Coolest Hotel Gyms Around the World

Maybe working out isn’t the first thing on your mind when you head to another country, but in case the urge strikes, read on as TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares some of the coolest hotel gyms around the world—with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, unique locations, and amazing views. Make sure to also check out her companion piece on U.S….

Tips & Tricks For Booking Rental Homes

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation and her own on booking rental homes, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers tips to help you determine if apartment and house rentals are right for you when you travel.  If you’ve always booked hotel rooms in the past, perhaps the idea of renting apartments or houses seems intimidating. These rentals are typically…

Sapphire Preferred 2x Points on Travel is Alive and Well

It was over 8 months ago that Chase announced a number of updates to the Ultimate Rewards program, as well as some changes specific to the Sapphire Preferred card (including improvements to the rental car insurance policy and the removal of the annual 7% points dividend). However, I continue to get emails expressing confusion about how those changes impacted the bonus earning…

Is the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal to see what value it offers, and how prices compare to airline, hotel, and third-party booking sites. Last November, I experimented with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal and ended up with 2 Etihad Airways Diamond First Class round-trip tickets from Tokyo to Abu…

Which Credit Cards Are Most Useful for a Summer Road Trip

TPG readers Melissa & Augustine asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “We’re taking a road trip and are wondering what the best credit cards are to use for last-minute hotels and similar expenses. We already have the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Amex Platinum; what other cards should we get?” With gas prices really low, I…

Travel Rewards March Madness Final Four: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the semifinals of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Earlier in the month, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, and last week, I profiled the quarterfinal match-ups. The readers have once again spoken, and it’s time to reveal which…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom for Dining in Q2?

TPG reader Suzanne tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “For next quarter, is it better to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and earn 2X on dining plus the 7% dividend, or use the Chase Freedom for 5X?” To be a real points pro, you need to learn how to maximize the earning of points,…

How To Save on Hotel Rooms Using Tingo and DreamCheaper

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at two new websites that can help you save on paid hotel stays. Technology has been a wonderful friend to the travel industry. Companies like Uber and Hotel Tonight enable travelers to connect with travel providers directly to utilize their services, a classic example of linking supply and demand….

Travel Rewards March Madness Elite Eight: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the second round of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Last week, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, which pits some of the most popular redemptions and benefits in the travel industry against one another. Thousands…