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My Four New Credit Cards and 205,000 Miles & Points

August 5, 2014

I currently have 23 active credit cards, and my credit score is consistently in the high 700s. Earlier this year I canceled and applied for 4 new cards for 230,000 miles/points, and recently I did another round of applications to bring my year-to-date sign-up bonus total to 435,000 miles/points. Some people’s eyes pop out of […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 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. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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My New Airline Crush: Alaska Airlines

May 8, 2014

I’ve always heard good things about Alaska Airlines- solid service, good on-time performance and an ever-growing route map that connects the Pacific Northwest to various points throughout North America. I’ve been a big fan of their frequent flyer program, MileagePlan, especially since I was able to redeem for Emirates First Class from Mumbai to Dubai to […]

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The Top Credit Card Bonuses With Low Minimum Spending Requirements ($1,000 or Under)

May 2, 2014

Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here:Gold Delta SkyMiles,Platinum Delta SkyMiles,Delta Reserve Credit Card. During my last round of credit card applications, I netted 230,000 bonus points and miles with four new credit cards, but I had to spend a total of $28,000 on my new credit cards within 6 […]

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Update On Buying Alaska Airlines Miles Using Fly & Buy Option

April 29, 2014

Back in January I wrote about Alaska Airlines’ Fly & Buy Miles option which I took advantage of to rack up 90,000 miles for my first class flight from Mumbai to New York via Dubai on Emirates. This weekend I’ll be traveling to Los Angeles for a conference and decided to tie in a quick […]

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Can You Earn Qualifying Miles On An Airline Ticket When You Also Use A Companion Pass?

April 27, 2014

This week we wrote about 11 different airline and hotel co-branded credit card anniversary perks that far outweigh their annual fees. One of these perks is the Annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express, whereby if you purchase one economy ticket (in L, U, T, X or V fare classes) for a roundtrip […]

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The Top Airline and Hotel Credit Cards With Anniversary Bonuses

April 24, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, how to decide when to cancel a credit card. This comes up a lot because many of the best points-earning travel credit cards carry annual fees ranging anywhere from $49-$495. That’s why, every year when it’s about to hit their statement, readers write in asking whether […]

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Destination Of The Week: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

A bustling metropolis combined with some of the most famous beaches in the world, this South American city is known for being an exotic mix of Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Africa roots. With the World Cup just a few months away and the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place, all eyes will be on this […]

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Top 10 Ways To Meet Credit Card Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

March 18, 2014

A lot of readers have applied for the 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card since it appeared a couple months ago and are now thinking of ways to meet the minimum spending requirement of $10,000 in 3 months. In my own recent round of applications, I was approved for four cards – the […]

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Tax Time Pointers: Earning Points on Taxes

March 17, 2014

It’s tax time again, and as we all prepare our annual statements (that is, if you don’t do it quarterly like many small businesses do), chances are you’re wondering if there are any opportunities to earn points on all those dollars you’re forced to fork over to Uncle Sam. One of the questions I get […]

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My New Credit Card Application Results – Four Cards 230,000 Points

March 14, 2014

Yesterday, I wrote about my Credit Card Spring Cleaning and how I decide when to keep or cancel a credit card (or to try to get a new version of a card I already have in order to score the sign-up bonus again) in anticipation of applying for multiple new points-earning cards. After I’d done […]

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Should We Bank Miles To Alaska Even If We Never Fly Them? What Credit Cards Would Work With This Strategy?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader Nate e-mailed me this week with the following question: “Should my wife and I bank miles at Alaska for dual elite status – even if we never fly Alaska? We value: (1) free upgrades to first and premium economy (2) miles for hotel/air to US, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii (3) priority boarding and seats […]

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The Best Current Airline Credit Card Offers

March 4, 2014

One of the big questions that came up both days at the New York Times Travel Show, was how airline credit cards play into an overall points and miles strategy. While I personally spend more on credit cards that accrue transferable points like the Sapphire Preferred, or the Premier Rewards Gold, since transferable points give […]

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Which Credit Card Offers To Get Now – And Which To Wait On

March 1, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With the launch of limited-time 50,000-point sign-up bonuses on the Southwest credit cards, which ends March 5, and […]

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Destination of the Week: Milan

November 8, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we are going to a northern Italian city that often gets criticized for being too industrial, but is one of the most fashionable destinations in the world.  It is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage and so much to do and see. It boasts one of the […]

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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Sale: Get Up To 14,000 Bonus Miles

November 8, 2013

Alaska Airlines announced a new miles sale this week, just in time to top up your account for the holidays. Now through December 20, 2013, you can get up to a 35% bonus on a tiered basis when you buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles. Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles: get a 20% Bonus Buy 20,000 […]

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Destination of the Week: Macau

November 1, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us to Macau, a former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong, that has become the Las Vegas of Asia. WHAT TO DO A surreal potpourri of China, Las Vegas and Portugal –  glitzy, flashy, and the world’s most profitable gaming destination, crammed with every Western […]

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Destination Of The Week: San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 4, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Melanie Wynne takes us to the Caribbean to a multicultural island boasting wide sandy beaches and tropical rainforests. It is time to take your high school Spanish out for a spin as you explore the city’s powerful Colonial past and the breezy, colorful and elegant cultural scene […]

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Destination Of The Week: Munich

September 27, 2013

It isn’t even October yet but the year’s biggest beer festival is already underway! For today’s Destination of the Week, to celebrate Oktoberfest we are heading to its birthplace to learn not only the about origins of the world-famous beer-inspired celebration but also to the discover the many charms of Bavaria’s largest city. We’re going […]

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Destination of the Week: Barcelona

September 13, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we asked Madrid-based expat and TPG contributor Lori Zaino to cover the majestic city of Barcelona. Although Barcelona is in Spain, first and foremost it is part of the Catalunya region. Therefore, the city is a mixture of the two cultures, Catalan and Spanish, which makes for its unique […]

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Destination Of The Week: Singapore

September 6, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Jenny Miller takes us to Southeast Asia to the only city-state in the world that is actually an island, and the national pastimes of eating and shopping make for an excellent, exciting vacation spot. We’re heading to Singapore. WHAT TO DO It takes less than 45 minutes […]

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Top 25 Travel Credit Cards With The Lowest Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

September 3, 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 Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here. Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here:Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus, Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, Marriott Megabonus Promotion, Earn Up To 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles, Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu

August 10, 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. Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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