Hotel Openings Worldwide For March 2015

Earlier this year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shared the most exciting hotel openings planned for 2015. However, since that list of 15 properties barely scratched the surface of new hotels we’ll see open across the world this year, he’ll now share a list on a regular basis. This first installment covers openings from January through March, but look out for new entries…

How to Avoid Excess Toll Road Charges for Rental Cars

An important part of maximizing your travel is minimizing your costs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can trim your car rental budget by avoiding excess toll charges. Toll roads are becoming increasingly common in many major cities. Sometimes these tolls are imposed to fund new construction, while other times…

Which Credit Card with Transferable Points Is Best for Gas?

TPG reader Cindy tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the best credit card to use for gas purchases that allows you to transfer points to airlines?” Even though gas prices have been coming down, you should still be maximizing and earning on gas purchases. There are plenty of credit cards out there that will…

Can I Book One-Way AAdvantage Awards Using US Airways Miles?

TPG reader Daniel emailed me to ask: “I have US Airways Dividend Miles, and I was wondering if I could use them to book a one-way award ticket on American Airlines?” Strictly speaking, the answer is yes — you can book a one-way award, but unfortunately, it will cost you the same as a round-trip…

Why Do You Recommend Transferring Chase UR Points to Hyatt?

TPG reader Dan emailed me to ask: “In several blog posts, you mention that you get more value from Ultimate Rewards points if you use them with Hyatt, but it seems like points transfer 1:1. Can you please explain?” I don’t mean to say that you actually get more points by transferring to Hyatt then…

Should I Use My SkyMiles ASAP Due to New Program Changes?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Would you advise redeeming Delta SkyMiles ASAP given the uncertainty/possibility of additional 2015 program changes/devaluations?” Delta always keeps me on my toes. I feel like there are constantly new announcements coming from the SkyMiles program, and they’re almost always negative. I don’t see Delta miraculously turning it around and…

Are the Starwood Management Changes Cause for Concern?

TPG reader Dustin sent me a message to ask: “Should I be worried about the Starwood shake-up? There’s a new CEO and one property I visit often is no longer a Westin, and I’ve been reading a few stories about SPG being let go from managing resorts.” Recently Starwood ousted its CEO, Frits van Paasschen, who I’ve actually had…

Wine & Cocktail Tourism: Drink in the World

Most booze enthusiasts know about major drink destinations like the Napa wine valley and Germany’s Bavaria for beer. However, TPG Contributor Spencer Spellman of cocktail/travel site Whiskey Tango Globetrot wants to splash a few other hotspots in your glass—so please join him for a tour below of some of the best cocktail tourism destinations around the world. Kentucky An American landmark, the…