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Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

April 18, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the […]

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Five New Cards and 315,000 Miles/Points Later: The Results of My Latest Round of Credit Card Applications

March 21, 2013

This is the third post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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And The Winners Of My Club Carlson Golden Giveaway Are…

March 8, 2013

On Monday I announced my Club Carlson Golden Giveaway contest where I asked readers to tell me their favorite feature of the Club Carlson Visa, besides the bonus award night benefit, for the chance to win one of two $500 Visa gift cards and Club Carlson Gold Status for a year. People submitted their entries […]

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Don’t Forget to Enter My Club Carlson Golden Giveaway – Ending Today!

March 6, 2013

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my Club Carlson Golden Giveaway for the chance to win one of two $500 Visa gift cards and Club Carlson Gold status. The contest closes at 11:59pm ET tonight and I’ll be announcing winners on Friday. To enter, I want you to tell me what your favorite […]

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Enter My Club Carlson Golden Giveaway – Win $500 and Gold Status

March 4, 2013

Because of its lucrative earning structure, some great redemption values, a generous elite status system and new credit card products, I’ve been giving the Club Carlson hotel points program a close look in my Maximizing Club Carlson series, whose posts include Base Level Earning and Redemptions,  Business Program, Elite Status and  Cash + Points Redemptions. This […]

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Saturday Recap: SPG Delta Crossover Rewards, Bonus American Miles, Save on Orbitz Hotels, Paypal Discount on Qatar, Kids Fly Free to Disney on Jetblue

March 2, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards: Crossover Rewards is now live, so be sure to enroll by heading to either the SPG Registration Page or Delta Registration page. As a recap, Crossover Rewards provide elite members of both loyalty programs reciprocal benefits. SPG Gold and Platinum […]

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1,000 Free Club Carlson Points for Liking Them on Facebook

February 28, 2013

Free points are my favorite kind and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a social media freebie, so I was happy to read on One Mile at a Time that you can get an easy breezy 1,000 Club Carlson points for liking them on Facebook. Click here and then hit the “Like” button. Enter […]

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The State of Hotel Loyalty Programs: A Devaluation Story

February 20, 2013

President Obama gave his State of the Union address last week, and with all the hotel points program changes coming down the pike, I thought I’d give my own State of Hotel Points address – and the state of hotel points is…worsening! Here’s a recap of the news we’ve gotten so far: Starwood Back in […]

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Maximizing Club Carlson Points + Cash Redemptions

February 19, 2013

This is a post in my Maximizing Club Carlson Series. Other posts include Base Level Earning and Redemptions,  Business Program, and Elite Status. Club Carlson’s Points + Cash option, like Starwood Cash & Points and Hilton HHonors’ Points + Money Rewards, allows guests to combine their points with cash copays for potentially higher values hotel stays. Though […]

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Hotel Review: Park Inn Cape Town

January 23, 2013

While I was staying at the Hilton Cape Town, TPG Managing Editor Eric was checking out another points property in town, the Park Inn, which is part of Club Carlson. Here’s his review. The Park Inn is located on a major street in the Central Business District called Heerengracht, in what’s known as the Foreshore […]

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Maximizing the Club Carlson Business Program

January 16, 2013

This is a post in my Maximizing Club Carlson Series. Other posts include Base Level Earning and Redemptions and Elite Status. Although many people are aware and can take advantage of business frequent flyer programs, you might not know that Club Carlson actually has a points program specifically designed for small and mid-size businesses as […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Caribbean Hotels Where You Can Use Points This Winter

January 15, 2013

As temperatures continue to drop across North America, I thought it would be a good time to put together a list of the top hotels across the Caribbean where you can use points to stay and spend some time thawing out, so for today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10, here are the top points hotels in […]

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Maximizing Club Carlson Series: Elite Status

January 14, 2013

This is part of my Maximizing Club Carlson Series. Other posts include Base Level Earning and Redemptions. Like the other major hotel chains, Club Carlson offers elite status at various levels and has been very proactive in the past year about matching members’ status from other programs in an effort to recruit more high-level loyalty […]

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Maximizing Club Carlson Series: Base Level Earning And Redemptions

January 10, 2013

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to learn more about and take advantage of Club Carlson’s loyalty program. To be honest, though they’ve had some lucrative promos in the past like their Radisson and Park Inn 50,000 point promos, I don’t really feel like I have a cohesive strategy in place to take advantage […]

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Registration Now Open for Starwood Power Up Promotion and Club Carlson Triple Points Returns

January 9, 2013

Two hotel promotions – from Starwood and Club Carlson – are now open for registration, so be sure to get in on both and earn bonus points for your hotel stays this winter. Starwood Preferred Guest Power Up Registration is now open for SPG’s Power Up Promotion. From January 15 – April 15, 2013, you […]

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End of Year Hotel Point Account Audits – Maximizing the Points That Are Rightfully Yours

December 24, 2012

As year ends comes and everyone is most concerned about maintaining elite status, it’s always good to cross-reference your hotel loyalty program accounts and make sure that all of your stays were credited appropriately. I almost always find discrepancies and I’ve noticed that phone operators are always more than helpful to make things right, and […]

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And the Winners of the “Rad Giveaway” Free Radisson Nights Are…

December 14, 2012

This post was scheduled to run today prior to getting news of the terrible school shooting in Connecticut today, but everyone on The Points Guy team is thinking of the victims and their loved ones affected by the tragedy. Thanks to all who entered my “Rad Giveaway” this week where I offered the chance for […]

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Last Day To Win 4 Free Nights At Radisson With My “Rad Giveaway”

December 12, 2012

This is just a reminder that you have until 11:59pm ET tonight to enter my “Rad Giveaway” and win one of four free nights at any Radisson Blu or Radisson in North America. There are four different ways to enter, and you can enter once by each method. I will select one winner from each […]

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Enter my “Rad” Giveaway – 4 Free Nights At Any Radisson Blu or Radisson in North America

December 9, 2012

In honor of Radisson’s 50th anniversary, the chain has been giving away one free night at any Radisson Hotel once a day for 50 days in its “50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Rooms” campaign – and today, I’m giving away that free room right here on The Points Guy. Except, it’s not just one free […]

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Details on the New US Bank Club Carlson Credit Cards

December 3, 2012

In yet another step that signals Club Carlson’s increasing presence in the loyalty points world, the hotel chain has teamed up with US Bank to launch three new Visa credit cards. Here are the terms of each: Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Up to 85,000 Bonus Gold Points to start. Receive 50,000 Gold Points […]

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50% Off Club Carlson Redemptions at 6 European Radisson Blu Hotels

October 31, 2012

From now through March 30, 2013, Club Carlson members can book award stays at six Radisson Blu resort properties in Europe for 50% of the points normally required on stays from November 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013. Use promotional code 50REDEEM when making the booking to ensure you receive the offer. The special redemption […]

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7,500 Bonus Club Carlson Points on Avis Rentals

October 26, 2012

Avis is offering 7,500 Club Carlson Gold points and a 25% discount to members on qualifying car rentals of 3 or more days at participating locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East from now through December 31, 2013 – giving Club […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Apps

October 16, 2012

TPG contributor Jen Jones Donatelli downloaded, plugged in and played with dozens of hotel apps to bring us today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10. When it comes to booking travel and checking points on the go, you can take it with you. Available for a range of devices, apps are now offered by just about every […]

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