Are Online Shopping Portals as Rewarding as They Seem?

TPG reader Ben sent me a message on Facebook to ask about shopping portal bonuses: “25 miles per dollar spent on flower delivery service seems crazy. That can’t be right, can it?” One of the best (and easiest) ways to maximize purchases is by taking advantage of online shopping portals. While bonuses vary depending on the portal you use and the…

Top Travel Rewards Cards, Win Alaska Miles, Free HHonors Gold Status & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

What Happens to Items in a Return Protection Claim?

TPG Reader Jake tweeted me an interesting question about return protection: @ThePointsGuy — “Any idea what happens to the items credit card companies take back from return protection benefits? I’m curious!” In addition to benefits like bonus spending categories, elite status and lounge access, a lot of credit cards offer various protections to make cardholders more confident in their purchases. These…

Earning Delta SkyMiles without Flying

Not everyone can travel frequently enough to rack up healthy balances in their frequent flyer accounts. Luckily, though, there are lots of other ways to earn miles — and TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen will walk you through them below. One of the most common refrains I hear from friends and family…

Shop eBay on Airline Portals Soon for 3x Points/Miles Offers

Great news for those who love points and miles and shopping for bargains: As of this month, online retailer eBay has partnered with the airline shopping portals for Alaska, American, Southwest and United, allowing you to earn points and miles on your purchases. And now, to celebrate eBay’s 20th year in business, these shopping portals are offering limited-time bonus…

New Chase Freedom Mobile App Lets You Redeem Rewards In-Store

With a just-announced mobile app, the Chase Freedom card is offering a new way to redeem your cash-back rewards at 30 of the country’s biggest stores, restaurants and movie theaters. The app is available as a free download for both iPhone and Android devices. In addition to checking your rewards balance and activating 5% cash-back categories each…

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Each Bonus Category

Readers frequently ask me which rewards card to use for spending in a certain category. Each card has its strengths, and many offer bonus points for certain types of purchases. By using the best card for the job at hand, you can maximize each dollar spent, and earn a solid return of points and miles. Today, I’ll share…

United’s All Day Recess Promotion Offers New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores week three of a great promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last month, I wrote about the lucrative All Day Recess Sweepstakes and Promotion being offered through United MileagePlus Shopping. While the entire promotion runs until mid-August,…

Reminder: Last Day to Earn 15 Miles per Dollar at Gilt City!

Yesterday I wrote about a new promotion being offered by Gilt City. For two days only, you can earn 15 miles per dollar spent when you shop through five major airline shopping portals. As a reminder, today is the second (and final) day of this offer, so if you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, have…

Gilt City Offering 15 Miles per Dollar Today & Tomorrow Only

We love a good online shopping offer, and this summer we’ve seen a slew of them (like United’s All Day Recess promo and Aeroplan’s transfer promotion). Continuing that trend, Gilt City has just announced a fantastic deal that has the potential to be very lucrative for many points and miles enthusiasts. Today and tomorrow only, you can earn…