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…

5 Travel Rewards Credit Cards that Pay for Themselves

Travel Rewards credit cards come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them you might get to earn a large sign-up bonus; others you might get for the benefits they offer with your airline or hotel of choice; and still others you might pick up for their lucrative bonus categories. When you’re evaluating whether to keep a rewards…

Travel Rewards Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

Annual fees for travel rewards cards generally correspond to the benefits they offer, with the more lucrative cards carrying a higher premium. However, if you’re just getting into award travel and want to minimize expenses up front, there are plenty of worthwhile cards that carry no annual fee. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the top options….

Can My Fiancé and I Pool Our Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

TPG reader Vish sent me a message on Facebook asking: “I’ve just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and my fiancé is applying for a Chase Freedom. I’m getting conflicting answers from Chase about whether we can transfer and combine points. Can you help?” Chase has become much stricter about combining points this past year. A few years…

Best Credit Cards for Balance Transfers and Travel Rewards

Credit is an important tool; a sound financial standing can not only get you lower rates for mortgages and other loans, it can also help get you approved for the best rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips on how to use balance transfers to manage your credit so you can…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ink Plus TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite…