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Sapphire Preferred vs. Arrival Plus: Have the Tables Turned?

August 7, 2014

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Barclaycard Arrival Plus have topped my list of best credit cards for travel awards for some time now, with the edge going to Sapphire Preferred for its valuable transfer partners and the lucrative 7% annual dividend on point earned each year. However, with recent benefit changes to both cards (and the announcement of that 7% dividend […]

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Make AA a Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner: The Weekly Wish

August 7, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: add American Airlines to the list of Citi ThankYou Rewards transfer partners. Last month Citibank announced a significant enhancement to their ThankYou Rewards program: the addition of eight airline […]

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Amex LaGuardia Centurion Lounge Preview

August 6, 2014

If you follow TPG on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that last night I got a sneak peek at the new American Express Centurion lounge at LGA Terminal B (which is my main terminal, so it was kind of like Christmas in August!). As a Business Platinum cardholder, I plan on getting a ton of […]

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Amex OPEN Savings: Membership Rewards, Discounts, and More

August 6, 2014

It’s been a little over a year since I last wrote about the Amex OPEN Savings program, so I thought it would be useful to give an update on the current partners and benefits involved. Amex OPEN Savings is a benefit of Amex business credit cards and a good reason to consider getting one, because you can earn […]

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Southwest Premier Personal Card 50K Offer Still Live

August 5, 2014

Last week, TPG Special Contributor Jason Steele was on a Southwest flight from New York to Denver, and while rifling through the carrier’s inflight magazine, Spirit, he noticed an advert with a URL for a 50,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier personal card. Via free inflight Wi-Fi, he was able to access the valid link […]

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My Four New Credit Cards and 205,000 Miles & Points

August 5, 2014

I currently have 23 active credit cards, and my credit score is consistently in the high 700s. Earlier this year I canceled and applied for 4 new cards for 230,000 miles/points, and recently I did another round of applications to bring my year-to-date sign-up bonus total to 435,000 miles/points. Some people’s eyes pop out of […]

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Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

August 5, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains the differences and similarities between British Airways and Iberia Avios, and how the two programs can be used together to maximize award travel. Many points & miles enthusiasts have a love/hate relationship with British Airways, specifically due to their loyalty program “reboot” back in 2011 (which annihilated the value of the old […]

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United Explorer 50,000 Mile Bonus With $50 Statement Credit

August 4, 2014

Last Friday, Chase relaunched a limited-time public offer for the United Explorer card, though I realized after I wrote about it that there is actually an even better public offer with an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles (after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months from account opening) plus a $50 statement credit after […]

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Citi Prestige Changes Coming: Free Hotel Nights & More

August 4, 2014

Citi has announced sweeping changes coming this fall to the Citi Prestige, the flagship card of Citi ThankYou Rewards. This card doesn’t get as much ink as some of its competitors, partly because ThankYou Rewards has historically been weaker than programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. However, the recent addition of […]

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Best Transfer Partners for Award Flights to Alaska

August 4, 2014

Alaska is a fantastic destination for sightseeing and outdoor recreation, but it’s a long flight from what Alaskans call “the lower 48,” and it’s truly vast. At twice the size of Texas, Alaska is by far our largest state.  It’s also an interesting award travel destination, since some airlines include Alaska as part of the continental United […]

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Can I Redeem on Any Airline With Sapphire and Arrival?

August 3, 2014

In our newbie question for today, TPG reader Jessica asks on Facebook: “can I book any airline with the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival?” The basic answer is yes. If you’re looking to book any airline, use the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, because that card allows you to pay for the actual flight no matter what airline […]

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Do I Earn a Bonus on Starpoints Purchased With an SPG Card?

August 3, 2014

Starpoints are among the most valuable points out there, with 32 airline transfer partners, a ton of hotel partners, and more. That’s why I use my Starwood Preferred Guest Card From American Express for any purchase that isn’t going to earn a bonus on any other card, even if I’m only earning 1 Starpoint per dollar spent. As an […]

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Can I Link a Corporate Card to My Amex Membership Rewards?

August 3, 2014

TPG reader Johnny tweeted this week: “@thepointsguy I’ve heard I can pay a fee to link my corporate amex to my personal MR account. Got any info or a link you can share?” There’s nothing better than getting miles and points when your company pays for them. When I worked at Morgan Stanley, I was […]

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50,000 Mile United Explorer Offer Plus 5,000 Additional Miles

August 1, 2014

Chase has relaunched the United Explorer card with an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles (after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months from account opening) plus an additional 5,000 when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months. The standard bonus for this card is 30,000 miles, and while there […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday – 3x Points on Dining

August 1, 2014

The First Friday of the month is here, which means you can earn 3x Ultimate Rewards points on dining purchases with the Chase Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cards. No registration is necessary, Chase will award the bonus points automatically for any qualifying purchases made by 11:59 pm in whatever time zone you happen to find yourself. While Chase has announced plans to get rid of the […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Announces More Benefit Changes

July 31, 2014

Chase recently announced upcoming changes to benefits for the Sapphire Preferred card, including the demise of the  7% annual points dividend and the addition of primary auto rental insurance. Chase has now released a complete list of the upcoming changes, and while they aren’t as newsworthy as last week’s changes, they aren’t great. Changes to Ultimate Rewards Portal Earning Chase will […]

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Count Change Fees as MQDs/PQDs – the Weekly Wish

July 31, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: count change fees towards elite qualification on United and Delta. It sure seems like 2014 has been the year of the “$” in the frequent flyer world. Delta started the […]

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Up to $1,050 in Statement Credit with Amex Plum Card

July 29, 2014

One of the key tenets of maximizing miles and points is that you should try to get something back for every dollar you spend- whether that be miles, points or cash.  Personally, I like racking up miles and points because I know how to maximize redemptions and get more than 2% back for every dollar I […]

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Which Hilton HHonors Credit Card Is Best For You?

July 29, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen compares the benefits of all four credit cards in the Hilton HHonors family, and analyzes which ones should be in your wallet. Last week I highlighted one of the key benefits of the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card: the free night certificates that come with the initial sign-up bonus and after spending […]

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Amazon Payments – Send and Receive Money with a Credit Card

July 28, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into using Amazon Payments, a program for sending and receiving payments online with the option of using a credit card. Perhaps you’ve heard of Amazon Payments from Amazon.com, the retailing giant’s web-based payments platform. Amazon recently issued a high profile announcement that it would offer a smartphone integrated with Amazon Payments to allow […]

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IHG Rewards PointBreaks List For July 28-September 30

July 28, 2014

IHG Rewards, the points program of chains including Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo and more, has released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for July 28 – September 30 and they are now bookable. Simply search for eligible properties and 5,000 point award nights will show if they are still available. Book quickly because […]

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Credit Cards That Offer Free Credit Scores

July 28, 2014

Earlier this year, I shared how credit scores are calculated and which credit cards offer cardmembers a free look at their credit scores. In late February, though, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it’s urging major credit card issuers to provide free credit scores and related information to their customers. Several more cards and issuers have since hopped […]

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Maximizing Garuda Miles – Earning, Redeeming and Transfers

July 28, 2014

Garuda, the national carrier of Indonesia, has been in the news a lot lately. It joined the SkyTeam alliance back in March, entered into a mileage partnership with ANA in April, and earlier this week, Citi announced that Garuda would be one of eight new ThankYou points transfer partners. With so many more possibilities, I thought […]

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How Do I Use Points And Miles from a Rewards Credit Card?

July 27, 2014

I received our “super-newbie question of the week” from TPG reader Jessica, via Facebook: “I’m interested in getting a credit card for miles and points, but I’m not sure which one to choose. My main question is, how do you use the miles and points? Do they automatically come off your account when you pay, or do you […]

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