The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the…

Should I Keep the Hyatt Visa If I Get the Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Austin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Since Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at 1:1, does it make sense to have both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Hyatt Visa card?” When you’re deciding whether to keep or cancel a credit card, it’s important to look at the big…

Debunking Credit Card Myths: Is It Worth It to Pay an Annual Fee on a Credit Card?

We spend a lot of time discussing travel rewards credit cards here at TPG. By pursuing top sign-up bonuses and strategically taking advantage of  bonus categories, you can unlock fantastic redemptions like premium-class flights and luxurious hotel rooms. However, there are a number of misconceptions out there when it comes to credit cards, so today I’ll continue…

How to Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points Between Accounts

Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program can offer some incredible value. It’s no surprise that the currency regularly appears near the top of TPG’s monthly valuations, checking in at 2.1 cents apiece in his most recent iteration. One of the best things about the Ultimate Rewards program is how flexible the points are, not only when it…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s…

6 Reasons Why Hotel Elite Status Isn’t Always Worth It

Holding mid- or top-tier status with a hotel loyalty program can lead to perks such as bonus points and free upgrades, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, it’s not always necessary. The points and miles hobby can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure, it’s wonderful to experience top-notch…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2016

Status matches and challenges are great opportunities to fast-track your way to elite perks within various hotel programs, and luckily most of the major brands offer such programs. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the currently available options. We are well into 2016, which means the clock is ticking…

Going Beyond Bourbon Street in New Orleans

New Orleans defies categorization — the city’s identity is rooted in culture and history as well as the landscape and ecology of southern Louisiana. TPG Contributor Amy Beth Wright and her husband Derek Wright recently spent time in the neighborhoods just outside the French Quarter, exploring a unique mix of nature and culture. Read on for her impressions. (All…

140,000 IHG Points from Two Nights and One Credit Card Bonus

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently took advantage of IHG Rewards Club’s winter Accelerate promo to maximize a visit to New York City. Here’s how he raked in nearly 140,000 points with just two nights at hotels. To be honest, my two hotel chains of choice tend to be Hyatt and Starwood. I get a…