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Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

August 8, 2014

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered  by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a claim with your […]

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Win Trips to South Africa, Peru, the Cote d’Azur & More

August 8, 2014

Here are a few of this week’s most fun online travel-related contests and sweepstakes: My Destination Story from Fairmont & GoPro: Create and submit a unique video of one of your favorite places, and you could be one of 42 winners of a trip for two to a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property, plus a GoPro camera and a $500 Visa gift […]

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Discounted Fairmont Hotels in Hawaii and Arizona

June 20, 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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7 Top Hotel Credit Cards for Free Nights

June 5, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. With the recent news of the 30,000 point bonuses for Amex Starwood cards (EXPIRED) and the $100 statement credit with the Citi Hilton Reserve card (EXPIRED), I thought it was time to review what I see as the best hotel credit card […]

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Amex Offers $50 off Hilton and Free Night at Fairmont

June 3, 2014

American Express frequently runs promotions through its social media outlets (including Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and TripAdvisor). These promotions, known collectively as Amex Sync, typically involve statement credits for purchases made at various retailers and other businesses with an eligible Amex card, and require only an active Facebook or Twitter account and a few clicks to sign up. Amex is currently […]

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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: IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates, Triple United Miles With Choice Privileges, 500 Bonus Virgin Atlantic Miles And More

April 12, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates For 100 Hotels: More than 100 IHG hotels will require 5,000 less IHG Rewards Club points for an award night. Even more good news is that IHG will not be making any increases to their reward night […]

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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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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday, Registration Now Open for Hilton’s 4th Quarter Promotion, Save with Starwood in North and Latin America

October 12, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday: Last week, US Airways launched their 100% share miles bonus that runs now through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Through the promo, Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period, but […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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Saturday Recap: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends July 31, Save 15% with Virgin America, Save an extra 10% Off NYC Hotels with Jetsetter, Earn 1,000 bonus United miles with Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, Enter to win 50,000 American AAdvantage miles

July 27, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends July 31: As a recap from earlier this month, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) through July 31, 2013. Miles are sold for […]

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Saturday Recap: Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points, Triple JetBlue points to Alaska, 40% off hotels in the US & Canada with Accor Hotels, Delta Adding TSA PreCheck Notification to Boarding Passes

April 20, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points: Now through May 7, 2013, Virgin America is offering a bonus of up to 40% on purchased Elevate points. While not as generous as last October’s 50% bonus, this could still be something to consider if you’re a very […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways Ends Monday, American and Qatar Codeshare Agreement, Double Miles with Fairmont, Bonus Southwest Points

January 12, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 30% Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways Ends Monday: As a reminder, the British Airways transfer bonus from American Express ends on Monday. There is no need to register as the bonus is hard coded into the transfer page at Membership Rewards. Instead of […]

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Saturday Recap: United, Aeroplan and Club Carlson Bonuses, 25,000 American Miles, BMI Closing, Fairmont Airline Partner Bonuses

September 29, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. 40% Discount on Purchased United Miles: Like last week’s discount on purchased United miles, the airline is offering up to an extended 40% discount on purchased miles now through October 31. You save 20% on purchases up to 30,000 miles and […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways To Get Free Breakfast At Hotels

July 24, 2012

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…especially when you’ve got a packed travel schedule of busy days. Often breakfast is the meal travelers skip most at hotels thanks to a lack of options and overpriced menus. However, many hotels and loyalty programs offer their members a variety of perks including free breakfast. Here […]

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Where to Spend Your 2 Free Fairmont Nights

May 24, 2012

As a follow up to Monday’s post on the new Chase Fairmont Visa Signature card and the two free nights it gets you at any Fairmont in the world, I thought I’d take a look at the various “Collections” of the new Fairmont Rewards points system and some of the interesting properties where you can […]

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Two Free Nights With Chase Fairmont Visa Card

May 21, 2012

As one of the smaller hotel chains out there, I’ve never had the opportunity to stay at one of the 67 Fairmont hotels around the world. Though the limited footprint isn’t the key factor that has kept me from trying out the brand. Instead, the fact that they have historically not offered points – only […]

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Destination of the Week: Hawaii, The Big Island

February 24, 2012

Since The Points Guy had such an excellent time on Kauai last weekend, we decided to continue our Destination of the Week series with a look at: Hawaii, the Big Island. Hawaii Island The island the rest take their name from is also the largest in the chain, and one of the least developed, with […]

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Destination of the Week: Maui

February 17, 2012

  TPG might be spending his weekend on Kauai, but there are plenty of other Hawaiian vacation spots including this week’s Destination of the Week: Maui. We had the new TPG intern from NYU, Ryan, help us out with this huge list of properties where you can earn and burn points on Maui this winter, […]

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Friendly Reminder: 6 Deals are Expiring on Sept 30th, 2011

September 29, 2011

Maybe it’s because September 30 is the last day of the fiscal year, but a lot of great promotions, deals and transfer opportunities will be coming to an end on Friday, so now’s your last chance to take advantage of them. 1. Transfer Amex points to Continental Airlines. For information check out my recent post and video on […]

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How to Use Hotel Elite Status to Force Room Availability

September 20, 2011

I’ve been a top-tier member of multiple hotel chains over the years and there’s one benefit I’ve never used – the guaranteed room availability perk that is included with many of them. Generally, I book my travel in advance and I can usually find ways to get a reasonably priced room at my preferred property. […]

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Up to 3,000 AA Miles for a Fairmont or Swissotel Hotel Stay

May 12, 2011

Yesterday’s installment of American Airlines’ 30 Deals in 30 Days promotion, was an offer to get AA miles for staying at Fairmont and Swissotel properties. The deal is pretty lucrative since it only requires one three-night stay (or 3 single night stays) and you also get a room upgrade based on availability. A two night […]

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