How to Redeem Points for Adventures, Events and Experiences

I typically encourage readers to use points and miles exclusively toward award travel, since gift cards, merchandise, and other alternatives provide less value. However, there are some exceptions, and today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares some redemption options apart from flights and hotels that can still offer an excellent return. Most discussion of award redemptions centers around airfare and hotel stays, but there are…

How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption…

Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

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…

Adding Credit Card Authorized Users – Benefits and Bonuses

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 $4,000 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,…

What’s the Best Way to Redeem Ultimate Rewards for Travel?

This past week, TPG reader Hareesh tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it better to redeem Ultimate Rewards directly through the Chase portal, or should you transfer points to a partner and then redeem?” When you redeem Ultimate Rewards (earned from Chase credit cards like the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold Ink Plus, Chase Freedom, and Sapphire) through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, your points…

Southwest Airlines Premier Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. This past week, TPG Reader James tweeted me with the following question: “@thepointsguy Can you help me decide between the Southwest Airlines Premier card and Chase Sapphire Preferred? I usually fly domestic on Southwest,…

Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Offer Now Available

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase FreedomVisa is no longer available. View the current offer here.  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 card offers rotating quarterly bonuses that allow you to earn…

500 Free Miles For Joining United MileagePlus Dining

Dining rewards programs enable you to link your miles-and-points-earning credit cards and airline or hotel loyalty program accounts of choice to earn multiple miles or points per dollar when paying for meals and beverages at participating restaurants. Sign-up bonuses tend to hover around the 500-mile or -point mark, and often require a minimum spend thereafter to continue earning.  Hat…