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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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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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Hawaiian Airlines Series: Converting Hawaiian Miles To Hilton HHonors Points – Worth It?

March 19, 2014

This is the third post of our series on using Hawaiian Airlines for those folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard. In the first post we looked at award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, and in the second, we examined the new card’s share miles benefit.  In this post […]

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Limited Time Offer: 50,000 Hilton Points and $50 Statement Credit on Citi Hilton Visa

March 18, 2014

Update: This offer has expired, view the current offer for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card here. The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa has just launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer of 50,000 points (ending April 18, 2014 as of now) when you spend $1,000 in the first 4 months, plus a $50 statement credit […]

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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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Destination of the Week: Milan

November 8, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we are going to a northern Italian city that often gets criticized for being too industrial, but is one of the most fashionable destinations in the world.  It is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage and so much to do and see. It boasts one of the […]

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Destination of the Week: Macau

November 1, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us to Macau, a former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong, that has become the Las Vegas of Asia. WHAT TO DO A surreal potpourri of China, Las Vegas and Portugal –  glitzy, flashy, and the world’s most profitable gaming destination, crammed with every Western […]

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Destination Of The Week: San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 4, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Melanie Wynne takes us to the Caribbean to a multicultural island boasting wide sandy beaches and tropical rainforests. It is time to take your high school Spanish out for a spin as you explore the city’s powerful Colonial past and the breezy, colorful and elegant cultural scene […]

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Destination Of The Week: Munich

September 27, 2013

It isn’t even October yet but the year’s biggest beer festival is already underway! For today’s Destination of the Week, to celebrate Oktoberfest we are heading to its birthplace to learn not only the about origins of the world-famous beer-inspired celebration but also to the discover the many charms of Bavaria’s largest city. We’re going […]

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How to Maximize Points and Save Money at Movie Theaters

September 23, 2013

Cinema buff? You’re not alone!  In this post, TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through several ways we can turn a trip to the movie theater, which is getting costlier than ever, into a points-earning extravaganza…or at least a cheaper movie theater experience.  If you have to cough up the dough to pay for a pricey movie, […]

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Destination of the Week: Barcelona

September 13, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we asked Madrid-based expat and TPG contributor Lori Zaino to cover the majestic city of Barcelona. Although Barcelona is in Spain, first and foremost it is part of the Catalunya region. Therefore, the city is a mixture of the two cultures, Catalan and Spanish, which makes for its unique […]

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Destination Of The Week: Singapore

September 6, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Jenny Miller takes us to Southeast Asia to the only city-state in the world that is actually an island, and the national pastimes of eating and shopping make for an excellent, exciting vacation spot. We’re heading to Singapore. WHAT TO DO It takes less than 45 minutes […]

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Top 25 Travel Credit Cards With The Lowest Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

September 3, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With so many great current credit card offers out there – including the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Starwood American Express personal and business cards which ends today (expired) – I know a lot of […]

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Maximize Monday: Triple Dipping With Hotels.com, Sapphire Preferred and the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal

July 29, 2013

When it comes to booking hotel stays, you have a lot of choices in how you maximize your points and miles – from choosing the best site for the lowest prices, to elite status considerations, to points bonuses and promos. The sticking point is that most hotel loyalty programs require you to book direct (or […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Maximize Monday: Getting The Most Points Out of Double and Triple Dipping When Booking Travel

May 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When I checked my Delta SkyMiles and Starwood Preferred Guest accounts the other day, I noticed that my SPG/Delta Crossover Rewards had kicked in and I had started earning Delta miles on my Starwood stays and […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the most lucrative credit cards in your wallet. Pros and Cons: Hotel Websites vs. Online Travel Agencies Booking hotel stays is another […]

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My Ranking of the Top Citi Travel Credit Card Offers

December 10, 2012

Update: Most Citi AAdvantage 50K offers have expired as reported in this FlyerTalk thread, though there is a live offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® for 50,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months. Offer Expired: December 13, 2012 This is a post in my series ranking the top […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Points on Apple Purchases this Holiday Season

November 25, 2012

TPG reader Don writes: “I plan on buying a lot of Apple products as gifts this year. What is the best way to maximize points since the Apple Store earning is most portals is only 1 point per dollar spent?” With the iPhone 5, new iPad mini and MacBook Pro Retina Displays, Apple products are […]

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Maximize Points on Thanksgiving Groceries

November 21, 2012

Did you put off your Thanksgiving grocery shopping to the last minute? There might not be too many turkeys left in the frozen section, but at least you can rack up multiple points per dollar you spend while picking up all the fixings. Here are a few great points-earning credit cards that will give you […]

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Maximize Points On Gas Spending And Gift Cards

August 30, 2012

High gas prices got you feeling like this? (Image: Fotolia) It’s been a long, hot, expensive summer driving season. Not only have gas prices been rising all summer, but Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac will continue to disrupt oil drilling and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico, and we’re looking at more pain at the pump for […]

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

July 3, 2012

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 of them levy on cardholders each year for the privilege of earning those points and miles. Depending […]

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Sunday Reader Email Question: Which Hotel Credit Card is Best?

July 31, 2011

TPG reader Evan writes: “I don’t travel very often for my job but I am very good, thanks to you, at getting a lot of miles via my credit card to use for a nice vacation or two every year (usually one big and one small). I spend about 20-30K a year on my credit […]

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