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Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

December 17, 2014

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you […]

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How I Booked First Class to Tokyo for 62,500 Miles and $5.60

December 15, 2014

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, then you probably know by now that I’m currently in Tokyo, and I flew here on Japan Airlines in their chic new first class service. The total out of pocket cost for my first class flights—from JFK to San Francisco on American Airlines’ new A321T, and […]

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US Airways Barclaycard 50,000 Miles Sign-Up Offer

December 4, 2014

The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but they just announced an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 US Airways miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee. The miles are usually awarded in the billing cycle when you […]

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Can I get both the US Airways MasterCard & AA MasterCard?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Brian tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I just got the US Airways MasterCard with a 40,000 mile bonus. Can I apply for the AAdvantage Platinum MasterCard and the 50,000 bonus miles next year?” There are a lot of different credit card options available right now if you fly US Airways  or American. Among them are the Barclaycard US […]

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7 Ways to Get Great Value from the British Airways Visa

November 26, 2014

In the travel rewards game, earning points and miles is only one half of the equation. How you spend them is what really determines what they’re worth, and how far they’ll take you. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for using British Airways Avios earned from the co-branded Chase credit card. In this month’s ranking of TPG’s top […]

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Tips to Qualify for American and US Air Elite Status in 2014

November 18, 2014

I’m often asked how much I value elite status; while I no longer prize certain benefits (like lounge access) as much as I used to, in the long run elite status makes my travel smoother and more enjoyable, sometimes in unexpected ways. With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for November 2014

November 7, 2014

Credit card sign-up bonuses are constantly changing; an offer that’s here today might be gone tomorrow, and bonuses on a single card can rise or fall 50,000 points overnight. It pays to stay on top of the current credit card market so you can take advantage of the best bonus offers when they become available. To help you […]

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BarclayCard Launches AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card

October 27, 2014

There have been a lot of unknowns with the American Airlines and US Airways merger- especially when it comes to the frequent flyer program. We still don’t know exactly when the two programs will merge and what the new combined program will look like. As far as co-branded credit cards, we know that Barclaycard will still […]

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US Airways Barclaycard Updates and Targeted Offer

October 23, 2014

The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but US Airways is currently sending out targeted offers for 50,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days. While there’s no public link for this offer, be sure to […]

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Using US Airways Miles to Book South African Airways Awards

October 15, 2014

One piece of information that has been overlooked amid the US Airways/American Airlines merger is that US Airways has maintained its partnerships with several airlines outside of the Oneworld alliance, including South African Airways. While there’s no word yet on when these partnerships will end, or whether US Airways’ award chart will change further, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen […]

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50,000 Miles Sign-Up Bonus for Lufthansa Miles & More Card

October 3, 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Miles & More Premier World MasterCard, US Airways Premier World MasterCard Barclaycard is once again offering a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus on the Miles & More Premier World MasterCard, so if you’ve been thinking about diversifying your Star Alliance miles portfolio, this is a good opportunity […]

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Reminder: US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles Extended

September 30, 2014

As I wrote about previously, US Airways is offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles that has just been extended through October 12, 2014. However unlike some recent promotions, this one is targeted. As the American Airlines and US Airways merger continues to move along, this could be one of the last chance to buy US Airways […]

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Are Mileage Runs Still Useful with Revenue Requirements?

September 23, 2014

Last week, the New York Times published an article by Josh Barro called “The Fadeout of the Mileage Run“, in which he explains the premise of mileage runs, how airlines are cracking down on them by adding revenue requirements to earn elite status, and how loyalty programs are changing. It used to be quite common for frequent fliers […]

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Will I Lose Miles by Canceling the US Airways MasterCard?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Chris asked me on Facebook: “The US Airways Premier World  MasterCard says my account must be open for miles not to expire.  If I pay the annual fee, earn the bonus, and then cancel the card shortly thereafter, will I lose my miles?” Wording on credit card applications and marketing material can be confusing, and I’m constantly […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Should I Get the US Airways Card Before the Merger?

August 17, 2014

The US Airways and American Airlines merger is not one of the fastest airline mergers that we’ve seen; we still don’t exactly know when the frequent flyer programs are going to merge, but we’ve been told sometime in 2015. That has an impact on the co-branded credit cards, like the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard. TPG […]

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Airline Credit Cards That Offer Elite Status and Benefits

August 13, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. While many airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award-redeemable miles that have no bearing on elite status, there are several out there that do offer elite airline status, benefits, […]

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My Four New Credit Cards and 205,000 Miles & Points

August 5, 2014

I currently have 23 active credit cards, and my credit score is consistently in the high 700s. Earlier this year I canceled and applied for 4 new cards for 230,000 miles/points, and recently I did another round of applications to bring my year-to-date sign-up bonus total to 435,000 miles/points. Some people’s eyes pop out of […]

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Credit Cards That Offer Free Credit Scores

July 28, 2014

Earlier this year, I shared how credit scores are calculated and which credit cards offer cardmembers a free look at their credit scores. In late February, though, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it’s urging major credit card issuers to provide free credit scores and related information to their customers. Several more cards and issuers have since hopped […]

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Citi Executive AAdvantage 100,000 Mile Offer On Life Support

July 1, 2014

Update: The 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  It isn’t abnormal for credit card companies to offer lucrative targeted offers for certain credit card products. Credit card bonuses cost money and the marketing teams at credit card companies want to stretch their […]

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US Airways Mastercard Bonus Miles and Refunded Fees

June 26, 2014

The US Airways Premier World Mastercard from Barclaycard is offering a 20% bonus on all earned miles from July 1 – August 31, 2014 and some lucky customers may be targeted with a 30% bonus in emails sent out this week. In addition, cardholders will receive a refund for all foreign transaction fees assessed during the […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus vs. Southwest Premier Visa

June 8, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of months in the credit card world, with sign-up bonuses increasing across the board. Amidst all this excitement, TPG reader Ignacio tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Between two credit cards – Arrival Plus World Elite (4o,ooo-point sign-up bonus, $89 annual fee waived in the first year) OR Southwest Premier Rapid Rewards […]

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Should You Get US Airways AND American Cards Before the Merger?

May 25, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG Reader Chris tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it worthwhile to get separate US Airways and American Airlines cards for individual signup bonuses before merging into a single oneworld account?” Though their merger has been underway since last December, and though flyers on both American and US Airways can earn/redeem miles on both […]

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