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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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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: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here –Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With the current limited-time 60,000-point sign-up bonus offers after $5,000 spent in 3 […]

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

April 17, 2014

When American Express Platinum cardholders lost access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs in March, the only cards that would get you into the Admirals Club were the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard (which comes with full Admirals Club membership) and more recently, the Citi Prestige, which just added Admirals Club access (not membership though) […]

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Amex Virgin America 30% Transfer Bonus Through April 30, 2014

April 16, 2014

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen an Amex transfer bonus, but  through April 30, American Express is offering a 30% bonus on transfers to Virgin America Elevate points. Normally points transfer at the lackluster ratio of 2 Amex points to 1 Elevate point, but with this promo, you can transfer 200 Amex points […]

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Buying Amex Membership Rewards Points from American Express – Worth It?

April 16, 2014

Today I was reading through the updated Membership Rewards terms and conditions that came with my Premier Rewards Gold card to see if anything new caught my eye and thought it would be good to do a refresher post on how you can actually buy Membership Rewards points and if it’s really worth it at […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles With Cruises

April 14, 2014

With the summer cruising season almost upon us, a lot of readers have been writing in with questions about how to maximize their points with cruises – both on the earning and redemption side – so I thought I’d write up a few strategies to help them make the most of their next voyage. Earning […]

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Citi Extends Complimentary Admirals Club Access to Amex Platinum Members in April

April 10, 2014

In December, we reported that American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders would be losing access to Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs in March. I personally loved this benefit, as being able to visit a lounge before or after a flight to do work, freshen up, have a drink or take a call was […]

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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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What is the Best Business Credit Card With No Foreign Transaction Fees?

April 6, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Bradley is in the market for a new small business credit card without foreign transaction fees. Here’s his question: “I need to get a non-Amex no foreign transaction fee business credit card […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Tickets to the New SPG Hear The Music Series

April 3, 2014

Starwood has a strong history of weaving music into their guests experiences, including the partnership with W Hotels Global Music Director Michaelangelo L’Acqua and the release of the multiple albums including Symmetry. Today, Starwood Preferred Guest announced an interesting new music series with Live Nation Entertainment called  Hear The Music, See The World. This year-long initiative will launch June […]

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Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

March 31, 2014

With all the negative news from Delta lately, including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Delta frequent flyers who increasingly feel that banking SkyMiles with Delta is a losing bet. Fortunately, when you fly Delta, you can bank SkyMiles with many of its […]

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How Can You Make Sure You Get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Jake recently sent me an email with a question about one of my favorite travel perks – Global Entry: “Now that I have Global Entry, I’m not sure what additional steps to take in order to get my full TSA PreCheck benefits. I occasionally get picked at security for TSA PreCheck, but only […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Admirals Club Lounge Passes

March 27, 2014

Last Saturday, the day American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders had been dreading finally arrived – as of March 22, 2014, their cards would no longer include the benefit of American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access (nor US Airways Club access). Now the only cards that will get you into the Admirals Club are […]

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