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…

Sapphire Preferred vs. EveryDay Preferred – Which Card Wins?

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Last week, American Express announced that, starting in 2015, the Premier Rewards Gold card would no longer offer a 15,000-point bonus for spending $30,000 or more in a…

Free $10 Uber Credit from American Express Sync

Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps because it allows you to hail private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to wait out on the street. It’s easy to locate nearby vehicles, it gives you the option to choose between low-cost UberX cars (which actually just lowered fares in 16 markets) and SUV’s when riding with…

Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus for General Spending?

TPG reader Kenny emailed me to ask: “I have both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. I’ve already met the minimum spending requirements to get the bonuses. For all of my travel and dining, I use Sapphire Preferred on top of the Chase Freedom bonus categories. For all my other spending, where…

Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a points…

Do I Earn MQDs for Delta Tickets Booked on Ultimate Rewards?

TPG reader Philip tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy If you book Delta tickets through Chase Ultimate Rewards, will you get MQDs? I’ve started to NOT get MQDs on recent tickets I have purchased through Ultimate Rewards.” Credit card points can be especially valuable when redeemed directly for airfare, because you usually earn miles on the…

8 Adrenaline Pumping Adventures in Thailand

Looking for some adventure in your life? TPG foreign correspondent Lori Zaino shares eight amazing activities in Northern Thailand that are sure to amp up your adrenaline. Read on if you’re looking for excitement while on vacation. During my five-week trip through Asia, I wanted a bit of everything: city touring, relaxation on beaches and, of course–a little adventure. It turns out that…