3 Weeks in France on a College Budget — 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…

10 Photos: New Orleans’ Historic French Quarter

TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin returns to her spicy home state to share glimpses of the French Quarter, one of the most visited and historic districts in North America. (All photos were taken by the author — follow more of Kelsy’s travels on Instagram and Twitter.) Without mincing words or showing bias for my favorite city, New…

Is There a Limit to Free AAdvantage Award Ticket Changes?

TPG reader Sholom sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage award changes: “Is there a limit to how many times I can change an American Airlines award ticket if my origin and destination stay the same?” Whether you’re flying on an award ticket or a paid fare, most airlines impose a fee for changes made to your…

IHG Announces Award Category Changes at 400 Locations

Last year, IHG announced significant changes to its loyalty program, including a new top tier elite level and points expiration policy. Then the brand announced it would be changing the award night requirements for 450 properties, raising redemptions by 5,000 or 10,000 points at 300 locations and lowering redemptions by 5,000 points at 150 locations. Today,…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

Can I Stack 10% AAdvantage Rebates from Citi and Barclays?

TPG reader Danielle sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage credit card benefits: “The Citi AAdvantage card and Barclaycard Aviator each offer a 10% rebate on redeemed miles. If I have both cards, can I get a 20% rebate?” There’s a lot of overlap in benefits on popular travel rewards credit cards. For example, both the Citi…

Should I Sell Travel Rewards to a Mileage Broker?

TPG reader Danny sent me a message on Facebook to ask about selling travel rewards: “Where can I sell my points and miles for top dollar?” I get a lot of questions like this — some from readers like Danny and others from people who mistakenly think I’m a mileage broker myself. I can understand the temptation to exchange points…

Status Match Tips, The Best Amex Card, Bonus Points & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

A Conversation with Marriott’s VP of Loyalty, Thom Kozik

Arguably, the biggest story from the past year for rewards enthusiasts has been the Marriott and Starwood merger. When it was announced in November, it’s safe to say that most Starwood loyalists panicked — should they be worried about the merger and what does it mean for the future SPG program? Well, here we are more than two…

Can I Book AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards Both Ways?

TPG reader Kadri sent me a message on Facebook to ask about reduced mileage awards: “With regard to AAdvantage reduced mileage awards, does it matter whether an eligible city is your origin or destination? Also, how many tickets can I get at the lower rate? I’d like to book for my family of four.” American Airlines offers a wide variety…