Marriott Bringing its Moxy Brand to the US in 2016

At an event last night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Plaza, Marriott announced the impending U.S. arrival of their new budget hotel brand, Moxy—and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne shares more details.  Following the successful September 2014 launch of a single property in Milan, Marriott has just announced plans to bring its boutique Moxy Hotels brand to the U.S. in 2016. Targeted at millennials, this…

Inside the Super Exclusive VIP Lounge at Havana Airport

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options, Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba, What to Do and See in Havana, and my hotel review on…

US Airways Awards Temporarily Not Bookable on British Airways Website

Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now bookable using British Airways Avios, and how you could take advantage of their distance based awards when flying US Airways. Over the past several days there has been a known issue with booking US Airways on British Airways site, since US Airways recently aligned their fare codes with American…

Earn 15 Free Hilton Nights with Hilton Mom Voyage

It’s a lucky day for family travel bloggers: Hilton Mom Voyage is currently taking applications for a yearlong blogging program targeted at family travel. In exchange for 20 blog posts and some other fairly easy requirements, the entire family (Mom, Dad, and kids ages 4-12) receive 15 one-night certificates to be used at any Hilton…

Korean Air Returns as Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

After a short hiatus, Chase has reinstated SkyTeam member Korean Air as a travel transfer partner. In November, the airline disappeared from the Ultimate Rewards Travel Center, but as of Sunday, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus cardholders can once again transfer points to Korean Air SkyPass for award flights. Chase Ultimate Rewards is currently one of the most valuable points…

Flying on the Airbus A350: Which Airlines and Miles to Use

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at which major airlines have ordered the new Airbus A350, and how you can use miles to test it out. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways became the launch customer of the newest Airbus jet, the A350XWB (XWB stands for extra wide-body). Meant to compete with Boeing’s next-generation 787 Dreamliner, the A350…

How to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points

Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of these options offer the best value. Whether you’re new to The Points Guy or a long-time reader, you’ve probably…

Etihad and Orbitz Make Unwelcome Changes to Mistake-Fare Flights

Turns out that those magically cheap Etihad fares that we shared back in December may not be so magical, after all. I’ve been hearing from readers that although Etihad has agreed to honor these cheap mistake fares, the airline is now making changes to some their itineraries—and not for the better. In case this happens to…

Hotel Review: Hotel Occidental Miramar in Havana, Cuba

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options, Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba and What to Do and See in Havana. Keep an eye out…

SPG Accounts Hacked: Always Monitor Your Accounts

Per this Flyertalk thread, several Starwood Preferred Guest accounts have been hacked, with their points redeemed for gift cards. If you notice that your SPG account shows that points have been redeemed for unauthorized transactions, contact Starwood Preferred Guest, who will be able to help recover your points. It seems as Starwood is also trying to be proactive,…