How Long Do Chase Ultimate Rewards Take to Transfer?

Ultimate Rewards points make a great foundation for an award traveler’s portfolio. Like other transferable loyalty currencies, these points can be redeemed for highly valuable awards through airline and hotel transfer partners. I currently hold several different credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points, and I put all of my daily spending on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns 2x points on travel and…

Hotel Review: Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

Last night, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig stayed at the brand-new Aloft hotel in Manhattan’s Financial District, New York City’s latest Starwood property. I live in NYC’s Financial District, so I’ve had my eye on the Aloft Downtown for a couple of years now. The hotel was first expected to open a full year ago, in…

Getting to the Bottom of Wyndham Award Availability

Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman examines the lack of award availability in the new Wyndham Rewards program, and offers a new avenue of redress for TPG readers. When Wyndham revamped its loyalty program this spring, we were excited. The massive chain opened the doors to flat-rate award nights at more than 7,500 properties in over 70 countries, along with a…

Earning and Redeeming Miles on Non-Alliance Partners

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen offers insights into non-alliance partnerships on the three major legacy carriers, and shares some strategies for maximizing these award travel opportunities. Over the last few weeks, I’ve examined the non-alliance partner airlines of the three major legacy carriers in the US: American, Delta and United. While each…

When Should I Sign Up for a Delta Sky Club Membership?

TPG reader @Pottsburg tweeted me to ask about paying for Delta Sky Club access: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m thinking about getting a Sky Club membership. Should I wait for a discount at the end of the year?” Sky Club membership doesn’t run on a calendar year; it’s 12 months from the date you sign up, so it…

What Should I Do with Points from a Deceased Relative?

TPG reader @OogbieBoogie tweeted me to ask about rewards left behind by a loved one: @ThePointsGuy — “My father-in-law passed away. He has 46,000 Southwest points; Is it worth spending $460 to transfer them to one of our accounts?” First, please let me offer my condolences. Dealing with death is not an easy thing — and unfortunately, airlines don’t…

Can I Earn Hotel Points at the Bellagio in Las Vegas?

TPG reader @Spirith20 tweeted me a question about earning points in Vegas: @ThePointsGuy — “I’ll be staying at the Bellagio soon. Any suggestions for how to earn points on the stay with a hotel partner?” Back in the day it was hard to earn hotel points in Vegas, and most people didn’t even consider that an option….

Should I Transfer Starpoints to AAdvantage for the 20% Bonus?

TPG reader @RicMansur tweeted me a question about what to do with a stack of Starpoints: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m taking a trip to Southeast Asia; should I transfer my 20,000 SPG points to American Airlines, or use them for a hotel?” Starwood Preferred Guest is the only transferable points program that transfers directly into American…

How Do I Use US Airways Companion Tickets After the Merger?

TPG reader @PaulTurec tweeted me a question about the US Airways and American Airlines merger: @ThePointsGuy — “Will my US Airways companion certificate still be good for redemption on flights after the merger is completed?” Airline mergers don’t happen overnight; it’s already been more than two years since the merger between US Airways and American Airlines…

The Ultimate Guys’ Fishing Weekend

Having recently returned from the holy grail of guys’ weekends, TPG Contributor Muhammad Lila shares his experience with the West Coast Fishing Club, a Vancouver-based charter fishing outfitter that specializes in high-end outdoor adventures. As he explains, you’ll trade tents and mud for high-thread-count sheets and delicious, chef-prepared meals. What happens when you mix 14 men of varying ages and…