One Week Only: Buy Club Carlson Points With a 75% Bonus

Earning points via the traditional method (actually staying in hotels) is just one way to work toward your next free night. Fortunately, hotels make it relatively easy to accrue rewards without traveling, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase points directly from the hotel. This…

8 Reasons Why Travel to Cartagena, Colombia Is Growing

A few months ago, TPG Contributor — and former Travel Editor — Melanie Wynne pounced on a sweet JetBlue flight deal to Cartagena, Colombia, and spent six days wandering between the past and present in this elegant, sexy (and crumbling) city on South America’s Caribbean coast. She shot all the photos too. Ask a cross-section of Americans what the word “Cartagena” invokes for them, and chances…

Chinese Tourism Group to Acquire Carlson Hotels

Last month, there was news that a somewhat mysterious Chinese insurance company, Anbang, made a bid to acquire Starwood. Although that acquisition has since fallen through, hotel consolidation is rampant right now. And now, a Chinese company called HNA Tourism Group will acquire Carlson Hotels, in addition to Carlson’s 51.3% stake in Rezidor Hotel Group. The deal…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending and More

Not everyone travels frequently enough to earn elite status with a hotel loyalty program the normal way, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, you can still reach elite tiers through credit card perks, status matches and more. If you’re reading this post, chances are you enjoy traveling and would like…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite…

Status Match Tips, The Best Amex Card, Bonus Points & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

There’s no question that holding elite status at a hotel chain can improve your stays, thanks to benefits like late checkout and complimentary room upgrades. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top-tier statuses across all hotel programs, to help you determine which is the best fit based on…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for October 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa Signature Card, Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional…

Does It Make Sense to Buy Club Carlson Points with a 30% Bonus?

Now through October 15, 2015, Club Carlson is offering 30% more points when you purchase between 10,000 and 40,000 Gold points. Carlson is the loyalty program of brands including Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza, among others. In the past, Club Carlson has outdone some of the bigger players by offering aggressive points…

6 Snazzy Hotel Brands for Millennial-Centric Stays

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card “Millennial” is one of the biggest buzzwords in travel, since this segment makes up a quarter of the US population and spends billions per year on travel-related activities. For the last few years, major players on…