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Top 12 Things That Should Be In Every Hotel Room

October 29, 2013

As someone who spends well over 100 nights a year in hotels, I thought it was high time to put together a post with my thoughts about what every hotel room should offer (and what they definitely should not) in addition to all the basics like free WiFi, good personalized A/C and heating, and, you […]

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Top 10 Cards In My Wallet And What I Use Each For

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. One of the questions people ask me all the time is how many credit cards I have and […]

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A Rundown of Top US Hotel Gyms

October 17, 2013

One of the first amenities that I look at when booking a hotel is their spa and workout facilities. With the extra calories that are so often consumed while traveling, it is great to know that there is somewhere close-by to burn them off. The majority of hotels have a fitness center, but they are […]

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10 Obsessive Behaviors of Miles and Point Junkies

October 15, 2013

I love Buzzfeed’s witty, belly laugh-inducing Top lists like the 23 Signs You’ve Lived In New York City Too Long, 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day or even 16 Signs You’re Addicted To The Real Housewives (which might or might not be my favorite). Lists are great way to procrastinate on getting anything […]

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Ways To Save On Rental Cars

October 9, 2013

Award travelers quickly pick up ways to save money on airlines and hotels, but rental cars are the next greatest expense. Therefore,  TPG contributor Jason Steele has made it his mission to find every possible way to cut these costs. One way is through points and miles, see Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car […]

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Top 10 Airline Economy Award Redemptions

October 1, 2013

Miles, points and elite status are great for leveling the playing field of the “haves and have nots” in the sky because they allow ordinary people to sit in seats that they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. However, for a majority of people business and first class are either not an option (family travelers […]

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Top 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Miles and Points

September 24, 2013

Lately Buzzfeed has been on a roll filling up my Facebook newsfeed with witty Top lists that at times have made me laugh out loud like a lunatic. Whether it is 23 Signs You’ve Lived In New York City Too Long, 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day or even 16 Signs You’re Addicted […]

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Top 10 Most Valuable World MasterCard Benefits

September 17, 2013

When I talk about points, I often stress the importance of building up a diversified portfolio of points and miles to give you the most flexibility both for earning lucrative bonuses when they come along as well as increasing your redemption opportunities when you want to book award travel. Credit cards are a huge part […]

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Top 10 Most Ridiculous Airline Fees

September 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Although the flying public seems to have accustomed itself to more and more airline fees in the past few years for everything from checking a bag to choosing a window seat, there are still some ridiculous, and […]

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Top 25 Travel Credit Cards With The Lowest Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

September 3, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With so many great current credit card offers out there – including the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Starwood American Express personal and business cards which ends today (expired) – I know a lot of […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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Top 10 Reasons I Don’t Want A US Airways American Airlines Merger To Go Through

August 20, 2013

Although the corporate teams at both American Airlines and US Airways seem to be just as strongly committed to the proposed merger of the two airlines as ever, and it was proceeding smoothly until the US Justice Department’s announcement last week that it would be suing to block the merger, a lot of people have […]

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Top 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Global Entry

August 13, 2013

Although the summer travel season is winding down, plenty of Americans are still traveling abroad on last-minute summer trips, so getting Global Entry is a time-saving tool no international traveler should be without. Global Entry is the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers and helps speed travelers through customs and immigration without having […]

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Top 7 Ways For College Students To Build Credit and Rack Up Points and Miles

August 13, 2013

While many college students spend years racking up debt instead of pulling in lucrative salaries, that doesn’t mean they need to forego accruing valuable miles and points. Whether you want to redeem miles for a study abroad trip or simply rake in credit card points that can be used for cash-back, there’s no reason why […]

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Top 10: Airline Economy Seats to Avoid

August 6, 2013

A big trend among airlines is to roll out new, fancy business class products to woo the premium business traveler, who seems to be out and traveling once again as the globaly economy chugs along to (hopefully) brighter days. But what about the huge majority of passengers who fly in economy? Luckily some airlines are […]

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Top 11 Ways To Top Up Your Account For The Southwest Companion Pass

July 30, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. As I have often said, one of the most incredible airline frequent flyer perks out there is the Southwest Companion pass,which lets a companion fly free with you for up to two years (depending on when you qualify)- […]

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Top 10: Premium Credit Cards for High Rollers (Or Those Who Think They Are)

July 23, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are kind of like automobiles – there’s a wide range from your cheap, no-frills […]

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Top 10 (Almost) Too Good To Be True Credit Card Perks

July 16, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Some things in life really are too good to be true, and others just feel that way. When it comes to credit card perks, however, spending  - not – seeing really can lead to believing. Part […]

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An Update on Maximizing Visa Prepaid Gift Cards From Office Depot and Vanilla Reloads From CVS

July 11, 2013

Like many in the points blogosphere, TPG contributor Jason Steele has been following the reappearance of Visa and Amex gift cards at select Office Depot locations with great interest since it’s been reported that the chain is once again allowing customers to purchase them using credit cards, and therefore rake in thousands of extra points […]

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Top 10: Reasons To Like Southwest Rapid Rewards

July 9, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. I generally use frequent flyer miles for international and business/first class flights. I use my hotel points for hotel stays that would have otherwise cost me an arm and a leg. To me- that’s the magic of […]

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Top 10: Club Carlson Credit Card Half-Price Award Redemptions

July 2, 2013

In my last round of credit card applications (well my last app-o-rama rather than my recent applications) I got the The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa personal card, which not only has a nice sign-up bonus, but also a bunch of great perks. Although the sign-up bonus of 85,000 points sounds like a big number, […]

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Top 10 Airline Errors That Can Ruin Your Trip and How to Avoid Them

June 25, 2013

Travel is inherently stressful and can be complicated. While consumers can make a lot of different mistakes, airline and other travel employees are humans too, and they royally mess up your travel plans. To help you avoid some common pitfalls and perils, TPG contributor Jason Steele breaks down some of the most common airline mistakes […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The 60,000 point offers for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold cards have ended. The current offer is 50,000 points after $5,000 spend in 3 months. Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in and asking what […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Award Trip – And How To Avoid Them

June 11, 2013

We at TPG are a knowledgeable bunch of award travelers, but as TPG contributor Jason Steele relates, everyone makes mistakes – and some of them can keep your trip from getting off the ground. Here are some of the top mistakes that award (and revenue) travelers can make as well as his tips on how […]

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