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Card Comparison: Fixed-Value Earning Points Cards

October 22, 2014

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at four of the top fixed-value points programs and the credit cards that can help you maximize each of them. There are three types of travel rewards: transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards; program specific rewards like airline miles or hotel points; and fixed-value points, where […]

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How To Still Get The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Sign-Up Bonus

October 20, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a few weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Why Gas Credit Cards Can’t Compare to Travel Rewards

October 20, 2014

Most airlines and hotels have co-branded credit cards that offer a good (or sometimes great) return on spending within the brand. Many gas brands have similar card offerings, but today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains why the value of these cards just doesn’t measure up. Gas isn’t cheap, and it’s a product that most Americans need regularly, so […]

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How Should I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards for Hotel Stays?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ali tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I am looking to book a trip to the Caribbean in January and sitting on a lot of Chase points. Any recommendations on hotels?” Winter is coming, at least for those of us who live in colder climates like the Northeast. A nice getaway to the Caribbean may […]

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How Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards at Ritz Carlton?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Scotty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”What’s the best way to use rewards points earned from my American Express Platinum card toward staying at The Ritz-Carlton?” I love Amex points, but I almost never use them for hotel stays. Generally, the transfer partners aren’t that lucrative, and you get less than one cent per […]

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Last Chance for Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

October 18, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a couple weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than […]

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250 Free AAdvantage Miles, New United WiFi, Earn 5,000 SkyMiles

October 18, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Joining e-Rewards Earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for enrolling in the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You can then earn more miles for taking surveys that have been selected to match your particular interests. When joining the […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 33% Transfer Bonus to Hilton (Targeted)

October 17, 2014

Following yesterday’s announcement of a targeted 50% transfer bonus to Starwood, American Express Membership Rewardshas also launched a targeted offer for a 33% transfer bonus to Hilton through November 30, 2014.  Membership Rewards is the points program of American Express credit cards such as the Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and the new EveryDay cards, and Hilton HHonors is one of its four hotel […]

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Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

October 17, 2014

Many of the best points-earning credit cards offer cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points or miles in certain merchant categories, whether they be grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, or others. With the diversity of credit cards out there and the sheer variety of purchases the average person makes over the course of a year (or even a […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 50% Transfer Bonus to Starwood (Targeted)

October 16, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Starwood Preferred Guest (targeted) through November 30, 2014. Starwood Preferred Guest is one of the four hotel transfer partners of American Express, but the normal transfer ratio is a dismal 3:1, […]

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Rental Car Credit Cards: The Weekly Wish

October 16, 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: that savvy card issuers would release co-branded credit cards for rental car companies. The bulk of coverage here at TPG is devoted to airline and hotel loyalty programs. We want […]

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Last Chance for Citi Prestige Companion Fare & 15% Discount

October 15, 2014

As I reported back in August, Citi is completely overhauling its flagship Citi Prestige card, adding benefits like a free 4th hotel night, a $250 annual statement credit for airline purchases (including airfare), and Priority Pass lounge access. The card will also lose some benefits, such as the flight points program, the worldwide companion coach class ticket, and […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 35% Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

October 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic from October 15 – November 30, 2014. There’s no need to register – the bonus is hard-coded into the transfer page. While this isn’t the most lucrative transfer bonus we’ve […]

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Top UK Credit Cards: British Airways, Hilton, and More

October 15, 2014

If you’re a U.S.-based reader of The Points Guy, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you’ve applied for at least one credit card offer with a large sign-up bonus. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of these offers are unavailable to readers outside the country. To help our readers elsewhere make the most of credit card […]

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How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

October 15, 2014

Call me crazy, but I tend to think that if you have to pay for something, it isn’t free. Yet many airlines charge frequent flyers for the privilege of redeeming miles by adding fuel surcharges to award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains which airlines are the worst offenders, and offers some tips for how to avoid these […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Bonus Still Available Until October 19

October 14, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Maximizing Points, Miles, and Dollars at the Spa

October 14, 2014

From the Away Spa at the W Vieques in Puerto Rico to the Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel in Chicago, some of my most relaxing travel experiences have come at the hands of hotels and resorts that offer spa services. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for how to make spa visits less expensive and […]

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3X Membership Rewards at Restaurants Until 2015 (Targeted)

October 13, 2014

American Express is offering bonus Membership Rewards points to targeted cardholders for purchases made at restaurants in the U.S. through the end of 2014 (promotion landing page). For each dollar you spend, you’ll earn 2 bonus points in addition to the points you normally earn, for a total of 3 points per dollar spent at U.S. […]

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Top Cards That Offer Credits for Airline Incidentals

October 13, 2014

An important step toward getting the most out of your travel is to not only maximize your points and miles, but also to minimize your expenses. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains how you can lower your cash outlay for both paid and award tickets by taking advantage of some very useful credit card benefits. Call it unbundling, […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Groceries?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “In your opinion, what is the best credit card for making purchases at the grocery store?”  Credit card spending bonuses can be an easy way to rack up miles. These days, you can find cards that offer bonuses in a wide variety of spending categories, from office supplies […]

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Can I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Twice?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader AnneMarie messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Are you allowed to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred sign up bonus more than once? Is there a certain time that you can wait between cards to get the bonus more than once?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of my go-to travel cards […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On The Ship

October 10, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz recently embarked on a seven-night Alaska cruise with her family. Here, she details 12 unexpected things she learned while aboard the ship. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where she’ll explore shore excursions. For my parents’ 41st wedding anniversary, they invited their three grown children on an Alaska cruise. After a little […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. EveryDay Preferred – Which Card Wins?

October 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced that, starting in 2015, the Premier Rewards Gold card would no longer offer a 15,000-point bonus for spending $30,000 or more in a calendar year. That prompted us to reevaluate Amex’s Membership Rewards cards in a showdown that pitted the Premier Rewards Gold against the Platinum and EveryDay Preferred cards. […]

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Delta Raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

October 9, 2014

In yet another bold move to undermine its frequent flyers, Delta is increasing the amount of Medallion Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Medallion qualification. Delta is increasing the MQD requirements for earning 2016 Medallion status, which is based on flights flown between January 1, […]

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