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Maximizing Points And Miles On Vacation Rentals with AirBnB and VRBO

August 26, 2013

As much as I love hotel points and elite status benefits, from time to time, staying in a hotel with a decent loyalty program just isn’t possible for any number of reasons including…you might be staying for an extended period of time, room rates are simply too expensive, the destination you’re interested in doesn’t have […]

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Maximize Monday: Using Airline Miles For Hotel and Car Awards – Worth It?

August 19, 2013

While most of the time we talk about airline miles in terms of award flights and how to get the most value out of them, many airlines actually let you use your miles for non-flight travel redemptions as well including car rentals, hotel stays, and packages. I don’t tend to think about those options much, […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning Points On Back To School Shopping

August 12, 2013

The summer is rapidly winding down and while back to school shopping can add up to a huge expense, it can also be an opportunity to accrue some major miles and points if you leverage the right shopping portals. For this week’s Maximize Monday post, I look at how to earn the most miles through […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Maximize Monday: Using Hyatt’s Partnership With MGM Resorts For Cheap Las Vegas Stays And Elite Status

June 24, 2013

Last week, Hyatt entered a partnership with MGM Resorts, opening up 12 properties in Las Vegas where Hyatt Gold Passport members can now earn and redeem points, as well as earning stay/night credit toward elite status qualification, so I thought I would take a look at how Hyatt Gold Passport members can maximize this new […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning Points and Miles on New York Airport Car Services

June 10, 2013

Getting to New York City from the three main airports in the area – JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark – can be an expensive challenge. Taxis cost a lot and there are often long lines, while picking up a private car at the curb can mean ridesharing (and spending a lot of extra time in the […]

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Maximize Monday: Airport WiFi

June 3, 2013

Summer is here, which means that more of us will be traveling. A lot more. Approximately 209 million Americans will be flying this summer between June and August according to estimates by trade group Airlines for America, and of those, 27 million will be traveling internationally. With all that action, keeping in touch and staying […]

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Maximize Monday: Getting The Most Points Out of Double and Triple Dipping When Booking Travel

May 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When I checked my Delta SkyMiles and Starwood Preferred Guest accounts the other day, I noticed that my SPG/Delta Crossover Rewards had kicked in and I had started earning Delta miles on my Starwood stays and […]

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Maximize Monday: Introduction to Green Dot MoneyPaks and Reloadable Prepaid Cards

May 13, 2013

For those of you who got in on the one-day Amex Business Gold Rewards 75K sign-up bonus offer and are now wondering how to meet the $5,000 minimum spend requirement in 3 months – and for the rest of us hoping to continue cashing in on prepaid and reloadable cards in order to keep racking […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline Frequent Flyer Programs for Businesses

April 29, 2013

Normally when we talk about frequent flyer  accounts, we’re discussing those held by individuals or even households, but what you might not realize is that many airline frequent flyer programs  actually offer business accounts that allow businesses to earn points on the itineraries their employees travel while the individual employees still earn the miles and […]

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Maximize Monday: What Do 50,000 Amex Points Get You?

April 22, 2013

In light the current limited-time 50,000-point sign-up bonus on the Business Gold Rewards card from American Express, as well as today’s launch of the a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios now through June 7, 2013, I thought that for today’s Maximize Monday post, I’d write about American Express Membership Rewards […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the […]

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Maximize Monday: Making The Most Out of Your Taxes

April 1, 2013

Tax season is upon us and the April 15 deadline to send your money to Uncle Sam fast approaches. Before you write a check, though, I thought it would be a good idea to go over the various other options you have where you can earn points and miles by paying your taxes. In fact, […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Gas Purchases

March 25, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on fuel purchases. Perhaps the only good thing about high gas prices is the opportunity to earn more points and miles when you fill […]

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Maximize Monday: How to Stay Connected in the Sky- An In-Flight WiFi Roundup

March 18, 2013

The more time I spend up in the skies, the more I have come to value in-flight WiFi. Although some people, including myself from time to time, like to disconnect onboard and enjoy a few brief hours of email/Facebook/Twitter-less bliss, losing six hours of work and communication time while flying cross-country can be a daunting […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Credit Card for Car Rental Insurance

March 11, 2013

TPG Contributor Jason Steele takes us through the basics of insurance that credit cards provide for car rentals and how you can make a decision about which card to use for the best coverage for your particular needs. When we think of credit card rewards, we usually think of points and miles. But one of […]

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Maximize Monday: Ranking the Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

March 4, 2013

Update: Chase Ultimate Rewards has also added Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic as transfer partners. Ultimate Rewards is the loyalty points program of Chase credit cards including the Sapphire Preferred, the Ink Bold and Ink Plus, as well as the Chase Freedom and Sapphire cards. However, there are actually two types of Ultimate Rewards points. Basic cards like […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning Points and Miles on Groceries

February 25, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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Maximize Monday: Current Buy Miles Promotions – United, American, US Airways, British Airways and Avianca

February 18, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. There are several buy miles promotions from various airlines going on at the moment – including a United 40% bonus that ends today! – so we asked TPG contributor Nick Ewen to run through the options […]

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Maximize Monday: Maximizing A Potential American Airlines US Airways Merger

February 11, 2013

Update: The public offer for the Chairman’s Preferred US Airways Dividend Miles Premier World Mastercard has expired, but you still might be able to apply for it – check out this post for more information on it as well as a version of the card that comes with 35,000 bonus miles and the first year’s […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car Rentals

January 21, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on car rentals. For many travelers, rental cars can be an unexpected huge expense, so it makes sense for road warriors to use a […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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