No travel necessary: Here’s why Amex should make its airline credit as easy to use as Chase and Citi

Written by Chris Dong @ The Points Guy

Appetite for travel is slowly beginning to reemerge, but that doesn’t mean everyone is ready to leave and explore the world yet. Many people will continue to stay close to home and funnel more of their spending towards things likes groceries and food delivery. Some of the major credit card issuers — including Amex, Citi, …

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Here’s what points and miles promotions might look like after coronavirus

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

 The novel coronavirus has changed, and in many cases, permanently altered the travel industry. As things begin returning to normal, we’re starting to imagine what travel will look like after the pandemic. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. The travel industry will bounce back. But what will …

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Long live the Residence: Etihad will keep flying its Airbus A380s

Written by Daniel Ross @ The Points Guy

Good news for fans of the superjumbo and Etihad’s most premium product the Residence, as the airline confirmed that its A380s are here to stay. While all 10 of Etihad’s A380s are currently grounded due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, on Wednesday, Etihad quashed rumours that it will stop flying the superjumbo. “The Airbus A380 …

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Reader question: Do refunds count against spending toward a sign-up bonus?

Written by Madison Blancaflor @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This article is part of a new weekly column to answer your credit card questions. If you would like to ask us a question, tweet us at @thepointsguy, message us on Facebook or email us at info@thepointsguy.com.  Coronavirus has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people. Some have taken advantage of more lenient cancellations policies to postpone …

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Rakuten offering 3x cash back, Amex points for Memorial Day at select stores

Written by Richard Kerr @ The Points Guy

Online shopping portal Rakuten has a Memorial Day promotion offering 3X normal cash back rates or Amex points at participating retailers. Heading to your favorite retailer’s website without first checking online portal earnings and bonuses is equivalent to leaving money on the table. With this weekend’s promo, now could be a good time to go …

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How much do Amex Offers differ between cards?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. American Express has quite a diverse credit card portfolio, with options ranging from no-annual-fee cash-back cards all the way up to the exclusive invite-only Amex Centurion card. The one thing that these cards all have in common is that …

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Amex sets 30th June deadline if you want six months to earn your sign-up bonus

Written by Rob @ Head for Points

American Express recently extended the qualifying period to earn a sign-up bonus on its cards to SIX MONTHS. This was a sensible move.  Even people with good salaries may struggle to spend £3,000 to £4,000 within three months at the moment.  Increasing the spend period […]

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Beat the crowds: See Istanbul in March with Turkish business-class award space for two

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Early spring is an excellent time to visit Istanbul. The weather is warming up, and the Istanbul Tulip Festival is in full swing. Plus, Istanbul’s high tourist season is usually over the summer, so visiting in March allows you to experience fewer crowds and more room to explore an amazing city that spans two continents. …

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Credit card reader question: A complementary business card to help fund a post-pandemic vacation

Written by Madison Blancaflor @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This article is part of a new weekly column to answer your toughest credit card questions. If you would like to ask us a question, tweet us at @thepointsguy, message us on Facebook or email us at info@thepointsguy.com.  When you have multiple credit cards, annual fees start adding up and balancing which cards to use …

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How to maximize rewards and savings on crafting supplies

Written by Benet Wilson @ The Points Guy

One of the necessities of sheltering in place has been filling the hours in between work, in-home school for the kids and outdoor time. One way people are filling that time is by taking up a new craft — or doing more with an existing one. CommerceHub CEO Frank Poore noted that online sales of …

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Why you should double-down on credit card points right now

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

We’re big proponents of utilizing transferable point currencies here at TPG. Programs like American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards provide valuable flexibility when it’s time to use your points — one of the main reasons they fall in the upper echelon of our monthly valuations. However, there are many reasons why someone would …

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Dreaming of an African safari: How I’ll book my bucket-list trip to Tanzania on miles and points

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

With our feet planted firmly on the ground lately, the TPG team has had plenty of time to dream about traveling again. For me, there are the usual summer plans, like getting back to the Big Apple, lazing on a beach in Spain or going to Denmark for dinner. But with all this time to …

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Tuesday Travel Tip: Get enough points for a round-trip ticket to Europe with these sign-up bonuses

Written by Ariana Arghandewal @ The Points Guy

To help you plan your future travels while we’re all stuck on the ground, we’re launching “Tuesday Travel Tips.” Check back for a new travel tip every week! Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials say the fastest way to …

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TPG readers reveal their very first points and miles redemptions

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information needed to make educated decisions about travel and rewards-earning strategy. This is not the best time to travel, domestically or internationally, as airlines have cut major parts of their route networks. But we are sharing this information to provide value for …

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Trying to reopen a canceled Amex card? You’ll have to pay a $25 fee for that

Written by Liz Hund @ The Points Guy

If you recently canceled a premium American Express card and now regret it, you may not be too happy to hear that Amex is charging a $25 fee to reinstate canceled cards, as first reported by Doctor of Credit. Additionally, the $25 fee will not go toward the annual card fee. The canceled card is …

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A fan-favorite travel card is now one of the best cards to use for groceries

Written by Chris Dong @ The Points Guy

Editors note: The post has been updated with the latest information.  An increase in grocery spending is one of the biggest shifts in consumer behavior that we’ve seen during the coronavirus pandemic. Credit card issuers have responded to these changing spending patterns, with temporary grocery bonuses and statement credits. For those of us with an arsenal …

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2021 travel: See the cherry blossoms with first- and business-class award space to Tokyo

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Cherry blossom season is one of the best times to visit Tokyo. The flowers bloom and flood the streets, turning the world’s largest city into the world’s largest garden. It’s truly a sight to behold, and it’s something to add to your travel bucket list. Cherry blossom season usually starts around March 20 and goes …

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How points and miles helped me see the world in 2020 before coronavirus shut it down

Written by Chris Dong @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information needed to make educated decisions about travel and rewards-earning strategy. This is not the best time to travel, domestically or internationally, as airlines have cut major parts of their route networks. But we are sharing this information to provide value for …

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What are American Express Membership Rewards points worth?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

For as long as I can remember, American Express Membership Rewards points have sat at or near the top of TPG’s monthly valuations of loyalty currencies. According to TPG’s valuations, Membership Rewards points are worth 2 cents each, tied with Chase Ultimate Rewards but noticeably higher than nearly all individual airline and hotel points. However, …

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Credit cards we’re using most during the pandemic

Written by TPG Staff @ The Points Guy

Over the past few months, the coronavirus pandemic has changed everything from our travel plans and spending habits to the future of the travel industry. These changes have shifted how we think about earning and burning credit card points and miles, so many of us have developed new credit card strategies to fit our new …

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