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Do I Earn MQDs for Delta Tickets Booked on Ultimate Rewards?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Philip tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy If you book Delta tickets through Chase Ultimate Rewards, will you get MQDs? I’ve started to NOT get MQDs on recent tickets I have purchased through Ultimate Rewards.” Credit card points can be especially valuable when redeemed directly for airfare, because you usually earn miles on the […]

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8 Adrenaline Pumping Adventures in Thailand

September 26, 2014

Looking for some adventure in your life? TPG foreign correspondent Lori Zaino shares eight amazing activities in Northern Thailand that are sure to amp up your adrenaline. Read on if you’re looking for excitement while on vacation. During my five-week trip through Asia, I wanted a bit of everything: city touring, relaxation on beaches and, of course–a little adventure. It turns out that […]

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$30 in Statement Credits with Amex Small Business Saturday

September 25, 2014

American Express’s annual Small Business Saturday, where Amex cardholders can receive statement credits on purchases made with their American Express cards at local businesses, will be taking place on Saturday, November 29 (right after Thanksgiving) this year. Since it launched in 2010, the has become a part of the “post-Thanksgiving” shopping craze, joining Black Friday and Cyber Monday […]

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Truly Pet-Friendly Hotels: The Weekly Wish

September 25, 2014

Many of you know that I’m the proud parent of a sweet, styling, jet-setting little Blue French Bulldog named Miles. He travels with me whenever it’s feasible, and I love having him along. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen is also a dog owner, and like me, he’s encountered some inhospitable policies from hotels that advertise themselves as […]

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American Airlines Is Ending Partnership with El Al

September 24, 2014

American Airlines just announced that they will be ending their partnership with El Al Airlines effective November 1, 2014. Presently, you can earn and redeem American AAdvantage miles on El Al, and vice versa, though award availability isn’t great and you can’t book first class. This partnership wasn’t that useful, especially since saver US Airways availability on Philadelphia-Tel Aviv is […]

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12 Crazy Forms of ID To Get Through Airport Security

September 24, 2014

If you’ve ever arrived at the airport only to realize you’ve forgotten your driver’s license or passport – or worse, had either lost or stolen during your travels – there may be no reason for panic. As it turns out, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) actually allows some flexibility when it comes to alternate forms of identification to green-light you through security. […]

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Amex SimplyCash Business Card Increased Sign-Up Bonus

September 24, 2014

American Express just refreshed the sign-up bonus offer for the Amex SimplyCash Business Card. The current bonus, which is available until February 24, 2015, offers a statement credit of $250 after you spend $5,000 on the card in your first six months of card membership. While that overall 5% return is somewhat meager compared to other sign-up bonuses, […]

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus or No-Fee Version: Which Card Wins?

September 24, 2014

There are a number of factors that go into choosing a travel rewards card. Since credit cards have a wide range of unique benefits, comparisons are often apples to oranges. However, some cards are similar enough that deciding between them boils down to just a few key points. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen compares the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite […]

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Ranking the Top Cash-Back Credit Cards

September 23, 2014

Because I’m so focused on travel, I tend to prefer credit cards that specifically offer travel benefits, such as co-branded cards that earn airline miles or hotel points, or those that earn transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards (which I can use to top up my loyalty accounts when I need to). However, as I always say, […]

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Credit Card Benefits to Maximize Before 2015

September 23, 2014

As I’ve often said, one of the great tragedies for travelers is letting loyalty points and frequent flyer miles expire, and I think the same goes for unused credit card benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen will guide us through some of the best offers and benefits whose days are numbered, to help you make […]

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Discounted SkyMiles Awards for Medallions & Amex Cardholders

September 22, 2014

I’ve gone through my fair share of emotional turmoil with Delta this year, but even though I’ve been unhappy with recent changes to their loyalty program, I have to admit that they still offer some decent perks to their most loyal customers. Today and tomorrow, September 22 and 23, 2014, if you are a Delta Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver […]

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Adding Credit Card Authorized Users – Benefits and Bonuses

September 22, 2014

Many credit cards offer incentives for adding an authorized user. For example, the current sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Preferred offers 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months, plus an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user to your account and they make a purchase within the first 3 months. Thus, […]

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Which Credit Cards Are Best for Building Credit?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Martine asked me on Facebook: “I just completed paying off my consolidated debt and am looking to build my credit, if possible with some type of rewards credit card. My credit score is 694 with Transunion, but 744 with Experian.  Do you have any recommendations?” Maintaining a high credit score is critical if […]

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Which Starwood Hotel Should I Stay at in Puerto Rico?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Drew asked me on Facebook: “I’m going on a honeymoon in April, 2015, and I’m trying to use Starpoints and Delta SkyMiles to make it more affordable. Because of its proximity to Atlanta, I was thinking Puerto Rico might be a good option. Would you recommend staying at the St. Regis Bahia Beach […]

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What’s the Best Way to Get Airport Lounge Access?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Gagan asked me on Facebook: “What is the best option to get airport lounge access throughout the U.S. and internationally? I’m not a member of any frequent flyer club and have no status. Will I have to buy a pass?” Lounge access is nice to have when traveling. Not only can you get […]

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Earn SPG & Best Western Bonus Points, Cheap JetBlue Awards

September 20, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for Booking Sheraton Club With Your Amex Card You can earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for every Sheraton Club stay when you book with your American Express card. During this promotion, guests who book […]

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Citi Launches New Expedia Credit Cards

September 18, 2014

Hot on the heels of the launch of its newly revamped Expedia+ Rewards program this summer, the online travel agency has unveiled two new credit cards in conjunction with Citi, and Team TPG got all the details at a launch event last night. Here are the details on each card and the benefits they include. […]

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Transferable Points from Bank of America: The Weekly Wish

September 18, 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: a transferable points program from Bank of America. 2014 has seen its fair share of improvements on the loyalty front. Sure, there have been devaluations (ahem, Delta and United, ahem), […]

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Six Top Credit Cards For International Travel

September 17, 2014

International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors to consider, like whether a card levies foreign transaction fees, and some less obvious ones, like whether it […]

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Is the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard Worthwhile?

September 17, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard, including its earning potential, redemption options, and unique features, to see whether it deserves a place in the pantheon of award travel credit cards. Most of the content at TPG involves tips for maximizing free travel with award flights and hotel rooms. However, there […]

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Using Merchant Category Codes to Maximize Bonuses

September 16, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains merchant category codes, and how understanding them can help you get the most out of category bonuses offered by your credit cards. TPG often preaches the importance of maximizing the points and miles you earn not only in your travels, but also from your day to day spending. If, for example, you spend […]

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IHG Rewards Club 100% Buy Points Bonus

September 15, 2014

IHG Rewards is offering up to a 100% bonus for purchasing 50,000 or more points through September 22, 2014. IHG offers bonuses for points purchases every so often, ranging from 25% to 100%, so this is one of the better buy points promotions you’ll see from them. You can purchase points in increments of 1,000: 1,000 – 10,000 points for […]

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How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips. Tricks & More

September 15, 2014

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen spends about six months of the year on the road, much of that traveling abroad for weeks at a time. Over the years, he has come up with a handy checklist that makes traveling international easier and more efficient. Here are his tips. When it comes to travel, heading abroad […]

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Credit Card Companion Tickets: Ins, Outs & Current Offers

September 15, 2014

 I often travel solo, but I also like sharing the road (and the skies) with friends from time to time. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the companion pass benefits available with current credit card offers, and explains the features that set them apart from one another. The credit card industry learned long ago that there are few offers […]

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