BarclayCard Makes Changes To How Participation Miles Are Earned In The Travel Community

April 15, 2014

About a month ago I reminded readers to check out the BarclayCard Arrival Travel Community where Arrival cardholders and non-cardholders can earn bonus miles for sharing their travel stories, photos and advice with other users. While the miles that non-cardholders earn are not as valuable as those earned by cardholders since they cannot be redeemed for […]

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Paying Taxes With Credit Cards: 10 Scenarios That Might Make Sense

April 15, 2014

It’s Tax Day, and one of the questions I’m asked the most at this time of year is whether paying taxes with a credit card is a good way to rack up points and miles and if so, what credit card to use to maximize your taxes. It would seem like paying your taxes using […]

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My Experience Using TripIt Pro to Organize My Travel

April 14, 2014

I recently signed up and was approved for the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard which comes with a sign up bonus of 40,000 miles after $3,000 in spend within the first 90 days and a complimentary subscription for TripIt Pro, worth $49 annually. Having never really used TripIt’s services before, I wanted to give it a […]

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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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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

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 Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred? Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus […]

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Top 10 Reasons To Buy US Airways Miles with the 100% Share Bonus

April 8, 2014

Now through Sunday, April 13, US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on shared miles. It’s a tiered bonus, so to score the full 100% you must transfer 30,000 miles or more, but this is an amazing deal because it basically amounts to “buying” new bonus miles at the rate of 1.1 cents each, which […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus – Buy Miles for 1.1 Cent Each

April 7, 2014

US Airways just launched one of its famous 100% Share Miles bonuses where you can essentially buy miles for 1.1 cents each now through April 13, 2014. Unlike past Share Miles promos where the 100% bonus was good on any number of  miles you shared, this one is tiered – so to get the full […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Healthcare Spending

April 7, 2014

With the Affordable Care Act going into effect, medical costs and spending are on everyone’s minds. As a major factor in everyone’s budget, healthcare costs can be both a big expense, but also a good opportunity to earn points and miles. TPG contributor Jason Steele fills us in on how and why. Healthcare costs are […]

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Which Are the Best Credit Cards for Travel: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Barclaycard Arrival or Amex EveryDay?

March 30, 2014

Earlier this month, I answered the question Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival? Now I’ve received an email from TPG reader Chaz, who’s torn between these two cards and a brand new one on the scene – the Amex EveryDay cards: “I’m trying to decide between two of three credit cards: Amex […]

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Amex EveryDay Cards Now Accepting Applications

March 24, 2014

At the beginning of this month, American Express announced that it would be launching two new products called the EveryDay cards that would earn full Membership Rewards points and have the potential to earn 20-50% bonuses on everyday purchases (hence the name) if you used them on a certain amount of transactions per month. The […]

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What Credit Card Should I Put Hotel Wedding Spend On?

March 23, 2014

TPG Twitter follower Redcat has an upcoming wedding to pay for and is wondering what credit card to put the hotel expenses on. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy $15k in IHG hotel spend for a wedding. Sapphire Preferred or IHG Visa card? Or something else?” What this really gets down to is, what credit card […]

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Hotel Review: The Smyth Tribeca on Hotel Tonight

March 19, 2014

TPG Managing Editor ended up extending his New York City trip, so after his three-night stay at the W Downtown, he needed a room for another two nights. That’s when we turned to Hotel Tonight and he booked a room at the Smyth Tribeca. Here’s his review. While I was in New York, the weather […]

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Reminder: Posting a Travel Story to the Barclaycard Arrival Travel Community Earns You Miles

March 19, 2014

Last summer, Barclaycard launched an online travel community designed to allow Arrival cardholders to earn bonus miles for sharing their travel stories, photos and advice with other users. Non-cardholders were also invited participate though their miles aren’t as valuable as those earned by cardholders since they cannot be redeemed for travel purchase statement credits. However, both cardholders and non-cardholders […]

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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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Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred Or Barclaycard Arrival?

March 2, 2014

TPG reader Lance sent me a Facebook message this week to ask me about which credit card he should get. “I already have an American Express Platinum and Starwood cards, but I want to get another card that allows me to use points for travel expenses and statement credits. I’m deciding between the Barclaycard Arrival […]

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American Express Introduces New EveryDay Cards With 20-50% Bonuses and Full Membership Rewards Earning

March 2, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. American Express announced today that it would be launching two new consumer credit cards called the EveryDay cards, with applications opening on April 2, 2014. I talked to Amex’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending Products, David […]

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Is Now The Time To Quit Frequent Flyer Programs?

March 1, 2014

It was a very newsworthy week in terms of frequent flyer programs, with Delta’s huge SkyMiles revenue-based changes announcement, American Airlines dropping bereavement fares and jacking up pricing on its Choice Fares, and more. That led the New York Times to publish this article by Ron Lieber titled, “Now May Be A Good Time To […]

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Delta Continues to Chisel Away At SkyMiles Program- Announces Mileage Accrual Based on Spend

February 26, 2014

Delta has been devaluing their SkyMiles program for years by increasing the amount of miles you need for award tickets to outrageous levels on some routes. There have been rumors (that I wrote about in 2012) about them going to a revenue based program and it appears that they are very closed to announcing drastic […]

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Cheap First Class Fares AA JFK-Los Angeles on The New A321: As Low As $492 One Way!

February 25, 2014

American Airlines is the only carrier now operating and promoting a 3-cabin first class product between New York and Los Angeles (and soon to be San Francisco). Fares on this route for first class are usually in the $2,935 one-way. However, there are a bunch of dates in April and May where fares are as […]

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Reminder: Higher Bonus on the US Bank FlexPerks Visa With 28 US Winter Olympic Medals

February 24, 2014

Earlier this month US Bank announced a promotion in honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi new applicants  for the FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa who apply between January 31, 2014 – March 7, 2014 and make eligible purchases ($3,500 in 4 months) will earn not only the 20,000 regular bonus points for signing up, […]

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When Should You Pay For A Ticket Or Redeem Miles?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader Todd tweeted me this week: “@thepointsguy Do you have a rule of thumb for when it’s economical to pay for a ticket with miles?” A lot of factors come into play here. The first is your budget. If you’re really cash-strapped but need to get somewhere and have a ton of miles, why […]

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Discover It Review: $150 Sign-up Bonus and Rotating 5% Categories

February 21, 2014

Earlier this week I wrote about the top 5 credit card deals out there and while some have huge bonuses of up to 100,000 miles, they also all have annual fees ranging up to $450 a year. Today I’m taking a closer look at the Discover It card, which is a no-annual fee product that […]

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