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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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Deal Alert: New York to Oslo from $407 Roundtrip and Other Scandinavia Cheap Flight Deals From Los Angeles

April 15, 2014

I’m a fan of travel disrupters (like Uber) and now Norwegian Air. The scrappy carrier is driving down fares with new cheap flights to locations throughout Europe to the US. It is shaking up the airline industry and has even prompted lawsuits from jealous competitors. Just this morning I saw a sidebar ad showcasing Ft. Lauderdale […]

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

April 6, 2014

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 for my company which will have multiple employees using the cards. Which one should I choose? Do you suggest Chase Ink […]

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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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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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What Is the Best Points-Earning Business Credit Card?

March 16, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Cory is thinking of changing up his business credit card and tweeted me the following question this wee: “I have a quick question and that is which is really the best card that I […]

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Updated Strategies For Earning Points and Miles With Prepaid and Reloadable Cards

March 10, 2014

A lot has changed in the world of checking/debit alternatives like Bluebird, as well as prepaid/reloadable cards in the past year, so I asked TPG Contributor Jason Steele to write up some updated strategies on turning these products into points-earning powerhouses. Among travel rewards enthusiasts, prepaid cards and checking/debit alternatives have long been used to […]

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How to Get Amazon Prime With American Express

January 21, 2014

Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership is now $99 instead of $79. I’m not a huge Amazon shopper, but I have plenty of family and friends who are borderline addicted. Not only can you get great prices, shopping […]

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Amex Business Gold Rewards 30,000 Point Signup Bonus

November 19, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership […]

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Top 10 Ways To Offset Recent Loyalty Program Devaluations

November 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With all the recent miles and points devaluations – ranging from hotel chains like Hyatt and Hilton to airlines including both United and Delta (twice!) – you might think your points won’t get you anywhere these days. […]

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American Express 25% Emirates Transfer Bonus Through November 21

November 7, 2013

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 Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. To celebrate the addition of Emirates as the newest airline transfer partner of Membership Rewards, the points program […]

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Emirates Series: The Basics of Earning and Redeeming

October 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With this morning’s news that Emirates has become the newest airline transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards – the points program of cards like the Premier Rewards Gold, Business Gold Rewards, Platinum and Business Platinum cards […]

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Emirates Added As The Newest American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partner

October 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. In the past couple of years, American Express Membership Rewards – the points program of cards like the Premier Rewards Gold, Business Gold Rewards, Platinum and Business Platinum cards – has gained (Virgin America and British Airways) […]

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Using Points.com to Combine Miles and Points: A Good Deal?

October 28, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Points.com is a points exchange and clearing house that allows members to trade one kind of points and miles for another and to track your balances and see certain promo offers. You can also redeem your points […]

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Maximize Monday: Online Travel Agency (OTA) Loyalty Programs

October 28, 2013

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 Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. In light of the launch last week of Orbitz’s new loyalty program, Orbitz Rewards, I wanted to take […]

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Current Aeroplan Bonuses and Promotions

October 26, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Aeroplan, the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, is offering a bunch of potentially lucrative promos with bonus miles flying right and left, so today I thought I’d do a quick post rounding up the current promotions […]

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Flying Blue Promo Awards – Half Off Air France and KLM Award Flights Through March 2014

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The next round of Flying Blue Promo Awards – where you can score award flights on Air France and KLM for as few as 50% of the miles normally needed from major gateways like Boston, Atlanta and […]

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Will Applying For A Business Credit Card Affect The Credit Of The Business?

October 6, 2013

TPG reader Eric is wondering whether his business credit score is affected by applying for or canceling a business credit card: “When I apply for (or cancel) a business credit card, does it affect the credit of the business (the EIN of the business)? Or do they just pull my personal credit to see if […]

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Make Your Hertz Award Bookings Before October 1 Devaluation

September 27, 2013

Hertz is planning to increase their award redemption requirements for reservations made on or after October 1, 2013 by 10-15% in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I. However, awards booked prior to that date at the current rates will be honored, so if you have any Gold Plus Rewards Points you were planning […]

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Earn Up To 25,000 Bonus American Miles or British Airways Avios Roundtrip To Europe

September 26, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Both American Airlines and British Airways launched promotions today where flyers can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles per roundtrip transatlantic itinerary this fall and winter until January 31, 2014 with no cap on the total bonus […]

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How Many Credit Cards Do You Have Open At Once And How Does That Affect Your Credit?

September 22, 2013

This question comes from TPG reader Seth, who asked: “How many credit cards do you have, what are the effects of having so many cards open at once, and do you ever decide to close them?” At the moment, I have 19 active credit cards – and that’s a number that scares some people, but […]

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Maximizing Points For Buying the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

September 20, 2013

The wait is finally over for us Apple fans, and the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale this morning – to huge lines and excitement at Apple stores all over the world. While I didn’t camp out on the sidewalk overnight to pick mine up, I  know a lot of readers are […]

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Top Current 50,000+ Point Credit Card Offers

September 19, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. With the reappearance of the 50,000-point sign-up bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Visa announced yesterday, I know many of you might be thinking about applying for it or some of the other credit cards out there offering […]

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