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The Best Lobster Rolls In the US: TPG Staff Favorites

September 5, 2014

To celebrate the first Friday of each month and the lucrative 3x points on dining on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, we’re excited to kick off a monthly dining roundup. To get things started, we’re sharing our picks for the best lobster rolls around the country. Summer may be coming to an end, but lobster rolls are […]

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DOT Considers Cell Phone Ban, Orbitz Dining Rewards & More

August 9, 2014

Here’s a rundown of points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed this week: Department of Transportation Considers Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls: In response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2013 proposal to overturn technical rules barring in-flight cellphone use (as well as a general public outcry about the potential annoyance of other passengers gabbing away for hours […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday – 3x Points on Dining

August 1, 2014

The First Friday of the month is here, which means you can earn 3x Ultimate Rewards points on dining purchases with the Chase Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cards. No registration is necessary, Chase will award the bonus points automatically for any qualifying purchases made by 11:59 pm in whatever time zone you happen to find yourself. While Chase has announced plans to get rid of the […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday + Dining Program Bonus

July 4, 2014

For those of you who are opting out of the 4th of July BBQ, a reminder that this is the first Friday of the month, which means you can earn 3x points on dining purchases with the Chase Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cards. And thanks to the annual 7% points dividend on the Sapphire Preferred, earning 3x points really means earning 3.21x points per […]

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AAdvantage 10,000 Bonus Miles For Dining 10 Times

July 2, 2014

Dining rewards programs are a great way to double dip on earning miles and points by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals while also linking it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles per dollar on top of that. Currently American Airlines’ dining program, AAdvantage Dining, […]

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IRS Proposing New Tax Burden on Loyalty Programs

May 23, 2014

In the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan (or business plan), the IRS is currently proposing that travel industry companies pay taxes on the front end of their loyalty program transactions, rather than waiting to pay those taxes until program members make redemptions. This shift in tax timing would mean that travel industry companies would almost […]

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Increased Signup Bonuses for Dining Rewards Programs

May 20, 2014

Dining rewards programs are an easy way to double dip on earning miles and points. You can use a points or miles earning credit card to front the bill, and link that card to your airline or hotel dining program of choice in order to earn even more points per dollar for dining out. Delta was the […]

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500 Free Miles For Joining United MileagePlus Dining

May 16, 2014

Dining rewards programs enable you to link your miles-and-points-earning credit cards and airline or hotel loyalty program accounts of choice to earn multiple miles or points per dollar when paying for meals and beverages at participating restaurants. Sign-up bonuses tend to hover around the 500-mile or -point mark, and often require a minimum spend thereafter to continue earning.  Hat […]

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Reminder: 3x Points On Dining Today With Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday

May 2, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. It’s almost lunch time on the east coast so I wanted to send out a little reminder that this is the first Friday of the month – and that […]

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Join A Dining Rewards Program for Bonus Miles + Current Sign-Up Bonuses

April 22, 2014

Dining rewards programs are a great way to double dip on earning miles and points by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals while also linking it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles per dollar on top of that. When you sign-up a new card […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Today

March 7, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. It’s almost lunchtime on the east coast, which means you’re probably thinking about where to eat and hopefully which credit card to use to maximize the points on your […]

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Reminder: Chase First Friday 3X Points on Dining Tomorrow, February 7, 2014

February 6, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. Last year, Chase launched a program called First Friday where cardholders of the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire cards would earn 3X points per $1 at restaurants on the first […]

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Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Extended Through 2014

January 3, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. Back in April 2013, Chase announced that Sapphire and Sapphire Preferred cardholders would earn 3X points per $1 on dining purchases on the first Friday of every month through […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining December 6

December 5, 2013

It’s already December! And that means that tomorrow is the last first Friday of the month for earning 3X points per $1 on dining when you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards at restaurants, where they would normally only earn 2-2.14X points per $1. The bonus works at any restaurant you’d normally earn […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining October 4

October 2, 2013

I can’t believe it’s already October and Halloween is right around the corner! It seems like much of the country is enjoying an Indian summer of gorgeous weather, so hopefully many of you are taking advantage by getting out and about, but don’t forget that wherever you are, Friday, October 4, is the first Friday […]

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Earn Up To 3,000 Bonus United Miles By Joining The MileagePlus Dining Program

September 16, 2013

Dining rewards programs can be a great way to double dip on your points and miles earning by accruing points not only by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals out, but also to link it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles on top of […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points August 2

August 1, 2013

Summer is flying by and I can’t believe that August is here already! I hope many of you have been having a great time and gotten to travel to sunny places near and far, but don’t forget that wherever you are, tomorrow is the first Friday of the month, and that means 3X points per […]

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Maximize Dining Spend: Updated List of Current Dining Rewards Programs Bonuses

July 25, 2013

Dining programs can be a great way to double-dip with miles or points. Not only can you earn the points or miles you would normally earn on a points-earning credit card like the Starwood Amex, or even the category spending bonus points on a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2.14X per $1) or the Citi Forward […]

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Triple Dip On Points With NYC Restaurant Week

July 22, 2013

Now through Friday, August 16, nearly 300 restaurants are participating in New York City’s Summer 2013 Restaurant Week. Not only is this a great chance to try new restaurants at a significant discount, but it’s a good opportunity to triple dip on your dining spend and rack up tons of bonus points. This time around, […]

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Get Half-Price Meals In Europe This Summer With The Fork

July 11, 2013

As Americans head to Europe in droves for the usual summer high-season, Madrid-based TPG contributor Lori Zaino fills us in on a great website both for finding authentic, quality meals in Spain and France, as well as getting huge discounts off your bill. Ever have that experience where you are traveling in Europe, your kids […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points July 5

July 5, 2013

Hopefully many of you spent the holiday out and about in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, grilling on the barbecue and all those other fun things that make summer great. But just because it’s a holiday weekend, don’t forget that today, Friday, July 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means […]

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Earn Bonus Points and Miles with the Thanks Again Rewards Network

June 12, 2013

The Thanks Again Network is a program you can sign up for by registering a credit card which then earns you bonus points and miles for your everyday spending. The program is a combination of a shopping portal and dining network where consumers who register their credit card can earn a variety of reward options. You […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining June 7

June 6, 2013

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. On the first Friday of every month, Chase Sapphire partners with OpenTable to offer 3X points per $1 on dining when you pay for a meal with your Sapphire […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire 3X Dining Bonus On First Friday

May 3, 2013

Last week, Chase Sapphire announced it was partnering with OpenTable to offer 3X points per $1 on dining on the first Friday of each month now through the end of 2013 when you pay for a meal with your Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards, which normally earn 2X per $1 at restaurants.  Since today is […]

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