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American Express Centurion Studio at Seattle Announced

November 17, 2014

Today American Express announced plans to create a Centurion Studio Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at some point in 2015. I asked for clarification on the date, but none was available, nor are there concept pictures available. It will be located right off the main terminal toward concourse B, post-security and easily accessible to all terminals.  This […]

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How To Apply & Get Approved For Global Entry

November 3, 2014

Last week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne was approved for Global Entry, an expedited airport security status overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Here is the process she went through get her coveted Known Traveler Number–and how you can do it too.  Global Entry, the U.S. government’s expedited immigration program for pre-approved, low-risk frequent international travelers, costs […]

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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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7 Top Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

September 30, 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. Yesterday, Chase launched a historically high sign-up bonus offer of 70,000 points for the Ink Plus business credit card. However, if you already have the Ink Plus or were thinking […]

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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 $4,000 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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Does Delta Amex Platinum Still Offer Bonus MQMs?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “What happened to the bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles that I used to get with my Delta American Express Platinum card? Is this another SkyMiles casualty of Delta 2014?” I think my heart stopped for a moment when I read Chris’s question, wondering whether something had in fact happened […]

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Should I Downgrade My Amex Platinum to the Everyday Card?

August 17, 2014

If you use Delta lounges or Priority Pass Select, or if you live or fly out of one of the cities has has a Centurion Lounge (New York, Dallas, Las Vegas or later this year, Miami and San Francisco), it makes the Amex Platinum card much more attractive. The $200 a year airline credit automatically […]

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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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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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What’s the Best Way to Redeem Ultimate Rewards for Travel?

July 13, 2014

This past week, TPG reader Hareesh tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it better to redeem Ultimate Rewards directly through the Chase portal, or should you transfer points to a partner and then redeem?” When you redeem Ultimate Rewards (earned from Chase credit cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold Ink Plus, Chase Freedom, and Sapphire) through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, your points […]

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Daily Getaway June 3: Loews Hotels and Resorts

June 3, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Daily Getaway June 2: Omni Hotels & Resorts

June 2, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Should You Get Amex Platinum for Its 100,000 Point Bonus?

June 1, 2014

This week, I again received one of the questions I’m asked most frequently, via a tweet from TPG reader Stephen: “@thepointsguy Do you recommend the American Express Platinum (or its business version), with its 100,000-point sign-up bonus?” In short, the answer is absolutely. Even if you don’t know how to really maximize Amex points, those 100,000 points are worth at least $1,000 […]

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How Can I Get Global Entry If I Already Have TSA Precheck?

May 18, 2014

TPG reader Kathi messaged me on Facebook this week asking: “I currently have TSA pre check. If I want to apply for Global Entry, do I have to start the process from the beginning and pay the $100? I may have done it backwards!” Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of showing up at the […]

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What Is A Point or Mile Worth? My New Monthly Valuation Series

May 14, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. One of the questions I’m asked the most is – how much is a point or mile worth? That question lies at the heart […]

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Global Entry, Nexus and PreCheck: A Comprehensive Guide and FAQ

May 8, 2014

We get many reader questions about Global Entry. While it’s not a complicated program, there are a lot of ins and outs, tips, and sweet spots you should know about it. Now you can refer back to our TPG Offical Global Entry Guide for A to Z coverage of Global Entry, including information on Nexus […]

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New Super First Class Cabins on Etihad and Emirates and How to Use Points to Book Them

May 6, 2014

This past weekend, Etihad Airways announced the December 2014 launch of their new A380 Residence Class suite - which appears to be absolutely stunning – and Emirates has just followed up with (remarkably non-specific) news that they’ll soon unveil plans for a similar product. These announcements are part of a luxurious airline trend that’s taking the onboard experience an exclusive […]

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The Top Current Business Credit Card Offers

May 5, 2014

Update: Some offer mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash, CitiBusiness ThankYou Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express With the current limited-time 60,000-point sign-up bonus offers after $5,000 spent in 3 months on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus available at the moment, I though it would […]

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Delta American Express Cards Waive Foreign Transaction Fees Starting Today – What Other Cards Don’t Charge Forex Fees?

May 1, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  Back in February, American Express announced that the Delta co-branded cards, including the Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards, would start waiving foreign transaction fees as of May 1, 2014, and that day has finally arrived. These fees […]

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TSA PreCheck To Include International Airlines, Starting With Air Canada

April 29, 2014

Since its initial launch in October 2011, the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program, PreCheck, has become so popular (used by about 5 million out of the 14 million weekly airline passengers at the US’s 450 airports) that these days  it’s sometimes the slowest security lane at the airport.  That hasn’t stopped its forward march, however, and […]

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Top Current Credit Card Bonuses Of 40,000+ Points and Miles

April 25, 2014

Summer is coming, and along with it the travel high season in much of the world. A lot of readers have been writing to me about getting their travel plans in order and using miles to get to popular destinations where airfares and hotel rates are too high to be an option. Not only that, […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles and Admirals Club Passes from Citi

April 24, 2014

Earlier this month, I wrote that during the month of April, Citibank is providing complimentary One-Day passes to any domestic Admirals Club lounge or US Airways Club to travelers whose credit cards no longer provide complimentary access (specifically the American Express Platinum Card and Business Platinum Card) as a way of highlighting Admirals Club access as a perk of both its […]

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Confirmed: I Got A Second Sign-Up Bonus On The Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard

April 21, 2014

Back in March, I applied for four new credit cards – and a 230,000 points/miles bonus haul – including the current offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard of 100,000 American Airlines miles when you spend $10,000 in 3 months. I actually had already signed up for this card back in October 2013 when […]

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