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Card Comparison: Fixed-Value Earning Points Cards

October 22, 2014

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at four of the top fixed-value points programs and the credit cards that can help you maximize each of them. There are three types of travel rewards: transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards; program specific rewards like airline miles or hotel points; and fixed-value points, where […]

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Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

October 17, 2014

Many of the best points-earning credit cards offer cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points or miles in certain merchant categories, whether they be grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, or others. With the diversity of credit cards out there and the sheer variety of purchases the average person makes over the course of a year (or even a […]

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Top Cards That Offer Credits for Airline Incidentals

October 13, 2014

An important step toward getting the most out of your travel is to not only maximize your points and miles, but also to minimize your expenses. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains how you can lower your cash outlay for both paid and award tickets by taking advantage of some very useful credit card benefits. Call it unbundling, […]

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Adding Credit Card Authorized Users – Benefits and Bonuses

September 22, 2014

Many credit cards offer incentives for adding an authorized user. For example, the current sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Preferred offers 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months, plus an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user to your account and they make a purchase within the first 3 months. Thus, […]

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Credit Cards That Offer Free Credit Scores

July 28, 2014

Earlier this year, I shared how credit scores are calculated and which credit cards offer cardmembers a free look at their credit scores. In late February, though, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it’s urging major credit card issuers to provide free credit scores and related information to their customers. Several more cards and issuers have since hopped […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014

July 18, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Summer Road Trips

July 14, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and that means Americans are on the move. According to surveys by both Orbitz and Trip Advisor, nearly 90% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, hardly surprising given the Arctic conditions that had a death grip on much of the country this winter. Over 40% traveled […]

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7 Top Hotel Credit Cards for Free Nights

June 5, 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. With the recent news of the 30,000 point bonuses for Amex Starwood cards (EXPIRED) and the $100 statement credit with the Citi Hilton Reserve card (EXPIRED), I thought it was time to review what I see as the best hotel credit card […]

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A Rundown of US Credit Cards With EMV Chip Technology

May 15, 2014

With the unveiling yesterday of the rebranded Barclaycard Arrival – which is now called the Arrival Plus and comes with a Smart Chip (with PIN capability, no less) embedded, as well as recent announcements about the Delta Amex cards getting them May 1 and the introduction of the Amex EveryDay cards with Smart Chip technology, […]

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Card Review: LANPASS Visa Signature Card by U.S. Bank

May 7, 2014

With major devaluations from United and Delta as well as a string of surprise announcements from American Airlines/US Airways, I’ve been taking a closer look at foreign frequent flyer programs, including their co-branded credit cards. If you’re as big a fan of traveling in Latin America as I am and have dreams of visiting Peru’s Macchu […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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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

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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

September 26, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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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. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  2013 has been […]

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

August 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. 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 think […]

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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: Some offers mentioned below have expired. Follow these links to view the current offers: Platinum Card from American Express, Business Platinum Card from American Express,  Citi ThankYou Preferred, Capital One Venture Rewards Card. The recent launch of Barclaycard’s two new Arrival card (one with no annual fee and one with an $89 annual fee that’s […]

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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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