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.

20 Articles by Peter Rothbart

6 Sure Bet Restaurants On (and Off) the Las Vegas Strip

After his latest trip to Las Vegas, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart shares his list of well-known eateries and hidden gems that you can bank on for a memorable meal. It’s often said that Vegas has something for everyone, and that’s definitely true for anyone with a hearty appetite. The Strip is jam-packed with places to eat, and with so…

FoundersCard Launches New AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge

The membership-based FoundersCard just launched an exclusive new status challenge with American Airlines, putting cardholders on the fast track to earning AAdvantage Platinum status. To complete the challenge, members will need to earn 10,000 elite-qualifying points during a 3-month trial period beginning in August. Those who meet the requirements will earn status not only for the remainder of this year,…

Review: The Amex Centurion Studio Lounge in Seattle

Last week, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart had a chance to visit the new Centurion Studio in Seattle. Here’s his take on the latest lounge offering from Amex. On my way home from Las Vegas, I stopped by the new Amex Centurion Studio Lounge at SeaTac International Airport (SEA). This is the sixth US lounge in the Centurion network, and having been…

Delta and Other Airlines Fill the United-Sized Hole at JFK

Last week, United Airlines announced plans to end service to New York (JFK) airport as of October 25, 2015, citing a lack of profitability due to limited connections. The airline’s remaining transcontinental flights to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) will now depart from United’s hub at Newark (EWR), taking the airline’s p.s. Premium Service with them. In the wake…

6 Reasons to Love Seville

After his recent adventure to southern Spain, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart shares his list of reasons why a trip to Seville should be on your bucket list. My ideal vacation includes a lot of wandering on foot, a luxurious crash pad, some dashes of history and culture, a steady flow of amazing local cuisine…

Review: Starwood’s Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville

On his recent romp through the South of Spain, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart stayed at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in the romantic city of Seville. Here’s his take on this famous property in Starwood’s Luxury Hotels Collection. With an elegance that suits its royal origins, the Hotel Alfonso XIII will make a visit to Seville luxurious and exceptionally comfortable. Set…

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…