Points Intervention: Maximizing Hotel Stays

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track. Intervention: Carissa Reiniger Episode 5 This week I’m…

Save $350 on Expedia Hotels and Get +gold Status for 2015

In the grande finale of this year’s Daily Getaways, Expedia is offering +gold status and a $1,000 hotel coupon for $650. The offer is scheduled to go live tomorrow (Wednesday, April 22) at 1 pm ET. There are only 50 of these coupons available, so it won’t be easy to get your hands on, but I think there’s…

Using Hotel Best Rate Guarantees from Online Travel Agencies

One of the easiest ways to maximize your travel is to get the best price for your flights, hotels, and other expenses. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains one strategy to avoid spending more than you have to on your next hotel stay. I love a clear, straightforward, and honest policy with a travel…

Chase Drops All Travel Sites from Ultimate Rewards Portal

Shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to rack up extra points and miles for purchases that you’re already making. I highly advise against going directly to a retailer’s website when you can easily use a shopping portal to get a better return. In some instances you can earn huge bonuses, depending on what you’re shopping for. Because Chase Ultimate…

Contest Roundup: Win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United Miles

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United MileagePlus miles, a Hawaiian getaway, a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a Delta flight and hotel from Expedia. Win 100,000 Starpoints from Sheraton Club Win 100,000 Starpoints for sharing a photo of an amazing city…

What Are The Best Sites To Book Hotel Rooms?

TPG reader Denise tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “When booking a hotel stay, is it  better to go directly through SPG, or should I book on a third party website like Orbitz or Expedia? Will I earn elite benefits if I book through a third party site?” Just like with airfare, there are plenty of options…

Hotel Deals of the Week: SPG Hot Escapes, Marriott & More

Looking for a last minute vacation? Each week, I’ll note some great deals, including some of the SPG Hot Escapes and other promotions that you can take advantage of to save some money on your next getaway. SPG Hot Escapes Top Picks For August 27-31, 2014 SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts…

TPG Mega Giveaway Courtesy of Expedia

Last week, Expedia announced the launch of Expedia+ Rewards, their newly enhanced points and loyalty program which includes tiered memberships levels, and even more opportunities to earn and redeem points. Through Expedia+ Rewards you’ll earn 2 points for every $1 spent when booking hotels, activities and packages, and 1 point for every $5 spent on flights. Not only do you earn…

Online Travel Agency Loyalty Programs – the Basics

Lately, there have been quite a few changes in the world of online travel agencies (OTAs), including the launch of Expedia + Rewards, a new credit card from Orbitz, and the end of Chase Ultimate Rewards’ online shopping portal bonuses at a number of sites like Travelocity and Priceline. With all that in mind, I thought…