My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

A new year presents new opportunities to maximize your travel strategy. That’s why, around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which…

12 Best Starter Travel Rewards Cards for 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card, Citi ThankYou Premier If you’re you new to the pursuit of travel rewards or you just don’t have much experience with travel rewards credit cards, a “starter card” is a great place to begin. TPG Senior…

5 Reasons Chase Sapphire Preferred Should Be Your First Card in 2016

Happy New Year! Flipping from December 31 to January 1 on your calendar always brings a slew of New Year’s resolutions, and hopefully one of yours is to get even more out of your points and miles in the coming year. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains why applying for the Chase…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for January 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa 2015 was a big year in the world of points and miles. We saw the final steps in the merger between American Airlines and US Airways including a total overhaul of the AAdvantage mileage program, devaluations from Aeroplan and…

Does the Chase Travel Portal Let Me Choose Airline Seats?

TPG reader Erin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking flights through Ultimate Rewards: “When booking a flight using Chase Ultimate Rewards, are you able to choose your seat and pay baggage fees?” One advantage of Ultimate Rewards is the flexibility to book flights, hotels, rental cars and more directly through the Chase Travel Portal….

What’s the Best Way to Redeem Points for Merchandise?

TPG reader Bertie sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming points for merchandise: “I have a sizable stash of Membership Rewards and Ultimate Rewards, which I’d like to redeem for TVs and iPads for my new store. What’s the best way to do this?” One piece of advice I find myself repeating often is that you…

10 Fun Ways to Use 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Now that the Chase Sapphire has a permanently increased sign-up bonus, it’s a better time than ever to apply for this card if you don’t already have it in your wallet. To get you thinking about ways to redeem those points, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shares 10 great flight and hotel award…

Should I Book My Stay with Ultimate Rewards or Hyatt Points?

TPG reader Brian sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking a Hyatt award stay: “I’m using points to book a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency in Nice, France. The rate is 25,000 Hyatt points per night; however, the Chase Travel Portal is also offering rooms for 25,000 Ultimate Rewards points per night based…

Q2 Chase Freedom Cash Back Bonus Includes Uber and Lyft

Please be advised that the information below may not reflect current promotions. When Chase announced its 5% Freedom Bonus Categories for 2016, the promo’s broad labeling of Local Commuter Transportation was cause for some confusion – what exactly would be included? Would Local Commuter Transportation include popular ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft? Even so, it’d be…

Chase Unveils 5x Freedom Bonus Categories For 2016

Please be advised that the promotions listed may not be current. Chase Freedom’s latest cash-back promotion is officially available for enrollment, along with the announcement of 2016’s upcoming bonus categories. A couple weeks ago, a TPG Reader tipped us off to the first of 2016’s 5% cash back categories — gas stations and local commuter transportation. Starting…