Banking Relationships that Earn Points and Improve Benefits

When it comes to earning travel rewards, many points and miles enthusiasts pay great attention to credit cards, and little or none at all to other methods. However, focusing on just one strategy can keep you from maximizing your earnings. So today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses banking relationships that can help you boost your loyalty account balances, avoid…

Get the Delta Suntrust Debit Card Before It’s Too Late

Back in the day there were many miles-earning debit card options, but they have been drying up as of late. We have heard some rumors that Delta Suntrust Debit Card was going away, and it looks like that is the case. TPG Reader Daryl sent us the following email: “I just learned (about 5-minutes ago) from my…

Credit Card Reward Program Regulations May Be On The Way

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, Congress passed financial regulations meant to add more oversight into the financial markets to hopefully avoid another crisis. In 2009 they passed the CARD act, which enforced new rules on credit card companies including how often they could change consumer APRs and how much they could charge merchants…

No More Bluebird Debit Card Online Load Fees

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. The Bluebird from American Express is a checking account/debit card alternative with a lot of great features that can save you money and earn points in the process. You don’t undergo a…

Updated Options for Earning Airline Miles from Debit Cards

While points-earning debit cards are few and far between – and getting rarer by the day! – there are still some out there that offer a good alternative to getting a credit card if you want to maximize your miles. I can’t value travel credit cards and the points they can earn you enough, but…

How To Get In On The Best Delta Credit and Debit Card Offers

Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. A couple months ago, I was debating whether or not it was time to get a Delta co-branded credit card. I was considering it for a number of reasons. Although I have shifted more and…

Video SRQ: Can I Earn Points on Prepaid Cards?

TPG reader Ruth asked what options there are for earning points and miles if you have poor credit: “For those who have bad credit who want to get a prepaid credit card, is there one where points can be earned as well ? If so, which one?” Unfortunately there are no prepaid cards that give…

Sunday Reader Questions: Any Good Debit Card Rewards Programs Left?

Update: PerkStreet Financial will be closing permanently and ceasing all business operations on September 26, 2013. TPG reader Edward asks a more general question about debit card reward programs: “I was reading your blog while looking for a debit rewards program. Can you recommend any debit card rewards programs?” Unfortunately, while debit cards used to be…