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Why Gas Credit Cards Can’t Compare to Travel Rewards

October 20, 2014

Most airlines and hotels have co-branded credit cards that offer a good (or sometimes great) return on spending within the brand. Many gas brands have similar card offerings, but today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains why the value of these cards just doesn’t measure up. Gas isn’t cheap, and it’s a product that most Americans need regularly, so […]

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Global Entry, Nexus and PreCheck: A Comprehensive Guide and FAQ

May 8, 2014

We get many reader questions about Global Entry. While it’s not a complicated program, there are a lot of ins and outs, tips, and sweet spots you should know about it. Now you can refer back to our TPG Offical Global Entry Guide for A to Z coverage of Global Entry, including information on Nexus […]

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Delta American Express Cards Waive Foreign Transaction Fees Starting Today – What Other Cards Don’t Charge Forex Fees?

May 1, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  Back in February, American Express announced that the Delta co-branded cards, including the Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards, would start waiving foreign transaction fees as of May 1, 2014, and that day has finally arrived. These fees […]

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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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Top 5 Current Travel Credit Card Offers

February 18, 2014

In light of the news that the Barclaycard Arrival will be raising its sign-up bonus minimum spending requirement from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days any time now, as well as the current 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, I know a lot of you are considering a round of […]

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Hilton HHonors Amex Surpass Cardmembers Receive Automatic Hilton HHonors Gold Status

November 12, 2013

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. With all of the devaluation stories going around, I’m happy to be writing about a new perk/benefit that […]

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status For American Express Platinum Cardholders

November 4, 2013

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. A new promotional benefit is being offered to cardholders of the American Express Platinum card, the Business Platinum […]

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Using Points.com to Combine Miles and Points: A Good Deal?

October 28, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Points.com is a points exchange and clearing house that allows members to trade one kind of […]

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Destination of the Week: Tucson, Arizona

October 25, 2013

Signs of fall and winter are slowly starting to show around the US, but not in Tucson! For today’s Destination of the Week, University of Arizona alum and TPG contributor Lori Zaino takes us almost south of the border to a city that boasts around 300 days of sunshine a year. Well known as a […]

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Top 10 Cards In My Wallet And What I Use Each For

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. […]

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Preferred Hotel Group Launches iPrefer Points Loyalty Program

October 18, 2013

Preferred Hotel Group is a collection of over 650 high-end smaller and boutique properties across the world that until now you could not earn brand-specific loyalty points with (though obviously you could still earn 2x hotel-booking or travel bonuses on cards like the Sapphire Preferred/ Ink Bold / Barclaycard Arrival). However, this week, Preferred Hotel […]

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How Do You Choose Between A Hotel Where You Earn Points and a Nicer One Where You Don’t?

October 13, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Duc tweeted me an interesting question this week that I get all the time and is foremost for when booking hotel stays. He asked: “@thepointsguy If you had to choose between a much better reviewed […]

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Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 60,000 Mile Bonus

October 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. While the public offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard usually hovers around the 30,000-mile mark when you spend $1,000 in 4 months, there is currently an offer available for double the bonus miles – 60,000 […]

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Preview Of The New American Express Centurion Lounge Opening At Dallas / Fort Worth DFW International Airport

October 10, 2013

Domestic airport club lounges rarely get me excited, however I was very interested when American Express opened a lounge at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport in February, and now they have followed up with the announcement that they would be opening a second Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on October 15, 2013 and […]

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Complimentary Centurion Lounge Access for Amex Platinum Cardholders

October 8, 2013

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. Some great news for cardholders of the Platinum Card, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cards from American Express […]

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Government Shutdown Update – Most Global Entry Enrollment Offices Open

October 1, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Well, it happened. Congress was unable to reach a deal and the government shutdown went into effect overnight, furloughing nearly 2 million government employees, closing visa and passport offices and national parks and monuments. The good news […]

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How Many Credit Cards Do You Have Open At Once And How Does That Affect Your Credit?

September 22, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. This question comes from TPG reader Seth, who asked: “How many credit cards do you have, what are the effects of having so many cards open at once, and do you ever decide to […]

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Lounge Club Adds New Members – More Places To Use Your Chase Ink Lounge Benefit

September 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  The Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold offer a plethora of valuable benefits including free Lounge Club membership and two annual free lounge passes each card comes with (the Ink Classic offers one year free membership). Lounge […]

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Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus If You Are an Additional Cardholder of Another Card?

September 15, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG follower Holly tweeted: “@thepointsguy I’m additional cardholder of my husband’s American Express Platinum – am I still eligible for the Mercedes-Benz Platinum sign up bonus?” Just this week I wrote about how Amex recently changed its […]

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An Inside Look at the Chase Ink Lounge Club Benefit

September 11, 2013

Update:  As of June 2013, Ink cards are now Visa Business Cards and are no longer World MasterCards. The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, […]

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Amex Changes Mercedes-Benz Platinum Card Bonus Terms – Prior Platinum Cardholders Excluded

September 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access / Airport Lounge Program. This means that Card Members […]

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Amex Platinum Global Entry Reimbursement + Point Accrual!

September 9, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As you know by now, one of my favorite travel programs is Global Entry, the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers. It costs $100 to apply, and is good for 5 years once you […]

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Applying For The Best Credit Cards – The Top Deals For Your Round Of Applications

August 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. […]

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Understanding Amex Platinum Lounge & Priority Pass Select Benefits

August 28, 2013

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. Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club […]

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