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Tips for Train Travel & Transportation in France

August 23, 2014

There’s a reason the French trains are favored by locals and tourists alike—they’re one of the quickest and easiest ways to get around the country. I asked Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset to fill us in on the ins and outs of trail travel in France with a guide on everything you need to know to […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Top 0% APR Credit Cards That Earn Points & Miles

August 19, 2014

Generally when I write about credit cards, it’s to tell readers about the sign-up bonuses and other benefits they offer that can help enable and enrich your travels. But there are other important factors to consider when getting a new card – most critically, the impact that opening an account has on your credit score, and how applying for and using a card fits […]

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Large Family & Group Travel Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

August 15, 2014

With a family of four, I sometimes envy the ease of travel enjoyed by singles and couples. One or two award seats aren’t too hard to find, you can fit into virtually any car or hotel room, and you can travel very light. On the other hand, I know other families that routinely travel as a […]

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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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Should I Pay a Fee to Meet Credit Card Spend Requirement?

July 27, 2014

‪TPG reader Carla tweeted this week: “@thepointsguy do you think it makes sense to pay my expensive NYC rent on a credit card to meet min CC spend if there’s a $50 fee to do so?” In an ideal world we would be able to pay any bill with a credit card with no fee […]

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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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Last Chance For Tickets To The 2014 Chicago Seminars

June 30, 2014

For those of you who were unable to attend our recent TPG Reader Meet Up at the W Lakeshore in Chicago, there are still 20 seats left for the Chicago Seminars  on October 17 to 19th.  The event will be held again at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near O’Hare. You can register here for $95 for the weekend, which […]

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US Airways Mastercard Bonus Miles and Refunded Fees

June 26, 2014

The US Airways Premier World Mastercard from Barclaycard is offering a 20% bonus on all earned miles from July 1 – August 31, 2014 and some lucky customers may be targeted with a 30% bonus in emails sent out this week. In addition, cardholders will receive a refund for all foreign transaction fees assessed during the […]

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Should Spouses Be Loyal to the Same or Different Airlines?

June 22, 2014

This week TPG reader Nate asked a question via Twitter: @thepointsguy–” My wife and I both travel for work. Should we be loyal to the same airline or different airlines?” Coordinating your travel and credit card strategies with your spouse or family can take a lot of effort, but can pay off if you do it […]

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Have Devaluations Made Credit Card Points More Valuable?

June 22, 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. Both 2013 and 2014 have seen a trend in loyalty program devaluations. Hilton kicked off the devaluation parade in early 2013, followed by Delta and United over the past several months. Even Southwest devalued their Rapid Rewards program […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

June 20, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies per person and how well they can maximize a particular currency for their needs, but still there are some points worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, […]

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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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What’s The Best Credit Card for a Trip to the World Cup?

June 8, 2014

Things are heating up in the Southern Hemisphere as the World Cup gets ready to kick off in Brazil; TPG reader Justin emailed me with a question about his upcoming trip to Rio: “I’m soon off to Brazil for the World Cup, and I’m thinking of getting a new card specifically for the trip. I currently only […]

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus vs. Southwest Premier Visa

June 8, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of months in the credit card world, with sign-up bonuses increasing across the board. Amidst all this excitement, TPG reader Ignacio tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Between two credit cards – Arrival Plus World Elite (4o,ooo-point sign-up bonus, $89 annual fee waived in the first year) OR Southwest Premier Rapid Rewards […]

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Barclaycard Arrival vs. Fidelity Investment Rewards Amex

June 1, 2014

This past week, TPG reader Manu sent me a message via Facebook: “What is the advantage of the Barclaycard Arrival over the Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express Card, which also gets 2% cash back on all purchases, but (unlike the Barclaycard) has no annual fee?” When it comes to cash back, the Fidelity American Express (which earns 2% across the board and has […]

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Weekly Giveaway: Gift Package from Ladurée Paris

May 22, 2014

Every time I visit Paris, I fall more and more in love with it. There is an energy to this city and a magique in the air that is unparalleled and just walking down the avenues it hits you immediately. I have been here multiple times and the moment I leave I am already planning […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. Arrival Plus: Which Is Best Abroad?

May 18, 2014

TPG reader Tammy recently asked on Facebook: “I’m traveling overseas and looking for the best credit card with no foreign exchange fees. I’ve read about Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Chase Sapphire Preferred on your FB page. Both have no annual fees, so which one do you recommend, or is there another, better option?” When traveling […]

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Travel Giveaway: $440 Airline Gift Certificate

May 15, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the newest product from Barclaycard called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which replaces the Arrival World MasterCard. The new card has the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. The card features the EMV Chip + PIN technology that […]

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New Barclaycard Arrival Plus With Chip + PIN Capability

May 14, 2014

Today Barclays announced a re-branding of its popular Arrival World MasterCard to a souped up, sleeker version known as the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. Arrival Plus offers the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. All existing cardholders will start receiving the […]

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SPG Amex vs. Barclaycard Arrival: Which Points Are Worth More?

May 11, 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.   TPG Reader Vick recently tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Help! Should I use my SPG Amex or my Barclaycard Arrival for fixed monthly costs like cell, cable etc.? Which card’s points […]

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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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US Airways 100% Buy or Gift Miles Is Back Through May 25 2014

May 5, 2014

The famous US Airways 100% Buy Miles bonus has returned now through May 25, 2014.  This promotion essentially allows you to buy or gift miles for 1.88 cents but in order to get the full bonus of 100%, you’ll need to buy 30,000-50,000 miles. If you buy 10,000-19,000 miles, you just get a 50% bonus, and […]

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