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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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Tax Time Pointers: Earning Points on Taxes

March 17, 2014

It’s tax time again, and as we all prepare our annual statements (that is, if you don’t do it quarterly like many small businesses do), chances are you’re wondering if there are any opportunities to earn points on all those dollars you’re forced to fork over to Uncle Sam. One of the questions I get […]

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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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How To Get Free or Discounted Airline Lounge Access

January 13, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. There has been a lot of news on the airport lounge front lately, what with Amex Platinum cardholders soon to lose access American and US Airways lounges and having their Delta SkyClub guest access restricted (as will […]

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The Top Credit Card Spending Bonuses for 2014

January 6, 2014

Now that we’re into the new year, it means it’s time to really plot out your credit card spending strategy for 2014, because there’s a lot more to maximizing credit card rewards than simply raking in the sign-up bonuses. While an easy boost  to your miles and point balances, a more sustainable approach is to […]

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Reminder: Register for United Marriott RewardsPlus Partnership

August 21, 2013

Back in July, United and Marriott announced they were launching a new partnership called RewardsPlus in the vein of Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards that provides reciprocal benefits to elites of the airline and hotel chain. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. Elite Benefits RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and […]

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Top 10: Premium Credit Cards for High Rollers (Or Those Who Think They Are)

July 23, 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. Credit cards are kind of like automobiles – there’s a wide range from your cheap, no-frills […]

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US Credit Cards With Smart Chip Technology

May 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, I know many of you (like me) are planning some great trips abroad, and are already thinking about which credit cards you should be packing along with […]

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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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Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car Rentals

January 21, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on car rentals. For many travelers, rental cars can be an unexpected huge expense, so it makes sense for road warriors to use a […]

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Maximizing Travel Credit Cards Calendar Year Spending Threshold Bonuses

January 2, 2013

I hope everyone had a great time ringing in 2013. A new year means…a new chance to hit some spending thresholds on your travel credit cards and earn valuable bonuses! Many credit cards offer spend bonuses per calendar year, so it is best to plan your strategy now to figure out which bonuses are worth […]

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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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New 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus for Ritz-Carlton Visa + 30,000 Point Stay Promotion

July 12, 2012

Since launching the Ritz-Carlton card in 2011, Chase has kept the sign-up bonus steady at 50,000 points, with a couple recent reports of targeted 70,000 point offers. However, I just got notice that for a limited time my official link for the card is now for 70,000 points after $2,000 spent within 3 months, which […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Get Access to Airline Lounges

May 29, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Airline lounges are becoming more and more sophisticated by the day, and are one way the major airlines try to build brand loyalty in an increasingly competitive marketplace, so I thought I’d take a look at the […]

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Review: Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

February 10, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  UPDATE: The current Ritz-Carlton sign-up offer is up to 70,000 points. New TPG Contributor Series: Financial and travel writer Jason Steele takes a look at the various perks and pitfalls of the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card. Competition […]

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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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50,000 Points for Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card

August 12, 2011

Update: The current Ritz-Carlton sign-up offer is up to 70,000 points after $2,000 spent within 3 months. Chase is currently offering 50,000 points for the new Ritz-Carlton co-branded credit card. Ritz-Carlton points are basically like Marriott points and free Ritz-Carlton nights start at 30,000 points and go up to 70,000. These points can also be […]

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Chase is Launching a Ritz-Carlton Co-Branded Credit Card Next Week

June 9, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The current Ritz-Carlton sign-up offer is up to 70,000 points after $2,000 spent within 3 months. Chase is launching a Ritz-Carlton branded credit card next week, which is geared towards high-end customers, especially since it has […]

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