Choosing the Best American Express Card for You

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Blue Cash Preferred from American Express, Blue Cash Everyday from American Express Taking advantage of top offers on travel rewards credit cards can be a great way to boost your account balances and unlock valuable redemptions. However, navigating the sea of available products…

Amex Now Offers Free FICO Scores to Consumer Cardholders

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Blue Cash Preferred from American Express, Blue Cash Everyday from American Express 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…

New Gotham Air Helicopter Service Plus Other Chopper Transfers

As anyone who’s flown into or out of an airport that’s way out of town, that limbo between deplaning and hotel check-in can be a travel buzz-crushing drag—especially after an already long flight. If you’ve got the cash (or in some cases, the points), you can have a helicopter whisk you directly to your destination, then back to…

Barclaycard Is On a Roll: More Things They Can Do to Dominate the Travel Reward Credit Card Industry

While there are numerous credit card companies, only a handful offer really valuable travel rewards credit cards. For years American Express was the premier issuer of valuable, transferable points. They still are a major force, but Chase has doubled down in the past five years and offers a huge portfolio of some of the best…

Maximize Monday: Fixed-Value Travel Points

The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well. Update: Some offers mentioned below are…

Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car Rentals

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on car rentals. For many travelers, rental cars can be an unexpected huge expense, so it makes sense for road warriors to use a…

Sunday Reader Question: What is the best way to unload Membership Rewards points?

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  This week TPG reader Dawn asked for advice on how she should unload her Membership Rewards points before her account is closed: “I have been a member of Amex since 1991 and almost as long with Membership…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: No Annual Fee Credit Cards for Travelers

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Preferred There are a lot of great rewards credit cards out there that offer lucrative sign-up bonuses and opportunities to redeem points and miles for fantastic travel options. One downside to many of them, though, is the annual fees many…

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…