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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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Citi Prestige Cardholders – Redeem ThankYou Points For 1.6 Cents Each on American and US Airways Flights

March 17, 2014

When Citi announced that the ThankYou points earned with the ThankYou Premier card would be devalued to be worth 1.25 cents each toward airfare instead of 1.33 cents apiece, a lot of readers had questions about upgrading to the Citi Prestige card. That’s because, in addition to other perks like $200 in airline credits, 2x […]

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Top Travel Credit Cards That Waive Foreign Transaction Fees

February 10, 2014

One of the main benefits I always look for when considering a travel credit card is whether or not it waives foreign transaction fees (forex fees for short). Many issuers will charge their cardholders between 1-3% of the value of transactions processed outside the US – meaning for every $100 you spend in a foreign […]

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Citi ThankYou Premier Card

October 31, 2013

Citi has been pretty quiet this year when it comes to lucrative sign-up bonuses on their own ThankYou rewards cards. Earlier this year they launched new  category spend bonuses and decreased the value of points when redeemed for travel (from 1.33 cents a point down to 1.25 cents). However, the sign-up bonus on the Citi […]

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Which Credit Reporting Agencies Banks Use To Pull Your Credit Report – And Why It Matters

September 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  One of the most important things to know when applying for multiple credit cards at a time is which credit bureau each bank pulls your credit report from. There are three main credit bureaus or credit reporting […]

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More (Negative) Changes To Citi ThankYou and Premier Cards?

July 16, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  Offer expired: November 4, 2013 Last month, I wrote about some of the Changes To Citi ThankYou Preferred such as 2X Earning on Dining and Entertainment as well as how they are no longer offering an anniversary bonus. According to this […]

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US Credit Cards With Smart Chip Technology

May 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, I know many of you (like me) are planning some great trips abroad, and are already thinking about which credit cards you should be packing along with […]

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United MileagePlus Explorer Card Removes Foreign Transaction Fees

May 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. Update: The current offer for the United Explorer card is 30,000 miles with $1,000 spend within 3 months […]

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Maximize Monday: Getting The Most Points Out of Double and Triple Dipping When Booking Travel

May 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When I checked my Delta SkyMiles and Starwood Preferred Guest accounts the other day, I noticed that my SPG/Delta Crossover Rewards had kicked in and I had started earning Delta miles on my Starwood stays and […]

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Barclaycard Is On a Roll: More Things They Can Do to Dominate the Travel Reward Credit Card Industry

May 15, 2013

While there are numerous credit card companies, only a handful offer really valuable travel rewards credit cards. For years American Express was the premier issuer of valuable, transferable points. They still are a major force, but Chase has doubled down in the past five years and offers a huge portfolio of some of the best […]

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Maximize Monday: Fixed-Value Travel Points

April 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  The recent launch […]

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Amex Platinum and Centurion Now Available With SmartChip

January 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  I know a lot of you got in on the amazing 100,000-point sign-up bonus on the Amex Platinum Card earlier this week – congratulations! – but TPG reader Cameron reported another interesting finding when his replacement Platinum […]

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My Ranking of the Top Citi Travel Credit Card Offers

December 10, 2012

Update: Most Citi AAdvantage 50K offers have expired as reported in this FlyerTalk thread, though there is a live offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® for 50,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months. Offer Expired: December 13, 2012 This is a post in my series ranking the top […]

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Maximize Points on Thanksgiving Groceries

November 21, 2012

Did you put off your Thanksgiving grocery shopping to the last minute? There might not be too many turkeys left in the frozen section, but at least you can rack up multiple points per dollar you spend while picking up all the fixings. Here are a few great points-earning credit cards that will give you […]

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Maximizing Smart Chip Credit Cards in Europe

July 9, 2012

For those of you who don’t know, in Europe, they utilize different credit technology called “chip and pin,” which is s system where cards are embedded with smart chips and a cardholder must put in their pin for each transaction to be approved. It is an ultra-secure method that makes it much harder for credit […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Card Companion Tickets Deals

June 12, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  In addition to earning cardholders frequent flyer miles or points, several travel credit cards offer another valuable perk: airline companion tickets and passes. To qualify for one of these tickets or passes, it’s usually a matter of […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Tips for Saving on Car Rentals

June 5, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  The summer driving season is upon us, and with gas prices so high, I thought it would be helpful to put together this list of the top 10 ways to save on car rentals so you can […]

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The Top Credit Cards Without Foreign Transaction Fees

June 4, 2012

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. Update: View the current offer for the British Airways Visa. For international travelers, foreign transaction fees are […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Cards for Travelers

May 1, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  1. Starwood American Express: This is one of the best points-earning cards out there, especially because Starpoints can be so valuable thanks to great redemption options including Cash & Points at the over 1,000 Starwood properties all […]

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Citi to Potentially Add British Airways and Singapore Airlines to ThankYou Program

March 27, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  It’s no secret that competition is heating up in the credit card space with Chase and American Express duking it out for the most credit worthy cardholders. Citi has somewhat competed with their ThankYou Preferred card, but that program pales […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Do You Value Your Credit Card Points and What Are Best Cashback Credit Cards?

December 4, 2011

I have advice featured in the NY Times travel section today and at one point I talk about how I value American Express Membership Rewards points at about 2 cents a piece.  NYT reader Roger emailed me questioning my valuation of American Express points: “I just wanted to point something that was mentioned in the […]

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Updated List of 50,000+ Point Credit Card Deals

September 26, 2011

There have been some new card offers and some have changed, so I decided to compile a list of the most lucrative credit card deals out there. For a full list, check out my Top Deals page. Feel free to comment below if I missed one! Transferable/Fixed Value point cards (Personal): 50,000 points for the Citi […]

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