Credit Card and Travel Resources for Small-Business Owners

Business credit cards can be a great way to earn travel rewards beyond what you already enjoy from your personal cards. Even better, you usually don’t even need to have a formal business in order to qualify for a business credit card. In addition to lucrative sign-up bonuses and bonus spending categories, many credit card issuers offer benefits specifically for…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? September 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…

I Finally Used My SPG Amex for an International Hotel Stay

One of my biggest gripes with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express has been the foreign transaction fees, which meant that it didn’t make sense to use my card internationally even when staying at a Starwood property. However, amidst the recent addition of several new benefits, Amex has finally done away with the foreign transaction fees on this card,…

ANA Star Alliance Award Search Engine is Back… with a Few Glitches

Back in April, ANA revamped its Mileage Club frequent-flyer program and its web site. While the new award charts have some sweet spots, the web redevelopment pretty much ruined what had been the best Star Alliance award search engine out there, limiting the types of awards you could pull in and the breadth of your search…

Top 10 Credit Card Sign-Up Offers for Small Business Owners

Every month, I post a list of the top travel credit card offers. That list usually includes both personal cards and business credit cards, since they frequently offer lucrative sign-up bonuses of their own, as well as other perks like category spending bonuses, discounts at partner merchants, and an easy way to separate your personal and professional expenses. Staying on top of…

Amex Small Business Saturday Is Coming November 28, 2015

Amex has just announced the date of its annual post-Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday, which will be on November 28 this year. The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010, and since then, the day has joined the consumer-driven craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Instead of hitting…

Which Cards Offer Gogo and Boingo Wi-Fi Access?

TPG Reader Bryce tweeted me to ask about staying online while traveling: @thepointsguy — “Which cards will get you free Wi-Fi like Boingo and Gogo?” Boingo allows you to connect to Wi-Fi in hundreds of airports and other public locations, while Gogo gives you Wi-Fi access from 30,000 feet. In-flight Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse, allowing you…

Starwood Unveils New Top-Tier Sheraton Grand Brand

Back in June, Starwood announced a 10-point plan called “Sheraton 2020” that includes plans to revitalize its down-at-the-heels brand by launching a $100-million marketing campaign, opening 150 new hotels by 2020, improving Sheraton Clubs, instituting better service standards, reclaiming the meetings-travel market share and launching a new Sheraton Grand tier of hotels, among other steps. According…

Business Credit vs. Charge Cards — Which is Right for You?

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains the differences between credit cards and charge cards, and looks at the benefits of each. When it comes to points and miles, personal credit cards are just one piece of the puzzle. Business cards can be another great way to rack up rewards for the travel you want, and…

Should I Get the Starwood Amex with 30,000 Bonus Points?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about Starwood and the co-branded Amex card: “I just started staying at Starwood hotels — should I get the Amex SPG with the 30,000 bonus points?” Every August for the last several years, Starwood and American Express have increased the sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card,…