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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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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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Top 5 Current Travel Credit Card Offers

February 18, 2014

In light of the news that the Barclaycard Arrival will be raising its sign-up bonus minimum spending requirement from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days any time now, as well as the current 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, I know a lot of you are considering a round of […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

October 24, 2013

I have stayed at a number of Radisson Blu hotels over the past year including recently the Radisson Blu Prado in Madrid, and while I was in town for the Chicago Seminars earlier this month, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out the towering Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago that opened in November […]

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Top 10 Cards In My Wallet And What I Use Each For

October 22, 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. One of the questions people ask me all the time is how many credit cards I have and […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best 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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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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Applying For The Best Credit Cards – The Top Deals For Your Round Of Applications

August 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. One method that’s widely accepted amongst those that maximize their miles and points – myself included – is to […]

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Which Card Is Better – The Club Carlson Visa or Starwood American Express?

August 18, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. TPG follower Eric is weighing his hotel credit card options and wants to know: “‪@thepointsguy‬ would you recommend the Starwood Preferred Guest 30,000 point American Express card or the Club Carlson 85,000 point Visa?“ I […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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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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Top 10 (Almost) Too Good To Be True Credit Card Perks

July 16, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Some things in life really are too good to be true, and others just feel that way. When it comes to credit card perks, however, spending  - not – seeing really can lead to believing. Part […]

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Reminder: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers End Tomorrow

June 21, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold is 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months.  Last Sunday, Chase announced limited-time higher sign-up bonuses on all four Ink cards. The sign-up bonus on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards to 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months and the $95 […]

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Amex Business Gold Rewards LTO 75K Bonus Through eBay

May 14, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: View the current offer for the The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card. Offer expired May 17, 2013. Last week Amex launched a short-lived amazing deal on the Business Gold Rewards card for 75,000 bonus points with […]

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Amex Business Gold FAQ and My Top 10 List of Other Credit Cards for the Last Minute App-o-ramas

May 8, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  I’m getting a ton of traffic and emails today about the current 75,000 point Amex Business Gold deal and people asking whether they should do an impromptu round of applications if they applied for this deal today. The point of […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Current Travel Credit Cards (And 10,000 Chase Point Giveaway)

April 30, 2013

Over the weekend I gave a talk at Frequent Traveler University in Tysons Corner outside Washington, DC called “The Points Guy’s Credit Card Thunderdome.” As you might guess from the title, we had a lot of fun debating the relative merits of the various travel credit cards on the market at the moment and putting […]

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Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

April 18, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies […]

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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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Five New Cards and 315,000 Miles/Points Later: The Results of My Latest Round of Credit Card Applications

March 21, 2013

This is the third post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Most Valuable Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses for Travelers

March 19, 2013

2013 has started off as a pretty solid year for credit card sign-up bonuses. This year has brought some amazing deals via sites like CreditCard.com’s Card Match Tool, which has recently offered now expired 100,000-point Amex Platinum and 50,000-point Amex Premier Reward Rewards Gold deals. Word on the street is that more lucrative bonuses are […]

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