Can My Fiancé and I Pool Our Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

TPG reader Vish sent me a message on Facebook asking: “I’ve just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and my fiancé is applying for a Chase Freedom. I’m getting conflicting answers from Chase about whether we can transfer and combine points. Can you help?” Chase has become much stricter about combining points this past year. A few years…

Best Credit Cards for Balance Transfers and Travel Rewards

Credit is an important tool; a sound financial standing can not only get you lower rates for mortgages and other loans, it can also help get you approved for the best rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips on how to use balance transfers to manage your credit so you can…

American Express to Virgin America 35% Transfer Bonus

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred is currently offering a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin America through February 15, 2015. Normally points transfer at the lackluster ratio of 2 Amex points to 1 Elevate point, but with this promo, you can…

4,000 Bonus HHonors Points for Hilton Amex Cardholders

American Express is offering 4,000 bonus Hilton HHonors points when you spend $400 or more in a single transaction directly at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio, and pay using your co-branded Amex Hilton card. The bonus is offered for transactions through February 28, 2015. No registration is necessary; qualifying transactions will earn the bonus points automatically….

New Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts Benefit: Free In-Room WiFi

As I’ve mentioned before when reviewing the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) program, a portal that allows Amex Platinum cardholders to take advantage of perks and benefits at select hotels and resorts—not unlike having elite status or booking through a well-connected travel agent. And just as Amex keeps adding properties to the FHR roster, they…

Top 5 Factors to Look for in Transferable Points Programs

Transferable points are the cornerstone of a robust travel rewards portfolio, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to talk about these kinds of programs and what qualities and benefits you should expect from them. When it comes to travel rewards, transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards—which you accrue in a central…

How Much is Marriott Rewards Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Marriott Rewards elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t always…

Credit Card Combinations for a Costa Rica Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Costa Rica. Over the past month, I’ve explored how award travelers could construct specific…

Top Business Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Offers

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can boost your loyalty accounts even more with business credit cards, and shares the top sign-up bonus offers on the market right now. Last week, TPG posted his monthly list of the Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers. Taking advantage of sign-up bonuses like these is an easy…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio and strategize for the travel rewards you hope to earn in 2015. Credit cards are the single most lucrative way to rack up points and miles to travel the world. Personally, my own cards have allowed me to circle the globe in first class…