Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for a Trip to Hawaii

In August, Chase made waves in the points and miles world with the introduction of a fantastic new product: the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. The card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. This sign-up bonus is…

6 Incredible Days in Kauai on Points & Miles

Kauai, the Garden Isle, home to hiking, surfing, general chillaxing and the famously dramatic Na Pali Coast, is a gem of the Hawaiian Islands. It offers travelers all the opportunities of a major destination in a mix of tours and tiny towns, yet all the seclusion and nature one could want with luxe hotels and world-class…

6 Things to Do Before Your Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Arrives

Have you recently been approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, or are you considering applying? Due to higher-than-anticipated demand, Chase actually ran out of its signature metal cards, and some applicants have reported delays in receiving their card in the mail. If you find yourself in that boat, there are still several ways you can…

How to Book a Holiday-Weekend Getaway on the Cheap

You may find yourself disappointed, defeated and disgruntled if you give flight and hotel award availability for holiday weekend dates (or other peak travel periods) a quick glance. Of course everyone wants to fly out Thursday or Friday and fly back Monday, which means there are no available award seats — at least not at…

8 Activities in Hawaii for Adrenaline Junkies

Hi, My name is Bill, and I have multiple a problems I think you can relate to. I have trouble feeling any feelings unless they are hunger or boredom — or travel (trust me, its a feeling). And unless you’re a pharmaceutical sales rep with a suitcase full of Xanax samples, I won’t be able…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for October 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers available…

Do Credit Card Category Bonuses Apply to Overseas Purchases?

TPG reader Steven sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning rewards while traveling internationally: “Does the Chase Freedom 5x bonus work at international locations? Could I earn bonus points this quarter at, say, a drug store in Australia?” Credit card bonus categories are the bread and butter of award travel. By using the right card for each purchase, you can…

The Top 4 Credit Cards for Maximizing Ultimate Rewards Earnings

Ultimate Rewards points have long boasted one of the highest valuations in TPG’s monthly series, as you can redeem this transferable loyalty currency with 11 great travel partners, including Hyatt, Southwest and United. Since the premium Chase Sapphire Reserve Card hit the market with a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points (after you spend…

When Should I Transfer Points to Airline and Hotel Partners?

TPG reader Sai sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferable points programs: “What’s the advantage of transferring Ultimate Rewards points to partners rather than booking through Chase?” There are a lot of benefits to redeeming Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal. For starters, Chase tends to offer competitive prices and lets you use points to cover a…

The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the competition. There’s plenty to like about this card and others like it, but no matter how you look at it, the fact still remains:…