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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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Citi Extends Complimentary Admirals Club Access to Amex Platinum Members in April

April 10, 2014

In December, we reported that American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders would be losing access to Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs in March. I personally loved this benefit, as being able to visit a lounge before or after a flight to do work, freshen up, have a drink or take a call was […]

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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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Maximizing International Gateway Stopovers on American Airlines Awards: Two Award Tickets for the Price of One

April 7, 2014

With recent United and Delta award chart devaluations, American Airlines and its mergerpartner US Airways are looking like better options than ever when it comes to booking awards – at least while their award charts remain as they are now with sweet spots like American’s Off-Peak awards to South America and Europe, and US Airways’ business class awards to North Asia (90,000 miles) […]

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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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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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Destination Of The Week: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

A bustling metropolis combined with some of the most famous beaches in the world, this South American city is known for being an exotic mix of Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Africa roots. With the World Cup just a few months away and the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place, all eyes will be on this […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 757 Economy Miami- Recife, Brazil

April 4, 2014

One of my closest friends, Sergio, is originally from Brazil, and for years has been talking about going to an area called Fernando de Noronha, which is an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of the mainland. He told me the area was a real hidden gem and that he had dreamed […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Admirals Club Lounge Passes

March 27, 2014

Last Saturday, the day American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders had been dreading finally arrived – as of March 22, 2014, their cards would no longer include the benefit of American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access (nor US Airways Club access). Now the only cards that will get you into the Admirals Club are […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders Now Get Same-Day Admirals Club Access

March 25, 2014

Last Friday was the last day American Express Platinum cardholders enjoyed access to American and US Airways club lounges as part of their benefits package, and it looked like the only credit card left that would get you access to both sets of lounges (thanks to the merger) was the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard. […]

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Last Day For American and US Airways Club Access For Amex Platinum Cardholders – And How To Get Access After

March 21, 2014

Back in December, American Express announced that Platinum, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cardholders would no longer get access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs or US Airways Clubs as of March 22, 2014 – which means today is the last day for all us Platinum cardmembers to crash those lounges using our card benefits, so […]

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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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Citi Prestige Cardholders – Redeem ThankYou Points For 1.6 Cents Each on American and US Airways Flights

March 17, 2014

When Citi announced that the ThankYou points earned with the ThankYou Premier card would be devalued to be worth 1.25 cents each toward airfare instead of 1.33 cents apiece, a lot of readers had questions about upgrading to the Citi Prestige card. That’s because, in addition to other perks like $200 in airline credits, 2x […]

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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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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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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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My Credit Card Spring Cleaning – Which Cards To Keep, Cancel or Convert

March 13, 2014

Spring is here, the sun is shining (well, it is in Miami!), and it’s time for another round of credit card applications to boost my points balances. With several new lucrative offers out there like the 100,000-mile Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard, the newly launched 40,000 points offer on the Platinum Card from Amex, the […]

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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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What Is The Best Credit Card to Maximize Points Earning On A Road Trip?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG Reader Patrick emailed me to ask about which credit card to use during a road trip: “I’m planning a cross-country road trip in May-June of this year, driving from Los Angeles to New York and back. I […]

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The Best Current Airline Credit Card Offers

March 4, 2014

One of the big questions that came up both days at the New York Times Travel Show, was how airline credit cards play into an overall points and miles strategy. While I personally spend more on credit cards that accrue transferable points like the Sapphire Preferred, or the Premier Rewards Gold, since transferable points give […]

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Which Credit Card Offers To Get Now – And Which To Wait On

March 1, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With the launch of limited-time 50,000-point sign-up bonuses on the Southwest credit cards, which ends March 5, and […]

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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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Shifting Airline Alliances: Which Is Best – Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance?

February 24, 2014

Airline alliances are constantly changing – whether it’s mergers or new strategic partnerships, the landscape continues to evolve and in 2014 there will be some notable additions and exits from the major alliances. However, bigger isn’t always better, so deciding on the best alliance for you may take some careful analysis based on factors that […]

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The Elite Status Cliff Approaches: Audit Account Balances to Ensure Proper Credit

February 20, 2014

February 28 fast approaches and that means the elite status countdown is in its final moments. Many airline and hotel loyalty programs reset the elite status benefits year (not qualification – which is based on the calendar year) at the end of each February and now is the time to audit your accounts to make […]

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