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Barclaycard Arrival Plus vs. Southwest Premier Visa

June 8, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of months in the credit card world, with sign-up bonuses increasing across the board. Amidst all this excitement, TPG reader Ignacio tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Between two credit cards – Arrival Plus World Elite (4o,ooo-point sign-up bonus, $89 annual fee waived in the first year) OR Southwest Premier Rapid Rewards […]

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Maximizing Choice Hotels Privileges For European Travel

June 2, 2014

Let’s face it, the Choice Hotel brands don’t have the best reputation here in the United States. In fact, two of them made TripAdvisor’s list of the America’s Dirtiest Hotels. But as is often the case, American budget hotel chains can offer some pretty nice properties overseas, and even a few luxury hotels here at […]

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Southwest Airlines Premier Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

June 1, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. This past week, TPG Reader James tweeted me with the following question: “@thepointsguy Can you help me decide between the Southwest Airlines Premier card and Chase Sapphire Preferred? I usually fly domestic on Southwest, […]

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Coordinating Credit Card Strategies for Couples

May 30, 2014

Equitability in relationships is crucial, including financial decisions like which credit cards to apply for, who does the applying, and who reaps the benefits. I asked resident TPG family man Jason Steele to share his strategies for maintaining balance and harmony in a credit sharing couple. Couples need twice as many points and miles to travel together, […]

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Southwest Merger: AirTran’s Final Flight & End of A+ Rewards

May 27, 2014

It’s official: AirTran is finally coming to an end after what must be one of the longest mergers in airline history. The carrier will operate its final flight as AirTran on December 28, retracing its original Atlanta-Tampa route from October 1993 when it was called ValuJet (it purchased AirTran and took the name in 1997). Southwest […]

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Family Travel Tips for the Southwest Companion Pass

May 23, 2014

As families grow, trips together get more expensive. With summer vacations approaching, I asked father and TPG contributor Jason Steele to write about how he uses the Southwest Companion Pass to keep costs down on his family travel. The United States may be the hardest place to find multiple award seats at the lowest mileage levels. That ‘s why families often turn […]

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Win 100k Starpoints, 300k LifeMiles, European Cruise & More

May 21, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are some of my top picks to win great travel prizes! Win Up to 100,000 Starpoints for your Vacation Action Photos: Send Starwood your best vacation action shot and win Starpoints. Participants must first register on the Action […]

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Daily Getaway May 21: Choice Privilege Points

May 21, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Increased Signup Bonuses for Dining Rewards Programs

May 20, 2014

Dining rewards programs are an easy way to double dip on earning miles and points. You can use a points or miles earning credit card to front the bill, and link that card to your airline or hotel dining program of choice in order to earn even more points per dollar for dining out. Delta was the […]

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Southwest Announces New Washington Dulles and Dallas Love Field Routes Plus Mexico City and Punta Cana

May 19, 2014

Southwest has been making a lot of expansion announcements lately including seven new routes from Washingon Reagan DCA, new service from Dallas Love Field once the Wright Amendment expires in October, and new routes to various Caribbean destinations including Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau. Today, Southwest extended its schedule through January 4, 2015, and it […]

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Daily Getaway May 19: Wyndham Points

May 19, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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Travel Giveaway: $440 Airline Gift Certificate

May 15, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the newest product from Barclaycard called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which replaces the Arrival World MasterCard. The new card has the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. The card features the EMV Chip + PIN technology that […]

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50,000 Point Southwest Airlines Credit Card Bonuses Are Back

May 15, 2014

Though the sign-up bonuses on Chase’s Southwest Airlines credit cards usually hovers around the 25,000-point mark, Chase periodically raises it, and today it relaunched limited-time offers of 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and business Plus […]

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Giving the Wedding Gift of Miles – Registries, Transfers, Upgrades, and More

May 12, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means wedding season is here! If you have weddings to attend, points and miles make great gift options for those wanting to contribute to the honeymoon. We asked TPG reader Lori Zaino to show us how it’s done. Giving the gift of travel to newlyweds has become much more popular […]

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Can You Transfer Points From The SPG Amex To Earn Elite Status On American Airlines?

May 11, 2014

Today’s newbie question is one that we get quite often, so if you’re an experienced points expert, you can probably skip this post! TPG Reader Vick tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Can you transfer points from the SPG Amex to earn elite status on American Airlines? And if so, is it a good idea?” People get […]

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Using Marriott Flight + Hotel Awards for the Southwest Companion Pass

May 7, 2014

Later this month I’ll be heading to Cannes to attend some film festival screenings, but mostly to relax with friends over the Memorial Day weekend eating our way through the south of France. When considering my options for accommodations I looked into local hotels in Point Croisette, Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins, but even the cheapest options […]

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Can You Earn Qualifying Miles On An Airline Ticket When You Also Use A Companion Pass?

April 27, 2014

This week we wrote about 11 different airline and hotel co-branded credit card anniversary perks that far outweigh their annual fees. One of these perks is the Annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express, whereby if you purchase one economy ticket (in L, U, T, X or V fare classes) for a roundtrip […]

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Southwest 25% Rapid Rewards Points Buy, Gift, Transfer Bonus – Worth It?

April 24, 2014

Now through May 31, 2014, Southwest is offering a 25% bonus when you buy, gift or transfer Rapid Rewards points. Points can be purchased, gifted, or transferred in blocks of 500 with a minimum initial purchase or transfer of 2,000 points and a daily maximum of 60,000 points. Normally Southwest Rapid Rewards points cost 2.75 […]

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The Top Airline and Hotel Credit Cards With Anniversary Bonuses

April 24, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, how to decide when to cancel a credit card. This comes up a lot because many of the best points-earning travel credit cards carry annual fees ranging anywhere from $49-$495. That’s why, every year when it’s about to hit their statement, readers write in asking whether […]

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The Best Credit Cards For Earning Airline Elite Status Qualifying Miles

April 21, 2014

Readers often ask me which credit cards help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and after recently exploring  the best airline credit card offers and the top credit card spending bonuses for 2014, it seemed like a great time to specifically address this question. While most airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award/redeemable miles that have no […]

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Saturday Recap: American Bonus Miles Between the US and Tokyo, 500 Free Virgin Atlantic Miles, 1,000 Bonus Miles for Stays in the Caribbean and More

April 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta SkyClub Policy Change For Alaska Board Room Members: Alaska’s Board Room member page  announced that, effective May 1, 2014, Delta SkyClubs will no longer offer guest privileges to Board Room members. Instead, Board Room members may now purchase discounted $29 day passes […]

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Ultimate Rewards Sweet Spot – Transfer to Marriott for Hotel + Air Packages With Southwest Points For Companion Pass

April 18, 2014

Among the 10 transfer partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – the points program of cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus – I tend to focus on a few of the same sweet spots over and over again: Transferring a few thousand points to British Airways Avios to redeem for otherwise expensive […]

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Do I Have To Save My Southwest Rapid Rewards Points For A Companion Pass?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Megan is going for the Southwest Companion Pass but wants to know if she can put her points to use before reaching the qualifying threshold of 110,000 points. Here’s the question she tweeted me. “@thepointsguy: Southwest Companion Pass? I’m assuming I can’t use any points until I get the 110k? Then do I […]

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