IHG Releases PointBreaks List for May 26-July 31

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for May 26- July 31, 2015, which will be bookable starting on May 26. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always…

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 — just in time to take advantage…

Points Intervention: Choosing the Best Transferable Points Program

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 — just in time to take advantage of the Chase…

Is It Worth Paying $499 To Boost Up To AA Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth paying $499 to boost up to American Airlines Gold Status? I just received a targeted offer but I’m not sure if I should use it.” Elite status is getting pretty watered down these days, especially at the lower tiers. Instead of giving lower-tier elite members free…

Etihad 4x Miles, Hilton SE Asia Sale, Southwest New Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Choice Hotels Stays You can earn up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at Cambria Hotels and Suites and 750 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at other participating Choice hotels through June 15,…

Where Points and Miles Go After You Die

Sometimes you can leave your accrued miles or points to the people you love after you die, and sometimes you can’t. Today, we explore policies from some of the major US airlines. If your airline does permit a loved one to take over your frequent flyer assets after death, it’s important to plan ahead; if you’re unable to get them…

Free Night at Mandarin Oriental, Win 140,000 Hawaiian Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Complimentary Night at Participating Mandarin Oriental Properties You can receive a complimentary night at any of the participating Mandarin Oriental properties around the world when you stay for at least two or three consecutive paid nights between June 26 and September…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? May Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. 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…

Learning to Book Partner Awards: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points and…