Can I Use Promotional Checks to Meet Spending Requirements?

TPG reader Christiaan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about cash advances: “I just got some 0% APR promotional checks from my new Southwest card. Can I use those checks to help me meet the spending requirement for the sign-up bonus?” There are plenty of credit cards that come with an introductory 0% APR on…

The Top Credit Cards with 0% Intro APR

While we don’t ever recommend carrying a balance on a credit card, there are times when a large purchase or emergency situation arises and having a 0% APR credit card can be a lifesaver. 0% APR credit cards also apply the 0% rate to balance transfers, which can give you time to pay down large debt…

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Credit Card Review

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Credit Card Earlier this summer, Wells Fargo expanded its lineup of cash-back credit cards with the Wells Fargo Cash Wise Card. We recently took a look at another card from the issuer, the Wells Fargo…

When Should I Avoid Being Listed as an Authorized User?

TPG reader Frankie sent me a message on Facebook to ask about improving his credit score: “I recently realized that my credit score has dropped because of one of my parents’ credit cards. I was added as an authorized user long ago, and now they have a high balance on that account. Will removing myself as an authorized…

Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card Review

Wells Fargo isn’t a name that pops up too often on TPG. However, the bank does issue some worthwhile rewards-earning cards, like the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card introduced earlier this year. Here’s a breakdown of this card’s main benefits and features: Earn 3X points at U.S. gas stations, 2X points at U.S. restaurants,…

Which Chase Card Is Best for You?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa Signature Card, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card With so many great travel rewards credit cards available, it can be hard to decide upon a specific product. To help you find the best option for your goals and spending habits,…

Travel Credit Card Resolutions for 2016

With a new year comes new opportunities to maximize your points and miles … if you’re savvy about the credit cards you carry and their benefits. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shares this handy list of the New Year’s resolutions everyone should consider to maximize their credit cards and the travel rewards they can reap…

5 Things to Understand About Credit Before Applying for Cards

Credit cards are one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn points and miles — from sign-up bonuses to earning points on everyday spending and even getting some pretty neat perks on top of it all. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the options that are available, and it seems like issuers are…

Do I Earn Points by Paying One Credit Card with Another?

Our newbie question of the week comes from TPG reader Cee, who sent a message on Facebook to ask about credit card rewards: “Is it ever advisable to pay one credit card with another credit card just for the sake of earning points?” Many award travelers have daydreamed about the perpetual point machine: a device that would let you…

Can I Earn Points on Credit Card Balance Transfers?

TPG reader Michelle sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “Do balance transfers between credit cards give you points, and if yes, which do you recommend?” Carrying credit card balances can be precarious, because any amount you pay in fees or interest can negate the value of the points and miles you earn, and it can damage your…