Should I Get Chase Credit Cards First Due to Restrictions?

TPG reader Aaron sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card applications: “As someone new to the points game, would it make sense to target Chase cards first given the more stringent application restrictions?” The major credit card issuers often limit how many accounts you can have open and how frequently you can apply for new ones. In order…

Our Million-Point Asia Experience — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Should I Transfer from Chase Freedom to Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Trevor sent me a message on Facebook to ask about combining Ultimate Rewards points: “I was about to transfer all the points from my Chase Freedom card over to my Sapphire Preferred account. I don’t necessarily need them now; is there any reason to wait?” One nice aspect of the Ultimate Rewards program is that…

Why You Should Get (and Keep) a No Annual Fee Credit Card

Especially if you’re just getting started in the points and miles hobby, it could make sense to hold off on applying for cards with steep annual fees. Luckily, there are plenty of fee-free cards that offer great rewards — not to mention several reasons why holding a no-fee product can help your credit score over…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and fairly constant bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as…

Virgin Atlantic Offering 30% Off Economy Award Tickets to the UK

Virgin Atlantic has offered sales before that give travelers a discounted rate for award travel to the UK. It seems these sales come around with the carrier every once in a while — there was a 25% discount offer in May 2015 and Virgin also offered 50% off during a 2-for-1 sale. However, the question that always comes up with these deals…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List Through July 31

IHG released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels, valid through July 31, 2016. IHG’s previous PointBreaks list was supposed to be valid through April 30, 2016, however, the new list of properties appeared unexpectedly. All of the approximately 140 worldwide properties are available at the discounted rate as of today. IHG PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels —…

Maximizing Points from SPG Promos — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Is Chase Freedom Unlimited Good for Non-Bonus Spending?

TPG reader Jack sent me a tweet to ask about how to maximize everyday spending: “Which card do you prefer for non-bonus spending: the new Chase Freedom Unlimited or the SPG Amex?” Last month, Chase introduced a new rewards card with an intriguing bonus structure. The Chase Freedom Unlimited Card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases with no monthly…

$225 Fares to New Zealand, Free Starbucks Gold Status, Chase Ink Perks & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…