Travel Credit Card Resolutions for 2016

With a new year comes new opportunities to maximize your points and miles … if you’re savvy about the credit cards you carry and their benefits. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shares this handy list of the New Year’s resolutions everyone should consider to maximize their credit cards and the travel rewards they can reap…

The Average American’s Credit Score Is Pretty Terrible

How does your credit stack up to other Americans? A new report indicates that the average credit score across the US is just 604 — pretty poor compared with what’s needed for some of the best rewards cards. There are a few factors associated with your assigned score, such as payment history, but ultimately it seems that the average…

5 Things to Understand About Credit Before Applying for Cards

Credit cards are one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn points and miles — from sign-up bonuses to earning points on everyday spending and even getting some pretty neat perks on top of it all. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the options that are available, and it seems like issuers are…

How To Use The CardMatch Tool to Get Even Better Sign-Up Offers

Every so often, targeted credit card sign-up bonus offers come around that can be much higher than the available public offers on the same cards. One of the best places to look for these offers is through the CreditCards.com CardMatch Tool. CardMatch allows you you to see if there are any special credit card offers targeted specifically to you,…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred back up to 50,000 points. If anything, these announcements made it clearer than ever how…

Should I Be Concerned About a Credit Card Denial?

TPG reader Nate sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card applications: “My credit score is excellent, though I do have a number of hard credit inquires on my report from previous card applications. I got denied for the first time recently (by Capital One). Should I be worried about my ability to open new…

5 Lesser-Known Things that Affect Your Credit Score

Earning points and miles through a variety of lucrative credit card bonuses can open up tons of amazing travel options. But to really work this hobby to your advantage, you need a solid credit score. Today, TPG Contributor Vikram Birring goes back to basics with a look at several things that you may not even…

Your FICO Score and Which Credit Cards Offer It Free

Building a good credit score is important if you want to get approved for the best travel rewards cards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains the significance of your FICO score, and which credit cards can help you track it to better maintain your credit rating. After a Social Security number, a FICO credit score is perhaps the most important number assigned to Americans,…

Amex Now Offers Free FICO Scores to Consumer Cardholders

Once the dominant player in the rewards credit card marketplace, American Express has in recent years faced increasing competition in this space from relative newcomers, including Chase and Barclaycard. In an effort to stay on top, though, Amex has lately been revamping the benefits of several of its credit cards, including the Starwood Preferred Guest Card and the…

Business Credit vs. Charge Cards — Which is Right for You?

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains the differences between credit cards and charge cards, and looks at the benefits of each. When it comes to points and miles, personal credit cards are just one piece of the puzzle. Business cards can be another great way to rack up rewards for the travel you want, and…