Which Credit Card Should I Use to Maximize a Car Purchase?

TPG reader Carla sent me a message on Facebook to ask about maximizing a large purchase: “I’m getting ready to buy a new car. I read that most dealers cap the amount you can pay for with credit, but even if I can only charge $5,000 or so, which card will earn me the most valuable…

Using Points and Miles for a Family Award Trip to Maui

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card, Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express Hawaii is not just a romantic destination for couples; it can actually be an outstanding place for award travelers to vacation as a family. Honolulu is the most popular destination in Hawaii, but its visitors tend to…

7 Points & Miles Tasks to Complete By The End of 2016

Before you get too busy with holiday commitments, family obligations and other end-of-year business, you should ensure you’ve crossed your proverbial “t”s and dotted your “i”s when it comes to your points and miles. Today, I’ll give a rundown of the top award travel tasks you need to complete by the end of 2016 to…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for October 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers available…

Earn 100,000 or 75,000 Bonus Points With These Hilton HHonors Card Offers

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card, Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express If you’re looking to boost your Hilton HHonors account balance, these increased sign-up bonuses could be of interest. The Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express is currently offering 100,000 bonus points after you…

How Do I Earn Hilton HHonors Elite Status from Spending?

TPG reader Brian emailed me to ask about earning Hilton status: “You’ve mentioned that certain Hilton cards offer Diamond status if you spend $40,000 in a year — can you spend that amount on anything, or do you have to spend $40,000 with Hilton to qualify?” Many travel rewards credit cards offer annual bonuses as an incentive to cardholders. Some bonuses are awarded simply for…

Hilton Adjusts Award Categories for Fall 2016

Each quarter, Hilton shifts which hotels belong to each award category — some properties go up in “price” while others become more affordable. The hotel chain just released the changes that will go into effect on October 12 at about 50 properties worldwide. About 20 will require more HHonors points per award night while roughly 30 will…

Can I Earn a Sign-Up Bonus With One Program From Two Banks?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card TPG reader Faraj sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Can I earn separate bonuses for opening credit cards with the same brand, but from different banks? For example, can I sign up for one Hilton HHonors card from…

Here’s Why September is the Best Time to Book Your Trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. From extravagant parades and costumes to traditions like king cake and colorful beads (FYI: gold beads stand for power, green for faith and purple for justice), there’s nothing quite like it. As the festivities come to a head the Tuesday before Lent — which is coming up…

Buy Two Nights, Get One Free With Hilton and Visa Signature

Update: Although this promotion wasn’t scheduled to end until December 31, Visa has already pulled it, citing “unexpected popularity.” The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection can offer great value for cardholders. And with the program’s current promotion, Visa’s offering a pretty irresistible deal: Get one night for free when you book two nights or more at participating properties….