Should I Use Sapphire Preferred or Citi ThankYou For Travel?

Recently, TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy —”Which card would you recommend using for travel expenses: the Chase Sapphire Preferred card or the Citi Thank You Premier card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of the top travel credit cards for a while now, as you can earn 2X points on…

5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent for Visiting Cuba

Although Cuba is only 235 miles from Miami, it can be extremely frustrating to plan a trip there without the help of a travel agent. I’m so used to booking my own flights and organizing my travel that it was strange to turn to an agent for help, but it was definitely a worthwhile move. Despite the…

Is Sapphire Preferred and Amex Platinum the Best Card Combo?

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask about his rewards card strategy: @thepointsguy– “I currently have an American Express Platinum card and a Delta Amex Gold, which are the only cards I carry. Should I swap out the Delta Gold card for a Chase Sapphire Preferred, since I’m not flying Delta as much?” Mark, what you’re…

Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

Fun Summer Trips for Budget-Conscious Travelers

As soon as that summer sunshine hits, everyone seems to crave a getaway, so it can often be hard to find good deals. High-season around most of the U.S. and Europe means higher prices, but TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers up some destinations that won’t break the bank. For the Carefree and Spirited Adventurer: A U.S. Road Trip…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for April 2015

In the constantly shifting landscape of loyalty programs, which credit cards you carry are key to the success of your award travel strategy. Not only do frequent flyer mileage and hotel points programs change at a moment’s notice, but so do the credit cards associated with them. Sign-up bonuses rise and fall, benefits are added…

Should I Get Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom?

TPG reader Jeremy asked me “Do you recommend getting the Chase Freedom card over the Chase Sapphire Preferred card? I’m a recent graduate and only spend around $10,000 a year on my credit card. I like the double points on dining that the Sapphire Preferred offers, but the 5% bonus categories with the Freedom makes…

Redeeming One Year of Points from Chase Sapphire Preferred

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening too many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how even a single card can give you access to free flights, hotel nights, and more….

Coolest Hotel Gyms Around the World

Maybe working out isn’t the first thing on your mind when you head to another country, but in case the urge strikes, read on as TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares some of the coolest hotel gyms around the world—with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, unique locations, and amazing views. Make sure to also check out her companion piece on U.S….

Tips & Tricks For Booking Rental Homes

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation and her own on booking rental homes, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers tips to help you determine if apartment and house rentals are right for you when you travel.  If you’ve always booked hotel rooms in the past, perhaps the idea of renting apartments or houses seems intimidating. These rentals are typically…