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Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus for General Spending?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Kenny emailed me to ask: “I have both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. I’ve already met the minimum spending requirements to get the bonuses. For all of my travel and dining, I use Sapphire Preferred on top of the Chase Freedom bonus categories. For all my other spending, where […]

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If I Just Got a New Credit Card, Can I Apply for Another?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Luis tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy- I just got approved for a credit card. When can I apply for another one?” I’ve said it time and time again, but credit card bonuses are probably the most lucrative and easiest way to bring in tons of points and miles. A 60 second application online (and meeting spending […]

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50,000 Miles Sign-Up Bonus for Lufthansa Miles & More Card

October 3, 2014

Barclaycard is once again offering a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus on the Miles & More Premier World MasterCard, so if you’ve been thinking about diversifying your Star Alliance miles portfolio, this is a good opportunity to do so. With this offer, you’ll get 20,000 miles with your first purchase or balance transfer, and an additional 30,000 miles after spending $5,000 […]

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Saving on Family Ski Trips – Flights, Hotels, Lifts & More

October 3, 2014

Maximizing travel is often as much about saving money as it is about earning points. Since winter is coming, I asked TPG Contributor (and avid skier) Jason Steele to share his strategies for keeping family ski vacations affordable. Ski trips make for great family vacations, but the total price can be stunningly high. It’s not uncommon […]

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Amex Membership Rewards Card Showdown – Which Card Wins?

October 2, 2014

Yesterday, 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. Many readers had questions about the change, so today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the benefits of this card going forward, and compares it to two […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card: Should it be in Your Wallet?

October 2, 2014

Like its hotels, Ritz-Carlton’s co-branded credit card comes at a premium, but the travel and elite benefits offered by the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card can make it well worthwhile. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how. Many of the most prominent hotel brands have their own “luxury” brands embedded within their portfolios, such as St. Regis or Park Hyatt. […]

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Instant Starwood Points Transfers: The Weekly Wish

October 2, 2014

In the world of award travel, there’s little more frustrating than hunting down the perfect itinerary and locking in on scarce award availability only to have your plans undone by a delay in transferring points from one program to another. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen calls out one notoriously slow transferable points program, and explains why […]

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Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

October 1, 2014

If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014. In order to take advantage […]

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Delta To Limit Partner Transfers to SkyMiles

October 1, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has really chiseled away their SkyMiles program by implementing many negative changes for their flyers. They’ve announced Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, Tightened Their Same Day Confirm Policy and Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, just to name a few of their recent changes. Well, Delta […]

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Amex Premier Rewards Gold Losing 15,000 Point Spend Bonus

October 1, 2014

Spend bonuses on a credit card can dramatically increase its value proposition and justify the annual fee. The American Express Premier Rewards Gold card has been one of my go-to cards for years. It offers 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas and groceries. In my […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 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.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

October 1, 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 points and miles devotee, I’m always trying to get the best return I can on my rewards, and an important part of my strategy is knowing how to […]

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7 Top Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

September 30, 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. Yesterday, Chase launched a historically high sign-up bonus offer of 70,000 points for the Ink Plus business credit card. However, if you already have the Ink Plus or were thinking […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus – Amazing Deal Alert

September 29, 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 has just 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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Credit Cards that Offer Elite Status for Car Rentals

September 29, 2014

At a time when elite benefits are shrinking and those that still exist are becoming more elusive, I’m appreciative of any elite status that I can get and maintain the easy way, even for rental cars. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses credit cards that let you circumnavigate the elite status requirements at rental car agencies, so you can reap the […]

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Credit Card Bonuses?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Rushabh tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy– Do banks report sign-up bonuses to the IRS? Do we have to pay taxes on sign-up bonuses from credit card offers?” Rushabh wants to know what his tax liability is for points and miles earned from a credit card, and is concerned he might have to forfeit some […]

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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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