June 1, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. This past week, TPG Reader James tweeted me with the following question: “@thepointsguy Can you help me decide between the Southwest Airlines Premier card and Chase Sapphire Preferred? I usually fly domestic on Southwest, […]

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Should You Get Amex Platinum for Its 100,000 Point Bonus?

June 1, 2014

This week, I again received one of the questions I’m asked most frequently, via a tweet from TPG reader Stephen: “@thepointsguy Do you recommend the American Express Platinum (or its business version), with its 100,000-point sign-up bonus?” In short, the answer is absolutely. Even if you don’t know how to really maximize Amex points, those 100,000 points are worth at least $1,000 […]

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Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Offer Now Available

May 30, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase FreedomVisa is no longer available. View the current offer here.  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 card offers rotating quarterly bonuses that allow you to earn […]

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10 Chase Ink Benefits You Might Not Know About

May 30, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   This month Chase has been offering increased signup bonuses for the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards of 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. That’s 20% higher than […]

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Coordinating Credit Card Strategies for Couples

May 30, 2014

Equitability in relationships is crucial, including financial decisions like which credit cards to apply for, who does the applying, and who reaps the benefits. I asked resident TPG family man Jason Steele to share his strategies for maintaining balance and harmony in a credit sharing couple. Couples need twice as many points and miles to travel together, […]

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Should You Get US Airways AND American Cards Before the Merger?

May 25, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG Reader Chris tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it worthwhile to get separate US Airways and American Airlines cards for individual signup bonuses before merging into a single oneworld account?” Though their merger has been underway since last December, and though flyers on both American and US Airways can earn/redeem miles on both […]

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Is the Amex Centurion Card Worth The $2,500 Annual Fee?

May 22, 2014

With all the recent changes to the American Express Platinum Card, including the loss of American Admirals Club and US Airways Club access in March, and restrictions on Delta SkyClub access to the cardholder only (no guests) starting May 1, premium Amex cardholders might be looking for a new product. Some of you may even be considering Amex’s highly-touted […]

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US Airways MasterCard Benefits Changing In 2015

May 19, 2014

I recently wrote about the signup bonus of 40,000 Dividend Miles for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard, encouraging readers to sign up before the card becomes obsolete after US Airways and American Airlines complete their merger.  Now there’s added incentive to do so, as TPG reader Oldmanbob and twitter follower Ahmad sent me tips that certain card […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. Arrival Plus: Which Is Best Abroad?

May 18, 2014

TPG reader Tammy recently asked on Facebook: “I’m traveling overseas and looking for the best credit card with no foreign exchange fees. I’ve read about Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Chase Sapphire Preferred on your FB page. Both have no annual fees, so which one do you recommend, or is there another, better option?” When traveling […]

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New Barclaycard Arrival Plus With Chip + PIN Capability

May 14, 2014

Today Barclays announced a re-branding of its popular Arrival World MasterCard to a souped up, sleeker version known as the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. Arrival Plus offers the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. All existing cardholders will start receiving the […]

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Wells Fargo Enters Travel Credit Card Space With New Propel Cards With American Express

May 12, 2014

Wells Fargo is one of the “big four” banks in the US, alongside JP Morgan, Citi and Bank of America. All three of its other competitors have hefty travel credit card products, but Wells Fargo has lagged behind in that department, until recently when they launched two new credit card products aimed at getting a […]

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SPG Amex vs. Barclaycard Arrival: Which Points Are Worth More?

May 11, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   TPG Reader Vick recently tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Help! Should I use my SPG Amex or my Barclaycard Arrival for fixed monthly costs like cell, cable etc.? Which card’s points […]

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Card Review: LANPASS Visa Signature Card by U.S. Bank

May 7, 2014

With major devaluations from United and Delta as well as a string of surprise announcements from American Airlines/US Airways, I’ve been taking a closer look at foreign frequent flyer programs, including their co-branded credit cards. If you’re as big a fan of traveling in Latin America as I am and have dreams of visiting Peru’s Macchu […]

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The Top Current Business Credit Card Offers

May 5, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here –Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With the current limited-time 60,000-point sign-up bonus offers after $5,000 spent in 3 […]

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The Top Credit Card Bonuses With Low Minimum Spending Requirements ($1,000 or Under)

May 2, 2014

During my last round of credit card applications, I netted 230,000 bonus points and miles with four new credit cards, but I had to spend a total of $28,000 on my new credit cards within 6 months to earn the full bonuses. I have a lot of great strategies to meet minimum spending requirements, including paying some of […]

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