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Brian Kelly — The Points Guy himself — was featured earlier today on CBS Sunday Morning in a segment about traveling for free on points and miles.
For those of you who saw the program and found your way here to TPG, welcome! We’re glad you’re here. If you hoping to learn the secrets of how to travel using points and miles, you’ve come to the right place. Start by checking out our Beginner’s Guide, where you’ll learn how to quickly earn travel rewards and travel in style for little to no cost.
You can also read about how Brian uses points and miles to take trips to places like the St. Regis Maldives where he stayed in an overwater bungalow, or how he flew in Singapore Suites from Los Angeles to Tokyo on a seat that turns into a full size bed, or the flight he described on CBS where he traveled in his own three cabin suite on Etihad and had his very own personal butler.
As you look around the site, you’ll find our “Deals” page with all the great airfare deals available right now to exciting international destinations, as well as all our reviews of hotels and airlines so you can know whether a particular flight or hotel is worth spending your points and miles on. Also, don’t forget our “Guides” section where you can read in-depth analysis on topics such as The 12 Best Starter Travel Rewards Cards for 2017 or The Best and Worst Airlines in the United States.
Finally, as Brian said on CBS, the first thing to do if you want to have a good miles and points strategy is to get the right credit cards. So you’ll want to check out our monthly list of the top credit cards to learn how to maximize the best sign-up offers. as well as explore our favorite cards from our partners.
And for those of you who might be new and a bit nervous about the world of credit cards, make sure you read our posts about using credit responsibly, taking care of your credit score and avoiding credit card pitfalls.
- 5 Things To Understand About Credit Before Applying For Cards
- 3 Key Considerations for Improving Your Credit Score
- Debunking Credit Card Myths: Does Applying For A Card Permanently Impact My Credit Score
- Avoiding Late Payments and Other Silly Credit Card Mistakes
To our longstanding readers, thanks as always for being here, and to our new readers, welcome aboard!
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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