Our Dream Vacation to Hawaii: TPG 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 made possible by points…

Reminder: Earn 20% Points Back from Hyatt Gold Passport

As a reminder, you can receive 20% back when redeeming Hyatt Gold Passport points for award stays, points + cash, suite upgrades and dining and spa activities through July 31, 2015. This promotion is valid only for Hyatt Credit Cardmembers who have already registered for this offer — unfortunately registration closed on March 31, 2015. Hyatt Gold Passport has an award chart…

Should I Use Citi ThankYou Points for Hotels and Rental Cars?

TPG reader Maxwell tweeted me with a question about using Citi ThankYou points: @thepointsguy– “Should I use Citi ThankYou points to book hotels and rental cars at 1.25 cents per point with my Citi ThankYou Premier card?” Maxwell, in general I think using your Citi ThankYou points for car rentals and hotels is a decent value, and…

Anyone Can Now Sign Up for a Hyatt Diamond Challenge

Remember last year’s Hyatt Diamond Challenge? Ah, those were the days. TPG team member Ryan Gaines completed the challenge, right before Hyatt realized it was giving away the store and put a stop to it. But Hyatt has announced a new Diamond Elite Tier offer, and we’re excited about it. So, what’s the new challenge? Let’s break…

Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…

Hotel Review: Hyatt Olive 8 Seattle- Governor Suite

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines was recently in Seattle for the weekend, and decided to stay at the Hyatt Olive 8. Here’s his review of the property.  Over the last few months, I’ve been in the midst of trying to complete the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, which requires staying 12 nights in 60 days, and only needed two more nights to…

8 Haunted Points Hotels for Halloween

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Escaping from your normal plane of existence this Halloween? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of U.S. hotels with frightful pasts and present day treats, like delightful amenities and, in most cases,…

Can I Book Hotel Award Nights for Someone Else?

TPG reader Christopher emailed me to ask: “I want to book an award stay in Las Vegas for my brother-in-law using Hyatt Gold Passport points. Is this possible?  Can you book an award stay without actually being there in person?” The short answer here is yes-you can book an award stay for someone else, and…

1,000 Bonus Hyatt Points for Booking with Mobile App

Hot on the heels of Hyatt’s new partnership between its mobile app and car service Uber, the hotel brand has just launched a promotion that will earn you 1,000 bonus Gold Passport points for stays booked via its mobile app between now and December 31, 2014. Hyatt’s Mobile App  Hyatt’s free app, available for both iPhone and Android, allows you to research the…