Amex Now Offers Free FICO Scores to Consumer Cardholders

Once the dominant player in the rewards credit card marketplace, American Express has in recent years faced increasing competition in this space from relative newcomers, including Chase and Barclaycard. In an effort to stay on top, though, Amex has lately been revamping the benefits of several of its credit cards, including the Starwood Preferred Guest Card and the…

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus If You Are an Additional Cardholder of Another Card?

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG follower Holly tweeted: “@thepointsguy I’m additional cardholder of my husband’s American Express Platinum – am I still eligible for the Mercedes-Benz Platinum sign up bonus?” Just this week I wrote about how Amex recently changed its…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons Why I Like Amex Membership Rewards Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Platinum Card from American Express, Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is no longer available through the Card Match…

Sunday Reader Question: How to Keep Amex Points While Avoiding an Annual Fee

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG reader Andrew wrote in this week: “I was wondering whether you could help me with an Amex issue…specifically what to do with my Amex Membership Reward points. I currently have a Premier Rewards Gold Card and…

(Video) Sunday Reader Questions: What Is The Best Way To Apply For Multiple Credit Card Promotions?

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  We all want to get in on as many lucrative credit card bonuses as possible, but in order to do so, you’ve got to be smart and strategic about your applications. You need to understand how multiple…

Understanding How Credit Card Travel Rewards Work

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here.  This is the first post of a new series designed to help beginners understand the points and miles world….

Maximizing Amex Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards

This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post 4: Platinum Card Review. Post 5: SkyTeam Transfer Partners. Post 6: Oneworld Transfer Partners. Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer…

Maximizing Amex Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  No two American Express cards are the same, so I thought a good place to start on my Maximizing American Express series would be understanding their card offering. I’ve organized them into three categories: Membership Rewards, Airline/Hotel…