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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects of Adding an Additional Cardholder? Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred? Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus […]

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Reminder: Higher Bonus on the US Bank FlexPerks Visa With 28 US Winter Olympic Medals

February 24, 2014

Earlier this month US Bank announced a promotion in honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi new applicants  for the FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa who apply between January 31, 2014 – March 7, 2014 and make eligible purchases ($3,500 in 4 months) will earn not only the 20,000 regular bonus points for signing up, […]

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Higher Bonus on the US Bank FlexPerks Visa With Winter Olympic Medals

February 5, 2014

Back during the 2012 Summer Olympics, US Bank ran a fun little promo where for folks who signed up for the FlexPerks Visa, you’d earn additional bonus points based on how many medals the US team won during the games. The bank has brought this promo back for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and […]

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US Bank Increases FlexPerks Travel Rewards Sign-Up Bonus to 20,000 FlexPoints

September 26, 2013

As of last night US Bank has raised the sign up offer for both the FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature card and the FlexPerks Business Travel Rewards Visa card from 17,500 FlexPoints to 20,000 FlexPoints after $3,500 spend in the first 150 days. Though the prior spend requirement was $2,500 in the first 150 days, […]

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Applying For The Best Credit Cards – The Top Deals For Your Round Of Applications

August 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. One method that’s widely accepted amongst those that maximize their miles and points – myself included – is to […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The current bonus for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards is 25,000 points, 10,000 after first purchase and 15,000 after $5,000 spend in the first 6 months.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the same promotions return like the current Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and Chase […]

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Which Card Is Better – The Club Carlson Visa or Starwood American Express?

August 18, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. TPG follower Eric is weighing his hotel credit card options and wants to know: “‪@thepointsguy‬ would you recommend the Starwood Preferred Guest 30,000 point American Express card or the Club Carlson 85,000 point Visa?“ I […]

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How Can I Save My Credit Score After a Late Payment?

July 28, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Eddie made a very late payment on one of his credit cards and is worried about how it will affect his credit score: “‪@thepointsguy‬ I accidentally forgot and paid my Club Carlson Business Visa bill 36 days late! How do I save my credit score?” When I saw this tweet come in […]

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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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US Credit Cards With Smart Chip Technology

May 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, I know many of you (like me) are planning some great trips abroad, and are already thinking about which credit cards you should be packing along with […]

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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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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Maximize Monday: Fixed-Value Travel Points

April 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  The recent launch […]

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Maximize Monday: The Best Ways to Earn Points on Dining

January 14, 2013

It’s a well known fact that you don’t need to step onto a plane to earn miles and points. The credit cards you carry and what you use them to buy are just as important, if not more so, than how and where you travel. Making the most out of your everyday expenses is one […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Which Credit Cards Sign-up Bonuses Can You Get Multiple Times?

December 23, 2012

TPG reader Doug writes: “I’ve gotten about 14 credit cards in the last year. I have gotten nearly all of the ones that I am especially interested in, and am starting to think about canceling some cards so that I can reapply for them down the line. I know the basics: keep your oldest cards to […]

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Ranking the Top US Bank Travel Credit Cards

December 19, 2012

This is a post in my series ranking the top travel credit cards from the major banks. Other posts include: My Ranking of the Top American Express Travel Credit Cards, My Ranking of the Top 12 Chase Travel Credit Card Offers, and My Ranking of the Top Citi Credit Card Offers. Although it was pretty […]

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Details on the New US Bank Club Carlson Credit Cards

December 3, 2012

In yet another step that signals Club Carlson’s increasing presence in the loyalty points world, the hotel chain has teamed up with US Bank to launch three new Visa credit cards. Here are the terms of each: Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Up to 85,000 Bonus Gold Points to start. Receive 50,000 Gold Points […]

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Ranking Top Fixed-Value Point Credit Cards: Capital One Venture vs. Citi Thank You Premier vs. US Bank FlexPerks

October 22, 2012

While I personally get the most value out of transferable points – like those accrued in the American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards programs – because they give the flexibility to transfer points into a number of airline and hotel programs, fixed value points may make more sense for a certain set of […]

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Card Review: US Bank FlexPerks Visa Signature

July 5, 2012

I’ll be honest, I’ve always turned my nose at fixed-value award programs because they limit the maximum value you can get out of the program. What’s the fun in getting a single measly cent per point? Fixed-value programs make traveling in expensive first class cabins, like my recent Cathay Pacific trip, nearly impossible since the redemptions […]

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