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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Which Are The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Free Nights?

July 30, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele analyzes current credit card offers to see which ones can get you free hotel nights fastest among the top brands. Hotel awards can can be underrated. Unlike most airline frequent flier programs, many hotel loyalty programs offer awards with no blackout dates or capacity controls. Furthermore, most hotel award nights are truly free, with no taxes […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 2014

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 […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris, France

June 25, 2014

Earlier this month, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss travelled through Europe on a mission to find the best hotels in each city. Each day this week, we will be highlighting one of his stays, today focusing on the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel in Paris.  After spending one night at Hyatt Hôtel du Louvre, I moved […]

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Saving Money on Hotels With Best Rate Guarantees

June 10, 2014

You’ve probably noticed it before, an advert on a hotel website that reads something like: “lowest rates, guaranteed.” Maybe that touted guarantee made you more comfortable with the room you just booked, maybe it convinced you not to devote any more time to shopping around, or maybe you ignored it entirely. In any case, best rate guarantees are ubiquitous in the hotel industry, and […]

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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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10 Hip Hotels That Allow You to Earn and Use Points

May 23, 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. To help you maximize your hotel points – and your impeccable taste in lodgings - TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne explores 10 ways to be rewarded for your brand loyalty to cool, hip hotels around the world.  […]

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Saturday Recap: Double American Miles, Hyatt Endless Possibilities, Starwood Caesars Partnership and More

January 11, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Earn double American miles to Latin America: To promote its new flights to Latin America, American Airlines is offering double miles on the following routes: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Bogota, Colombia (BOG) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Roatan, Honduras (RTB) Miami (MIA) and […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Two Free Radisson Nights

January 9, 2014

With the craziness of the holiday season behind us, we’re getting back to our Thursday Giveaways and are kicking off the season with the chance to win one of two Free Room Night Voucher for Radisson Hotels and Resorts. These vouchers are each valid for one free night in a standard room, double occupancy at […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Club Carlson $500 Gift Card and Concierge Status Twitter and Instagram Giveaway

December 12, 2013

This week, the good folks over at Club Carlson have given me another set of two $500 gift cards and two of their highest-tier Concierge level status valid through February 2015 to give away to lucky readers. As a reminder, Concierge status gets you get the following perks: -Complimentary room upgrades -Elite Rollover Nights – […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Savings at Starwood, Free 2-Day Shipping for Amex Cardholders, 20% Off United Awards to Europe and More

November 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express Partners With ShopRunner For Free 2-Day Shipping: American Express cardmembers can now take advantage of 2 days of free shipping with over 80 online stores with a complimentary ShopRunner membership (valued at $79). You must first go to www.shoprunner.com/americanexpress and […]

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado Business Class Room

October 22, 2013

After staying at properties in Reykjavik, Copenhagen, and Paris, I decided to check out one of Club Carlson’s properties in Madrid – the Radisson Blu Prado – during my recent trip to the city. I was there on a rather expensive week where room rates were north of $400 a night, but thanks to last year’s Radisson Big Night […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus, Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, Marriott Megabonus Promotion, Earn Up To 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles, Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu

August 10, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business […]

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The Winner of the Thursday Giveaway of 2 Free Radisson Nights Is…

July 29, 2013

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway, I decided to give away two free night vouchers good at any North American Radisson or Radisson Blu property to be used before December 31, 2014. To enter, you had to tweet me @ThePointsGuy with the hashtag #TPGFreeHotel and tell me which North American Radisson or Radisson Blu property or […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 2 Free Nights at Radisson

July 25, 2013

Time for another Thursday Giveaway contest! This week, I’m giving away two vouchers for one free night each good at any Radisson or Radisson Blu in North America from now through December 31, 2014.   How To Enter You can enter my contest by tweeting me @ThePointsGuy with the hashtag #TPGFreeHotel and telling me which […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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What Should I Do In Iceland For 5 Days in July?

July 9, 2013

Although I’ve been enjoying summer so far on the east coast hanging out with family and friends, barbecuing, spending some time out on the water and generally just taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having – when I sit still for too long, the travel bug starts to bite me. I have a […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Top 10: Club Carlson Credit Card Half-Price Award Redemptions

July 2, 2013

In my last round of credit card applications (well my last app-o-rama rather than my recent applications) I got the The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa personal card, which not only has a nice sign-up bonus, but also a bunch of great perks. Although the sign-up bonus of 85,000 points sounds like a big number, […]

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What’s Better – 6 Hilton HHonors Points Or 5 Club Carlson Points Per Dollar?

June 23, 2013

TPG follower Joanna tweeted this week asking if she should earn Hilton or Club Carlson points on grocery shopping: “@thepointsguy should I use my Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass or Club Carlson card for grocery shopping? I am curious if 6 Hilton HHonors points or 5 Club Carlson points per dollar makes more sense.” Personally, I […]

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Reminder: Buy Club Carlson Points For 0.35 Cents With Daily Getaways – 1PM ET Today

June 19, 2013

It’s Week 2 of Amex’s Daily Getaways special vacation package sales, and today, Wednesday, June 19, Daily Getaways will be selling packages of Club Carlson points at a significant discount of up to 50%. Here are the packages. 100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points – Redeem for a 2-Night Stay, $385 ($700 value), 71 Available, Max […]

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Club Carlson Flash Sales All Week – Buy Points For As Low As 0.4 Cents

June 18, 2013

All this week, Club Carlson will be announcing flash sales on points from their Facebook and Twitter feeds. Yesterday’s sale went live at just before 1:30PM ET and stayed live until 2:15PM ET – so if you want in, you have to act fast – and featured Club Carlson points on sale with a 75% […]

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Daily Getaways Week 2: Club Carlson, Avis, Omni Hotels, and Vegas Deals

June 8, 2013

Daily Getaways is a travel promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit trade association with the mission of increasing travel to and within the US, where you can sometimes purchase points and miles packages for a fraction of the price they would normally cost. This year, the promotion is running from […]

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Club Carlson Summer Promo Stay 2 Nights Get 10,000 Bonus Points

May 13, 2013

Club Carlson has revealed the details of its upcoming summer promo where members can earn 10,000 bonus points for each stay of two nights or more. You must register for the promo on the registration page prior to the checkout of your first stay (so if you’re already in the middle of a stay you […]

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