How an Expat Went From 0 Credit to 7 Cards and 1 Million Miles

If you’re a newcomer to the US or are just starting to build credit with the goal of opening travel rewards cards, the road ahead of you can deem daunting. But, as TPG Contributor Mike Toledo explains, it’s entirely possible to grow your credit score from scratch and eventually get incredible value out of the most lucrative credit cards…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…

You Can Now Redeem Starpoints for Tickets to the 2016 US Open

Aside from flying or staying at Starwood properties, arguably one of the best ways to use your Starpoints is with SPG Moments, a program that allows SPG members to redeem Starpoints for a variety of special culinary, cultural, musical and sports-related experiences. One of the most popular SPG Moments is a US Open package, which, as of today, SPG members…

Should I Get Chase Freedom Now or Wait for a Larger Bonus?

TPG reader Hussain sent me a message on Facebook to ask about sign-up bonuses: “I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and I’m interested in also getting the Chase Freedom card. Would you recommend applying for the current $150 promotion, or waiting to see if the $200 bonus returns?” Credit card sign-up bonuses are a great way to…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Seattle-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Seattle….

Maximize Your Amazon Prime Day Purchases with These Cards

If you’re an avid Amazon shopper, it should come as no surprise that the second annual Amazon Prime Day is here. For those not familiar, the event is essentially Black Friday for those with an Amazon Prime membership, with thousands of exclusive deals throughout the day. Even if you’re not currently an Amazon Prime member,…

10 Essential Things To Know Before Your First Trip To Cuba

Upon returning from her second three-week visit exploring Cuba, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino explains everything you need to know before heading there. All photos are by Darrel Hunter. With a recent ease in travel restrictions to Cuba and exciting news that nonstop flights between the US and Cuba are officially launching this September, many Americans are planning to…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Get a Free Sam’s Club Membership from American Express (Targeted)

It’s incredibly rare that we see 100% credits available from Amex Offers, but that’s exactly the case here. From now through September 30, Amex will give you a $45 statement credit when you purchase a Sam’s Club membership for $45 — so you’re essentially getting a one-year membership for free. Sam’s Club recently began accepting American…