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Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

October 1, 2014

If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014. In order to take advantage […]

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Amex Premier Rewards Gold Losing 15,000 Point Spend Bonus

October 1, 2014

Spend bonuses on a credit card can dramatically increase its value proposition and justify the annual fee. The American Express Premier Rewards Gold card has been one of my go-to cards for years. It offers 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas and groceries. In my […]

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Deal Alert: $15 Fares on Frontier- Chicago, Miami & Philly

September 30, 2014

In the past few weeks, we’ve written about Frontier Airlines offering $19 fares from Phoenix and $15 fares from Houston to San Francisco. Today they’re back at it with $15 fares from Chicago O’Hare, Miami and Philadelphia. Frontier is launching new service in American Airlines hub Miami and US Airways hub Philadelphia, and to celebrate they’re offering some […]

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Train or Plane? U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying

September 30, 2014

Unlike European trains, which are known for comfort and punctuality, Amtrak doesn’t have the same allure as air travel. Still, there are some domestic routes where the train competes (or even comes out ahead) in terms of time and cost. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen took a deeper look at these routes to see when the train is the better option. […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus – Amazing Deal Alert

September 29, 2014

Chase has just launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points, so if you’ve been holding off on getting this card, now is the time to do it. Previously this offer was only […]

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IHG Releases PointBreaks List for September 29-November 30

September 29, 2014

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for September 29- November 30, 2014. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every two months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always a few worth checking […]

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Do I Earn MQDs for Delta Tickets Booked on Ultimate Rewards?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Philip tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy If you book Delta tickets through Chase Ultimate Rewards, will you get MQDs? I’ve started to NOT get MQDs on recent tickets I have purchased through Ultimate Rewards.” Credit card points can be especially valuable when redeemed directly for airfare, because you usually earn miles on the […]

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Hotel Review: Moon Palace Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

September 27, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz and Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne attended the annual TBEX North America conference held earlier this month at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Here’s Shayne’s review of the all-inclusive resort. I’m a firm believer that where you stay while traveling has a profound impact on your impression of […]

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8 Adrenaline Pumping Adventures in Thailand

September 26, 2014

Looking for some adventure in your life? TPG foreign correspondent Lori Zaino shares eight amazing activities in Northern Thailand that are sure to amp up your adrenaline. Read on if you’re looking for excitement while on vacation. During my five-week trip through Asia, I wanted a bit of everything: city touring, relaxation on beaches and, of course–a little adventure. It turns out that […]

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Undiscovered Mexico: San Miguel de Allende

September 23, 2014

TPG Contributor Colin Stark got off the beaten path in Mexico in San Miguel de Allende. He guides us through the magical city with advice on what to do, where to stay and how to get there. Driving into San Miguel de Allende is a huge rush. The Bajio mountains of central Mexico create a perfect little nest […]

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An Unofficial Foodie Guide to Playa del Carmen

September 22, 2014

Travel blogger Ryan Gargiulo of Pause the Moment recently spent a year as an ex-pat in Playa del Carmen. We asked him to share his insider knowledge on the best spots to eat in this bohemian Mexican city on the Caribbean Sea. Stay tuned in the coming days for more stories in Mexico. With an average of 240 […]

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Adding Credit Card Authorized Users – Benefits and Bonuses

September 22, 2014

Many credit cards offer incentives for adding an authorized user. For example, the current sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Preferred offers 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months, plus an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user to your account and they make a purchase within the first 3 months. Thus, […]

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Weekend Escape to Saint-Tropez

September 19, 2014

Summer is swamped with tourists in the South of France, but the shoulder season months are the perfect time to visit jetset destinations like Saint-Tropez. Nice-based contributing writer Lane Nieset takes us on a weekend getaway to this seaside village that is so much more than swanky nightclubs and megayachts.  The quiet fishing town of […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Economy Awards to London?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Steven tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy: “I value free/low-cost economy flights to London Heathrow. On which credit card should I concentrate my spending? I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.” I usually use my miles and points to book business class flights or […]

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How to Dispose of Your Expired Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

September 9, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss‘s Chase Sapphire Preferred was expired and once the new card came it was time to dispose of the old one. Here is the process he went through: Given that the metallic Chase Sapphire Preferred card is not your standard run-of-the-mill plastic credit card, disposing of it is simply not […]

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Can I Fly Korean Air and Bank the Miles Earned to Delta?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Adam emailed me to ask: “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and I can book Korean Air tickets through the Ultimate Rewards site. I live in Korea and plan on visiting home in the next few months. Because Korean Air and Delta are in the SkyTeam alliance together, can I book my flight […]

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Hotel Review: Tradition Room at Hotel Le Canberra, Cannes, France

September 6, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss recently traveled to Cannes, France where he stayed at the Hotel Le Canberra. Here’s his review of the property . My first trip to Cannes coincided with the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. I’d visited Paris many times, but this was my first foray on the Cote d’Azur. I was looking for a […]

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The Best Lobster Rolls In the US: TPG Staff Favorites

September 5, 2014

To celebrate the first Friday of each month and the lucrative 3x points on dining on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, we’re excited to kick off a monthly dining roundup. To get things started, we’re sharing our picks for the best lobster rolls around the country. Summer may be coming to an end, but lobster rolls are […]

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Chase Freedom Ends 10% Annual Bonus & Other Changes

August 26, 2014

On the heels of the recent Chase Sapphire benefit changes (like the addition of primary auto rental insurance and the elimination of the annual 7% points dividend), Chase is making some major changes to the Chase Freedom program as well. However, unlike the changes to Sapphire Preferred (which were a mixed bag), these appear to all be negative. Per the […]

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Can I Earn an Additional 1Point/ $1 By Booking Via Amex’s Travel Website?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Dan tweets: @thepointsguy– “Can you still earn an additional 1pt/$1 by booking travel via AMEX’s online travel center? Paying for travel with a credit card can be very lucrative. I really try to discourage people from going directly to airline and hotel websites because you rake in tons of extra points by booking […]

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Will I Lose Points Earned on a Chase Card If I Close the Account?

August 24, 2014

TPG Reader William emailed The Points Guy asking: “I have all three Chase cards now (Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, Ink Plus) and have points balances for each. I was thinking about cancelling one of the Ink cards and possibly the Sapphire so as not to pay the annual fees on three cards. Would I be […]

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Tips for Train Travel & Transportation in France

August 23, 2014

There’s a reason the French trains are favored by locals and tourists alike—they’re one of the quickest and easiest ways to get around the country. I asked Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset to fill us in on the ins and outs of trail travel in France with a guide on everything you need to know to […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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