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When Deals Go Bad

October 7, 2011

A TPG reader sent me an email recently that made me think about my role as a blogger and my responsibility for the deals I post about. He was angry because he had just gotten off the phone with an American Express representative who denied him a bump bonus that had previously been promised to […]

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How Do You Induce Sleep on Planes?

September 30, 2011

If you follow me on Twitter, you would know that I had a mini crisis last night: I ran out of my trusty Lunesta and was forced to buy over the counter sleep aids for my flight to Amsterdam. Since I’m going to Europe for a long weekend, I really didn’t want to risk not getting […]

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Follow Me on Twitter! (Shameless Plug to Help Me Hit 5,000 Followers)

September 27, 2011

At the time of writing this post, I’m about 70 followers away from 5,000, so if you haven’t done so, please follow me! If you don’t have a Twitter account, get one here. If you are sick of hearing about Twitter and think it’s a stupid fad that’s going away, you should actually check out some […]

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New Beginner’s Guide Resource Page

September 22, 2011

I preach about miles and points pretty much wherever I go. Whether it’s the grocery store clerk who comments on my nifty Chase Sapphire Preferred card or the Canadian immigration official who this week grilled me on my “so called job as a blogger,” I feel like I’m talking about points all the time. And that’s […]

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Check Out My New Site: Travelcreditcards.com

September 22, 2011

As many of you know, I quit my day job in June and have been pursuing a full-time career as a blogger. So far so good, and I haven’t regretted my decision for a minute. Making this decision has allowed me to focus more time on The Points Guy and also on branching out and exploring […]

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Reminder: Send Me Your Questions

September 10, 2011

Just a friendly reminder to send me your questions for my Reader Email Sundays. I try my best to answer every one, but even if you don’t get an answer right away, it may be considered for a future post. Just comment below or email me with your question with TPG Reader Question in the […]

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Reminder: Register for the Chicago Frequent Flyer Seminars

September 5, 2011

This October I’ll be speaking at the seminar for frequent flyers in Chicago with a bunch of other experts in the field. There are spots for 550 people and as of today, 400 seats are sold. If you want to learn more about miles and points – whether it’s credit card churning, mileage running or […]

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And the Winner of the 100,000 Starpoints Is…

August 21, 2011

With 21% of the vote, Travelhackerr - congratulations! 1,138 votes were cast in total over the 24 hours, with the breakdown being: Travelhackerr’s Plan to Propose and then Honeymoon (21%, 242 Votes) David Hagins Family Trip to Aruba (17%, 199 Votes) Cory’s Family Beach and Snow Trips (16%, 184 Votes) KirstenE’s Family Trip to Hawaii (15%, […]

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TPG/Starwood American Express Contest: Win 100,000 Starpoints

August 16, 2011

Starwood Preferred Guest points are one of the most valuable points out there. Most points aficionados value SPG points highly because there are many ways to get really good value out of them – such as Cash & Points, airline transfers, free nights (including 5th night free), Starwood Moments and night & flights packages. To highlight all […]

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And the Winner of Dine With TPG is …

August 11, 2011

Kris who was the only reader to choose Adour by Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis. “I’m going with Adour because it’s one of the 3 listed as ‘Top Class’… TPG strikes me as the type to enjoy ‘the finer things’ in life :)” Well, I do certainly like the finer things in life, but […]

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Site Back Up and Running

August 10, 2011

So apparently the company who owns the servers my web host uses had some major technical issues today and over 1,000 different websites were down. There’s nothing I really could have done to avoid it since it seemed like a freak incident, but I’m still evaluating other options so we never have to go through 8 […]

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New Credit Card Tab and Capital One Products

August 8, 2011

Earlier this year, I started the Top Deals page, which features the top credit card and airline/hotel/miscellaneous offers and promotions. This page quickly became the #1 most visited page of the site and the feedback I’ve gotten is to continue organizing as much information in one place as possible so you can make the most informed […]

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Reminder: Enter for a Chance to Dine with TPG!

August 6, 2011

As a reminder, don’t forget to enter my latest contest, based around the British Airways Visa NYC Michelin Promotion, for a chance to Dine with TPG!! *note: if you wish to enter the contest via the TPG website please make sure to respond to the original post* Here’s how to win: I’ve selected the restaurant I […]

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British Airways Visa NYC Michelin Promotion and a Chance to Dine with TPG

August 3, 2011

I, like many of you, got in on the British Airways 100,000 mile bonus this spring and I recently received an interesting NYC dining promotion, which sparked my interest: “Use your British Airways Visa® Card at any NYC MICHELIN Guide 2011 star-rated restaurant today through October 1, 2011.  Dine once and receive a $50 statement credit.  Dine […]

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Membership Rewards Pay With Points Promotion: My Readers Have Spoken and I’ll Be Going To…

August 2, 2011

Urubamba, Peru… and Vieques, Puerto Rico! Huh? Okay, hear me out. After I posted the Peru option, I got a ton of emails and comments about a long weekend not being enough time and the more research I did, I had to agree. Plus, the point of using my Pay With Points was to gain […]

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Reminder: Vote on Where to Send Me and Win an Amex Gift Card

August 1, 2011

Today is the last day to vote on where to send me with 150,000 American Express points. So far, Urubamba, Peru is in the lead, but a big push for Vieques could change that. Lucky for me, I’d love to go to both places (or even the St. Regis Punta Mita), so it doesn’t matter to […]

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Travel Credit Card Segment (and TPG Shout Out) on the Today Show

July 30, 2011

Yesterday, the Today Show had a segment about travel credit cards, with Elise Loehnen from Conde Nast. Check it out here if it doesn’t load below- my shout out is at around 3:40. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy When talking about credit card bonuses, she recommends TPG and […]

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And the Winner of the Star Mega Do 3 First Class, Great Seatmate Giveaway Is…

July 20, 2011

Kathy Klass! Kathy was an active participant – submitting numerous entries via Facebook and Twitter (@katruns26point2). Her winning entry, which was randomly drawn using random.org, was submitted via Facebook on Monday at 7:10pm: Kathy Klass I will share my tutu with you. How generous! A little bit about Kathy: “It all began when I was […]

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Reminder: Last Day to Enter the Great Seatmate Contest!

July 19, 2011

Today is the last day to enter my contest to win a first class seat on the Star Mega Do 3. Simply follow and tweet me or “like” me and write on my Facebook wall with why you are a great seatmate to win. If you tweet, make sure to use hashtag #greatseatmate so your […]

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Update on the LRA Paid Hotel Surveys

July 18, 2011

In May and June I wrote about the opportunity to get up to $250 for simple surveys on your hotel stays. I know it sounded too good to be true, but I personally vouched for the company because I knew the CO – he is the father of my best friend growing up. TPG readers […]

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Reminder: Enter to Fly First Class With Me on Star Mega Do 3

July 16, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that you have until Tuesday at 11:59 EDT to enter the Great Seatmate contest (details here). Each time you Tweet me and tell me why you’d be a great seatmate (and hashtag with #greatseatmate) counts as 1 entry. 5 max per day. Each time you write on my Facebook wall and […]

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Is Buying a Watch or Jewelry Duty-Free Worth It?

July 15, 2011

I’m in the market to get a new watch – not something extravagant, but something high quality that I’ll keep forever. It dawned on me the other day while passing through CDG, that maybe I should buy duty-free while I’m abroad. So I went on the internet and asked some friends and I’ve gotten a […]

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Are You the Perfect Seatmate? If So, Fly First Class With Me on the Star Mega Do 3!

July 13, 2011

To me, one of the most interesting parts of flying is the seatmate. There’s something unique (and strange) about sitting next to someone in a metal tube for hours and we’ve all heard (and experienced) our fair share of horror stories. In fact, on my flight to Mauritius this week, my seatmate was pretty bad- […]

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Reminder: Send Me Your Questions

July 9, 2011

Every Sunday I’ll be featuring reader email questions for TPG, so if you have a question you’d like me to answer, email me here (info at thepointsguy.com) and use subject line TPG READER QUESTION. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I’m currently in sunny Sitges, Spain, so life is pretty good right now! Check […]

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