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Earn 2x or 3x Starwood Points With SPG’s Earn Away Get Away Summer Promotion

April 17, 2014

Starwood’s launched its global summer promo today called “Earn Away Get Away,” and you can register to earn double Starpoints on stays at participating hotels and resorts through July 31, 2014 and triple points on stays that include a Sunday night (Saturday night for hotels in the Middle East). To be eligible for the promotion follow […]

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Is it Better to Focus on Collecting Hotel Points or Airline Miles?

April 13, 2014

Joining Delta, United, Southwest and Air Canada‘s recent devaluations of their mileage programs, this past week saw big, sudden changes from American Airlines, including new fees and the raising of several different award levels. With the current mileage landscape in mind, TPG reader Katrina tweeted me the following timely question: “@thepointsguy In light of recent airline mileage program devaluations, does it make […]

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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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Maximizing Points and Miles on Healthcare Spending

April 7, 2014

With the Affordable Care Act going into effect, medical costs and spending are on everyone’s minds. As a major factor in everyone’s budget, healthcare costs can be both a big expense, but also a good opportunity to earn points and miles. TPG contributor Jason Steele fills us in on how and why. Healthcare costs are […]

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What is the Best Business Credit Card With No Foreign Transaction Fees?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Bradley is in the market for a new small business credit card without foreign transaction fees. Here’s his question: “I need to get a non-Amex no foreign transaction fee business credit card for my company which will have multiple employees using the cards. Which one should I choose? Do you suggest Chase Ink […]

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Flying Blue Discount Promo Awards Released For June 1 – July 31, 2014

March 27, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers discounted Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as much as 50% of the miles normally needed. The program recently started releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of every month (instead of every two […]

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American Express Tightening Sign-Up Bonuses – No Past Cardholders Allowed Starting In May (And Maybe Sooner)

March 26, 2014

There’s been a lot of buzz lately that American Express was going to change its sign-up bonus policy in the coming months (it looked likely to be May 1, 2014). Whereas the policy to this point has usually been that if you had a particular consumer card in the past, but no longer had it […]

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Amex EveryDay Cards Now Accepting Applications

March 24, 2014

At the beginning of this month, American Express announced that it would be launching two new products called the EveryDay cards that would 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 a certain amount of transactions per month. The […]

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What Credit Card Should I Put Hotel Wedding Spend On?

March 23, 2014

TPG Twitter follower Redcat has an upcoming wedding to pay for and is wondering what credit card to put the hotel expenses on. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy $15k in IHG hotel spend for a wedding. Sapphire Preferred or IHG Visa card? Or something else?” What this really gets down to is, what credit card […]

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Hawaiian Airlines Series: Pooling and Sharing Miles – Who Can Do It and How Often?

March 18, 2014

This is the second installment of a series we are doing on Hawaiian Airlines for the folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard. In the first post we looked at award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, while in this one, we take an in-depth look at […]

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Tax Time Pointers: Earning Points on Taxes

March 17, 2014

It’s tax time again, and as we all prepare our annual statements (that is, if you don’t do it quarterly like many small businesses do), chances are you’re wondering if there are any opportunities to earn points on all those dollars you’re forced to fork over to Uncle Sam. One of the questions I get […]

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My Credit Card Spring Cleaning – Which Cards To Keep, Cancel or Convert

March 13, 2014

Spring is here, the sun is shining (well, it is in Miami!), and it’s time for another round of credit card applications to boost my points balances. With several new lucrative offers out there like the 100,000-mile Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard, the newly launched 40,000 points offer on the Platinum Card from Amex, the […]

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Half Off Air France / KLM Awards With Flying Blue Promo Awards – Through June 2014

March 12, 2014

Flying Blue is the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa. The program regularly offers Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as little as 50% of the miles normally needed. Starting in March, the program will start releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of […]

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Should We Bank Miles To Alaska Even If We Never Fly Them? What Credit Cards Would Work With This Strategy?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader Nate e-mailed me this week with the following question: “Should my wife and I bank miles at Alaska for dual elite status – even if we never fly Alaska? We value: (1) free upgrades to first and premium economy (2) miles for hotel/air to US, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii (3) priority boarding and seats […]

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Amex Daily Getaway Deals Coming May 2014

March 6, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit dedicated to promoting US travel) have teamed up to offer various discounts and deals with travel brands and loyalty programs including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car […]

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Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred Or Barclaycard Arrival?

March 2, 2014

TPG reader Lance sent me a Facebook message this week to ask me about which credit card he should get. “I already have an American Express Platinum and Starwood cards, but I want to get another card that allows me to use points for travel expenses and statement credits. I’m deciding between the Barclaycard Arrival […]

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American Express Introduces New EveryDay Cards With 20-50% Bonuses and Full Membership Rewards Earning

March 2, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. American Express announced today that it would be launching two new consumer credit cards called the EveryDay cards, with applications opening on April 2, 2014. I talked to Amex’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending Products, David […]

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Using Points.com To Convert American Express Membership Rewards into US Airways (and Eventually American) Miles

February 26, 2014

Points.com is a points exchange and clearing house that allows members to trade one kind of points and miles for another and to track your balances and see certain promo offers. You can also redeem your points or miles through it for retail gift cards or for Paypal credits. It’s free to join and its […]

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The Elite Status Cliff Approaches: Audit Account Balances to Ensure Proper Credit

February 20, 2014

February 28 fast approaches and that means the elite status countdown is in its final moments. Many airline and hotel loyalty programs reset the elite status benefits year (not qualification – which is based on the calendar year) at the end of each February and now is the time to audit your accounts to make […]

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United GlobalFirst Review: Los Angeles – Sydney – Melbourne

February 17, 2014

Award tickets to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific can be among the hardest to find. There aren’t a ton of airlines flying nonstop between North America and down under, and during peak travel times, these flights are usually packed and business and first class seats cost a small fortune and are rarely released […]

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The Top Credit Card Spending Bonuses for 2014

January 6, 2014

Now that we’re into the new year, it means it’s time to really plot out your credit card spending strategy for 2014, because there’s a lot more to maximizing credit card rewards than simply raking in the sign-up bonuses. While an easy boost  to your miles and point balances, a more sustainable approach is to […]

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Starwood 2014 Promotion: Up to 15,000 Bonus Points

November 25, 2013

Hotel promotions have been pretty lackluster in 2013, with the occasional bonus point opportunity. Starwood just announced today that their first 2014 promotion will be an extra 2,500 bonus points for every 5 nights- up to 20 eligible nights (10,000 points). If you hit 25 nights you also get a 5,000 point bonus. Yawn. 500 […]

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Amex Business Gold Rewards 30,000 Point Signup Bonus

November 19, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership […]

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Top 10 Ways To Offset Recent Loyalty Program Devaluations

November 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With all the recent miles and points devaluations – ranging from hotel chains like Hyatt and Hilton to airlines including both United and Delta (twice!) – you might think your points won’t get you anywhere these days. […]

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