The best credit cards of 2019, elite-status downgrades from Marriott and more

Nov 23, 2019

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know:

Here’s how Amex is getting more businesses to accept your credit cards

Hands holding credit card and coffee to go. Photo by Popartic/Getty Images
Photo by Popartic/Getty Images

Amex is offering significant financial incentives for some merchants.

Fly BLADE from Miami airports directly to Miami Beach

Panoramic high view of South Beach at Miami South Pointe Park with high skyscrapers and a blue sunny summer sky, Florida, USA. Brickell district skyscrapers close to downtown Miami in the southern spot of South Beach. (Photo by Pola Damonte/Getty Images)
Photo by Pola Damonte/Getty Images

If you’re over Miami’s insane traffic, now you can literally fly over it all — if you’re willing to shell out the cash.

Did you receive an elite-status downgrade email from Marriott?

(Photo courtesy of the St. Regis Bal Harbour)
(Photo courtesy of the St. Regis Bal Harbour)

A number of Bonvoy members received disheartening news in their inboxes this week.

Here’s how you could earn up to 39 Hilton points per dollar

Hilton in Dominican Republic (Image courtesy of
Image courtesy of

The promotion is targeted, but there are lots of points in it for you if you’re one of the lucky recipients.

President Obama loves Hampton Inns

Hampton Inn was one of the first brands to institute a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

At the end of a long day, he just wants to crawl into bed as quickly as possible just like the rest of us.

These are the best credit cards of 2019

Photo by The Points Guy.

How many of these do you have in your wallet?

These are the safest and most dangerous countries you can travel to in 2020

Norway is one of the countries you can fly to with the SAS Kids Fly Free deal.

*books ticket to Norway ASAP*

Delta surprises travelers with pop-up SkyClubs

Photo courtesy of Delta
Photo courtesy of Delta

In Green Bay (GRB) and Chattanooga (CHA), everyone is welcome — not just SkyClub members.

How this traveler justifies paying almost $4,000 a year in credit card fees

A selection of credit and bank cards, along with a green British Telecom phone card in 1986. (Photo by Fox Photos / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
Photo by Fox Photos / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

This career road warrior finds enough value from her credit card perks to justify the high price.

Here’s how you can avoid having your phone hacked in public

Stay connected while traveling with the following alternatives to pricey roaming charges. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Two tips to remember: 1) Be careful where you charge your phone, and 2) A data blocker is your best friend.

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Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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