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Maximizing Hyatt Gold Passport for Family Travel

July 2, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in major hotel loyalty programs. Up this week: Hyatt Gold Passport. Previously, we looked at family friendly hotel options within the Starwood brands, and readers commented that they wanted to compare that perspective to other brands. For starters, we’ll look at the Hyatt Gold Passport program […]

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Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

June 30, 2014

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners […]

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Top Credit Card Offers With No Annual Fee

June 23, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  So far 2014 has been a great year for new credit cards and increased sign up bonuses. Most notably, American Express came out with the first Membership Rewards earning card with no annual fee, the Amex Everyday. While […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

June 20, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies per person and how well they can maximize a particular currency for their needs, but still there are some points worth more than others. To […]

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Getting The Most Rewards For Your Minimum Spend

June 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele comes back this week to analyze minimum spend. Perhaps we are living in the golden age of credit card rewards, where banks are eager to offer us so many valuable points and miles just for giving them a chance to earn our business. Nevertheless, most of these offers require a significant […]

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What is the Value of Ultimate Rewards Points vs. SPG Points?

June 15, 2014

This week TPG reader Stephen asked a question via Twitter: “@ThePointsGuy how much do you value Ultimate Rewards Points vs Starwood points? I know you value Starwood at about 2.5 cents” In this day and age of airline programs and hotel programs constantly moving the needle, changing how many points or miles you need for an […]

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Does Chase Sapphire Preferred Get a 10% Exclusives Bonus?

June 8, 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. The Chase Freedom card is tied into a program called Exclusives, which gives a 10% bonus on all points earned throughout a year (including the 5X bonus points) to customers who […]

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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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Bonus Aeroplan Miles, Marriott Free Night, Ink Cards & More

May 31, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder — Increased bonuses for Ink cards end June 1: The current offers of 60,000 points for the Chase Ink […]

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10 Chase Ink Benefits You Might Not Know About

May 30, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   This month Chase has been offering increased signup bonuses for the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards of 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. That’s 20% higher than […]

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Maximizing Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Partner Awards

May 28, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele delves deeper into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program to shed more light on taxes and fees on partner awards, so you can make the best decision when deciding if this program makes the most sense for your needs Last week, Chase announced that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program will become its 11th […]

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IHG Releases PointBreaks List for May 27-July 31

May 27, 2014

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for summer 2014.  PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night and change every two months. While some of the participating properties won’t move the needle on the excitement meter, many are worth checking […]

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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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How Can I Protect My Points and Miles from Devaluation?

May 25, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. A couple weeks ago American Airlines made some negative changes to their AAdvantage program overnight, including getting rid of their round-the-world Explorer awards and modifying really valuable stopover policies. TPG reader Martin sent me a […]

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Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Singapore Krisflyer As Partner

May 21, 2014

Chase Ultimate Rewards are among the top travel points currencies, and they just got even more valuable. Chase just announced that it has added an 11th travel transfer partner: Singapore Airlines. That means that if you have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus card, you can now transfer to Singapore in addition to British Airways, […]

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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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What Is A Point or Mile Worth? My New Monthly Valuation Series

May 14, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. One of the questions I’m asked the most is – how much is a point or mile worth? That question lies at the heart […]

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Do You Earn Miles When You Book Flights With Ultimate Rewards Points?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Sofia tweeted me this week to ask: “@thepointsguy When I buy a ticket with points through Chase Ultimate Rewards, do I still earn miles?” The answer is yes, and that’s one of the beauties of using Ultimate Rewards’ Pay With Points option. If you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus, you […]

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Can You Recommend A Business Class Awards Flight From ORD-ICN Using Chase Points?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Alex tweeted me @thepointsguy and asked: “I am looking to fly ORD to ICN this summer on Chase points. Can you recommend ANA business or should I search for Asiana or United business flights?” Alex tweeted me to say that he is flying from Chicago O’Hare to Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South […]

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How Do I Get To Hawaii Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Ruben tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “What is the cheapest way to fly First Class from Los Angeles to Hawaii through – or with a transfer from – Chase Ultimate Rewards points?” Ruben tweeted me this week and asked what the best way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points ,such as those earned […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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Up to $200 Worth of Southwest Points For Buying Marriott GiftCards

September 6, 2013

Once again Southwest has teamed up with Marriott to offer Rapid Rewards members up to 12,000 bonus points for purchasing Marriott GiftCards through Southwest through September 26, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down (max purchase of $1,000): $100 = 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points $250 = 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points $500 = 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

August 20, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele follows up with his guides to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers and American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers with this look at the airline partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – […]

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Chase Pulls Online Ultimate Rewards Purchases; Still Available Over The Phone- Worth It?

August 7, 2013

TPG follower Thomas tweeted me that he had tried to buy Ultimate Rewards points online when logged into his account with Chase but that he got a message saying the functionality was no longer available. Curious, I logged into my own Ultimate Rewards account and had to search for “buy points” in order to even […]

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