Earn Double Points with Hilton’s Summer Promotion

Update: You can now register for Hilton’s summer promotion. Visit Hilton’s website to register to earn double Hilton HHonors points on stays at all worldwide Hilton properties between May 1 and August 31, 2016. Late last year, Hilton announced it was running a promotion in early 2016 that would allow HHonors members to earn either double…

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…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List Through July 31

IHG released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels, valid through July 31, 2016. IHG’s previous PointBreaks list was supposed to be valid through April 30, 2016, however, the new list of properties appeared unexpectedly. All of the approximately 140 worldwide properties are available at the discounted rate as of today. IHG PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels —…

TPGtv Episode 12: Spending My Birthday at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Never miss an episode: Click here to subscribe to The Points Guy on YouTube! Costa Rica’s all about doing active things, so I couldn’t wait to spend my birthday soaking up the Costa Rican sun with some of my friends at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort and checking out some of the area’s activities like…

Daily Getaways Week 4 — Hyatt Points, Alamo Rentals and Loews Hotel Suites

Today starts the fourth week of Daily Getaways — an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs, sponsored by the US Travel Association. Each Monday, we dive into the details of the week’s deals to help you figure out which ones are worth pursuing. Note that each deal goes live at 1:00pm Eastern Time…

Can I Use Award Booking Services for Help Redeeming Miles?

TPG reader Karen sent me an email to ask about award booking services: I read your post about not using brokers, but what do you think about paying someone to help me figure out how to use my own points? I’ve learned a lot about award travel, but I’m still a newbie, and I think it’s…

AAdvantage Now Lets You Route to India and Maldives via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific

Great news for those of us with American Airlines miles — without any fanfare, American Airlines changed its award chart this week to allow transpacific routings when flying from the US to the “Indian Subcontinent.” Note that this option is only available for award flights on Cathay Pacific or American Airlines metal via Hong Kong (HKG). Otherwise, you’re still limited to previous…

Virgin America is Now a Transfer Partner of SPG

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express The Starwood Preferred Guest program is continuing its expansion — this time, by adding a new transfer partner in Virgin America. This is an interesting addition,…

Hilton HHonors Matching Status Through March 2018

Update (4/21/16): You may be able to successfully request a match through this link. Update (4/20/16): Hilton is currently experiencing issues with its status match website, which redirects to the homepage for the time being. However, status matches are still available. To request a match, simply email your proof of status with a competing chain, proof…

Should I Transfer Points to Southwest for a Companion Pass?

TPG reader Tina sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “Is it worthwhile to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to a hotel program and then to Southwest in order to earn the Companion Pass?” The Southwest Companion Pass is perhaps the most valuable travel benefit out there, so it’s no surprise that I get a…