How Do I Figure Out a Good Credit Card Application Strategy?

TPG reader Thomas sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “Love all your info. I’m learning a lot, but have lots more to learn. I’m interested in trying a credit card app-o-rama. I have 780+ credit, pay my balances each month, and 20 years of credit history. I’ll be shifting over from several cash…

2x Southwest Points, Bonus SkyMiles, New Hyatt Centric Brand

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Points on Southwest (Targeted) Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted to earn double points and double Tier Qualifying points on flights booked on Southwest Airlines by February 1, 2015 and completed by February 28,…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Platinum: Which Is Better?

Many people have reported being targeted for the 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express through the CardMatch Tool. Be sure to check for yourself to see what offers are available to you (there is no credit check)! TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred a better…

Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, and How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options. Also, know that I’ll soon be publishing more travel info about what to do/see/eat once you’ve arrived, and hotel and lounge reviews—so please…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

Travel Tips For Cuba: What You Need To Know

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing, and for those who plan on seeing the country for themselves, the following are some useful travel tips—mostly things I wish I’d known before I even left the U.S. Be sure not to miss my post on Who Can Go to Cuba?, and know that I’ll soon be publishing more travel info—your options…

Quadruple-Dip with Points, Miles, & Discounts at Restaurants

I love dining out, and I love it even more when it helps pad my loyalty accounts. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how to combine strategies and earn travel rewards up, down, and sideways for every dollar you spend at restaurants. I often tell friends and family that my award travel addiction hobby is like extreme…

Can My Fiancé and I Pool Our Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

TPG reader Vish sent me a message on Facebook asking: “I’ve just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and my fiancé is applying for a Chase Freedom. I’m getting conflicting answers from Chase about whether we can transfer and combine points. Can you help?” Chase has become much stricter about combining points this past year. A few years…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ink Plus TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite…

If I Cancel My Chase Card, What Should I Do with My Points?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus TPG reader Paul tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m about to cancel my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Do you have any recommendations on where to transfer and store my Ultimate Rewards points?” If you cancel a credit card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards or…