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Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

November 21, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Earn 4,000 United MileagePlus Miles with Softcard

November 19, 2014

Through February 28, 2015, you can earn up to 4,000 United miles when you connect a Chase United MileagePlus card to the Softcard contactless payment app for Android and Windows phones, and make purchases via the app with the linked card. You’ll earn 2,500 United MileagePlus miles for connecting a United card and making your first Softcard purchase; then earn an additional 500 miles for each month (through February […]

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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Chase Freedom Increased 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

November 18, 2014

I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus and Bold cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however for a limited-time they are offering a $200 (20,000 points) sign-up bonus. […]

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6 Top Airports for International Layovers

November 18, 2014

Inevitably, you will have to have a layover while flying at some point. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers up some international airports around the world with world-class features and amenities (and a quick excursion to the city center, time permitting) so you can maximize your layover. For layovers in in North America, check out our recent post […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Increases Minimum Spending Requirement

November 17, 2014

When it comes to credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has been one of my go-to travel cards for years. The rewards are pretty generous, as you earn two Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on all travel and dining. The travel category includes everything from airfare to subways, and even tolls and parking. There are also 11 amazing travel partners […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to […]

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Andalucía 3 Ways: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

November 14, 2014

Andalucía… a truly authentic taste of España. A mixture of Moorish, Spanish, and gypsy cultures all in one, this Spanish region is filled with passionate locals, stomps of flamenco and warm sunshine. Madrid-based TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino provides a guide to three Andalucian gems, Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba for our Destination of the Week series. Andalucía boasts over 300 days […]

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5 Destinations for Digital Nomads & Online Entrepreneurs

November 12, 2014

The best risk I ever took was quitting my job on Wall Street to focus on The Points Guy full time. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to travel for a living and help others get the most out of their travels. If you’ve ever wanted to take a similar risk, this post is for you. TPG […]

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30% Bonus for Buying Hyatt Gold Passport Points

November 10, 2014

Now through December 10, 2014, Hyatt Gold Passport is running a promotion offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. While a 30% bonus is pretty standard for Hyatt buy-points promos, the current offer is better than past promotions, since the bonus isn’t tiered based on how many points you purchase. You can score the 30% bonus when buying as few […]

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9 Ways To Do Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum

November 7, 2014

Stretching from Puerto Morelos to Tulum, Riviera Maya is a 100-mile sweep of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, holding more mystique than just its beaches. For Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Lane Nieset takes us on an exploration of the many diverse treasures the area has to offer travelers—from island excursions to cave diving to Mayan ruins and […]

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18 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants from Coast to Coast

November 7, 2014

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative 3x points on dining offer on the first Friday of the month, we’re rounding up the best in dining. For November, comfort food is on the brain as we gear up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. And what’s more comforting than down home Southern comfort and fried chicken? Read on […]

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10 Best Restaurants in New York for Broadway Dining

November 6, 2014

One of my favorite New York City pastimes is dinner and a Broadway show. I’ve asked New York City-based contributor Michele Herrmann to dig up the best spots to eat and drink. The next time you go to a show, consider checking out one of these restaurants. In New York, catching a Broadway show and grabbing a […]

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8 Chicago Restaurant Hot Spots For Every Occasion

November 5, 2014

You can’t beat classic Chicago staples like Giordano’s or Gino’s East, but these days the city is becoming known for more than its deep-dish pizza and hot dogs when it comes to cuisine. Neighborhoods around town are one-upping the other with new additions on the food and drink scene spanning all sorts of menus, from Midwestern spins on European […]

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Deal Alert: $29 Fares on Frontier Airlines

November 4, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having an election day sale today with flights starting at $29 from several cities that they fly from including Denver, Omaha, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington-Dulles, and Trenton, NJ for select dates this November and December. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $29, be sure to book sooner than […]

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When to Book Your Christmas and New Year’s Eve Travel

November 4, 2014

Let’s face it, you probably still have a jack-o-lantern sitting on your doorstep and your Thanksgiving Day plans are still up in the air, but the busy winter holiday season will still be here before you know it. Travel booking site Kayak.com has plowed through a snowstorm of data to find the best times to book your trips for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so if you […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Hotels in Vancouver, British Columbia

November 3, 2014

Tourism Vancouver’s hotel booking site, beVancouver, is currently offering some great deals on cheap Vancouver hotels stays when you book by November 16, 2014 and check-in before or on February 28, 2015. Book a stay at one of beVancouver’s participating properties, and upon check-in you’ll receive an American Express pre-paid gift card worth between $50- $125 […]

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How To Apply & Get Approved For Global Entry

November 3, 2014

Last week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne was approved for Global Entry, an expedited airport security status overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Here is the process she went through get her coveted Known Traveler Number–and how you can do it too.  Global Entry, the U.S. government’s expedited immigration program for pre-approved, low-risk frequent international travelers, costs […]

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Can I Get Sapphire Preferred Right After Other Applications?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Amanda sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I’m interested in building a great credit score along with earning cash back or travel rewards. I have the Chase Freedom and Barclaycard Arrival Plus (with the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus), and I’m considering the Chase Sapphire Preferred, since dining out is a big chunk of my budget. […]

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Destination – Venice Beach, CA: Surf, Shop & Dine in Style

October 31, 2014

Need a little travel inspiration for your points and miles habit? We’re proud to reintroduce the Destination of the Week series as a regular Friday column here at TPG. Think of it as DOTW 2.0, highlighting exciting destinations from all over the world and great things to do in them. To kick things off, Lifestyle […]

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Airport Restaurants in the US

October 31, 2014

While the landscape of U.S. airport dining can sometimes be a wasteland of fast-food joints and far-from-fresh fare, there is hope. Popping up at airport terminals across the country are riffs on local hotspots, tasty national chains and even eateries created specifically for a hub. Hope you’re hungry, because TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne is issuing your boarding pass to great meals at […]

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One Year of Amazon Prime with Amex Everyday Cards

October 29, 2014

Earlier this year American Express launched two new cards which were the American Express EveryDay Credit Card and the American Express EveryDay Preferred Credit Card. What’s great about both of these cards is that they earn full Membership Rewards points and have the potential to earn 20-50% bonuses on everyday purchases (hence the name) if you used them on […]

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Using Miles to Fly China Airlines’ New 777-300ER

October 29, 2014

Last week I wrote about China Airlines’ new 777-300ERs, which feature all-new service classes, including a beautiful Premium Business class cabin. The planes will be put into service on the airline’s routes from Taipei to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in the coming months. Today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains how you can use miles to try […]

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Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

October 27, 2014

I often preach the importance of diversifying your loyalty currencies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on earning points that you can transfer to airline and hotel partners. However, not all transferable points are created equal. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele compares the major transferable points programs to see which one comes out […]

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