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What Are Points and Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

June 20, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies per person and how well they can maximize a particular currency for their needs, but still there are some points worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, […]

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The Top Credit Card Bonuses With Low Minimum Spending Requirements ($1,000 or Under)

May 2, 2014

During my last round of credit card applications, I netted 230,000 bonus points and miles with four new credit cards, but I had to spend a total of $28,000 on my new credit cards within 6 months to earn the full bonuses. I have a lot of great strategies to meet minimum spending requirements, including paying some of […]

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Delta American Express Cards Waive Foreign Transaction Fees Starting Today – What Other Cards Don’t Charge Forex Fees?

May 1, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  Back in February, American Express announced that the Delta co-branded cards, including the Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards, would start waiving foreign transaction fees as of May 1, 2014, and that day has finally arrived. These fees […]

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Top Credit Cards With No First Year Annual Fee

April 28, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  There are some great travel credit card offers out there at the moment, and to entice new customers, many […]

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Deal Alert: New York to Oslo from $407 Roundtrip and Other Scandinavia Cheap Flight Deals From Los Angeles

April 15, 2014

I’m a fan of travel disrupters (like Uber) and now Norwegian Air. The scrappy carrier is driving down fares with new cheap flights to locations throughout Europe to the US. It is shaking up the airline industry and has even prompted lawsuits from jealous competitors. Just this morning I saw a sidebar ad showcasing Ft. Lauderdale […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Getting The United MileagePlus Club Card?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Paul emailed me with a question about the United MileagePlus Club Card: “In your list of recommended cards, you rarely mention the United MileagePlus Club Card. It gives you Club access and 1.5 miles per $1, but even if you don’t use the Club privileges, and charge more than $75,000 per year, the […]

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Last Day For American and US Airways Club Access For Amex Platinum Cardholders – And How To Get Access After

March 21, 2014

Back in December, American Express announced that Platinum, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cardholders would no longer get access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs or US Airways Clubs as of March 22, 2014 – which means today is the last day for all us Platinum cardmembers to crash those lounges using our card benefits, so […]

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The Best Current Airline Credit Card Offers

March 4, 2014

One of the big questions that came up both days at the New York Times Travel Show, was how airline credit cards play into an overall points and miles strategy. While I personally spend more on credit cards that accrue transferable points like the Sapphire Preferred, or the Premier Rewards Gold, since transferable points give […]

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Top Travel Credit Cards That Waive Foreign Transaction Fees

February 10, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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Can You Still Get The Benefits of the United Club Card Even If You Don’t Use It To Purchase Tickets?

February 9, 2014

Airline credit cards come with lots of great perks, but many folks don’t know exactly what they’re entitled to. TPG reader Cuong tweeted me and asked if it’s necessary to use his United Club Card to purchase the airline ticket in order to get the card’s benefits when traveling. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy, Is […]

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How To Get Free or Discounted Airline Lounge Access

January 13, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. There has been a lot of news on the airport lounge front lately, what with Amex Platinum cardholders soon to lose access American and US Airways lounges and having their Delta SkyClub guest access restricted (as will […]

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Will Delta’s New Revenue Requirements Affect My Lifetime Status?

January 5, 2014

TPG Reader Marie is concerned that Delta’s new elite status spending requirements will affect her lifetime status with the airline: “I am confused about the elite status changes on Delta. My husband is a Lifetime Gold Medallion and I am Lifetime Silver Medallion. Do we retain this status with the new changes? Since we have […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Cyber Monday Purchases

December 2, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  While tons of stores, airlines and hotels offered fantastic deals starting on Black Friday, today is Cyber Monday, which means there are all kinds of fantastic discounts, rebates and bonuses you can take advantage of by shopping online. […]

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Top 25 Travel Credit Cards With The Lowest Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

September 3, 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 Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here. With so many great current credit card offers out there – including the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the […]

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Top 10: Premium Credit Cards for High Rollers (Or Those Who Think They Are)

July 23, 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. Credit cards are kind of like automobiles – there’s a wide range from your cheap, no-frills […]

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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. The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. View the current online offer for the United Explorer card here or when you sign up in a Chase branch the offer is 50,000 […]

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Video SRQ: What Credit Cards are Best for Big Spenders ($100k+)?

April 14, 2013

TPG reader Laura sent in a question via my Facebook page this week about how to strategize some big annual credit card spending. “What credit cards do you recommend for someone who spends over $100,000 a year on credit? Should I get a bunch of cards or stick with the top 3?” You might not […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Credit Card for Car Rental Insurance

March 11, 2013

TPG Contributor Jason Steele takes us through the basics of insurance that credit cards provide for car rentals and how you can make a decision about which card to use for the best coverage for your particular needs. When we think of credit card rewards, we usually think of points and miles. But one of […]

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Paying For Airline Lounge Membership With Miles – Worth It?

February 20, 2013

Annual airline lounge membership – when it’s offered at all – can be an expensive proposition. However, several airlines let you redeem miles for membership rather than paying cash. TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the miles options out there and whether any of them are a good value. Update: The offer […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: How Do I Get United Club Access With A Credit Card?

January 13, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access / Airport Lounge Program. This means that Card Members will […]

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United Revamps Boarding Process.. Again

January 9, 2013

United announced plans to update their current boarding process and reduce the number of different groups (which no one seems to follow anyway!). Ever since the merger with Continental, it seems like United is constantly changing how they are boarding planes and the amount of groups they have. Below is the new boarding procedure with […]

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