Which NYC Starwood Hotel Is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “What’s your favorite Starwood property in Manhattan? I’m a SPG gold member and I’d like to stay using my points.” I love Starwood, and I’ve worked hard to become a SPG Platinum 100-night member. In between apartments in New York City, I’ve had the chance to…

Do Annual Fees Count Toward Earning a Sign-up Bonus?

TPG reader Krysta tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Does the $450 Amex Platinum annual fee count towards the $3,000 you need to spend within the first three months?” This is a great question that I’m asked frequently, and the answer is applicable to almost every credit card and annual fee out there. The Platinum…

Which Credit Cards Offer Bonuses for Pharmacy Purchases?

TPG reader Donald tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do any credit cards offer bonuses for pharmacy purchases?” I always advocate maximizing the points you earn on each purchase, and with healthcare costs going through the roof, it makes sense to pay close attention to which card you use on pharmacy purchases. There’s one card that…

When Should I Apply for the United MileagePlus Explorer?

TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Is it worth signing up for the United MileagePlus Explorer card now?” Right now the United MileagePlus Explorer Card from Chase is offering a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. My advice is not to sign up for the card…

Favorite Places: SPOT & Skye Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil

For the second installment of our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a couple of hotspots in the huge, stylish city of São Paulo, Brazil. My recent trip there was inspired by amFAR’s Inspiration Gala, but I also managed to squeeze in some local nightlife—a popular restaurant called SPOT, and the ultra-cool Skye Bar at the Hotel…

Airbus’ Planned A380 Economy Layout Will Be A Tight Squeeze

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this week, Airbus unveiled its 2017 plans for an 11-abreast, 3 x 5 x 3 seat configuration in the economy section of its A380s. Cramped, narrow and poorly laid out, this design is clearly intended to save shareholders money while disregarding the comfort of the tightly-packed passengers who…

Free $20 Amazon Credit, 50% IHG China Sale, and Other Deals

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: IHG 50% Off China Properties Every Friday Every Friday until June 19, 2015, IHG will release list of participating hotels in China that you can book for up to 50% off, but you only have 24 hours to book….

Starwood Giveaway, Drink Wine in Italy & Cruise the Amazon

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning Starwood stays & points, a getaway to Amelia Island,  wine tasting in Italy, a tour through Spain or a cruise the Amazon! Win Starwood Points, Stays and Concert Tickets From SPG Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could…

5 Small Cities in Europe Where You Can Live Large

As the dollar edges closer to the Euro and holds strong against other European currencies, it seems like Europe is on every budget-conscious traveler’s mind. But why focus solely on crowded hotspots when there are plenty of charming places scattered throughout the continent that are also worth checking out? TPG France-based Contributor Lane Nieset takes us through five of the most…

4 Reasons Why US Airlines Are Better Than Singapore First

After my recent journey in Singapore Airlines’ new first class aboard their Boeing 777-300ER, I’ve finally figured out what makes domestic carriers so fantastic—and boiled it down to these four simple things. 1. They encourage sobriety. By offering a poor selection of wines and Champagnes, U.S. carriers create fewer hangovers. Also, think of all the empty calories…