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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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Destination Of The Week: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

A bustling metropolis combined with some of the most famous beaches in the world, this South American city is known for being an exotic mix of Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Africa roots. With the World Cup just a few months away and the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place, all eyes will be on this […]

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Can I Transfer Chase Ultimate Reward Points From A Family Member’s Account To Mine?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader William emailed me to ask: “I have had a Chase Sapphire Preferred for quite awhile. I recently had my wife get her own card. We are finishing up the minimum spending and her 40,000 points will post shortly. I’d like to know if I can transfer her Ultimate Reward points to my Ultimate […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Today

March 7, 2014

It’s almost lunchtime on the east coast, which means you’re probably thinking about where to eat and hopefully which credit card to use to maximize the points on your dining purchase, so I wanted to post a reminder that today is the first Friday of March and you can earn 3X points per $1 at […]

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Destination of the Week: Milan

November 8, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we are going to a northern Italian city that often gets criticized for being too industrial, but is one of the most fashionable destinations in the world.  It is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage and so much to do and see. It boasts one of the […]

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New Chase Sapphire Preferred With EMV Chip Arrived In The Mail Yesterday

November 2, 2013

Being the international travelers we are, when Chase started letting Sapphire Preferred cardholders request EMV SmartChip versions of the card, all of Team TPG called in to request their new cards with chips and yesterday evening, TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen got his via UPS, so I asked him to share a picture of his […]

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Destination of the Week: Macau

November 1, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us to Macau, a former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong, that has become the Las Vegas of Asia. WHAT TO DO A surreal potpourri of China, Las Vegas and Portugal –  glitzy, flashy, and the world’s most profitable gaming destination, crammed with every Western […]

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Get Your Chase Sapphire Preferred With An EMV Smart Chip Today

October 31, 2013

Earlier today, my friend Howie from Frugal Travel Guy posted on Facebook about how you can call the customer service number on the back of your Chase Sapphire Preferred card and request a new card with an EMV Smart Chip (Chip and Signature) in it. Just to verify, I called up Chase and spoke to […]

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Bonus Ultimate Rewards Points – Earn 2X Points on Chase Experiences With Sapphire Preferred, 3X Points First Friday Dining

October 31, 2013

Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders can now see their Ultimate Rewards points bonuses display per transaction in their statement, so you can see exactly how many points you’re earning with each purchase and track your bonuses easier, which allowed me to see that I earned 2X points on my Chase Experiences purchases with my Sapphire Preferred, […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Tumi Vapor Carry On Bag And The Winner of the $250 Sear’s Gift Card

October 17, 2013

Earlier this week, the AAdvantage shopping portal was offering an incredible 35 miles per $1 spent at eBags, the world’s largest online retailer of bags and accessories. I ended up ordering quite a few bags myself (and snagging a ton of bonus miles in the process), so I wanted to give one of them away this week for […]

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Redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards Points For Exclusive Sundance Film Festival Experiences, Tickets On Sale Today

October 9, 2013

I love my Chase Ultimate Rewards points and I mostly use them to transfer to United or Hyatt for great values on travel redemptions such as my first-class ticket on Lufthansa or a suite at a Park Hyatt or Andaz. However, one of the more fun benefits of the Chase Sapphire and Chase Sapphire Preferred […]

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Destination Of The Week: San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 4, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Melanie Wynne takes us to the Caribbean to a multicultural island boasting wide sandy beaches and tropical rainforests. It is time to take your high school Spanish out for a spin as you explore the city’s powerful Colonial past and the breezy, colorful and elegant cultural scene […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining October 4

October 2, 2013

I can’t believe it’s already October and Halloween is right around the corner! It seems like much of the country is enjoying an Indian summer of gorgeous weather, so hopefully many of you are taking advantage by getting out and about, but don’t forget that wherever you are, Friday, October 4, is the first Friday […]

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Destination Of The Week: Munich

September 27, 2013

It isn’t even October yet but the year’s biggest beer festival is already underway! For today’s Destination of the Week, to celebrate Oktoberfest we are heading to its birthplace to learn not only the about origins of the world-famous beer-inspired celebration but also to the discover the many charms of Bavaria’s largest city. We’re going […]

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Earn Up To 3,000 Bonus United Miles By Joining The MileagePlus Dining Program

September 16, 2013

Dining rewards programs can be a great way to double dip on your points and miles earning by accruing points not only by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals out, but also to link it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles on top of […]

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Destination of the Week: Barcelona

September 13, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we asked Madrid-based expat and TPG contributor Lori Zaino to cover the majestic city of Barcelona. Although Barcelona is in Spain, first and foremost it is part of the Catalunya region. Therefore, the city is a mixture of the two cultures, Catalan and Spanish, which makes for its unique […]

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Destination Of The Week: Singapore

September 6, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Jenny Miller takes us to Southeast Asia to the only city-state in the world that is actually an island, and the national pastimes of eating and shopping make for an excellent, exciting vacation spot. We’re heading to Singapore. WHAT TO DO It takes less than 45 minutes […]

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Citi ThankYou Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Increased 50% to 30,000 ThankYou Points

September 5, 2013

Update: View the current offer for the Citi ThankYou Preferred Card here. Offer expired January 14, 2014. The Citi ThankYou Preferred card just increased their bonus offer to 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points. You’ll earn 10,000 bonus points after $1,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, plus another 20,000 points after an additional $3,000 in […]

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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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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. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. One method that’s widely accepted amongst those that maximize their miles and points – myself included – is to […]

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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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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points July 5

July 5, 2013

Hopefully many of you spent the holiday out and about in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, grilling on the barbecue and all those other fun things that make summer great. But just because it’s a holiday weekend, don’t forget that today, Friday, July 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means […]

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Changes To Citi ThankYou Preferred – 2X Earning on Dining and Entertainment, No More Anniversary Bonus

June 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  Offer expired on September 26, 2013. TPG reader Gavi wrote in to me about a letter he received from Citibank announcing changes to the terms of his ThankYou Preferred card that will go into effect July 28, 2013. As […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire 3X Dining Bonus On First Friday

May 3, 2013

Last week, Chase Sapphire announced it was partnering with OpenTable to offer 3X points per $1 on dining on the first Friday of each month now through the end of 2013 when you pay for a meal with your Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards, which normally earn 2X per $1 at restaurants.  Since today is […]

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