My 5 Travel Essentials: Travel Channel Host Anthony Melchiorri

Anthony Melchiorri knows hotels. The one-time night manager of New York’s Plaza Hotel runs his own hospitality consultant service, has four hotel projects in the pipeline and is in the midst of filming the eighth season of his Travel Channel show, Hotel Impossible. Two spin-offs are also in the works: Hotel Showdown, where four hotel managers or owners…

A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

Starwood Preferred Guest Cards Offering a Sign-Up Bonus of 2 Free Nights

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express tend to offer sign-up bonuses of 25,000 Starpoints (after spending $3,000 or $5,000 in the first three months, respectively). Compared to 100,000-point bonuses available on other cards, this might not seem like much — though…

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Authorized Users

It’s quite common for credit card issuers to offer incentives for adding authorized users to your account. This ultimately gives the consumer more opportunity to use the card and therefore increases the net income for the card issuer. But what’s in it for the authorized user? Today, I’ll cover a few frequently asked questions about adding…

The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the…

Hotel Review: An Ocean View Junior Suite at the St. Regis Princeville

TO THE POINT: The St. Regis Princeville is a beautiful property on Kauai’s scenic northern shore, perfect for a relaxing vacation. The pros: great location overlooking Hanalei Bay, attentive staff, beautiful grounds. The cons: expensive redemption and cash rates, a long drive from the airport, feels somewhat outdated. The St. Regis Princeville is not only…

Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. Among the many mediocre and decent offers, there are some compelling travel deals that we don’t want you to miss. In this new series, I’ll be rounding up the best travel-related Amex Offers each month. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers,…

Get Your Fourth Night Free at Select Hotels Through Amex Travel

You’re likely already aware of the amazing 4th Night Free benefit on the Citi Prestige Card. It seems that American Express is now trying to compete with this perk by running its own fourth-night-free offer. Now through October 31, book a stay of four nights or longer at dozens of participating hotels through AmexTravel.com and get the fourth…

Amex Offer: Get $50 Back after Spending $250+ at Westin Hotels

Amex Offers (limited, targeted, opt-in deals like this one for $200 after spending $1,000 with Delta) released a new hotel discount: Get $50 back after spending $250+ at Westin Hotels and Resorts. And though Amex offers are targeted (so you won’t necessarily see this offer on all your accounts), the Westin deal is also available…

Get a $75 Amex Statement Credit When You Book a Hotel

You could be eligible for a $75 statement credit on any purchase of $300 (or more) made with an American Express card through HotelStorm.com, a discount hotel-booking site. Here’s how it works: Log in to your American Express account and register for the offer. Note: It’s a targeted offer, so you might not see it….