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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 2014

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 – both old and new – some context, I’ve included […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014

July 18, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Summer Road Trips

July 14, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and that means Americans are on the move. According to surveys by both Orbitz and Trip Advisor, nearly 90% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, hardly surprising given the Arctic conditions that had a death grip on much of the country this winter. Over 40% traveled […]

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Which Credit Cards Are Best for Free Hotel Stays in Europe?

July 6, 2014

I love Europe (I was in London last weekend, and I’m actually filming this week’s reader questions in beautiful Madrid, Spain), and I thought it was topical that TPG reader Anthony tweeted me to ask: “What are your thoughts on the best credit cards for free hotel stays in Europe?” Hotels can be expensive in […]

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50% SPG Transfer Bonus, 10k AAdvantage Dining Miles & More

July 5, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Hilton HHonors 2X/3X Miles For China Eastern: Hilton HHonors is offering 2X or 3X miles for China Eastern frequent flyer stays until September 30, 2014. You can earn triple miles for stays at 44 participating Greater China hotels and double miles everywhere else. In […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris, France

June 25, 2014

Earlier this month, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss travelled through Europe on a mission to find the best hotels in each city. Each day this week, we will be highlighting one of his stays, today focusing on the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel in Paris.  After spending one night at Hyatt Hôtel du Louvre, I moved […]

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Awesome Deal: Club Carlson Flash Sale- Points for .4 Cents Each!

June 23, 2014

Club Carlson is running another flash sale from Monday June 23 at 9:00 am EST to Tuesday June 24 at 8:59 am EST. I wrote about their last flash sale and I’m using my 70,000 points for two nights at the Mayfair London, which would have cost me over $1,500. Through this sale I bought […]

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Cheap Hotel Stays With Club Carlson Points Flash Sale

June 18, 2014

Club Carlson is having a one day only flash sale on purchased points where you can buy up to 40,000 points and get a 75% bonus. I took full advantage of this offer and bought 40,000 point (70,000 after the bonus), for only $280. This sale only lasts until June 19, 2014 at 11:50am EST so […]

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Daily Getaway June 17: Club Carlson Points

June 17, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Amex Daily Getaways: Club Carlson Points, Vegas Deals & More

June 14, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways, and this upcoming week is the last […]

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Club Carlson Bonus Points, Best Western Free Night & More

May 17, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Earn Club Carlson Bonus Points For Country Inns & Suites Stays: Club Carlson members can earn triple Gold Points on eligible stays of two or more nights between June 1-September 1, 2014 at Country Inns & Suites hotels in the United States, Canada or […]

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Club Carlson Double And Triple Points At Asia Pacific Hotels Through August 31

April 30, 2014

Hotel rewards program Club Carlson has just announced a “Blockbuster Bonus” promotion offering double and triple Gold Points for stays at Carlson Rezidor properties in the Asia Pacific region between now and August 31, 2014. Instead of the usual 20 Gold Points per dollar you earn on Club Carlson stays, this promo will earn you double […]

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Saturday Recap: 10,000 Club Carlson Gold Bonus Points, Double Miles For ANA, Amex Virgin America 30% Transfer Bonus & More

April 26, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn 10,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points For Stays At Radisson Hotels In Canada: You could earn 10,000 bonus Gold Points for the Club Carlson loyalty program on weekend stays of two or more nights at Radisson hotels throughout Canada with their “Reward Your […]

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Club Carlson Giving Away 1,000 Bonus Gold Points To Twitter Followers

April 25, 2014

On May 13th, Club Carlson will be turning their Twitter account into a private 24-hour party that they are calling #HashtagHotel. During their Twitter “party,” they will give away Gold Points, Elite Status and other travel items such as luggage, noise-canceling headphones and cameras. They will also give participants the chance to chat live with travel […]

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The Top Airline and Hotel Credit Cards With Anniversary Bonuses

April 24, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, how to decide when to cancel a credit card. This comes up a lot because many of the best points-earning travel credit cards carry annual fees ranging anywhere from $49-$495. That’s why, every year when it’s about to hit their statement, readers write in asking whether […]

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The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Earning Elite Status

April 22, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Yesterday I posted about the best credit cards that help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and I thought it would be helpful write up a companion piece exploring hotel credit cards that […]

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Saturday Recap: 1,000 Bonus Delta Miles, Conrad Hotels Upgrades and Bonus Points, Bonus Lufthansa Miles, Frontier Discounts And More

March 22, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Complimentary Upgrade or Breakfast And Bonus Points At Conrad Hotels: For stays booked before December 31, 2014, Conrad Hotels & Resorts (part of Hilton) are offering the “Luxury of Being Yourself” promotion, which allows you to select either a complimentary daily breakfast for […]

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Club Carlson Changes Effective March 15, 2014 – New Top Category, Elite Benefits Devaluation And More

February 19, 2014

Until now, I’ve sort of thought of Club Carlson as the little hotel program that could. The loyalty program of Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Plaza and other brands has simple but lucrative promos, offers decent elite benefits, has some great co-branded credit cards, and a sizeable worldwide footprint. Unfortunately, it was only a matter of […]

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Hotel WiFi – Where It’s Free and What Elite Status You Need

January 30, 2014

In this day and age, having WiFi during hotel stays is essential, whether it be for business, personal use, or simply convenience. This is especially true when traveling abroad and wanting to avoid expensive data roaming charges for your personal devices. However, many hotel chains, especially the higher-end ones, still do not offer free WiFi, […]

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Club Carlson Promotion: 38,000 Points After Three Paid Nights

January 7, 2014

There is something to be said for a simple promotion and I think Club Carlson just won my vote for simplest promotion of 2014 yet – stay three nights between January 6, 2014 and April 13, 2014 at any participating hotel worldwide to earn 38,000 bonus points. Register here. Per the terms & conditions: You […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Club Carlson Concierge Status and $500 Gift Cards

December 5, 2013

This has been a busy holiday week what with killer Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals, and with 2013 quickly coming to an end, I’m sure more than a few of you made some mattress-running hotel reservations for the final sprint towards status. However, just to inject a little bit of fun back into […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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Earn Double Gold Points At Select Club Carlson Destinations

October 29, 2013

Club Carlson is currently offering a double points promotion when you book a Double Gold Points eligible rate at participating Carlson Rezidor hotels. The offer is only available on new reservations booked through the promo page at specific locations for stays Sunday – Thursday, now through December 31, 2013. Advance reservations are required and bookings are […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

October 24, 2013

I have stayed at a number of Radisson Blu hotels over the past year including recently the Radisson Blu Prado in Madrid, and while I was in town for the Chicago Seminars earlier this month, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to check out the towering Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago that opened in November […]

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