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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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Top Travel Credit Cards That Waive Foreign Transaction Fees

February 10, 2014

One of the main benefits I always look for when considering a travel credit card is whether or not it waives foreign transaction fees (forex fees for short). Many issuers will charge their cardholders between 1-3% of the value of transactions processed outside the US – meaning for every $100 you spend in a foreign […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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Top 25 Travel Credit Cards With The Lowest Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

September 3, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With so many great current credit card offers out there – including the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Starwood American Express personal and business cards which ends today (expired) – I know a lot of […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The current bonus for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards is 25,000 points, 10,000 after first purchase and 15,000 after $5,000 spend in the first 6 months.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the same promotions return like the current Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and Chase […]

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Top 10 (Almost) Too Good To Be True Credit Card Perks

July 16, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Some things in life really are too good to be true, and others just feel that way. When it comes to credit card perks, however, spending  - not – seeing really can lead to believing. Part […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Update On My Recent Delta Business Platinum and Ink Plus Applications

June 25, 2013

Last Thursday I decided to bite the bullet and apply for two of the most lucrative credit card offers I’ve seen this year: 1) American Express: Delta Business Platinum Card Update: The current offer is 5,000 MQMs and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on your new Card in your first 3 months. Earn […]

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United MileagePlus Explorer Card Removes Foreign Transaction Fees

May 22, 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: The current offer for the United Explorer card is 30,000 miles with $1,000 spend within 3 months […]

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My Ranking of the Top 12 Chase Travel Credit Card Offers

December 5, 2012

This is a post in my series ranking the top travel credit cards from the major banks. Other posts include: My Ranking of the Top American Express Travel Credit Cards, My Ranking of the Top Citi Credit Card Offers, My Ranking of the Top US Bank Travel Credit Cards. Kind of like the weather across much […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Credit Card Perks

August 14, 2012

Apart from the obvious benefit of earning travelers hotel points on purchases, hotel co-branded credit cards offer a variety of other perks and benefits that add even more value to carrying them. Here are my picks for the top 10 hotel credit card perks (feel free to share yours in the comments). Citi Hilton HHonors […]

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The Top Credit Cards Without Foreign Transaction Fees

June 4, 2012

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: View the current offer for the British Airways Visa. For international travelers, foreign transaction fees are […]

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Updated List of 50,000+ Point Credit Card Deals

September 26, 2011

There have been some new card offers and some have changed, so I decided to compile a list of the most lucrative credit card deals out there. For a full list, check out my Top Deals page. Feel free to comment below if I missed one! Transferable/Fixed Value point cards (Personal): 50,000 points for the Citi […]

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Sunday Reader Email Question: Which Hotel Credit Card is Best?

July 31, 2011

TPG reader Evan writes: “I don’t travel very often for my job but I am very good, thanks to you, at getting a lot of miles via my credit card to use for a nice vacation or two every year (usually one big and one small). I spend about 20-30K a year on my credit […]

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Chase Doubles Earning for Travel and Dining on Sapphire Preferred Card

July 25, 2011

Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. I’ve been a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card (review) since they upped the sign-up bonus to 50,000 in May. This is an all-round powerful card with a waived annual fee, 7% bonus […]

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