7 of the World’s Most Epic Journeys By Rail

It’s clear that we here at TPG are obsessed with flying, but many of us have a love affair with trains, as well. Traveling by train can feel like a journey back in time, or simply a more romantic way to go from Point A to B. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers her top seven picks for train trips that guarantee breathtaking scenery and the…

Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So…

Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via Hotels.com?

I’ve written previously about online travel agency Hotels.com and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that Hotels.com offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that…

How to Redeem Points for Adventures, Events and Experiences

I typically encourage readers to use points and miles exclusively toward award travel, since gift cards, merchandise, and other alternatives provide less value. However, there are some exceptions, and today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares some redemption options apart from flights and hotels that can still offer an excellent return. Most discussion of award redemptions centers around airfare and hotel stays, but there are…

How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption…

Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or…

Chase Sapphire Preferred Increases Minimum Spending Requirement

When it comes to credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has been one of my go-to travel cards for years. The rewards are pretty generous, as you earn two Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on all travel and dining. The travel category includes everything from airfare to subways, and even tolls and parking. There are also 11 amazing travel partners…

Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to…

Can I Get Sapphire Preferred Right After Other Applications?

TPG reader Amanda sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I’m interested in building a great credit score along with earning cash back or travel rewards. I have the Chase Freedom and Barclaycard Arrival Plus (with the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus), and I’m considering the Chase Sapphire Preferred, since dining out is a big chunk of my budget….

Can I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Twice?

TPG reader AnneMarie messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Are you allowed to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred sign up bonus more than once? Is there a certain time that you can wait between cards to get the bonus more than once?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of my go-to travel cards…