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Do You Earn 2x Points for Buying Miles from United?

July 20, 2014

I often purchase airline miles, especially when they’re offered at a good rate during a promotion. I never purchase them from the airline kiosk, because those rates can be up to $0.05 per mile, which is highway robbery. Usually when airlines do run specials, they’re processed through a third party called Points.com. The purchase isn’t billed […]

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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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Entry Level Airline Credit Cards and Why They’re Generally Not Worth It

May 12, 2014

There are a ton of airline co-branded credit cards on the market these days, but some of the most overlooked are the entry level cards with no or low annual fees. TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at these cards and examines whether they make sense or whether you should buck up and get […]

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How to Earn and Use Points For Broadway Show Tickets

May 5, 2014

Going to the theatre can cost an arm and a leg, but if you’re going to shell out you might as well maximize the miles and points that you earn. If you’re flexible, saving money by purchasing tickets on the day of the show via NYC’ TKTS booths (or by joining TDF, the parent company […]

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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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Top Current Credit Card Bonuses Of 40,000+ Points and Miles

April 25, 2014

Summer is coming, and along with it the travel high season in much of the world. A lot of readers have been writing to me about getting their travel plans in order and using miles to get to popular destinations where airfares and hotel rates are too high to be an option. Not only that, […]

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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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Paying Taxes With Credit Cards: 10 Scenarios That Might Make Sense

April 15, 2014

It’s Tax Day, and one of the questions I’m asked the most at this time of year is whether paying taxes with a credit card is a good way to rack up points and miles and if so, what credit card to use to maximize your taxes. It would seem like paying your taxes using […]

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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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Maximizing Points and Miles on Healthcare Spending

April 7, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  With the Affordable Care Act going into effect, medical costs and spending are on everyone’s minds. As a major factor in everyone’s budget, healthcare costs can be both a big expense, but also a good opportunity to earn […]

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Tax Time Pointers: Earning Points on Taxes

March 17, 2014

It’s tax time again, and as we all prepare our annual statements (that is, if you don’t do it quarterly like many small businesses do), chances are you’re wondering if there are any opportunities to earn points on all those dollars you’re forced to fork over to Uncle Sam. One of the questions I get […]

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My Credit Card Spring Cleaning – Which Cards To Keep, Cancel or Convert

March 13, 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. Spring is here, the sun is shining (well, it is in Miami!), and it’s time for another round of credit card applications to boost my points balances. With several new lucrative offers out there […]

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Updated Strategies For Earning Points and Miles With Prepaid and Reloadable Cards

March 10, 2014

A lot has changed in the world of checking/debit alternatives like Bluebird, as well as prepaid/reloadable cards in the past year, so I asked TPG Contributor Jason Steele to write up some updated strategies on turning these products into points-earning powerhouses. Among travel rewards enthusiasts, prepaid cards and checking/debit alternatives have long been used to […]

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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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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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The Top Credit Card Spending Bonuses for 2014

January 6, 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. Now that we’re into the new year, it means it’s time to really plot out your credit card spending strategy for 2014, because there’s a lot more to maximizing credit card rewards than simply […]

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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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United’s Newest Customer Unfriendly Campaign: Increase the Cost of Award Tickets

November 1, 2013

In a bold move to become the world’s most “flyer un-friendly” airline, United announced that starting February 1, 2014 they will require more miles (a ton more in some cases) for award travel – especially on partner airlines. While these drastic changes are no doubt consumer-unfriendly, we shouldn’t be too surprised since United has been […]

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Should A Tokyo-Based Expat Get An ANA or United Credit Card?

October 27, 2013

This reader question comes from Tim, an expat living in Japan: “I’m an avid follower and have a question that I wonder if you could answer.  I’m American and have lived in Tokyo long-term.  Because I’m a resident of Japan, I do most of my spending in Japanese Yen and have access to Japan-based ANA […]

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50% Bonus Miles With American Choice Essential Fares Now Through December 15

October 25, 2013

Since American introduced its new bundled Choice fares back in December, I have purchased them almost every time I’ve flown the airline domestically because. In short, I love them and think they provide a ton of potential value for flyers whose plans might change and who want the added bonuses of priority boarding, check in […]

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Top Current 50,000+ Point Credit Card Offers

September 19, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. With the reappearance of the 50,000-point sign-up bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Visa announced yesterday, I know many of you might be thinking about applying for it or some of the other credit cards out there offering […]

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United Honors Free Mistake Fares

September 13, 2013

Yesterday we reported on a glitch with United’s ticket booking engine that resulted in people being able to book flights around the US and to Hawaii for almost free – all they had to pay were the taxes. While I didn’t actually expect these fares to be honored based on United’s past behavior in similar […]

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