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Hotel Review: Ecohotel Teju Açu in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

April 15, 2014

During my recent trip to Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha with my friend Sergio, I stayed at the eco-friendly Ecopousada Teju Açu, which was recommended to me by some of our Brazilian friends. This independently owned boutique hotel is surrounded by vegetationBlueMile with a killer view of the island’s highest peak, the 1,142-foot Morro do Pico. It feels remote, […]

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Is it Better to Focus on Collecting Hotel Points or Airline Miles?

April 13, 2014

Joining Delta, United, Southwest and Air Canada‘s recent devaluations of their mileage programs, this past week saw big, sudden changes from American Airlines, including new fees and the raising of several different award levels. With the current mileage landscape in mind, TPG reader Katrina tweeted me the following timely question: “@thepointsguy In light of recent airline mileage program devaluations, does it make […]

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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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Post-Devaluation Aeroplan Strategy – Awards, Transfer Partners and Star Alliance Comparison

April 9, 2014

2014 seems to be the year of devaluation what with bad news from Delta and United. Aeroplan was not the first nor last to announce they’d be making changes to their program, including raising business and first class award chart redemptions. As the changes to Air Canada’s Aeroplan Rewards program took effect earlier this year, […]

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What is the Best Business Credit Card With No Foreign Transaction Fees?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Bradley is in the market for a new small business credit card without foreign transaction fees. Here’s his question: “I need to get a non-Amex no foreign transaction fee business credit card for my company which will have multiple employees using the cards. Which one should I choose? Do you suggest Chase Ink […]

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United Economy Award Tickets to Japan 25% Discount in April

April 4, 2014

Still haven’t decided where to take that last-minute spring trip yet? You might have been thinking of a weekend getaway or a staycation, but United is giving us a pretty good reason to consider hopping across the Pacific to Japan. When you book an economy Saver award now through April 17 for travel completed by […]

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Destination Of The Week: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

A bustling metropolis combined with some of the most famous beaches in the world, this South American city is known for being an exotic mix of Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Africa roots. With the World Cup just a few months away and the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place, all eyes will be on this […]

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Aer Lingus Launches San Francisco – Dublin (SFO-DUB) Route – And Ideas For How To Book It

April 3, 2014

As yesterday marked the start of Aer Lingus’s non-stop flight from San Francisco to Dublin, the airline’s social media team was in a full-on frenzy promoting the new route (#DUBSFO). The airline is flying its new SFO-DUB route aboard its flagship A330-200′s, all featuring WiFi connectivity throughout the flight, as well as power outlets at every […]

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US Airways Flights Now Bookable with British Airways Avios

March 31, 2014

Today marks the first day that US Airways is part of the Oneworld alliance, and one of the more interesting results is that US Airways flights are now bookable using British Airways Avios. That’s good news because British Airways is a transfer partner of both Amex Membership Rewards (and there are sometimes transfer bonuses) if […]

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Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

March 31, 2014

With all the negative news from Delta lately, including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Delta frequent flyers who increasingly feel that banking SkyMiles with Delta is a losing bet. Fortunately, when you fly Delta, you can bank SkyMiles with many of its […]

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Is There A Way To Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Into Delta Miles?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Paris recently reached out on Twitter with an interesting question about when it might make sense to transfer Chase points to a non-transfer partner like Delta. “Is there a way to transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to non-transfer partners like Delta?” The answer is yes, but at a terrible ratio, let me explain. I […]

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New IHG Rewards PointBreaks List March 24 – May 31 Is Live

March 24, 2014

Last week, IHG Rewards released a sneak peek at their upcoming list of PointBreaks properties where you can score award nights at a discounted rate of 5,000 points – and now the list is live here. I would suggest doing so as soon as possible because there is limited availability at these lower promotional rates […]

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Things To Do Before Big Changes on March 31 – US Airways, Southwest and More

March 24, 2014

This time of year, it’s Tax Day that usually marks the biggest moment of reckoning, but 2014 is a strange one with plenty of changes set to go into effect in the airline industry come March 31. So with one week left to go, we wanted to remind you of what’s coming down the pike […]

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Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Suzanne emailed me a question this week about the Chase Sapphire Preferred she’s planning on applying for: “I have the Chase Freedom, but the TPG Maximizer recommended I get Chase Sapphire Preferred for better benefits. In this case, I was wondering if its more beneficial for me to add my fiance to my […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Getting The United MileagePlus Club Card?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Paul emailed me with a question about the United MileagePlus Club Card: “In your list of recommended cards, you rarely mention the United MileagePlus Club Card. It gives you Club access and 1.5 miles per $1, but even if you don’t use the Club privileges, and charge more than $75,000 per year, the […]

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Top 10 Ways To Meet Credit Card Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

March 18, 2014

A lot of readers have applied for the 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card since it appeared a couple months ago and are now thinking of ways to meet the minimum spending requirement of $10,000 in 3 months. In my own recent round of applications, I was approved for four cards – the […]

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Reminder: Activate Chase Freedom 5X at Restaurants and Lowe’s April-June 2014

March 17, 2014

One of the best ways out there to rack up bonus points on specific spending categories is with Chase Freedom’s quarterly rotating categories of merchants and retailers where cardholders earn 5 points per $1 up to a $1,500 quarterly cap. The categories for the entire year are as follows: Q1 from January 1-March 31, 2014: […]

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What Is the Best Points-Earning Business Credit Card?

March 16, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Cory is thinking of changing up his business credit card and tweeted me the following question this wee: “I have a quick question and that is which is really the best card that I […]

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My New Credit Card Application Results – Four Cards 230,000 Points

March 14, 2014

Yesterday, I wrote about my Credit Card Spring Cleaning and how I decide when to keep or cancel a credit card (or to try to get a new version of a card I already have in order to score the sign-up bonus again) in anticipation of applying for multiple new points-earning cards. After I’d done […]

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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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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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Can I Transfer Chase Ultimate Reward Points From A Family Member’s Account To Mine?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader William emailed me to ask: “I have had a Chase Sapphire Preferred for quite awhile. I recently had my wife get her own card. We are finishing up the minimum spending and her 40,000 points will post shortly. I’d like to know if I can transfer her Ultimate Reward points to my Ultimate […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Today

March 7, 2014

It’s almost lunchtime on the east coast, which means you’re probably thinking about where to eat and hopefully which credit card to use to maximize the points on your dining purchase, so I wanted to post a reminder that today is the first Friday of March and you can earn 3X points per $1 at […]

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