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Barclaycard Arrival vs. Fidelity Investment Rewards Amex

June 1, 2014

This past week, TPG reader Manu sent me a message via Facebook: “What is the advantage of the Barclaycard Arrival over the Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express Card, which also gets 2% cash back on all purchases, but (unlike the Barclaycard) has no annual fee?” When it comes to cash back, the Fidelity American Express (which earns 2% across the board and has […]

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Southwest Airlines Premier Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

June 1, 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. This past week, TPG Reader James tweeted me with the following question: “@thepointsguy Can you help me decide between the Southwest Airlines Premier card and Chase Sapphire Preferred? I usually fly domestic on Southwest, […]

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Should You Get Amex Platinum for Its 100,000 Point Bonus?

June 1, 2014

This week, I again received one of the questions I’m asked most frequently, via a tweet from TPG reader Stephen: “@thepointsguy Do you recommend the American Express Platinum (or its business version), with its 100,000-point sign-up bonus?” In short, the answer is absolutely. Even if you don’t know how to really maximize Amex points, those 100,000 points are worth at least $1,000 […]

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Should You Get US Airways AND American Cards Before the Merger?

May 25, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG Reader Chris tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it worthwhile to get separate US Airways and American Airlines cards for individual signup bonuses before merging into a single oneworld account?” Though their merger has been underway since last December, and though flyers on both American and US Airways can earn/redeem miles on both […]

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How Can I Protect My Points and Miles from Devaluation?

May 25, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. A couple weeks ago American Airlines made some negative changes to their AAdvantage program overnight, including getting rid of their round-the-world Explorer awards and modifying really valuable stopover policies. TPG reader Martin sent me a […]

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Where Should You Bank Miles When Flying Royal Air Maroc?

May 25, 2014

Recently, TPG reader Rosie emailed me to ask: “If the airline I’m soon flying, Royal Air Moroc, is not affiliated with any alliance, am I out of luck when it comes to banking miles? Does this mean that the miles won’t count?” I’ve been to Morocco, and it’s a pretty amazing country. However, I’ve never flown their official […]

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How Can I Get Global Entry If I Already Have TSA Precheck?

May 18, 2014

TPG reader Kathi messaged me on Facebook this week asking: “I currently have TSA pre check. If I want to apply for Global Entry, do I have to start the process from the beginning and pay the $100? I may have done it backwards!” Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of showing up at the […]

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Should I Accept An American Airlines Platinum Status Match?

May 18, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is the place to be based these days. Flyers in Seattle and Portland have been benefiting from the battle between partners-turned-rivals Delta and Alaska, and it looks like American is muscling in on the territory now as well. Portland-based TPG reader Edwin got a targeted offer from American this week, and Tweeted me […]

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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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SPG Amex vs. Barclaycard Arrival: Which Points Are Worth More?

May 11, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   TPG Reader Vick recently tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Help! Should I use my SPG Amex or my Barclaycard Arrival for fixed monthly costs like cell, cable etc.? Which card’s points […]

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Is The US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus Offer Good for Economy Awards Too?

May 11, 2014

With the announcement of yet another US Airways 100% Buy Miles Bonus this week, TPG Reader Vincenzo tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it ever a good idea to buy US Airways bonus offers in order to redeem them for economy seats? The difference between economy and business class is a lot – 30,000 miles +!” […]

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Can You Transfer Points From The SPG Amex To Earn Elite Status On American Airlines?

May 11, 2014

Today’s newbie question is one that we get quite often, so if you’re an experienced points expert, you can probably skip this post! TPG Reader Vick tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Can you transfer points from the SPG Amex to earn elite status on American Airlines? And if so, is it a good idea?” People get […]

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Which Card Is Easier To Get Approved For – The Chase Ink Bold Or Ink Plus?

May 4, 2014

On Thursday, Chase announced new limited-time sign-up bonus offers on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus of 60,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. Because this is as high as the bonuses on these cards have ever gone, many readers are interested in getting one if not both cards while […]

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Should I Downgrade My Capital One Venture To A No Annual Fee Or Get A New, Better Card?

May 4, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG reader Dan emailed me with a credit card quandary this week: “I enjoy reading your blog and I had a quick question. I currently have a great credit score (780+) and have 2 credit cards. I have […]

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Do You Earn Miles When You Book Flights With Ultimate Rewards Points?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Sofia tweeted me this week to ask: “@thepointsguy When I buy a ticket with points through Chase Ultimate Rewards, do I still earn miles?” The answer is yes, and that’s one of the beauties of using Ultimate Rewards’ Pay With Points option. If you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus, you […]

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What’s the Best Way (and Best Credit Card) For American Airlines Admirals Club Access?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Connor has the American Express Platinum card and misses access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs, which the card used to have as one of its benefits, but which it lost March 22, 2014. Now he wonders if it’s worth getting the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard to get back into the Admirals Club […]

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Can You Earn Qualifying Miles On An Airline Ticket When You Also Use A Companion Pass?

April 27, 2014

This week we wrote about 11 different airline and hotel co-branded credit card anniversary perks that far outweigh their annual fees. One of these perks is the Annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express, whereby if you purchase one economy ticket (in L, U, T, X or V fare classes) for a roundtrip […]

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Is There a Minimum Age Limit To Get An Airline Frequent Flyer Accounts?

April 27, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG reader (and responsible parent) JB tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Brian, is there a minimum age limit for setting up a frequent flyer account? For instance, can my six-year-old start accumulating miles?” My answer is – absolutely!  After all, as the saying goes: “The family that accrues miles together, stays together.” (Okay, […]

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What is the Best Frequent Flyer Program for Transcontinental Travel?

April 20, 2014

Major airlines battle each other for customers on the US’s most popular transcontinental routes. With this in mind, TPG reader Marco tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy: What’s the best frequent flyer program for coast-to-coast travel?” That’s a good question, and one common among business travelers as the transcontinental US routes are some of the busiest and most […]

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What Is the Best Credit Card for a First Time Applicant?

April 20, 2014

TPG reader Kashif tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m turning 18 this week and I’m thinking of signing up for a credit card that I could pay off. What’s your suggestion for the best points card for a first-timer?” Happy 18th birthday, Kashif! Before you choose any card, I’d suggest checking your credit score for free […]

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A Reminder on Passport and Visa Requirements for International Travel

April 20, 2014

TPG reader Adam wants to make sure I – and you all, as well – know something important about passports: “@thepointsguy: Are you aware that if your passport is set to expire within three months of your return date from a trip, you won’t be allowed entry to EU countries? The answer is yes, absolutely! And […]

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Can I Book Cathay Pacific Award Tickets Using Both Chase and Amex Points?

April 20, 2014

It’s easy to rack up points in a bunch of different programs but when it comes time to use them, it can be tricky, especially when trying to book one type of ticket from one account and another ticket from another points program. TPG reader Louis actually messaged me on Facebook asking: “I haves a […]

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When Does It Make Sense to Use Miles Over Paying For a Flight?

April 20, 2014

What with credit card sign-up bonuses, promotions, buy miles promotions, and more, there are a lot of ways to build up your points wealth, but knowing when to use your points and miles definitely takes some skill! One of my best friends sent me a text over the weekend asking: Does it makes sense to use […]

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What Credit Card Should I Use To Pay My Taxes Off With?

April 13, 2014

Tax time is upon us this week and TPG reader Vick tweeted me asking me what credit card I would recommend to use to pay my taxes. Here is his question: “@thepointsguy If I’m going to pay my taxes is it better to pay with Amex Premier Rewards Gold, Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase United Presidential […]

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