An Unforgettable Experience at the Cayman Cookout

As a Ritz-Carlton Platinum Elite member, I’d heard of the Cayman Cookout before. It’s been going on for eight years now and has really become one of the most exclusive events in the Caribbean. So, naturally, I was dying to try it. The Cayman Cookout is a five-day culinary extravaganza, and it’s really unrivaled in…

Deal Alert: Newark to London from $1,100 Round-Trip in Business

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

The 4 Credit Cards I’ve Added So Far in 2016

I recently shared my current credit card inventory, going over which cards still earn a place in my wallet and which I’ve decided to cancel. Getting rid of a few has made room for some new options, and I’ve already signed up for four new cards — with at least one more on my list…

TPGtv Season 1, Episode 2: Visiting PeaceJam in Accra, Ghana

In case you missed it, Episode 1 of TPGtv launched last week on The Points Guy YouTube channel. I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support — we’re already up to more than 114,000 views on YouTube and over 846,000 views on Facebook after one week! The second episode is all…

Can I Book Marriott Hotel + Air Packages Without Set Dates?

TPG reader Kenneth sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Marriott Hotel + Air packages: “I’m thinking of booking a Marriott Hotel + Air package to get the Southwest Companion Pass, but I don’t have any upcoming stays planned. Can I buy the package, get the Companion Pass, and then redeem the hotel portion later?”…

When Should I Pay Cash Rather Than Redeem Points?

TPG reader Irka emailed me to ask about striking a balance between earning and redeeming points: “I stay with Hilton when I travel for work, so I tend to stick with Hilton properties when I travel for pleasure. Is there a simple formula for deciding when to pay cash for my room and when to redeem points? How do I account for…

Can I Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free Twice in One Stay?

TPG reader Scott sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Citi Prestige benefits: “If I use the Citi Prestige card for a 10-night stay at a hotel, do I get both the fourth and eighth nights free?” Based on the emails and comments coming into TPG each day, there’s a lot of interest right now…

Should I Earn SPG and Marriott Points While I Still Can?

TPG reader Kavin emailed me to ask about strategizing for the Marriott-Starwood merger: “Should I sign up for both the Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex before the two programs merge?” There’s been both a lot of excitement and anxiety over the future of SPG since Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood back in November. Marriott CEO…

Does Chase Sapphire Trip Insurance Apply to Award Tickets?

TPG reader Zach sent me a message on Facebook to ask about trip insurance: “I recently used AAdvantage miles for a flight, and paid the taxes using my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Is the trip interruption/cancellation insurance through Chase still applicable, or does it only apply to paid fares?” Many rewards credit cards offer a variety of travel and consumer coverage to…

5 Things to do in Singapore on Your Next Trip to Southeast Asia

While it boasts one of the highest-rated airports in the world, Singapore has plenty else to offer, from unique cuisine to diverse culture. Whether you have an upcoming layover or are currently planning a trip to Southeast Asia, check out TPG Contributor Katherine Fan‘s five reasons why this destination deserves a spot on your itinerary….