Redeeming One Year of Points from Chase Sapphire Preferred

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening too many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how even a single card can give you access to free flights, hotel nights, and more….

Saying Goodbye to Foreign Transaction Fees

One of my foremost considerations when I spend money abroad is to avoid foreign transaction fees, which can easily wipe out the value you get from earning points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for cards that avoid these fees, and offers a rosy outlook for the future of international…

How the TPG Maximizer Can Make You a Travel Rewards Pro

I started TPG to help people make their travel dreams a reality. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a tool designed to make my help more readily available. I used to think that fixed value or cash back credit cards were the only ones worth having (and if you’ve seen Jennifer Garner’s incredibly misleading Capital…

My Decision on which Credit Cards to Keep vs. Cancel

Each year I like to take inventory of my credit card portfolio by weighing the benefits of each card and weeding out the ones that aren’t providing enough value. There’s no shortage of new sign-up bonuses to earn, like the recently extended offer for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, or the big targeted offers for the Amex…

Is the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal to see what value it offers, and how prices compare to airline, hotel, and third-party booking sites. Last November, I experimented with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal and ended up with 2 Etihad Airways Diamond First Class round-trip tickets from Tokyo to Abu…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom for Dining in Q2?

TPG reader Suzanne tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “For next quarter, is it better to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and earn 2X on dining plus the 7% dividend, or use the Chase Freedom for 5X?” To be a real points pro, you need to learn how to maximize the earning of points,…

6 Rewards Programs That Make Award Travel Easy

I’ve realized over the years that many people ignore travel rewards simply out of confusion about how they work. Many programs have convoluted rules that can be overwhelming to beginners, so today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for loyalty programs that make earning and redeeming points and miles easy. Were you…

Which Credit Cards Do You Use? Team TPG Compares Wallets

I often get asked which credit cards I use most, and the answer isn’t always the same. I have some stalwart favorites that I use frequently, but with 24 accounts currently open, it’s a rotating cast. Sometimes I favor a card so I can meet a spending threshold and unlock a lucrative benefit. Other times I stick to whichever card can help me…

Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Maximum Value

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards at 2.1 cents apiece, and I can get much more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Chase Ultimate…