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

November 7, 2014

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 […]

0 comments Read the full article →

What Are The Best Sites To Book Hotel Rooms?

October 26, 2014

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 […]

11 comments Read the full article →

Citi Launches New Expedia Credit Cards

September 18, 2014

Hot on the heels of the launch of its newly revamped Expedia+ Rewards program this summer, the online travel agency has unveiled two new credit cards in conjunction with Citi, and Team TPG got all the details at a launch event last night. Here are the details on each card and the benefits they include. […]

10 comments Read the full article →

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

August 28, 2014

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 […]

1 comment Read the full article →

TPG Mega Giveaway Courtesy of Expedia

July 17, 2014

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 […]

1 comment Read the full article →

Online Travel Agency Loyalty Programs – the Basics

July 17, 2014

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 […]

5 comments Read the full article →

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 […]

7 comments Read the full article →

Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall Drops Travelocity and More

July 10, 2014

Online shopping portals are a no-brainer. Never, ever shop online by directly going to a retailer (whether that be Neiman Marcus or American Airlines). Always go through a portal so you get extra miles or cash back. American Express shut their earning portal down last year, but luckily Chase has a pretty generous portal ( […]

34 comments Read the full article →

Expedia Launches Expedia+ Rewards

July 10, 2014

Expedia has had a rewards program for a few years now, where members can earn up to 2 points per dollar on flights, hotels, activities and vacation packages. These points can then be redeemed for travel with no blackout dates, or can be used to bid on special redemption offers. This week Expedia announced that they […]

18 comments Read the full article →

$50 Off Expedia App Hotel Bookings

December 23, 2013

In an effort to promote its newish Smartphone app, Expedia is offering a few discounts on mobile hotel bookings that can add up to $50 off – or 25% savings depending on how you look at it. You can download the app here, and it’s available for iPhone, Android and Windows phone. Then when you […]

3 comments Read the full article →

Can I Earn Points For Booking Travel On Sites Like Orbitz While Also Earning Airline Miles?

November 17, 2013

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. TPG follower Asia Boca Raton asks: “@thepointsguy can I earn points for booking on Orbitz, Travelocity, etc through their programs while also earning airline mileage?” The quick answer is […]

16 comments Read the full article →

Maximize Monday: Online Travel Agency (OTA) Loyalty Programs

October 28, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. In light of the launch last week of Orbitz’s new loyalty program, Orbitz Rewards, I wanted to take […]

6 comments Read the full article →

Expedia and HomeAway Launch Partnership: More Ways To Maximizing Points On Vacation Rentals

October 23, 2013 announced a new partnership with HomeAway that will mean their vacation rental properties will now be posted on Expedia. The pilot project is set to be launched early 2014 and will feature vacation rentals across the US and Mexico, and is an expansion upon HomeAway’s current business relationship with Under the new agreement, […]

3 comments Read the full article →

New Expedia Business Rewards Program With Chase Ink

September 19, 2012

Expedia has launched a new Business Rewards program exclusively for Chase Ink customers. The new program is designed for small businesses and includes several travel management tools and rewards geared toward their needs. The main reward seems to be that companies can earn $100 in credit for every 10 hotel nights booked through the program, […]

3 comments Read the full article →

$40 Off Expedia Hotel Booking of $75 or More

March 30, 2011

Several readers have emailed me about this deal and after vetting it, it seems like a pretty good buy. Basically, you can purchase a $75 Expedia hotel voucher for $35. Key considerations: 1) You probably won’t earn points/stays on reservations booked through this program (though $40 in savings should outweigh the value of any points you […]

15 comments Read the full article →

Expedia Save300 Final Update and Bellagio Las Vegas Review (with pics)

December 23, 2010

I was lucky and got in the on Expedia Save300 coupon deal last month which got me round-trip airfare to Las Vegas and a night at the Bellagio for $20 when all was said and done. I even got upgraded on both of my Delta flights and earned 4,496 Medallion Qualifying Miles and 8,992 Skymiles- […]

3 comments Read the full article →

AMAZING DEAL ALERT: ~$700 Fares to South Africa

December 14, 2010

Go to: Plug in Jan/Feb 2011 dates and see what happens from your home city. When you get a price, its in NZ dollars, so go to for an exchange rate. I just priced out JFK-JNB Feb 15-22, 2011 and it came to 930 NZ Dollars, which equals $701. WOW. I have never […]

0 comments Read the full article →

My SAVE300 Trip Begins

December 5, 2010

Hola from 30,000 feet above Ohio! I’m currently sitting in first class on my Delta flight to Las Vegas that I got, essentially, for free using this promotion I posted about a couple weeks ago. I got upgraded on both of my JFK-LAS-JFK legs and I have a room waiting for me at the Bellagio. […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Update on the Amazing Expedia SAVE300 Voucher Deal

November 21, 2010

I’m very happy a lot of Points Guy followers got to take advantage of the generous promotion that ran this weekend. I helped 10 hardworking coworkers use this coupon to take a well deserved trip to Vegas and have a ton of friends who are beyond excited to make their first trip to Vegas. This coupon […]

4 comments Read the full article →

Free Trips to Vegas/NYC Courtesy of SAVE300 Voucher

November 19, 2010

Not sure how long this will last or if it’ll even be honored, but I just booked an overnight flight+hotel package on from JFK-LAS on Delta for $27 TOTAL. Want in on the deal? Go to Choose flight+hotel.. make sure you search for only 1 person Choose your city to LAS/NYC from now […]

16 comments Read the full article →
Print This Page