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Which Credit Reporting Agencies Banks Use To Pull Your Credit Report – And Why It Matters

September 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  One of the most important things to know when applying for multiple credit cards at a time is which credit bureau each bank pulls your credit report from. There are three main credit bureaus or credit reporting […]

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Amex Changes Mercedes-Benz Platinum Card Bonus Terms – Prior Platinum Cardholders Excluded

September 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access / Airport Lounge Program. This means that Card Members […]

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Do You Stop Spending On A Credit Card After You Get The Sign-Up Bonus?

September 8, 2013

TPG reader Benjamin had a question about credit card sign-up bonuses and spending: “After you fulfill the bonus requirements for a card, do you continue to use the cards, or do you set them aside to work on fulfilling your other card requirements? I’ve been simply putting them in the drawer after I know they’re […]

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Top 25 Travel Credit Cards With The Lowest Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

September 3, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With so many great current credit card offers out there – including the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Starwood American Express personal and business cards which ends today (expired) – I know a lot of […]

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Applying For The Best Credit Cards – The Top Deals For Your Round Of Applications

August 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. One method that’s widely accepted amongst those that maximize their miles and points – myself included – is to […]

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The American Airlines Award Surcharges Mistake Is A Good Reminder Why Transferable Points Are Best

August 28, 2013

Despite the fact that it probably gave more than a few frequent flyers heart failure, today’s American Airlines award surcharge scare is also a good reminder of both the value of transferable points and the fact that you shouldn’t hoard your miles because they’re almost sure to lose value over time in one way or […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The current bonus for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards is 25,000 points, 10,000 after first purchase and 15,000 after $5,000 spend in the first 6 months.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the same promotions return like the current Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and Chase […]

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Maximizing Targeted Offers and the Card Match Tool

August 23, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. I’m constantly on the lookout for the best credit card deals out there so I can pass them along to my readers and we can all reap the benefits of huge points bonuses and the amazing […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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Top 3 Credit Cards For Family Travel

July 25, 2013

Update: My links for the 50,000 point Southwest offer are no longer working. You may be able to find working links at Chase.com. Even though I don’t have any (human) children myself, my siblings’ families are all growing as they have more kids and I’m actually in charge of planning a big family trip in […]

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Top 10 (Almost) Too Good To Be True Credit Card Perks

July 16, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Some things in life really are too good to be true, and others just feel that way. When it comes to credit card perks, however, spending  - not – seeing really can lead to believing. Part […]

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More (Negative) Changes To Citi ThankYou and Premier Cards?

July 16, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  Offer expired: November 4, 2013 Last month, I wrote about some of the Changes To Citi ThankYou Preferred such as 2X Earning on Dining and Entertainment as well as how they are no longer offering an anniversary bonus. According to this […]

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Lost Luggage Credit Card Protection and The Lack of Coverage When Using Frequent Flyer Miles

July 15, 2013

There are many things that can go wrong on a trip – especially one that spans numerous countries and involves trains, planes, automobiles and even Icelandic horses. By far the most common travel trauma however, is lost luggage. With more fees and better tracking technology (and less people checking bags), it mystifies me that airlines […]

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Does Your Credit Card Give You Adequate Travel Insurance Coverage?

July 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The travel insurance study that I recently commissioned Princeton Survey Research Associates International to conduct has got me thinking about trip coverage a lot lately – especially as I have some exciting international adventures such as a […]

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Limited Time: Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Until August 6, 2013

July 8, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Chase has been offering 50,000 points on the Southwest Visa products for a couple weeks now and I just got confirmation that the offers will end August 6, 2013. To get the 50,000 points you need to […]

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Update On My Recent Delta Business Platinum and Ink Plus Applications

June 25, 2013

Last Thursday I decided to bite the bullet and apply for two of the most lucrative credit card offers I’ve seen this year: 1) American Express: Delta Business Platinum Card Update: The current offer is 5,000 MQMs and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on your new Card in your first 3 months. Earn […]

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My Credit Card Industry Outlook – What To Expect For The Rest of 2013 and Beyond

June 19, 2013

I recently met with several different prominent credit card issuers and I frequently have contact with industry insiders, so I thought I’d pull together my general thoughts from these meetings and what I expect to happen for the second half of 2013 in terms of sign-up bonuses and other new developments. In general, I see […]

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Great Limited Time Deal (EXPIRED): 60,000 Points For Chase Ink Bold and Plus; 25,000 Points for Ink Cash and Classic

June 16, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold is 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months. The current offer for the Ink Classic is 20,000 points after $3,000 spent in 3 months and $200 cash back for the Ink Cash after $3,000 spent in 3 months. From June 16-22 Chase is increasing the sign-up bonus on the Ink […]

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Top Current and Limited-Time Credit Card Offers – Fairmont, Southwest, Lufthansa and More

June 14, 2013

There are a couple of great credit card offers that (re)appeared lately that I wanted to share with readers including a version of the Fairmont Visa with the $95 annual fee waived the first year, and 50,000-point sign-up bonuses on all four Southwest cards – so I thought I’d put together a post with all […]

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US Credit Cards With Smart Chip Technology

May 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, I know many of you (like me) are planning some great trips abroad, and are already thinking about which credit cards you should be packing along with […]

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Avoid Credit Card Shutoffs Abroad By Notifying Chase of Your International Travels Online

May 28, 2013

Have you ever traveled and had your debit or credit card shut off because your issuer flagged your activity in a new geographical location as “suspicious”. This used to happen to me a lot, but I think as I’ve traveled around the world a lot credit card companies have pegged me as a frequent traveler. […]

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Barclaycard Is On a Roll: More Things They Can Do to Dominate the Travel Reward Credit Card Industry

May 15, 2013

While there are numerous credit card companies, only a handful offer really valuable travel rewards credit cards. For years American Express was the premier issuer of valuable, transferable points. They still are a major force, but Chase has doubled down in the past five years and offers a huge portfolio of some of the best […]

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Amex Business Gold FAQ and My Top 10 List of Other Credit Cards for the Last Minute App-o-ramas

May 8, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  I’m getting a ton of traffic and emails today about the current 75,000 point Amex Business Gold deal and people asking whether they should do an impromptu round of applications if they applied for this deal today. The point of […]

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Chase Enhances AARP Card Benefits: Worth It?

May 7, 2013

Chase just launched a new enhanced version of its AARP Visa Signature card that includes 3% cash back on gas and restaurant purchases with no caps and no annual fee. The card comes with an introductory offer of $100 cash back when you spend $500 in the first three months of account opening and 0% […]

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