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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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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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What Is The Best Credit Card to Maximize Points Earning On A Road Trip?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG Reader Patrick emailed me to ask about which credit card to use during a road trip: “I’m planning a cross-country road trip in May-June of this year, driving from Los Angeles to New York and back. I […]

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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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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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Strategies For Maximizing Green Dot MoneyPaks

May 16, 2013

All this week, TPG contributor Jason Steele will be covering Green Dot MoneyPaks and how you can maximize the points and miles you earn using them. In Part 1 of his series he introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In the second post, he compared Green Dot to […]

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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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Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Gas Purchases

March 25, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on fuel purchases. Perhaps the only good thing about high gas prices is the opportunity to earn more points and miles when you fill […]

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Santa Came… And Allowed Me to Buy Vanilla Reloads at Walgreens!

December 26, 2012

Update: Office Depot no longer sells Vanilla Reload or American Express Prepaid cards. I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday (whether you celebrate it or not). Whether you were doing last-minute mileage runs to attain elite status or just relaxing at home, this time of year is always a good time to reflect on […]

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Maximizing Prepaid / Reloadable and Reload Cards For Points And Miles – Choosing Which Credit Card To Use

December 20, 2012

All this week TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards for Points and Miles with a series on the topic including Maximizing Reload Cards for Points and Miles: Vanilla vs. Green Dot vs. PayPal vs. REloadit and Maximizing Prepaid and Reloadable Cards for Points and Miles: Reloadable […]

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Activate Chase Freedom For 2013 Quarter 1 5x Spending Bonuses

December 19, 2012

Time to activate your Chase Freedom card for the first quarter category spending bonuses where you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar you spend at select merchants. This time around, the Q1 2013 bonus categories: Gas stations, drugstores and Starbucks. You have until March 14, 2013 to activate (though you might as well […]

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My Ranking of the Top American Express Travel Credit Cards

December 17, 2012

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. This is a post in my series ranking the top travel credit cards from the major banks. […]

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There Are More Flavors Than Vanilla: Maximizing Miles and Points With Green Dot & Paypal

November 26, 2012

Vanilla Reload cards can be difficult to find these days- and even when you do, some stores may mandate that you can only pay in cash. However, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t reap miles and points with the purchase of other pre-paid and reload able cards that allow other means of paying bills […]

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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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Vanilla Reloads Now Available at CVS

November 14, 2012

While Office Depot is no longer stocking Vanilla reload cards (which work amazingly with Amex’s new Bluebird product) or American Express Prepaid cards, there are a bunch of new locations that sell them. I’ve been in Asia and Europe this past week, but I tasked TPG Director of Ops Kate with going out and finding Vanilla reloads […]

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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: Hotel Credit Card Perks

August 14, 2012

Apart from the obvious benefit of earning travelers hotel points on purchases, hotel co-branded credit cards offer a variety of other perks and benefits that add even more value to carrying them. Here are my picks for the top 10 hotel credit card perks (feel free to share yours in the comments). Citi Hilton HHonors […]

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Updated List of 50,000+ Point Credit Card Deals

September 26, 2011

There have been some new card offers and some have changed, so I decided to compile a list of the most lucrative credit card deals out there. For a full list, check out my Top Deals page. Feel free to comment below if I missed one! Transferable/Fixed Value point cards (Personal): 50,000 points for the Citi […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering

April 20, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  No two American Express cards are the same, so I thought a good place to start on my Maximizing American Express series would be understanding their card offering. I’ve organized them into three categories: Membership Rewards, Airline/Hotel […]

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