Costco Members Can Shop at Sam’s Club Through July 4

On June 20, Costco officially switched from accepting only American Express cards to accepting only Visa credit cards. The switch was delayed from earlier this year because the transition took longer than expected, but now the co-branded Visa Costco card is available and open for sign-ups. Last year, Costco competitor Sam’s Club began accepting Amex…

Chase Freedom to Continue 5% Cash Back at Wholesale Clubs Until Year’s End

We’re just a few days away from Costco’s switch to exclusively accepting Visa cards, and now Chase has shared plans to continue the 5% cash back category on the Chase Freedom card for purchases at wholesale club retailers like Costso, BJ’s and Sam’s Club through the end of the year. As a reminder, cardholders will…

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…

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…