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Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday + Dining Program Bonus

July 4, 2014

For those of you who are opting out of the 4th of July BBQ, a reminder that this is the first Friday of the month, which means you can earn 3x points on dining purchases with the Chase Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cards. And thanks to the annual 7% points dividend on the Sapphire Preferred, earning 3x points really means earning 3.21x points per […]

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Can You Transfer Chase Freedom Points to Marriott?

June 29, 2014

This week TPG reader Carli tweeted: “@thepointsguy is there any way to transfer chase freedom points to Marriott Rewards without having a chase premium card?” Unfortunately the answer to Carli’s question is no. In order to transfer points earned from the Chase Freedom Visa, you need to also have a premium Chase card like the Sapphired Preferred, Ink Bold […]

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Do I Have to Cancel a Card Before Applying a Second Time?

June 29, 2014

TPG Reader Christopher emailed me to ask: “if I apply for the same card multiple times (like you did with the Citi AA) do I have to cancel the existing card first?” The short answer is “maybe”. Some card issuers are more lenient than others and it even depends which specific product you’re trying to get. The Citi Executive AAdvantage […]

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Best Card For Starwood Stays: SPG Amex or Amex Platinum?

June 22, 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. This past week, TPG reader JG tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m going on a two-week trip and staying at Starwood hotels. Is it more worthwhile to use my SPG Amex or the Amex Platinum, which  just offered me […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

June 20, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies per person and how well they can maximize a particular currency for their needs, but still there are some points worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, […]

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Getting The Most Rewards For Your Minimum Spend

June 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele comes back this week to analyze minimum spend. Perhaps we are living in the golden age of credit card rewards, where banks are eager to offer us so many valuable points and miles just for giving them a chance to earn our business. Nevertheless, most of these offers require a significant […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 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. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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What’s The Best Credit Card for a Trip to the World Cup?

June 8, 2014

Things are heating up in the Southern Hemisphere as the World Cup gets ready to kick off in Brazil; TPG reader Justin emailed me with a question about his upcoming trip to Rio: “I’m soon off to Brazil for the World Cup, and I’m thinking of getting a new card specifically for the trip. I currently only […]

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Does Chase Sapphire Preferred Get a 10% Exclusives Bonus?

June 8, 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. The Chase Freedom card is tied into a program called Exclusives, which gives a 10% bonus on all points earned throughout a year (including the 5X bonus points) to customers who […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred 3X Friday is Here!

June 6, 2014

Although it’s not the most earth shattering of deals, today is the monthly Chase Sapphire Preferred 3X First Friday, where you garner 3X points on dining when you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. It’s a great benefit to a great card, and I will actually be using it tonight when I have dinner with […]

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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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2 for 1 Avianca LifeMiles, Flying Club Bonus & More

May 24, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder - this weekend is your last opportunity to buy US Airways miles with a 100% bonus, as the promotion ends on Sunday May 25, 2014. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, get a 50% bonus Purchase 20,000-29,000 miles, get a 75% bonus Purchase 30,000-50,000 […]

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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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How Chase is Helping Me Be The Best Uncle in the World With Their American Girl Package

May 29, 2013

I’ve written in the past about using credit cards and points  special experiences and just this week I snagged one that is going to make my 5 year old niece/goddaughter a very happy girl. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Ultimate Rewards.com page is offering “A Day at American Girl Place” for $255 or 25,500 Ultimate Rewards […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Bold

August 26, 2012

Today we have a question from TPG reader Rhoda who is debating whether to keep her  Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Bold card open. “I have both the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Bold cards.  After the annual fee-free year is up, would it make more sense for me to keep only the Ink Bold and […]

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New Lower Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Spending Requirement – Now $2,000 in 3 Months

August 20, 2012

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. As I wrote on Friday, Chase has made a change to its Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offer, and as I predicted, it’s for the better. The spending requirement in order […]

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Using Chase Ultimate Rewards To Book Southwest Tickets at up to 1.8 Cents Per Point

June 18, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. I used to fly Southwest frequently during my college days, because they always ran super-cheap fares between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and I’d get a free roundtrip award to anywhere in the US after 8 of my short, […]

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The Top Credit Cards Without Foreign Transaction Fees

June 4, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. View the current offer for the British Airways Visa. The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card […]

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Chase Sapphire and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Comparison – Which One is Right For You?

May 31, 2012

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. One of the best things about Chase Ultimate Rewards is the variety of cards through which you can earn points, and what you can use those points for. However, […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: What is the Minimum Credit Score Needed To Get Approved for the Best Credit Cards?

April 22, 2012

TPG reader Ben asks: “What is the minimum credit score needed to get approved for all these reward cards? What is the lowest credit score you have heard of getting approval for a premium product like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card?” There is no one magic score that will automatically get you approved for any […]

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My Experience Debunking Chase Application Myths

April 16, 2012

Update: The Chase Freedom card no longer offers a bonus of 10% on all purchases plus a 10 point per transaction bonus. Instead, both of those benefits have been replaced with a 10% annual bonus at the end of the year on all purchases. The sign-up bonus is currently 10,000 points with $500 spend within the first 3 months. There’s no beating around […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card 50,000 Bonus Ends on Tuesday

March 30, 2012

Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. I just got notice from Chase that the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card 50,000 point sign-up bonus will be changing on Tuesday April 3, 2012, so if you were waiting to get this card, you should […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Which Program is Better: Amex or Chase?

March 11, 2012

The following Sunday reader question comes from TPG reader Jason: I’m fairly new to *serious* point collecting and just finished my first app-o-rama.  I got lots of great cards from Amex, Chase, & a few other banks.  From what I’ve read on your site, it seems Chase is really giving Amex a run for their […]

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