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This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. When planning a Caribbean vacation, you have some options for using your Chase Reward points

TPG reader Ali tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy–”I am looking to book a trip to the Caribbean in January and sitting on a lot of Chase points. Any recommendations on hotels?”

Winter is coming, at least for those of us who live in colder climates like the Northeast. A nice getaway to the Caribbean… Read More

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TPG reader Ryan sent me a message on Facebook to ask:
“I will achieve Platinum status on Delta this year. Which is the best option of the choice benefits?”

We’re more than halfway through October at this point, which means there’s not much time left before the end of the year. If you’re going for… Read More

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. You won't get a great value using your Amex Reward points to stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

TPG reader Scotty tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy–”What’s the best way to use rewards points earned from my American Express Platinum card toward staying at The Ritz-Carlton?”

I love Amex points, but I almost never use them for hotel stays. Generally, the transfer partners aren’t that lucrative,… Read More

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. Booking through an online travel agency can often be a better decision than booking through an airline website. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy–”Are there pros/cons to purchasing tickets directly from an airline versus an online travel agency like Expedia or Travelocity?”

I spend a lot of money on airfare, whether it’s for me or for my employees, so it’s extremely important that I… Read More

Last Chance for Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

October 18, 2014

As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a couple weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points. Previously this offer was only available in Chase branches, but was suppose to end last week. However, this offer is officially […]

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8 Haunted Points Hotels for Halloween

October 18, 2014

Escaping from your normal plane of existence this Halloween? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of U.S. hotels with frightful pasts and present day treats, like delightful amenities and, in most cases, availability during Halloween weekend and for points redemption. Hotel Monteleone – New Orleans, Louisiana The Hotel & the Haunting: Voodoo-steeped New Orleans prides itself on being America’s most haunted city […]

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250 Free AAdvantage Miles, New United WiFi, Earn 5,000 SkyMiles

October 18, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Joining e-Rewards Earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for enrolling in the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You can then earn more miles for taking surveys that have been selected to match your particular interests. When joining the […]

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Contest Roundup: Free Hyatt Nights, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji

October 17, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Texas for the NCAA football playoffs, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji or a five night getaway in Hyatt property. Win a Five Night Getaway Courtesy of Kiwi, Hyatt, Afar and Ghurka Enter the Jetset the World contest by clicking on your dream destination […]

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Earn 18 United Miles Per Dollar at eBags Today Only

October 17, 2014

For today only (October 17, 2014), the United MileagePlus shopping portal is offering a huge bonus for purchases from Ebags.com. Normally Ebags purchases earn 4 miles per dollar through MileagePlus shopping, but today you’ll earn 18 miles per dollar spent. While this offer isn’t as impressive as the 35 miles per dollar bonus we saw last […]

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Hotelied: Up To 50% Off Hotels Based on Your Social Media Presence

October 17, 2014

TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look at a new, free hotel booking site called Hotelied that offers exclusive discounts to its members based on personal data such as their social media popularity, their travel-program loyalty, and more.  Billed as a “dating site for hotel stays,” a new members-only booking site called Hotelied claims to offer personalized savings on […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 33% Transfer Bonus to Hilton (Targeted)

October 17, 2014

Following yesterday’s announcement of a targeted 50% transfer bonus to Starwood, American Express Membership Rewardshas also launched a targeted offer for a 33% transfer bonus to Hilton through November 30, 2014.  Membership Rewards is the points program of American Express credit cards such as the Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and the new EveryDay cards, and Hilton HHonors is one of its four hotel […]

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Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

October 17, 2014

Many of the best points-earning credit cards offer cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points or miles in certain merchant categories, whether they be grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, or others. With the diversity of credit cards out there and the sheer variety of purchases the average person makes over the course of a year (or even a […]

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Long Term Family Travel and the Perks of Extended Vacations

October 17, 2014

While I love slipping off for a weekend or overnight getaway, there’s much to be said for longer trips, which give you the opportunity to fully unwind and explore your surroundings. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele chats with family travel blogger Shawn Coomer about the benefits, challenges, and logistics of traveling for an extended period, and offers some […]

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Atlantis Paradise Island Now Bookable With Marriott Points

October 16, 2014

Back in July it was announced that the family of Atlantis resorts would become Autograph by Marriott properties- meaning you’d be able to earn points on paid stays and also redeem points for free nights. At that time I guessed they’d range from hotel category 6-8, but it looks like they’ll be 7-9). Per Marriott’s […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 50% Transfer Bonus to Starwood (Targeted)

October 16, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Starwood Preferred Guest (targeted) through November 30, 2014. Starwood Preferred Guest is one of the four hotel transfer partners of American Express, but the normal transfer ratio is a dismal 3:1, […]

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Earn 7,500 AAdvantage Miles with a Cadillac Test Drive

October 16, 2014

Following last week’s news that American Airlines and Cadillac have partnered to provide a tarmac-to-gate airport transfer program for elite customers with tight connections, the two companies have launched another joint promotion that offers 7,500 AAdvantage miles to all AAdvantage members who test drive a Cadillac at a participating dealership. This is a limited-time offer, but no end date has yet been announced. To […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Express Gift Card

October 16, 2014

Earlier this week, we posted that there were some fairly cheap flights available on US Airways to a select group of European destinations for as little as $400 roundtrip. Whether you were planning a trip to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day or Madrid for a last-minute fall trip, these deals were definitely worth it. Although it […]

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Singapore Airlines First Class Suites: How To Book on Miles

October 16, 2014

On the heel’s of a blogger circulating his review of Singapore’s sought-after First Class Suites last week (and then being called out for plagiarizing his work!), there has been a lot more interest in just how it is possible to snag one of these over-the-top seats. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look into […]

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Rental Car Credit Cards: The Weekly Wish

October 16, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: that savvy card issuers would release co-branded credit cards for rental car companies. The bulk of coverage here at TPG is devoted to airline and hotel loyalty programs. We want […]

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How to Navigate Thailand’s Boundless Beach Scene

October 15, 2014

TPG International Correspondent and beach lover Lori Zaino guides us through some great spots to get some sun in Thailand. There is nothing that makes me happier than a long stretch of white sand and waves crashing the shore. I am a beach girl at heart and constantly searching the world over for beautiful seaside spots. […]

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Last Chance for Citi Prestige Companion Fare & 15% Discount

October 15, 2014

As I reported back in August, Citi is completely overhauling its flagship Citi Prestige card, adding benefits like a free 4th hotel night, a $250 annual statement credit for airline purchases (including airfare), and Priority Pass lounge access. The card will also lose some benefits, such as the flight points program, the worldwide companion coach class ticket, and […]

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Using US Airways Miles to Book South African Airways Awards

October 15, 2014

One piece of information that has been overlooked amid the US Airways/American Airlines merger is that US Airways has maintained its partnerships with several airlines outside of the Oneworld alliance, including South African Airways. While there’s no word yet on when these partnerships will end, or whether US Airways’ award chart will change further, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 35% Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

October 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic from October 15 – November 30, 2014. There’s no need to register – the bonus is hard-coded into the transfer page. While this isn’t the most lucrative transfer bonus we’ve […]

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Top UK Credit Cards: British Airways, Hilton, and More

October 15, 2014

If you’re a U.S.-based reader of The Points Guy, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you’ve applied for at least one credit card offer with a large sign-up bonus. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of these offers are unavailable to readers outside the country. To help our readers elsewhere make the most of credit card […]

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