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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Help Create The Points Guy Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers

November 21, 2012

Just in time for two of the craziest shopping days of the year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – I’ve started putting together a 2012 The Points Guy Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers and I need your input! Comment on this post, email us at [email protected] or Tweet us @thepointsguy with your favorite/must have gift […]

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Maximize Points on Thanksgiving Groceries

November 21, 2012

Did you put off your Thanksgiving grocery shopping to the last minute? There might not be too many turkeys left in the frozen section, but at least you can rack up multiple points per dollar you spend while picking up all the fixings. Here are a few great points-earning credit cards that will give you […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Holiday Shopping Bonuses

November 20, 2012

As I wrote yesterday, shopping online can be a really lucrative way to augment your points balances thanks to online shopping portals, credit card bonuses and more. Though I have a feeling that the big bonuses of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still to come, many online retailers and the shopping portals of various […]

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Maximizing Your Points and Credit Card Spend This Holiday Shopping Season

November 19, 2012

The throes of the holiday shopping season are upon us and most retail analysts are expecting double digit increases in online and in-store shopping. With so much spending, it’s critical to maximize your credit card and points strategy or else you’re frankly throwing money down the drain. Here are a couple tips on selecting the […]

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Limited Time 5x Points Bonus on All Purchases Through Aeroplan E-Store

October 17, 2012

Now through October 19, shoppers who connect to online retailers through Aeroplan’s shopping portal will earn 5x miles on all purchases. While some mainstream shopping bonuses go as high as 10x, 5x points on all purchases is a pretty lucrative proposition, especially if you’re getting ahead on your holiday shopping. Among the retailers you’ll find […]

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Download Shopping Assistant Toolbar for 1,000 United Miles

October 16, 2012

If I had a browser toolbar for every time an airline wanted to give me free miles for downloading one, I probably wouldn’t have any more space left in my window to see the actual web page. However, I wanted to put this one out there since I think United miles have some of the […]

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Maximizing Points With iPhone 5 Purchases

September 27, 2012

I love my gadgets and while I’m not exactly ready to camp out overnight to get the new iPhone 5, I am getting ready to purchase the shiny new product thanks to enhanced features like a slimmer, lighter build, a larger screen, the sharp retina display and better camera, and the super-fast new iOS 6 […]

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Maximize Your Points With Back to School Shopping

August 16, 2012

Back to school shopping can be a major expense, but if you play your cards right (literally) you can rack up a ton of miles and points by leveraging online shopping portals. What are these portals? Basically online retailers pay a commission to websites to refer them business – so these portals are simply intermediary […]

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American Express Membership Rewards Shopping Portal Issues

July 9, 2012

Numerous TPG readers have emailed me about the American Express shopping portal no longer working. For those unaware, the portal gives extra American Express Membership Rewards points for online shopping with lots of different retailers. Sadly, I’ve also tried to access the portal at, and indeed I am also having the same issues and […]

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1,000 JetBlue Points and 5 Points Per Dollar With Gilt

June 14, 2012

On the heels of this week’s 2,000 Hilton point promo, Gilt announced another sign-up bonus for new members, this time for 1,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points with a first purchase of $50 or more, and 5 TrueBlue points for each additional $1 spent through the first six months of membership. Per the promo terms and conditions, […]

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500 Free United Miles With Visa Mobile Offers Sign-up

May 30, 2012

It seems that every industry these days is focused on investing in mobile technology. I now do most of my banking from my iPhone and aloft hotels is piloting a program where you can get your room key automatically downloaded on your mobile phone so you can skip the front check in desk (sign- me […]

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50% Bonus on US Airways Select Shopping Partners Thru June 30, 2012

May 16, 2012

US Airways just loves to give out bonus miles – whether it’s their yearly Grand Slam promotion or their frequent buy-mile promos – it’s not very difficult to rack up tons of Dividend Miles. The great thing about US Airways miles is that you can redeem on Star Alliance partners and they have some amazing […]

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Earning Points With American Express Gift Card Purchases, Plus Free Shipping Promo Codes and Cashback

May 10, 2012

Buying gift cards is a great way to meet your minimum spend requirements, as well as to keep earning points beyond sign-up bonuses. It just takes a little advance planning to figure out what you’re going to buy at what merchant so you can get the gift card first then use that to pay off […]

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Up to 35 Miles Per Dollar for Mother’s Day Flowers and Gifts

May 8, 2012

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you haven’t gotten Mom something already, here’s your chance to get her some lovely flowers and gifts…and earn some extra points (as well as brownie points) all at the same time. Flowers are insanely expensive and there’s a huge markup, so shop around for the best price. Though […]

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1,250 Virgin Atlantic Bonus Flying Club Miles For $35 Online Purchase

March 31, 2012

I got an email from Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program yesterday offering members a 1,000-mile bonus for shopping through the airline’s “Shops Away” online shopping portal when you spend between $35 and $1000 on your  first purchase between March 30-April 30, 2012 at the following merchants: Apple Store, Barnes & Noble,, Shoebuy and Macy’s. […]

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British Airways Update: Realtytrac and Nordstrom Promos

February 16, 2012

In the beginning of this month there were two monster British Airways E-store shopping promotions: 36 points per dollar spent at Nordstrom and 3,000 free points for signing up for a free trial. I made my Nordstrom order on February 3, 2012 and my Realtytrac on February 5, 2012. Both deals still show pending […]

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Liquidate Gift Cards for United Miles: A Good Deal?

February 15, 2012

United is teaming up with popular gift card liquidator Plastic Jungle to give their MileagePlus members the option to redeem certain retail gift cards (of $25 or more in value) for United miles. I think this is a really interesting concept – it gives people the option to swap out a currency that they may […]

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