Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you…

Alaska Airlines 40% Buy Miles Bonus & Award Redemption Sale

Alaska Airlines is running a Buy Miles promotion through October 14, 2014, where you can buy miles with up to a 40% bonus. It’s a tiered bonus, and the amounts are as follows: Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% Bonus Buy 20,000 – 34,000 miles, get a 30% Bonus Buy 35,000 – 40,000 miles, get…

Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit…

Rocketmiles Offers 3,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

To celebrate Rocketmiles’ new partnership with Alaska Airlines, Mileage Plan members who are first-time Rocketmiles users will receive 3,000 bonus miles upon their first Rocketmiles hotel booking, in addition to the usual earnings of 1,000 to 5,000 miles for each hotel night booked through Rocketmiles. Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app that works with…

Best Transfer Partners for Award Flights to Alaska

Alaska is a fantastic destination for sightseeing and outdoor recreation, but it’s a long flight from what Alaskans call “the lower 48,” and it’s truly vast. At twice the size of Texas, Alaska is by far our largest state.  It’s also an interesting award travel destination, since some airlines include Alaska as part of the continental United…

What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Best Transfer Partners For Flights To Hawaii

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the best points and miles transfer options from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest for travel to Hawaii. When it comes to redeeming miles for vacation, for many people, Hawaii is the dream destination. Perhaps that’s why Hawaii is also one of the hardest award tickets to…

Do You Earn 2x Points for Buying Miles from United?

I often purchase airline miles, especially when they’re offered at a good rate during a promotion. I never purchase them from the airline kiosk, because those rates can be up to $0.05 per mile, which is highway robbery. Usually when airlines do run specials, they’re processed through a third party called Points.com. The purchase isn’t billed…

Where Should I Bank Miles from Flying Emirates Airlines?

‪This week I got a tweet from TPG reader Mark asking about what he should do with miles earned on Emirates Airlines: “@thepointsguy I have a trip on Emirates to Asia. What airline should I assign points to, as I doubt I will fly on Emirates again soon?” Mark is headed to the Middle East on…