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Maximizing Points For Buying the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

September 20, 2013

The wait is finally over for us Apple fans, and the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale this morning – to huge lines and excitement at Apple stores all over the world. While I didn’t camp out on the sidewalk overnight to pick mine up, I  know a lot of readers are […]

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Maximize Monday: Earning Points On Back To School Shopping

August 12, 2013

The summer is rapidly winding down and while back to school shopping can add up to a huge expense, it can also be an opportunity to accrue some major miles and points if you leverage the right shopping portals. For this week’s Maximize Monday post, I look at how to earn the most miles through […]

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Maximizing Gilt Purchases With New Insider Rewards with Airline & Hotel Bonuses

July 20, 2013

For the past year or so online discount retailer Gilt has been offering different mileage and hotel point bonuses for shopping. Just this week they upped their ante even further with the launch of their own rewards program – Gilt Insider. Shoppers earn 5 points for every dollar spent, and can boost their earnings by […]

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Earn Bonus Points and Miles with the Thanks Again Rewards Network

June 12, 2013

The Thanks Again Network is a program you can sign up for by registering a credit card which then earns you bonus points and miles for your everyday spending. The program is a combination of a shopping portal and dining network where consumers who register their credit card can earn a variety of reward options. You […]

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Maximizing Points For Father’s Day: Gifts For Traveling Dads

June 7, 2013

While your calls home might be monopolized by mom, Father’s Day is the ideal time to remind the man who raised you that you really do appreciate all those hours he spent picking you up off the ground when you fell off your bike, or risking life and limb while teaching you how to drive. […]

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Video SRQ: How Does the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal Work?

June 2, 2013

TPG reader Joseph would like some clarification on how the Ultimate Rewards Shopping portal works: “I just signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I’m a little confused about the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. Is this like Ebates, where you try to click through from this website before making a purchase? I think […]

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Maximize Monday: Getting The Most Points Out of Double and Triple Dipping When Booking Travel

May 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When I checked my Delta SkyMiles and Starwood Preferred Guest accounts the other day, I noticed that my SPG/Delta Crossover Rewards had kicked in and I had started earning Delta miles on my Starwood stays and […]

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In-Store Points and Miles Bonuses Through Online Shopping Portals

May 16, 2013

As I discuss often, online shopping portals can be a great way to rack up bonus miles and points on your everyday online purchases – and many of your favorite airline, hotel and credit card sites offer them. What you might not realize, however, is that several of these same portals offer a section that […]

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Shopping Portal Bonuses on Mother’s Day Flowers

May 9, 2013

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and if you still haven’t gotten dear old mom a gift from our handy list, there’s still time to order her some lovely flowers – and rack up a lot of points in the process. Flower vendors such as FTD and 1-800-FLOWERS know that this time of year […]

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Chase Ink 5X: Maximizing the 5x Spending Bonus on Retail Gift Cards

May 2, 2013

One of the most lucrative credit card category spending bonuses, and the reason I love the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards from Chase so much is the ability to earn 5X points per dollar you spend up to $50,000 a year each at office supply stores. Granted, very few businesses actually need to spend […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Gifts for the Traveling Mom and Ways to Maximize Points for Mother’s Day

April 23, 2013

It’s that time of when you get to celebrate that special the mother or mother figure in your life! So as Mother’s Day approaches, here’s a list of great ways you can make the most of your points and miles while doing something special for dear mom. This year I’ll be taking my mom on […]

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Bonus United Miles from Chic Outlet Villages Malls in Europe

March 23, 2013

For you shopaholic European United MileagePlus members out there, the Chic Outlet Shopping Villages are offering members one bonus mile (award miles, not Premier-qualifying miles) for every Euro or pound sterling spent in any of the boutiques at the nine European Chic Outlet Shopping Villages. To get the credit, you have present your receipts for […]

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Tumi Luggage Sale on RueLaLa.com Today

March 5, 2013

Ruelala.com is one of my favorite discount online sites and they just launched a Tumi sale that lasts until Thursday, but you need to act fast because the good stuff sells out quick. Ruelala is an invite only site, but you can sign-up here to get in on their offers. Tumi is one of my […]

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Amex Officially Confirms Death of Bonus Points Mall/ Earn Shopping Portal

March 1, 2013

Last July I wrote about “technical difficulties” that had temporarily shut down American Express’ shopping portal. This was frustrating, because the Earn Portal was a quick and easy way to earn extra Membership Rewards points for shopping at popular retailers- much like the existing mileage and points portals offerered by numerous airlines and credit card […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Maximize Points for Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2013

At The Points Guy, we’re all for grand romantic gestures, especially on Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on these top 10 opportunities to maximize the miles and points you earn as you romance your sweetheart. After all, what’s sexier than being smart about your points? 1. Put a Ring on […]

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100 Free AA Miles and up to 1,000 with AAdvantage eShopping

January 22, 2013

Now through February 3rd, American AAdvantage members have the opportunity to earn up to 1,000 bonus miles with AAdvantage eShopping. AAdvantege members will receive 100 free miles just for signing up, 300 miles with their first purchase through the portal, and 600 bonus miles for spending $100 through the portal. These miles are in addition to […]

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American Express Membership Rewards Launches Mobile Gift Cards

December 21, 2012

American Express has arguably been the most savvy credit card company when it comes to social media and consumer technology. This week they launched a new feature that allows people to instantly redeem Membership Rewards points for mobile gift cards on their smartphone and then redeem that card in-store on their phone. Let me be […]

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11 Last-Minute Gifts For Travelers

December 19, 2012

If you’re a procrastinator like me, you probably haven’t done much holiday shopping. The good thing is that Christmas isn’t until next week, so there is still a little bit of time to squeeze in a few last-minute presents for the travelers in your life. Here are a couple of my personal suggestions for the […]

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Saturday Recap: 500 Southwest Rapid Rewards, 100 Free TrueBlue Points, 40% Discount at W Hotel Store, Hilton Hotels Holiday Discounts, Bonus SkyMiles for Bose Headphones

December 15, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 500 Bonus Southwest Points: If you have a Southwest credit card like the personal or business Rapid Rewards Premier cards you can earn 500 bonus points when you make a purchase with it through the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal by December 31, […]

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Chase Freedom 2013 5x Bonus Categories Announced

November 28, 2012

One of the best ways out there to rack up bonus points on specific spending categories is with the Chase Freedom Visa and Freedom Mastercard’s quarterly rotating categories of merchants and retailers where cardholders earn 5 points per $1 up to a $1,500 quarterly cap. If you maximize the $6,000 in yearly spend, you are […]

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Cyber Monday Travel Deals – Bonus Points, Hotel Discounts, Vacation Packages and More

November 26, 2012

Just a few more last-minute bonuses and discounts to add to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals roundup: Flight Deals from LAN/TAM starting at $399: Although the fares don’t really compare to the recent TAM fare sale from select US destinations to Buenos Aires and Santiago there are still some great prices to […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Best Way to Use Amex Points for Hotels or Shopping

November 25, 2012

TPG reader Vicki writes: “I am going to be canceling my Amex Business Gold Rewards card due to the $175 renewal fee. I need some advice on where to transfer my 40,000 Membership Rewards points. I am more in need of hotel nights or shopping options than airline miles…thanks” In general, I believe that Amex […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Points on Apple Purchases this Holiday Season

November 25, 2012

TPG reader Don writes: “I plan on buying a lot of Apple products as gifts this year. What is the best way to maximize points since the Apple Store earning is most portals is only 1 point per dollar spent?” With the iPhone 5, new iPad mini and MacBook Pro Retina Displays, Apple products are […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals – Discounts at Priority Club, Marriott, Starwood, Airlines and More

November 23, 2012

We’re foregoing the usual Destination of the Week – especially because this Black Friday, rather than braving the hordes overrunning retailers from coast to coast, it’s better to be safe and sound at home clicking away to get great savings and mileage bonuses…all without having to sleep out on the sidewalk outside your favorite store […]

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