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Which Credit Card Offers To Get Now – And Which To Wait On

March 1, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With the launch of limited-time 50,000-point sign-up bonuses on the Southwest credit cards, which ends March 5, and […]

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Introducing The TPG Maximizer Tool To Help You Choose The Right Credit Cards

February 27, 2014

I am excited to announce the launch of my new credit card advisor, the TPG MaximizerTM! The TPG Maximizer is a dynamic new tool that allows you to plug all of your cards into one place, and will help you maximize your earnings on your current spend for the travel rewards you want. The TPG Maximizer is powered […]

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Top Travel Credit Cards That Waive Foreign Transaction Fees

February 10, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  One of the main benefits I always look for when considering a travel credit card is whether or not it waives foreign transaction fees (forex fees for short). Many issuers will charge their cardholders between 1-3% of the […]

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What Is The Best Travel Credit Card For a London-Based Expat?

February 2, 2014

TPG reader Jeff is moving from Chicago to London and thinking of switching loyalty from United to another airline and is wondering what his best credit card options are: “My wife and I are relocating from Chicago to London for two years (work rotation). I currently travel for work in the US and have platinum […]

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Top 10 Current Credit Card Bonuses for A Round of Applications

January 28, 2014

In the credit card game, when great offers come along, you’ve got to hop on them fast. Sign-up bonuses are the fastest way to rack up a lot of points or miles, and in order to maximize the great deals out there, a lot of folks apply for multiple cards in a single day. The […]

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Maximizing Cash Back Credit Cards

January 27, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  While I tend to talk most about the best credit cards for earning points and miles towards travel, cash back credit cards can be a great alternative for a lot of folks out there thanks to a few […]

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Does It Make Sense to Cancel A Credit Card with No Annual Fee?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Clayton tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy: Is there ever a reason to cancel a card with no annual fee? I have a Macy’s card I used in the past, but now sits in a drawer.” The largest factor in having a high credit score is paying off your balances on time. But there […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card For Airline Employees To Get?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Jennifer works for an airline, and is wondering what the best travel credit card to get is in her situation: “Hi Mr. Points Guy, I was wondering if I could ask your advice on the best credit card for airline employees? This is a challenge, because generally, we do not use points for […]

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Will Credit Card Companies Flag $60k A Year In Purchases When My Annual Income Is $95k?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Andrew emailed asking about the Amex Bluebird: “I signed up for a Bluebird account last year in Q4 and have been maxing out the $5k spend per month on Vanilla Reloads at CVS.  Here are my two questions: 1) My yearly Vanilla Reload spend on the one credit card (the one that provides […]

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The Top Credit Card Spending Bonuses for 2014

January 6, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Now that we’re into the new year, it means it’s time to really plot out your credit card spending strategy for 2014, because there’s a lot more to maximizing credit card rewards than simply […]

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The Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

January 2, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. Since it’s a new year, I’ve already started to hear from a lot of friends and family that they are sick of seeing my amazing travels and not being able to go places themselves. So they’re […]

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Maximizing Points For Holiday Gifts and Gift Cards

November 25, 2013

I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving, and that means the holidays – and all those holiday shopping deals – are right around the corner. While I usually use my miles and points for travel redemptions since I get the most value from them that way, I know a lot of people like to use their […]

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Amex Business Gold Rewards 30,000 Point Signup Bonus

November 19, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card, Blue Cash Everday, Blue Cash Preferred and Business Gold Rewards card […]

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Credit Card Reward Program Regulations May Be On The Way

November 15, 2013

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, Congress passed financial regulations meant to add more oversight into the financial markets to hopefully avoid another crisis. In 2009 they passed the CARD act, which enforced new rules on credit card companies including how often they could change consumer APRs and how much they could charge merchants […]

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New Coin Card – All Your Credit Cards In One But Will It Work?

November 15, 2013

There’s been a lot of buzz (and a lot of reader questions) about a new credit card product that launched recently called Coin. Coin is a credit card-sized device that can store the information and accounts of credit or debit cards for you so you can don’t have to carry them all around in your […]

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Top 10 Cards In My Wallet And What I Use Each For

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. […]

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Comparing Current Amex Transfer Bonuses To British Airways And Virgin Atlantic

October 15, 2013

Yesterday, I reported that American Express launched two simultaneous transfer bonuses starting today, October 15, 2013. From now through December 31, 2013, Amex will be offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways. Also starting and running just through November 30, 2013, Amex will be offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Advanced: Credit Card Strategies

October 14, 2013

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I once again had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 550 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several […]

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What’s The 1 Points-Earning Credit Card I Should Start With?

October 13, 2013

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. TPG reader Jamie tweeted me this week @thepointsguy with a question I get all the time: “We want to start with 1 card to start earning travel points while […]

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Earn Up To 60,000 Points ($600) with the Visa Signature Flagship Rewards Credit Card

October 11, 2013

One credit card I have wanted to take a look at lately is the Visa Signature Flagship Rewards from Navy Federal Credit Union. Right now, the card is offering a lucrative sign-up bonus of 60,000 points when you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days of opening your account. Credit Card Details Include: Earn 60,000 points when you […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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How Can You Expedite the Process of Receiving Credit Card Points from a Sign-up Bonus?

September 29, 2013

TPG reader Matthew asks: “Most airline credit cards I see say, “Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for Credits to post to your account” for their sign-up bonuses. If I want to travel within those 6-8 weeks (i.e. go home for Thanksgiving), is there any way to expedite that process, or specific cards that don’t […]

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What Credit Card Is Best For Cruises?

September 29, 2013

TPG reader Michael asks: “What card is best for cruises? Cruises appear to be excluded from the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card 3x since cruising isn’t air travel. So, are the Chase Sapphire family of cards the best? What are your suggestions? Cruising carries a hefty price tag, and I’m somewhat surprised no credit […]

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Leveraging the Travelocity Amex

September 26, 2013

Lately Barclaycard has been making a major push into the market of travel points and rewards with a host of new products targeted at the US market including the Barclaycard Arrival and various airline and hotel-specific co-branded cards. The issuer has another potentially lucrative credit card offer for travelers, the Travelocity Rewards American Express. Don’t […]

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