6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

Which Loyalty Programs Let You Gift Points for Free?

TPG reader Mary sent me a message on Facebook to ask about gifting points and miles: “Which programs allow you to gift or transfer rewards to friends inexpensively?” Points and miles can make a great gift for your traveling friends and famly, and most loyalty programs allow you to give rewards to other members. However, these gifts often come…

3 Uruguayan Vacations You Can Book with Points and Miles

Whether you’re looking for a city adventure, romantic couples retreat or ritzy beach getaway, Uruguay has something for everyone. Today, TPG Contributor Elyse Beasley Steinhaus takes a detailed look at how to use travel rewards to get there. I’ve had my eye on Uruguay for a while now – ever since I read a blogger’s…

Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

There’s no question that holding elite status at a hotel chain can improve your stays, thanks to benefits like late checkout and complimentary room upgrades. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top-tier statuses across all hotel programs, to help you determine which is the best fit based on…

Chip Card Technology Adoption is Underwhelming in the US

Many travel rewards cards already feature chip technology, allowing for more secure purchases, but that’s only half of the equation. As TPG Contributor Vikram Birring explains, most US merchants have yet to make the upgrade on their end, despite an important October 1 deadline.  October 1 was set to be a momentous day in the world…

$100 Bonus for Some Card Applications in U.S. Bank Branches

U.S. Bank recently launched a promotion offering a bonus for new card approvals when you apply in branch. Through early December, you’ll receive a $100 statement credit when you’re approved for a qualifying consumer credit card and spend or transfer a balance of at least $1,000 in the first 30 days. Best of all, that $100 is offered…

Is it Worth Paying a Fee to Earn Points on Rent?

TPG reader Justin sent me a tweet to ask about earning rewards for rental payments: @ThePointsGuy — “Please help me settle a dispute with a friend: is it worth paying extra in rent on Venmo to earn points?” Rewards credit cards are a great way to earn points and miles, and I try to maximize every dollar I spend by earning a return…

US Bank Offering One-Night Certificates for Keeping the Club Carlson Visa

When the news hit earlier this years that the Club Carlson Premier Visa would be losing its free bonus award night benefit, cardholders were (understandably) not happy. Initially, US Bank sought to soothe the pain by offering 30,000 points for stays completed and paid for with the card, but now it’s gone one step further, offering to either…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for October 2015

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. Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so…

Recent Credit Card Changes: SPG Amex, Barclaycard Arrival Plus & More

In this hobby, any announcement of impending changes to a program or credit card tends to breed panic. Ideally we’re given notice before a devaluation (like the upcoming changes to the Aeroplan program), but as Delta continually demonstrates, that isn’t always the case! Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen takes a look at…