Save on Spring Hotel Stays with Membership Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr compares the savings offered by membership discount programs to see which one offers the best deals. The first day of Spring has come and gone, but given this year’s winter many of you may not have even noticed. Let’s take your mind off of the continuing snow (sorry Northeasterners) and emerge…

1,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Bonus Aeroplan Miles and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Chef Michelle Bernstein to Create Miami Centurion Lounge Menu The fifth Amex Centurion Lounge will be opening in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport (MIA) this summer. Chef Michelle Bernstein (who has also worked with Delta) will create menu items…

7 of the World’s Most Epic Journeys By Rail

It’s clear that we here at TPG are obsessed with flying, but many of us have a love affair with trains, as well. Traveling by train can feel like a journey back in time, or simply a more romantic way to go from Point A to B. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers her top seven picks for train trips that guarantee breathtaking scenery and the…

Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or…

Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014. In order to take advantage…

10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

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. Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this…

Train or Plane? U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying

Unlike European trains, which are known for comfort and punctuality, Amtrak doesn’t have the same allure as air travel. Still, there are some domestic routes where the train competes (or even comes out ahead) in terms of time and cost. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen took a deeper look at these routes to see when the train is the better option….

Is the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard Worthwhile?

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard, including its earning potential, redemption options, and unique features, to see whether it deserves a place in the pantheon of award travel credit cards. Most of the content at TPG involves tips for maximizing free travel with award flights and hotel rooms. However, there…

Buying Miles and Points: Promotions Roundup

There are several buy miles and points promotions going on at the moment, so I thought I would round them all up into one post for folks who were thinking about taking advantage of them. Included below are the current bonuses, the promo periods, the per-point cost, and my thoughts on whether each offer is worthwhile….