TPGtv Episode 15: Hanoi’s Most Historic Hotel and Partying with the Locals

After an epic layover in London, a quick ride on the Eurostar train from London to Paris and an okay-but-snug flight on Vietnam Airlines’ A350, I finally reached Hanoi, the first stop on my first trip to Vietnam. I managed to sleep for most of the 11-hour and 20-minute flight, so I was able to…

Save with IHG’s New Member-Exclusive Rate

Offering member-exclusive rates is the latest trend in the hotel industry. Recently, Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt all announced their own versions of member-exclusive rates — the discount varies from one chain to the next, but you can expect to save as much as 10%. And now, IHG is the most recent hotel chain to change its terms and…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Paris

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Paris using points and miles.  The City of Light is a destination near and dear to the hearts of travelers all over the world. But it’s no secret that a visit to the…

Buy AAdvantage Miles for Just 1.89 Cents per Mile

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. Today, American Airlines…

Earn an Easy (and Free) 350+ AAdvantage Miles

The American Airlines AAdvantage program has had its ups and downs — most recently, its massive devaluation in March — but there’s still a lot to appreciate about the program. The carrier is now celebrating the 35 anniversary of AAdvantage by giving away 350,000 AAdvantage miles to 35 grand prize winners. Although your odds of winning the grand…

American Airlines Eliminates (Then Reinstates) Phone Award Booking Fees

Update 5/2/16 7:00pm: AA has reinstated the award ticketing fee, which was apparently removed in error during a site update today. Bummer! Here’s the corrected fee structure (which also includes corrected amounts for “Travel Center” bookings: This morning, American Airlines changed its fees for booking award tickets — eliminating some fees while increasing others. Phone Booking Fees First the…

Will I Earn AAdvantage Miles Based on Distance or Price?

TPG reader Ben emailed me to ask about earning AAdvantage miles: “I know American Airlines is changing how miles are earned in the second half of 2016, but if I purchase a ticket now for a flight in October, will I earn miles based on the current system (flight distance) or the new system (ticket price)?” Last fall, American Airlines…

Exciting New Airline Routes, 10 Perks of United Global Services, Best Cards for Marriott Guests & 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:…

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…