How to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points

Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of these options offer the best value. Whether you’re new to The Points Guy or a long-time reader, you’ve probably…

Top Credit Cards, Free Breakfast at Marriott, Hertz Bonus

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Reminder: Check out the Top Credit Card Offers for 2015 Here’s my list of the top credit card offers for the month of January, 2015. For more information and details on each card, visit this post. 1. Platinum Card from American Express …

The Top 15 New Hotels Opening in 2015

Another year means another spate of hotel openings and fabulous properties around the world where you can earn and redeem points. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the most exciting new hotels to look out for as 2015 unfolds. With the global economy recovering, many hotel openings or restorations…

Early Access to Club Carlson 30K Promo + 10K Bonus Promotion

Today I received a targeted invitation for early-bird access to Club Carlson’s next promotion, Extend Your Stay, Earn 30K, where you’ll earn 30,000 Gold Points for each eligible stay of three or more nights at Carlson Rezidor properties (or 15,000 for each two-night stay), and be given the opportunity to earn an additional 10,000 bonus Gold Points…

Last Chance For Elite Status, Bonus Marriott and Club Carlson Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Reminder: Just a Few More Days To Qualify For Elite Status You have until December 31, 2014 to qualify for airline or hotel elite status for 2015. If you find yourself short, you still have a couple of days…

How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get free or discounted breakfast from the top hotel brands. It’s safe to say that if you’re reading this post, you…

Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. As 2014 comes to an end, I’m sure that elite status qualification is (and will remain) on many of your minds. Last week, I…

Award Travel Tips for Weekend Getaways & Overnight Vacations

I’m all about maximizing, and planning my award travel is a tradeoff between using my points or miles efficiently and getting where I want to go. Today, however, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele presents scenarios where you should be willing to spend more in order to do more, as he looks at ways…

What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Krassi is curious about my top picks for hotel awards, so I put…