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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – United MileagePlus Explorer Card

This week’s Thursday Giveaway is a chance to win a $500 United gift card. Even if you’re not a frequent United flyer, it’s quite easy to earn miles without ever stepping on an airplane. United miles also offer some great redemption opportunities on foreign carriers like ANA, Lufthansa and Swiss.

A number of other great cards also give you an opportunity to earn even more miles. Chase Sapphire Preferred, TPG’s card of choice, comes with a 50,000-point sign-up bonus after you spend $4,000 in the first three months, and Ultimate Rewards points can be instantly transferred to United.

The United MileagePlus Explorer Card also has a 40,000-mile sign-up bonus after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred has a 40,000 point bonus offer.

TPG values Chase Ultimate Rewards Points at 2.1 cents apiece and United miles at 1.5 cents each, so you’ll earn quite a bit of value from both of these sign-up offers.

You must enter the giveaway below no later than 11:59pm ET on Monday, September 28.

To enter this giveaway, visit our Facebook Page or enter below:

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Last week’s winners: Last week, we gave away 20,000 Avios in honor of the 100k British Airways Visa Signature Card offer. Congratulations again to Franz, who won by following us on Pinterest. Stay tuned for more great giveaways on the blog, as well as on TPG’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Good luck with this week’s giveaway!

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Points Guy Assessment:

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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