New Visa Tech Will Speed Up Chip Card Payments

Frustrated about how long chip card transactions take to process? You’re not alone. There’s no doubt that chip transactions take longer than swipe transactions. And, since extra time costs money, more and more merchants have been abandoning using chip technology — bearing additional fraud risk to save transaction time. That should be changing soon: Visa recently announced that it’s…

10 Photos: Exploring Byron Bay, Australia

TPG contributor Kathryn Romeyn takes us on a tour of Byron Bay’s stunning sands, powerful waters, musical eateries and top boutiques. (All photos by the author, except where noted). When I decided to base myself in Sydney, Australia, for four months, virtually everyone I knew or met told me I should go to Byron Bay. That,…

Top Cards, Free Elite Status, Best Business Seats for Couples & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Costco’s Switch from Amex to Visa Delayed Until Summer 2016

Last year, Costco announced it was cutting ties with American Express and signing an exclusive agreement with Citi to provide co-branded Visa credit cards for customers beginning April 1, 2016. Now that roll out has been pushed back until “early summer” because the transition has taken longer than expected. Costco announced it was cutting its 16-year…

Using Visa Offers to Find Travel Discounts and Promotions

Over the last few years, credit card issuers have been pulling out all the stops. Programs like Visa Signature and World Elite MasterCard have continued to widen the range of discounts and benefits available to cardholders in order to attract new business and keep existing customers. On that note, Visa recently updated its Visa Offers program, which is…

Avis Car Rental Screw-Up Results in a $2,300 Foreign Transaction Fee

TPG Contributor (and pro photographer) Patrick T. Fallon usually shares tips on exploring destinations, redeeming miles, gaining elite status and improving your own photography while traveling — today’s story is a little different. Between TPG posts, follow his photo work and travels on Instagram. (All photos by the author.) When my friend Pinar Istek used her credit…

My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

Around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which new ones I should apply for. If you’re new to the game there…

A Wine and Food-Filled Weekend in Napa Valley with Ritz-Carlton Rewards

TPG Contributor Kate O’Brien and her boyfriend recently made their first visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley wine country via an exclusive travel package available only through her Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit card. Here’s her review of the experience. For the past few years, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Visa has offered its card members the chance…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 in Marriott and United Gift Cards

This week’s Thursday Giveaway is the chance to win a $250 United gift card and a $250 Marriott gift card. Through the end of November, Marriott and United are running a promotion to earn bonus points and miles when you use your Marriott card with United, or your United card with Marriott. The Double Stay, Double Go promotion is available…

Top Travel Rewards Cards, Win 500,000 American Miles & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…