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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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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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What Is the Best Points-Earning Business Credit Card?

March 16, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Cory is thinking of changing up his business credit card and tweeted me the following question this wee: “I have a quick question and that is which is really the best card that I […]

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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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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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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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Starwood 25% Discount on Purchased Points – Worth It?

November 6, 2013

Now through December 13, 2013, Starwood is offering discounts of up to 25% on purchased points when you buy 5,000 points or more. Here’s how it breaks down: Buy 500-4,500 Starpoints: No discount Buy 5,000-12,500 Starpoints: 20% discount Buy 13,000-20,000 Starpoints: 25% discount Normally Starpoints cost 3.5 cents apiece (no tax or processing fee), but […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Up To 15,000 Bonus American Miles, Transfer Hotel Points To United For 25% More, And Win 100,000 LAN Miles And A Dream Trip To South America

October 26, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 15,000 Bonus Miles When You Purchase American Airline Miles: Now through November 15, 2013, you can earn up to 15,000 bonus miles for winter travel when you buy American Airlines miles. Buy 15,000-29,000 miles and receive 4,000 bonus miles […]

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Flying Blue Promo Awards – Half Off Air France and KLM Award Flights Through March 2014

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The next round of Flying Blue Promo Awards – where you can score award flights on Air France and KLM for as few as 50% of the miles normally needed from major gateways like Boston, Atlanta and […]

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Top 10 Cards In My Wallet And What I Use Each For

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. One of the questions people ask me all the time is how many credit cards I have and […]

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Starwood Moments By SPG Offering Madison Square Garden Packages – Knicks, Rangers, Concerts and More

October 21, 2013

Starwood allows SPG members to redeem their Starpoints for concerts, sporting events, and other experiences through SPG Moments and the program has launched some new SPG Moment packages in partnership with Madison Square Garden. Although I usually prefer to redeem my Starwood points for hotel stays since you can get some amazing values across the chain’s […]

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Quickly Search Award Availability for Aeromexico, Air France, Alaska, American, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Era, Fiji, KLM, Pen Air and Qantas From Your Phone

October 11, 2013

Alaska Airlines isn’t in a global airline alliance, but they’ve inked partnerships with a number of airlines that allow Mileage Plan members to earn and redeem on flights on multiple alliances and niche carriers including Aeromexico, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacifc, Delta, Emirates, Fiji, Korean, Lan, KLM, Qantas and Pen Air. You can bank miles […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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How Many Credit Cards Do You Have Open At Once And How Does That Affect Your Credit?

September 22, 2013

This question comes from TPG reader Seth, who asked: “How many credit cards do you have, what are the effects of having so many cards open at once, and do you ever decide to close them?” At the moment, I have 19 active credit cards – and that’s a number that scares some people, but […]

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Reminder: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Bonus Ends September 3

September 2, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. This is just a friendly reminder that the limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Starwood Preferred Guest cards from American Express ends on Tuesday, September 3, so if you are interested in applying but […]

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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 Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The current bonus for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards is 25,000 points, 10,000 after first purchase and 15,000 after $5,000 spend in the first 6 months.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the same promotions return like the current Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and Chase […]

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Which Card Is Better – The Club Carlson Visa or Starwood American Express?

August 18, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. TPG follower Eric is weighing his hotel credit card options and wants to know: “‪@thepointsguy‬ would you recommend the Starwood Preferred Guest 30,000 point American Express card or the Club Carlson 85,000 point Visa?“ I […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfer Partner Options

August 15, 2013

Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months. With the current limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers (when you spend $5,000 in 6 months) on both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from […]

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Spotlight on Starwood Elite Status and Why I Continue To Requalify for Platinum

August 14, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to hotel elite status, there’s a lot to consider among the various chains. […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus, Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, Marriott Megabonus Promotion, Earn Up To 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles, Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu

August 10, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: **The limited time 30,000 sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards is now over.** Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business versions of […]

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Exclusive US Open Ticket Offer for Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Cardholders

August 9, 2013

Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months. As if the current limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers (available until September 3, 2013) on both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express weren’t […]

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Analyzing the Perks of the Starwood American Express Card from OPEN

August 7, 2013

Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months. When the current limited time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offer (available now through September 3) launched yesterday for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card from OPEN, I got a […]

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