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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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The Best Credit Cards For Earning Airline Elite Status Qualifying Miles

April 21, 2014

Readers often ask me which credit cards help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and after recently exploring  the best airline credit card offers and the top credit card spending bonuses for 2014, it seemed like a great time to specifically address this question. While most airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award/redeemable miles that have no […]

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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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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. Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. Now that we’re into the new year, it means it’s time to really plot […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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What is the Best Current Credit Card For Home Improvement and Moving Expenses?

June 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Mark has some big changes on the horizon – with some big expenses – and wants to know how to maximize his spending either with his current credit cards, or new ones. “We are […]

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Amex Business Gold Rewards LTO 75K Bonus Through eBay

May 14, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: View the current offer for the The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card. Offer expired May 17, 2013. Last week Amex launched a short-lived amazing deal on the Business Gold Rewards card for 75,000 bonus points with […]

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Amex Business Gold FAQ and My Top 10 List of Other Credit Cards for the Last Minute App-o-ramas

May 8, 2013

Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  I’m getting a ton of traffic and emails today about the current 75,000 point Amex Business Gold deal and people asking whether they should do an impromptu round of applications if they applied for this deal today. The point of […]

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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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Five New Cards and 315,000 Miles/Points Later: The Results of My Latest Round of Credit Card Applications

March 21, 2013

This is the third post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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Maximizing Travel Credit Cards Calendar Year Spending Threshold Bonuses

January 2, 2013

I hope everyone had a great time ringing in 2013. A new year means…a new chance to hit some spending thresholds on your travel credit cards and earn valuable bonuses! Many credit cards offer spend bonuses per calendar year, so it is best to plan your strategy now to figure out which bonuses are worth […]

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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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Assorted Credit Card Bonuses and Offers – 40,000 Alaska, 65,000 Virgin Atlantic, 50,000+ Marriott, 33,150 Flexperks

August 15, 2012

I know I’ve been talking a lot about the Starwood 30k offer (expired), but a couple new and updated credit card offers came up recently with the possibility of earning readers tens of thousands of bonus points, so I thought I’d share them all here for easy reference (though they’ve also been added to the […]

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Updated List of 50,000+ Point Credit Card Deals

September 26, 2011

There have been some new card offers and some have changed, so I decided to compile a list of the most lucrative credit card deals out there. For a full list, check out my Top Deals page. Feel free to comment below if I missed one! Transferable/Fixed Value point cards (Personal): 50,000 points for the Citi […]

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