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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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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

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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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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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. With so many great current credit card offers out there – including the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Starwood American Express personal and business cards which ends today (expired) – I know a lot of […]

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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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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. 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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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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My Ranking of the Top 12 Chase Travel Credit Card Offers

December 5, 2012

This is a post in my series ranking the top travel credit cards from the major banks. Other posts include: My Ranking of the Top American Express Travel Credit Cards, My Ranking of the Top Citi Credit Card Offers, My Ranking of the Top US Bank Travel Credit Cards. Kind of like the weather across much […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Credit Card Perks and Mileage Benefits

September 25, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  You don’t have to be a super frequent flyer to get special treatment from the airlines. These days most major airlines are partnered with a credit card company and if you are one of their flyers/cardholders, you […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Get Access to Airline Lounges

May 29, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Airline lounges are becoming more and more sophisticated by the day, and are one way the major airlines try to build brand loyalty in an increasingly competitive marketplace, so I thought I’d take a look at the […]

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Maximizing Category Spend Bonuses on Credit Card Spend

August 23, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG reader Tim recently emailed me that he wants to get at least two points per dollar for every single dollar he spends on his credit card. I think that’s a pretty interesting goal and one that’s […]

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