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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Maximizing Starwood’s Unique Airline Transfer Options: Part 1

June 6, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest points when transferring to airline partners. American Express is currently offering their Starwood Preferred Guest card with a 30,000 points sign-up bonus for a limited time on both personal and business cards. While these points can be quite valuable for award nights […]

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Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses: When To Wait for a Bigger Offer

May 26, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink and Freedom credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash, Freedom.   Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. TPG contributor Jason Steele digs into […]

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When to Use Singapore KrisFlyer Vs. United MileagePlus

May 22, 2014

Yesterday we got the great news that Chase added an 11th transfer partner of the Ultimate Rewards program: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Singapore Airlines is known for top-notch service and they’re a member of Star Alliance, which opens up a lot of other booking options as well. However, United MileagePlus is also a Star Alliance member, so I […]

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Manufactured Spending Update: Bluebird and Staples Gift Cards

May 19, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele comes back today to talk about Manufactured Spending, which is the art of creating points and miles without having to actually incur more spend- like buying gift cards and then using them to load Bluebird and then in turn pay your mortgage/rent/etc.  Things change everyday for those who try their hand […]

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Entry Level Airline Credit Cards and Why They’re Generally Not Worth It

May 12, 2014

There are a ton of airline co-branded credit cards on the market these days, but some of the most overlooked are the entry level cards with no or low annual fees. TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at these cards and examines whether they make sense or whether you should buck up and get […]

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Hawaiian Airlines Series: Maximizing HawaiianMiles Airline Partner Awards

March 20, 2014

This is the fourth post of our series on using Hawaiian Airlines for those folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard. So far we have looked at award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, the new card’s share miles benefit, and whether it’s worth converting HawaiianMiles to Hilton HHonors […]

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Cheap First Class Fares AA JFK-Los Angeles on The New A321: As Low As $492 One Way!

February 25, 2014

American Airlines is the only carrier now operating and promoting a 3-cabin first class product between New York and Los Angeles (and soon to be San Francisco). Fares on this route for first class are usually in the $2,935 one-way. However, there are a bunch of dates in April and May where fares are as […]

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Points Hero of the Day: WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum – Makes Facebook Close $16 Billion Deal To Preserve Award Ticket

February 23, 2014

Every so often we hear stories of people who take extraordinary measures to maximize their hard-earned points and miles, so we’re starting a new series honoring those that go above and beyond the call of duty (and sometimes reason) to take that award flight or secure that primo hotel suite. And as a hat tip […]

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Will Cell Phone Usage In-Flight Be the Downfall Of Commercial Aviation As We Know It?

November 22, 2013

After last month’s announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell phones to make phone calls and text on aircraft flying above 10,000 feet (still not […]

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23 Points/Miles Per Dollar From American Airlines and Neiman Marcus

November 4, 2013

AAdvantage eShopping, the online shopping portal of American Airlines, is on a roll lately with lucrative shopping bonuses for AAdvantage members who can earn multiple miles per dollar they spend when clicking through the eShopping website. A couple weeks ago, the site was offering 35 miles per $1 at ebags, and this week the airline […]

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Update: Chase Ending Ultimate Rewards Points Purchases in November

August 9, 2013

On Wednesday, I reported on the fact that Chase pulled the option to purchase points online at the end of July.  When I called Chase, they told me that though the online option was gone, you could still purchase points over the phone at the same rate of 2.5 cents per point in increments of […]

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Help TPG Teachers Through Staples’ Reward A Classroom Program

August 5, 2013

The first day of school is just around the corner, so if you’re a parent or student, chances are you’ll be spending some cash to prep for the new year. That means plenty of opportunities for earning bonus points of back-to-school supplies (stay tuned for an upcoming post), but it also creates opportunities to help […]

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The Time Commitment Of Manufacturing Spend on Prepaid and Reloadable Cards Using Green Dot MoneyPaks

May 17, 2013

All this week, TPG contributor Jason Steele will be covering Green Dot MoneyPaks and how you can maximize the points and miles you earn using them. In Part 1 of his series he introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In the second post, he compared Green Dot to […]

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SRQ: I Already Have Two Southwest Cards, How Can I Get the Companion Pass?

March 24, 2013

TPG reader Dana writes: “I got a southwest plus personal card in September of 2011and then the a southwest business plus card 10/12. I want to try for companion pass this year. This would be my first churn. I know I can only get the bonus by getting the Premier cards now, but don’t know […]

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Book Review: A Week At The Airport by Alain de Botton

June 19, 2011

On my recent Tokyo trip, I had the pleasure of spending nearly 30 hours in an airplane, which gave me plenty of time to sleep, eat and read. Actually, this is one of the things I love most about flying – in the air my cell phone is switched off, emails are off (at least […]

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November 24, 2010

People always ask me what service I use to track my points. Until recently, the answer was: my brain. While there have been points tracking services available, there were none that I felt comfortable entering in the account numbers and passwords to my valuable points. Enter, a relatively new service, but one that I’ve […]

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Hump Day Getaway- Issue One

August 4, 2010

Every week, I get a litany of “last minute” weekend getaway fare emails. Usually these discounted fares are routes with excess inventory so the airlines discount the last minute fares in order to generate some revenue for otherwise unsold seats. I thought to myself the other day “Why aren’t there last minute AWARD ticket emails?”. […]

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