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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

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. 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 […]

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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 offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   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 […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Benefits of the Ink Bold and Plus Cards

May 28, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Believe it or not, I spend a lot of time at dinner parties helping people get their wallets in shape. While people are generally pretty savvy with their personal […]

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Travel Tuesday: Top 13 Car Rental Bonuses For Summer

May 21, 2013

Memorial Day is coming up this weekend, and that means the summer driving season is upon us. If you’re one of the millions of Americans thinking of taking to the open road, chances are you might spare the wear and tear on your own vehicle in favor of renting one – especially since there are […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Things I’m Looking Forward to in Italy

May 14, 2013

Later this week, I am taking off for a trip to Italy that I’m pretty jazzed about. I’ve been to Rome a couple times before, but never outside the city. This time I’ll be making stops in Milan, Florence and Rome. I’ll be using one of my remaining Hyatt Visa free Suite nights and…oh, yea, […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Foreign Frequent Flyer Programs

May 7, 2013

With the launch of a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus offer on Barclaycard’s Lufthansa Miles & More Premier World Mastercard over the weekend, I wanted to take a look at the top 10 foreign frequent flyer programs you should consider, even if you’re based in the US, and some great redemptions on each. 1. British Airways: British […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Current Travel Credit Cards (And 10,000 Chase Point Giveaway)

April 30, 2013

Over the weekend I gave a talk at Frequent Traveler University in Tysons Corner outside Washington, DC called “The Points Guy’s Credit Card Thunderdome.” As you might guess from the title, we had a lot of fun debating the relative merits of the various travel credit cards on the market at the moment and putting […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Charity Donations Using Points and Miles

April 16, 2013

With the terrible events in Boston yesterday and many of our thoughts turning to how we can personally contribute or donate to help in the wake of the marathon tragedy, I thought I’d put together a list of the best ways that you can put your points, miles and dollars to use by giving to […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons To Get A Travel Credit Card Without An Annual Fee

April 9, 2013

When it comes to travel credit cards, the ones that often get the most attention are the premium ones many issuers offer that allow you to bank points and miles to airline programs or, my favorite, to accrue into a central pool that can be transferred to numerous programs. The thing is, though these sought-after […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways You Can Still Get Value Out of Hilton HHonors Post-Devaluation

April 2, 2013

With the trauma of Hilton’s HHonors devaluation still fresh in our memories, we turned to TPG Hilton contributor Nick Ewen to find ways that all of us can still reap value out of the brand’s gutted loyalty program. The bad news is, it’s going to be harder than ever to find value in your Hilton […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

March 26, 2013

As we all sit around and wait for another lucrative transfer bonus from American Express such as recent 50% bonuses to British Airways and the historic (but seemingly long-gone) up-to-67% bonuses to Delta, there are still plenty of standard transfer options from which you can pull tremendous value from American Express’s points program, which is […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Most Valuable Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses for Travelers

March 19, 2013

2013 has started off as a pretty solid year for credit card sign-up bonuses. This year has brought some amazing deals via sites like CreditCard.com’s Card Match Tool, which has recently offered now expired 100,000-point Amex Platinum and 50,000-point Amex Premier Reward Rewards Gold deals. Word on the street is that more lucrative bonuses are […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Things I’ve Learned So Far About Traveling With a Dog

March 12, 2013

As I wrote about last month, I recently got a French Bulldog puppy and to date he has flown with me on 5 segments, 6,527 miles on three different airlines (American, Southwest and Delta). I was nervous about traveling with a pet for the first time since I took him with me in American’s transcontinental […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons Why I Like Amex Membership Rewards Cards

March 5, 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. Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Burn Your Hilton Points Before D(evaluation) Day March 28, 2013

February 26, 2013

This past weekend at the LA Times Travel Show, I was doling out high-fives to several readers who stopped by to share their stories of recently burning soon-to-be-devalued Hilton points on upcoming redemptions before the imminent program changes come into effect. Sadly, even after the announcement of category reorganization and additions that will make high-end […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Potential Positive Changes and Negative Changes of the US Airways American Merger

February 19, 2013

As an American Executive Platinum and someone with several hundred thousand US Airways miles that I want to put to good use, I’ve got more than my fair stake in the outcome of the US Airways American Airlines merger – as do many of you, I’m sure. If past mergers are anything to judge by, […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways That Elite Status Is Evolving

February 12, 2013

With both past and impending airline mergers, ongoing economic uncertainty and the ever-changing airline industry, elite flyers have found their programs changing a lot within the past couple of years. “Sure bet” complimentary first class upgrades are becoming harder and harder to come by as airlines strike a balance between giving away the house and monetizing […]

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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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