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Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

October 1, 2014

As a points and miles devotee, I’m always trying to get the best return I can on my rewards, and an important part of my strategy is knowing how to handle annual fees from credit cards.  Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers some tips on ways you can offset, minimize, or avoid those fees altogether. The […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Miscellaneous Travel Expenses?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Gisele emailed me to ask: “I’m organizing a trip to Italy in the spring and would like to know if there’s a good credit card for less obvious travel expenses, such as Eurorail passes, museum tickets, tour buses, etc. I also would like to use Airbnb instead of a hotel. Do you have […]

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Large Family & Group Travel Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

August 15, 2014

With a family of four, I sometimes envy the ease of travel enjoyed by singles and couples. One or two award seats aren’t too hard to find, you can fit into virtually any car or hotel room, and you can travel very light. On the other hand, I know other families that routinely travel as a […]

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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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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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Capital One Venture Rewards Card Bonus Now 40,000 Miles

June 18, 2014

The Capital One Venture Rewards Card has doubled its sign up bonus from 20,000 miles to 40,000 after $3,000 in spend within the first 3 months and the $59 annual fee is waived the first year. While 20,000 miles was equal to $200 you can now get $400 in travel when redeeming those miles to cover […]

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New Super First Class Cabins on Etihad and Emirates and How to Use Points to Book Them

May 6, 2014

This past weekend, Etihad Airways announced the December 2014 launch of their new A380 Residence Class suite - which appears to be absolutely stunning – and Emirates has just followed up with (remarkably non-specific) news that they’ll soon unveil plans for a similar product. These announcements are part of a luxurious airline trend that’s taking the onboard experience an exclusive […]

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Should I Downgrade My Capital One Venture To A No Annual Fee Or Get A New, Better Card?

May 4, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG reader Dan emailed me with a credit card quandary this week: “I enjoy reading your blog and I had a quick question. I currently have a great credit score (780+) and have 2 credit cards. I have […]

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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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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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Destination Of The Week: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

A bustling metropolis combined with some of the most famous beaches in the world, this South American city is known for being an exotic mix of Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Africa roots. With the World Cup just a few months away and the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place, all eyes will be on this […]

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Reminder: Higher Bonus on the US Bank FlexPerks Visa With 28 US Winter Olympic Medals

February 24, 2014

Earlier this month US Bank announced a promotion in honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi new applicants  for the FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa who apply between January 31, 2014 – March 7, 2014 and make eligible purchases ($3,500 in 4 months) will earn not only the 20,000 regular bonus points for signing up, […]

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When Should You Pay For A Ticket Or Redeem Miles?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader Todd tweeted me this week: “@thepointsguy Do you have a rule of thumb for when it’s economical to pay for a ticket with miles?” A lot of factors come into play here. The first is your budget. If you’re really cash-strapped but need to get somewhere and have a ton of miles, why […]

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Analyzing the Barclaycard Arrival Earn Ratio of 2.27% When Redeeming for Travel

February 20, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  The Barclaycard Arrival‘s minimum spending requirement to earn the 40,000-mile sign-up bonus has tripled from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days, and I know that many readers are curious about the card and just why I think […]

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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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Maximizing Cash Back Credit Cards

January 27, 2014

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 […]

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Capital One Venture Card 50,000 Point Sign Up Bonus – $500 Worth of Travel

January 5, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  The Capital One Venture Card usually carries a bonus of between 10,000-20,000 points, but for a limited time, it appears there is a credit card offer out there where you can earn 50,000 points when you apply and […]

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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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Capital One Venture and VentureOne Bonuses Up to 20,000 Points

November 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here.  Well, it seems like we’ve got a week of higher sign-up bonuses on our hands, what with new offers on the Sapphire Preferred (up to 55,000 points) and Freedom (up to 20,000 points) cards, and now Capital […]

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Destination of the Week: Milan

November 8, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we are going to a northern Italian city that often gets criticized for being too industrial, but is one of the most fashionable destinations in the world.  It is a beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage and so much to do and see. It boasts one of the […]

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Destination of the Week: Macau

November 1, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us to Macau, a former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong, that has become the Las Vegas of Asia. WHAT TO DO A surreal potpourri of China, Las Vegas and Portugal –  glitzy, flashy, and the world’s most profitable gaming destination, crammed with every Western […]

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Destination Of The Week: San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 4, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Melanie Wynne takes us to the Caribbean to a multicultural island boasting wide sandy beaches and tropical rainforests. It is time to take your high school Spanish out for a spin as you explore the city’s powerful Colonial past and the breezy, colorful and elegant cultural scene […]

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