Peter Rothbart

Managing Editor - Points & Miles

Peter Rothbart
Coming from a family of travelers at heart, Peter’s wanderlust was a genetic inevitability. From his first trip overseas, a 3 week jaunt through Europe and Morocco, he was hooked. Having studied aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, he lived abroad conducting research on behalf of the European Space Agency, but later abandoned his field of study to focus on creative endeavors, working with his brother to produce the acclaimed FOUND Magazine, and engaging his love of music as a professional singer/songwriter.

He became a points and miles enthusiast when, prompted and encouraged by The Points Guy’s own storied travels, he earned his way to a free Hawaiian vacation in 2011. After years of road-tripping across North America and Europe on tour, his interest in loyalty programs paired well with his profound appreciation for air travel and any bed that wasn’t the back seat of a van.

When he’s not writing, traveling, or performing, Peter can often be found working on his urban yardsharing project We Patch, stacking poker chips at Vegas casinos, or ruling the dodgeball courts of Seattle with lethal marksmanship.

As an editor at The Points Guy, Peter oversees all points and miles related content (including strategy guides, promotions, industry news, and more), and contributes perspectives from his own meanderings and misadventures. He welcomes questions, tips, and other correspondence from fellow travelers at [email protected] or on Twitter at @poemadept.

14 Articles by Peter Rothbart

Ride App Showdown: Uber, Lyft, and More Battle for the Crown

I’ve been a fan of Uber from the start, but it’s not the only game in town. Today, TPG Managing Editor Peter Rothbart reports his side-by-side comparison of competing rideshare apps to see which one comes out on top. Mobile devices are revolutionizing the way we travel. In addition to airline and hotel apps for all the major carriers and…

How To Score Cheap Hyatt Points and Avis Car Rentals

This is week 3 of the 2015 Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Over the next few weeks, the Daily Getaways will offer hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts, and more. Last year’s Daily Getaways included some great deals, and there are some equally…

Air New Zealand Fare Sale as Low as $875 RT from US

Air New Zealand is offering a 72-hour fare sale of $200 off round-trip travel between the US and New Zealand, Australia, London, and the Cook Islands. If you book by 11:59 pm PT on Thursday, April 2, you can save by using promo code 75TH200. This promotion is valid for travel between April 2 and November 30, 2015, and can…

Hotel Booking Site Rocketmiles Acquired by Priceline

Several major media outlets (beginning with The Wall Street Journal) are reporting that Priceline has plans to acquire hotel booking website Rocketmiles for about $20 million, as part of an effort to develop a more robust loyalty program. Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app that offers customers both wholesale room rates and and…

Credit Card Applications: BA Visa, US Air, Citi AAdvantage

As I often point out, credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty account balances. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses his most recent card applications, including which cards he selected and why, and how he plans to use those points and miles. Since I got hooked on award travel in 2011,…

Is Regal Card Worth It?

As 2015 kicks into gear along with the quest for elite qualification, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about membership-only cards that can help you gain fast-track elite status, airfare and hotel discounts, and other benefits. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart looks at Regal Card to see how it stacks up. Last week, TPG Contributor (and COO) Leigh Rowan…

Hotel Review: Andaz West Hollywood – Room with a View

While in town for the launch of the new TPG To Go App, Points and Miles editor Peter Rothbart stayed at my go-to Los Angeles hotel, the Andaz West Hollywood. Here’s his review of this swank Hyatt property. Looming over a posh, winding stretch of Sunset Boulevard, the Andaz West Hollywood is hip but elegant, and a quintessentially LA experience. Highlights…

Westin Las Vegas: a Starwood Hotel in the Heart of Sin City

TPG Points and Miles Editor Peter Rothbart visited Las Vegas last month and stayed two nights at The Westin. Here’s his take on this Sin City Starwood property. When I visit Las Vegas, if I’m fortunate enough to be in a window seat on the approach into McCarran airport, I’m always struck by two things. First, I can’t help but…

The Cromwell – A Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Las Vegas

TPG Miles and Points Editor Peter Rothbart hit up Las Vegas last week and stayed at The Cromwell (A Caesars Property). Here’s his take on the small, boutique hotel. Las Vegas is not known for its self restraint. Most of the resort casinos on the Strip – with their towering facades, gargantuan water features, and bacchanalian excesses…