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The Points Guy's original managing editor, Eric Rosen, returns to editorial team

July 27, 2021
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The Points Guy's original managing editor, Eric Rosen, returns to editorial team
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At TPG we like to push the envelope and strive to create an even better future for our content, readers and emerging digital tools.

But sometimes, a key component of a bright future comes from the solid foundation of the past.

And in this case, we are thrilled to announce the return of TPG's original managing editor, Eric Rosen, to the full-time editorial roster at The Points Guy. Eric is returning to TPG as a director of content, initially overseeing the site's credit card team.

“I’m incredibly excited to rejoin The Points Guy family and indulge my love of travel and my fascination (some might say obsession) with points and miles with the other folks on the team as well as with our readers,” he said. “This is an incredible moment for rewards credit cards, in particular, with unprecedented welcome bonuses and myriad new perks to take advantage of. I’m looking forward to sharing all that and more with our readers as many of us begin to get out in the world again.”

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(Photo courtesy of Eric Rosen/The Points Guy)

Eric Rosen was one of the first full-time employees at The Points Guy when he helped founder Brian Kelly evolve the site from a single-author blog to the multiauthor industry leader in all things travel, points and credit cards that it is today.

TPG founder Brian Kelly shares, "Eric has been a part of TPG history from day one and I'm so excited for him to return as we take our content and new app to the next level. He's one of the world's foremost points and miles experts -- and an all-around great person to work with."

Rosen served as the site's original managing editor for three years, beginning in 2011. Thankfully, after he left that position he didn't go too far and became a special contributor to TPG, covering everything from points and miles to credit card deals, destination guides and hotel reviews.

"Eric has spent his career teaching people how to travel smarter and better. I'm thrilled that he's now going to be fully devoted to TPG's loyal readers," said TPG's executive editor, Scott Mayerowitz. "Eric will help our growing team share the best in travel with our audience and teach them how to travel in style without breaking the bank."

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In recent years, Rosen has also contributed regularly to several major publications including Bloomberg, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report and Travel + Leisure, among others.

Most recently, he launched a podcast titled Conscious Traveler with fellow travel writer Kathryn Romeyn, dedicated to telling stories of conservation, community, culture and sustainability from around the world.

Although still enthralled with all things points and miles, Rosen has also recently discovered a passion for exploring the world beneath the surface. He has taken to scuba diving and has even put his new skills to use swimming with whale sharks in Indonesia. He loves discovering new hiking trails while at home in L.A. and on trips abroad, as well as exploring new wine regions around the world.

(Photo courtesy of Eric Rosen/The Points Guy)

Here are a few more fast facts about Eric as he buckles back into his seat at The Points Guy.

Rewards card he's using the most

"Chase Sapphire Reserve – I still love its benefits and all the ways I can use those ultra-valuable Ultimate Rewards points."

The card he wants next

"I’m switching up my airline strategy this year and want to enjoy a few higher-end perks when flying, so I’m considering the United Quest Card and the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card for my next applications."

Next big trip

"I would love to return to Africa and go on safari in a few places I haven’t been yet, including Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta and Namibia’s arid Sossusvlei region."

Favorite places to return to

"Too many to list! I always love spending time visiting Australia’s farthest-flung corners, including Tasmania’s rugged northeast coast and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. France and Argentina also hold special places in my heart."

Rosen's return to the editorial team comes at a time of rapid editorial growth for The Points Guy. As travel and rewards credit card offers have rebounded at an exceptional pace, TPG has been adding staff and expanding into broader coverage of travel, hotels, cruise lines and rewards cards. TPG now has more than 40 full-time content creators along with multiple open roles.

Driven by a mission of helping travelers “maximize their travel experience while minimizing spending,” The Points Guy sees more than 11 million monthly unique visitors to the site, with a social media following of more than 3 million.

You can follow along with Rosen's adventures on Instagram and right here on TPG.

Featured image by Riley Arthur
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
Best premium travel card for value
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    80,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more