Why Chase Freedom Isn’t Just Another Cash Back Card

Chase Ultimate Rewards are among the most valuable loyalty points out there; today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can maximize your earnings with one of the program’s less heralded credit cards. Chase is one of the largest credit card issuers in the United States, and its Chase Freedom Card is clearly one of its…

How to Book Awards with United MileagePlus Miles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your United Airlines MileagePlus miles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to…

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…

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…

Business Credit Card Comparison: Bonus Categories

I try to maximize my points and miles by using credit cards that offer spending category bonuses for all my purchases, including business expenses. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at which business credit cards offer the most rewards to help you do the same. Just about all rewards credit cards offer one…

Top Business Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Ink Plus Part of maximizing your award travel is learning to weigh the value of the points and miles you earn against the cost of earning them. This is particularly evident when deciding whether to get a credit card…

How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption…

Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a points…

Do I Earn 2x Points With Chase Ink for an Event at Marriott?

Running events at hotels (like weddings or corporate meetings) can be very lucrative for earning points. Not only do you get points that you normally earn on your credit card, but also you can earn bonuses from credit cards that offer extra points for hotel spending. There are also corporate meeting planner programs, which offer an additional bonus to meeting…

70,000 Point Signup Bonus for Chase Ink Plus

Chase is currently offering a signup bonus of  70,000 Ultimate Rewards points for the Ink Plus card when you apply in a Chase branch. That’s 20,000 points more than the current standard 50,000 point offer, however, the $95 annual fee is not waived. I value Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2.1 cents each because they have strong…