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Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus for General Spending?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Kenny emailed me to ask: “I have both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. I’ve already met the minimum spending requirements to get the bonuses. For all of my travel and dining, I use Sapphire Preferred on top of the Chase Freedom bonus categories. For all my other spending, where […]

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Can I Separate a Two-Night Hotel Stay to Earn Elite Credit?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Junaid asked me on Facebook: “I recently signed up for the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card, and was curious about an upcoming two-night hotel stay. Can I book each of the two nights separately and get credit for two different stays with Marriott in order to earn elite status? Basically I’d reserve one […]

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If I Just Got a New Credit Card, Can I Apply for Another?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Luis tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy- I just got approved for a credit card. When can I apply for another one?” I’ve said it time and time again, but credit card bonuses are probably the most lucrative and easiest way to bring in tons of points and miles. A 60 second application online (and meeting spending […]

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Can I Book Hotel Award Nights for Someone Else?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Christopher emailed me to ask: “I want to book an award stay in Las Vegas for my brother-in-law using Hyatt Gold Passport points. Is this possible?  Can you book an award stay without actually being there in person?” The short answer here is yes-you can book an award stay for someone else, and […]

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Cultured: 10 Museum Exhibits You Must See Before They Close

October 4, 2014

Looking to inject a little arts and culture into your fall travel plans? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the museum exhibits to catch in various cities around the world – before they close.  New York Jeff Koons: A Retrospective - Whitney Museum of American Art Closing October 19, 2014 Famed American artist Jeff Koons has a talent […]

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Discounted Hyatt Stays, Bonus Club Carlson Points and More

October 4, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Delta Skymiles for Donating to United Way United Way is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. If you donate over $50 to United Way, you can […]

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1,000 Bonus Hyatt Points for Booking with Mobile App

October 3, 2014

Hot on the heels of Hyatt’s new partnership between its mobile app and car service Uber, the hotel brand has just launched a promotion that will earn you 1,000 bonus Gold Passport points for stays booked via its mobile app between now and December 31, 2014. Hyatt’s Mobile App  Hyatt’s free app, available for both iPhone and Android, allows you to research the […]

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Upcoming Chicago Seminars Plus Chance To Win Tickets!

October 3, 2014

In just over two weeks, Team TPG and I will be heading to Illinois for the 2014 Chicago Seminars! These events will be taking place at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near Chicago O’Hare Airport from Friday, October 17-19. This will be my third year co-hosting this event with my good friend Rick Ingersoll. known as The Frugal […]

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Best Spots for Craft Beer During Oktoberfest

October 3, 2014

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative 3x points on dining offer on the first Friday of the month, we’re rounding up the best in dining. For October, we’re celebrating Oktoberfest. Our team scoured the country to find the best breweries, brewpubs and restaurants with amazing craft selections.  If you’re not thirsty yet, you soon will be. We’ve found some […]

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50,000 Miles Sign-Up Bonus for Lufthansa Miles & More Card

October 3, 2014

Barclaycard is once again offering a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus on the Miles & More Premier World MasterCard, so if you’ve been thinking about diversifying your Star Alliance miles portfolio, this is a good opportunity to do so. With this offer, you’ll get 20,000 miles with your first purchase or balance transfer, and an additional 30,000 miles after spending $5,000 […]

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Contest Roundup: Adventure Treks, Mexico City, Canada, France

October 3, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to Mexico, an adventure trip to either Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, Mont Blanc or Thailand, a cruise through Canada, a chance to see Oprah in Miami or a gastronomic vacation to France. Win a Trip to Mexico City from […]

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Saving on Family Ski Trips – Flights, Hotels, Lifts & More

October 3, 2014

Maximizing travel is often as much about saving money as it is about earning points. Since winter is coming, I asked TPG Contributor (and avid skier) Jason Steele to share his strategies for keeping family ski vacations affordable. Ski trips make for great family vacations, but the total price can be stunningly high. It’s not uncommon […]

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Amex Membership Rewards Card Showdown – Which Card Wins?

October 2, 2014

Yesterday, 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. Many readers had questions about the change, so today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the benefits of this card going forward, and compares it to two […]

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Hotel Tonight: Seven Day Advance Booking and 10% Credit Back

October 2, 2014

User-friendly hotel booking app Hotel Tonight recently updated its service to make finding discounted rooms a bit easier. In the past, the app offered same-day hotel bookings only (typically at a deeply discounted price) in over 500 destinations (over 10,000+ hotels) in the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. Those who aren’t quite so last-minute with their hotel bookings will be pleased to […]

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American Airlines Launches New Routes from Miami

October 2, 2014

American Airlines just announced that starting on March 5, 2015, they will be adding new daily nonstop flights from Miami International Airport to Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City and San Antonio. These new routes from Miami will be operated onboard their Boeing 737-800 aircraft Miami- Austin Departs AUS at 6:10 a.m CT, arrives at MIA at […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

October 2, 2014

Earlier this week we announced that the Chase Ink Plus card featuring a limited time only sign-up bonus where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. Obviously this is a great deal not to be missed, especially when you consider all of the partners within the Ultimate Rewards network (United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean Air, […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card: Should it be in Your Wallet?

October 2, 2014

Like its hotels, Ritz-Carlton’s co-branded credit card comes at a premium, but the travel and elite benefits offered by the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card can make it well worthwhile. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how. Many of the most prominent hotel brands have their own “luxury” brands embedded within their portfolios, such as St. Regis or Park Hyatt. […]

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Instant Starwood Points Transfers: The Weekly Wish

October 2, 2014

In the world of award travel, there’s little more frustrating than hunting down the perfect itinerary and locking in on scarce award availability only to have your plans undone by a delay in transferring points from one program to another. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen calls out one notoriously slow transferable points program, and explains why […]

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Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

October 1, 2014

If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014. In order to take advantage […]

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Air France KLM 50% Off Flying Blue Promo Awards for Dec-Jan

October 1, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers Promo Awards each month, through which you can book award flights for 25-50% off on certain routes and in specific cabins. While these awards used to be released every two months, Flying Blue now updates them each month instead. The list of awards you can book […]

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Delta To Limit Partner Transfers to SkyMiles

October 1, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has really chiseled away their SkyMiles program by implementing many negative changes for their flyers. They’ve announced Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, Tightened Their Same Day Confirm Policy and Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, just to name a few of their recent changes. Well, Delta […]

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Amex Premier Rewards Gold Losing 15,000 Point Spend Bonus

October 1, 2014

Spend bonuses on a credit card can dramatically increase its value proposition and justify the annual fee. The American Express Premier Rewards Gold card has been one of my go-to cards for years. It offers 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas and groceries. In my […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 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.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

October 1, 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 points and miles devotee, I’m always trying to get the best return I can on my rewards, and an important part of my strategy is knowing how to […]

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