Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and…

Club Carlson Bonus Points, Best Western Free Night & More

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Earn Club Carlson Bonus Points For Country Inns & Suites Stays: Club Carlson members can earn triple Gold Points on eligible stays of two or more nights between June 1-September 1, 2014 at Country Inns & Suites hotels in the United States, Canada or…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Airline Elite Status Perks (And How to Get Them Without Being Elite)

I’ve had elite status for so long, that it’s sometimes hard to remember what life was like before being showered with endless perks. While pre-elite life is a distant memory, I do recall it being a lot less enjoyable. While some airlines are scaling back on elite benefits, like United recently did with stripping lower-level…

Hyatt Summer Promo: Up To 5X Airline Miles

Most hotel programs give you the option to earn airline miles instead of hotel points, however I never really take them up on that offer since I usually have way too many airline miles and not enough hotel points. Having miles is great, but people always underestimate the costs of hotels and especially if you…

Flight Review: Air China 777 Domestic Business Class

This is an installment in my series on my January 2012 trip to China. Posts include: Help Me Plan My Trip To China, Flight Review: American Airlines 777 International Business Class to Beijing, Hotel Review: St. Regis Beijing, Beijing Overview: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Peking Deck, A Great Day at the Great Wall of China,  Flight Review: Air China 777…