Top UK Credit Cards: British Airways, Hilton, and More

October 15, 2014

If you’re a U.S.-based reader of The Points Guy, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you’ve applied for at least one credit card offer with a large sign-up bonus. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of these offers are unavailable to readers outside the country. To help our readers elsewhere make the most of credit card […]

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50,000 Miles Sign-Up Bonus for Lufthansa Miles & More Card

October 3, 2014

Barclaycard is once again offering a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus on the Miles & More Premier World MasterCard, so if you’ve been thinking about diversifying your Star Alliance miles portfolio, this is a good opportunity to do so. With this offer, you’ll get 20,000 miles with your first purchase or balance transfer, and an additional 30,000 miles after spending $5,000 […]

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Credit Cards that Offer Elite Status for Car Rentals

September 29, 2014

At a time when elite benefits are shrinking and those that still exist are becoming more elusive, I’m appreciative of any elite status that I can get and maintain the easy way, even for rental cars. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses credit cards that let you circumnavigate the elite status requirements at rental car agencies, so you can reap the […]

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What’s the Best Way to Get Airport Lounge Access?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Gagan asked me on Facebook: “What is the best option to get airport lounge access throughout the U.S. and internationally? I’m not a member of any frequent flyer club and have no status. Will I have to buy a pass?” Lounge access is nice to have when traveling. Not only can you get […]

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Six Top Credit Cards For International Travel

September 17, 2014

International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors to consider, like whether a card levies foreign transaction fees, and some less obvious ones, like whether it […]

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Is the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard Worthwhile?

September 17, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard, including its earning potential, redemption options, and unique features, to see whether it deserves a place in the pantheon of award travel credit cards. Most of the content at TPG involves tips for maximizing free travel with award flights and hotel rooms. However, there […]

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Using Merchant Category Codes to Maximize Bonuses

September 16, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains merchant category codes, and how understanding them can help you get the most out of category bonuses offered by your credit cards. TPG often preaches the importance of maximizing the points and miles you earn not only in your travels, but also from your day to day spending. If, for example, you spend […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Economy Awards to London?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Steven tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy: “I value free/low-cost economy flights to London Heathrow. On which credit card should I concentrate my spending? I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.” I usually use my miles and points to book business class flights or […]

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Top Canada Credit Cards: Aeroplan, Marriott Rewards & More

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen reviews some of the top credit cards available to Canadian readers, including offers from Aeroplan, Alaska Airlines and Marriott Rewards, transferable programs like Amex Membership Rewards, and other flexible cash back programs. There’s no doubt that credit card sign-up bonuses are among the best ways to rack up loyalty points and […]

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World Elite vs. World MasterCard: Benefits and Value

September 8, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the differences between two common but infrequently discussed types of MasterCard, and explains the benefits of each. If you’re a MasterCard account holder, you may have noticed the label WORLD or WORLD ELITE just above the two globes of the MasterCard logo. If so, you might have wondered what these terms mean, […]

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Will I Lose Miles by Canceling the US Airways MasterCard?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Chris asked me on Facebook: “The US Airways Premier World  MasterCard says my account must be open for miles not to expire.  If I pay the annual fee, earn the bonus, and then cancel the card shortly thereafter, will I lose my miles?” Wording on credit card applications and marketing material can be confusing, and I’m constantly […]

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Amex Platinum vs. Visa Black Card vs. Citi Prestige: Who Wins?

August 26, 2014

Rewards credit cards come in a wide variety of flavors. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at the bonuses, benefits, and other aspects of three premium cards to see how they stack up against one another. With the economy slowly recovering, travel providers and financial institutions have stepped up their games to try to woo high spenders. We’ve seen this […]

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US Airways Mastercard Bonus Miles and Refunded Fees

June 26, 2014

The US Airways Premier World Mastercard from Barclaycard is offering a 20% bonus on all earned miles from July 1 – August 31, 2014 and some lucky customers may be targeted with a 30% bonus in emails sent out this week. In addition, cardholders will receive a refund for all foreign transaction fees assessed during the […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. Arrival Plus: Which Is Best Abroad?

May 18, 2014

TPG reader Tammy recently asked on Facebook: “I’m traveling overseas and looking for the best credit card with no foreign exchange fees. I’ve read about Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Chase Sapphire Preferred on your FB page. Both have no annual fees, so which one do you recommend, or is there another, better option?” When traveling […]

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And the Winner of Our First Thursday Giveaway Is…

July 15, 2013

Last Thursday I decided to start a new weekly blog feature called Thursday Giveaways where we will be holding fun little contests and award our loyal readers with prizes. For the first contest I asked readers to comment on The Points Guy’s Facebook wall with your favorite golf related story using the hashtag #TPGgiveaway. This […]

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Introducing Thursday Giveaways: Mastercard’s Priceless Events and a Sir Nick Faldo Signed Golf Towel & Other Swag

July 11, 2013

In celebration of hitting 10,000 Facebook followers, I wanted to kick off a new weekly blog feature where Team TPG will be giving away prizes to our loyal readers every Thursday – so get ready for some fun contests and a grab bag of prizes! To kick us off, I’ve got some great swag to […]

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IHG Launches Summer Promos: Double Points, $50 Gift Cards, Scratch Offs and More

May 30, 2013

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) – whose loyalty program is still known Priority Club for a short while longer – has just announced a number of  seasonal incentives to encourage travelers to make a last-minute trip or pre-plan for the rest of summer season. The offers are available at their 4,600 hotels worldwide, which  include IntercontinentalHotels […]

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Visa and MasterCard Users: Beware of New 4 Percent Surcharge

February 5, 2013

As a result of the largest antitrust settlement in United States history, merchants in 40 states are now able to tack on a fee of up to 4% per credit card transaction – spelling potential disaster for those of us looking to rack up miles and points by using credit cards. The dispute dates to […]

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15% Off Air Canada Flights To New York With Mastercard

June 27, 2012

There’s just a few days left, but if you have a Mastercard, you’re eligible for a couple discounts on reservations made on Air Canada until June 30 (Saturday) for travel between now and December 14, 2012. First, you’ve got to register your card by June 30 to get a special promo code. Then go to […]

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$20 Mastercard Giftcard for Spending $200

November 26, 2011

I love a good triple dip, so this holiday season – don’t simply earn your credit card points and shopping portal points for your online purchases – but also earn an additional $20 back when you use a Mastercard. Simply register here and then spend $200 online between November 15 and December 31, 2011. You’ll […]

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Avoiding Foreign Transaction Fees on Points and Miles Earning Credit Cards

March 28, 2011

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Platinum Card from American Express, Capital One Venture Rewards Card If you aren’t already aware, many credit card issuers charge ridiculous foreign transaction fees on every purchase you make on your credit card outside of the USA. In fact, you may even be […]

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Starwood American Express 25,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

December 21, 2010

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. While I think the Hyatt card is a better deal (the equivalent of 60,000 Starwood points if you use the two Hyatt nights at top tier hotels) because they don’t require any spend to get […]

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