Costco Waves Goodbye to Amex, Inks Deal with Citi

Today, TPG Contributor Richie Cardinale reports on the newly signed partnership between Costco and Citi. Just last month, Costco announced that it would cut ties with American Express, ending a relationship that spanned sixteen years and accounted for a substantial percentage of annual spending on Amex cards worldwide. Only weeks after that announcement, Costco has confirmed that it will enter into a new agreement with…

Amex and Costco to End Exclusive Relationship, Date Others

After a sixteen year run, American Express and Costco will end their exclusive relationship. Effective March 31, 2016, American Express cards will no longer be accepted at Costco, effectively ending Amex’s monopoly on Costco credit transactions. This will also spell the end of the co-branded TrueEarnings Card and the corresponding business version, though they’re still available for the time…

Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN Many of the best points-earning…

12 Crazy Forms of ID To Get Through Airport Security

If you’ve ever arrived at the airport only to realize you’ve forgotten your driver’s license or passport – or worse, had either lost or stolen during your travels – there may be no reason for panic. As it turns out, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) actually allows some flexibility when it comes to alternate forms of identification to green-light you through security….

What Is The Best Credit Card to Maximize Points Earning On A Road Trip?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Platinum Card from American Express, SimplyCash Business Card from American Express TPG Reader Patrick emailed me to ask about which credit card to use during a road trip: “I’m planning a cross-country road trip in May-June of this year, driving from Los Angeles to…

Maximizing Cash Back Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, SimplyCash Business Card from American Express While I tend to talk most about the best credit cards for earning points and miles towards travel, cash back credit cards can be a great alternative for a…

Am I Eligible for a New American Express Sign Up Offer If I Have Existing Amex Cards?

TPG reader Chris wants to open up a new American Express card, but is afraid he won’t qualify for the sign-up bonus because he already carries some other Amex cards: “Under the American Express terms of sign up bonus offers it says that you may not be eligible if you are a current American Express customer,…

Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Gas Purchases

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on fuel purchases. Perhaps the only good thing about high gas prices is the opportunity to earn more points and miles when you fill…

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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, SimplyCash Business Card from American Express 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…

Maximizing Category Spend Bonuses on Credit Card Spend

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Platinum Card from American Express, SimplyCash Business Card from American Express,The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN TPG reader Tim recently emailed me that he wants to get at least two points per dollar for every single dollar he spends on…