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Amex Membership Rewards 35% Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

October 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic from October 15 – November 30, 2014. There’s no need to register – the bonus is hard-coded into the transfer page. While this isn’t the most lucrative transfer bonus we’ve […]

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Top UK Credit Cards: British Airways, Hilton, and More

October 15, 2014

If you’re a U.S.-based reader of The Points Guy, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you’ve applied for at least one credit card offer with a large sign-up bonus. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of these offers are unavailable to readers outside the country. To help our readers elsewhere make the most of credit card […]

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How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

October 15, 2014

Call me crazy, but I tend to think that if you have to pay for something, it isn’t free. Yet many airlines charge frequent flyers for the privilege of redeeming miles by adding fuel surcharges to award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains which airlines are the worst offenders, and offers some tips for how to avoid these […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Bonus Still Available Until October 19

October 14, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Win Tix to the TPG Los Angeles Reader Meet Up and App TPG To Go Launch!

October 14, 2014

My top two resolutions this year have been to release an app with useful new functionality and to host more reader meetings. So far this year we’ve had reader events in NYC and Chicago I’m excited to announce that in two weeks we are headed west to cross off yet another one of my resolutions- releasing my first […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Southwest Flights from $49 or 2,200 Points

October 14, 2014

Southwest Airlines is currently running a winter fare sale, where you can score some cheap flights from $49 each way to many of their destinations. These fares are based on distance, and one-way fares start at only $49, $99, $129 or $149. To take advantage of these cheap fares, you must book by October 16 for travel […]

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Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

October 14, 2014

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options […]

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Maximizing Points, Miles, and Dollars at the Spa

October 14, 2014

From the Away Spa at the W Vieques in Puerto Rico to the Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel in Chicago, some of my most relaxing travel experiences have come at the hands of hotels and resorts that offer spa services. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for how to make spa visits less expensive and […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap US Airways Flights to Europe from $400

October 13, 2014

Per the Flight Deal, US Airways is offering some great deals on flights to Europe right including to Dublin, Madrid, Venice, Barcelona and Brussels to name a few. These fares will not last long, so if you are interested book now and remember US Airways offers a risk free 24 hour cancellation policy if you […]

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3X Membership Rewards at Restaurants Until 2015 (Targeted)

October 13, 2014

American Express is offering bonus Membership Rewards points to targeted cardholders for purchases made at restaurants in the U.S. through the end of 2014 (promotion landing page). For each dollar you spend, you’ll earn 2 bonus points in addition to the points you normally earn, for a total of 3 points per dollar spent at U.S. […]

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An Outsider’s Guide to Hanoi’s Food Scene

October 13, 2014

International Correspondent Lori Zaino ate her way through Northern Vietnam during her recent five week trip to Asia. We asked her to share some of her favorite spots in Hanoi with TPG Readers. Bon appetit! Lucky for me, I can’t get enough spice in my life and I love sampling new things, making Hanoi, Vietnam a […]

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Tribeca New York – King Guest Room

October 13, 2014

The TPG team recently met in New York for strategy meetings and checked into a variety of hotels across the city. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne stayed at the Sheraton Tribeca New York, and this is her review of the property. Stay tuned for more New York City hotel reviews. When I checked into the Sheraton Tribeca New York last month, it had […]

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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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Which Credit Card Is Best for Groceries?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “In your opinion, what is the best credit card for making purchases at the grocery store?”  Credit card spending bonuses can be an easy way to rack up miles. These days, you can find cards that offer bonuses in a wide variety of spending categories, from office supplies […]

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Can I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Twice?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader AnneMarie messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Are you allowed to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred sign up bonus more than once? Is there a certain time that you can wait between cards to get the bonus more than once?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of my go-to travel cards […]

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How Does the Economy Affect the Value of Points and Miles?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Eric tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “With all the major devaluations recently, I was wondering if there are often positive valuation changes when the economy weakens?” I’m generally a positive person, but I feel like lately I’ve been a Debbie Downer, writing constantly about devaluations, programs making negative changes to benefits, and becoming less […]

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Will a Lower Credit Limit Help Me Get Approved for Cards?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader Blake messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Do you ever recommend calling in to receive a lower credit limit than what is granted to you after an instant approval? Is it advantageous to keep limits lower to make room for more cards with the same bank?” I’ve got a huge amount of credit […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On Shore

October 11, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz is back exploring 12 unexpected things she learned on shore in Alaska during her family cruise. For Part 1, detailing her impressions of the ship, click here. During the course of our Alaska cruise, two words kept popping into mind to describe the incredible landscape we were witnessing: majestic and mystical. […]

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Free 750 Avios, TrueBlue 50% Bonus, IHG Elite Check-In

October 11, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Purchase 5,000 or More TrueBlue Points and Get a 50% Bonus You can earn a 50% bonus when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 points in JetBlue’s loyalty program TrueBlue. You can earn the bonus on a maximum of 30,000 points. […]

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Reminder: Amazon Payments Free Monthly Transfers End Monday

October 10, 2014

As a reminder, next Monday, October 13, Amazon Payments will remove the ability for users to send up to $1,000 each calendar month using a credit card with no fees. Previously, this had been a useful way to earn credit card points for expenses that might otherwise be paid in cash or by check, like a house […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On The Ship

October 10, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz recently embarked on a seven-night Alaska cruise with her family. Here, she details 12 unexpected things she learned while aboard the ship. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where she’ll explore shore excursions. For my parents’ 41st wedding anniversary, they invited their three grown children on an Alaska cruise. After a little […]

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Contest Roundup: Kenya, Disney, Honolulu, New York City

October 10, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Kenya, Disney Resorts, California, Honolulu or New York City. Win an Adventure for Two in Kenya From Sobek Travel Enter to win a free trip for two including economy airfare on Sobek’s Travel “Undiscovered Kenya” adventure plus a daypack and duffel […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. EveryDay Preferred – Which Card Wins?

October 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced that, starting in 2015, the Premier Rewards Gold card would no longer offer a 15,000-point bonus for spending $30,000 or more in a calendar year. That prompted us to reevaluate Amex’s Membership Rewards cards in a showdown that pitted the Premier Rewards Gold against the Platinum and EveryDay Preferred cards. […]

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11 Tips for Traveling with Senior Citizens

October 10, 2014

One of my favorite award trips of all time was accompanying my grandmother to California three years ago to visit family. At (then) 89 years old, it wouldn’t have been possible by herself, but together we were able to make the trip, and I was so thankful for being able to travel with her. Today, TPG Contributor […]

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