5 Great LGBT-Friendly Destinations for Fall

All summers have to end, but don’t dismay — the influx of fleece and leaf-peeping has its perks. TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin takes a peek at some of the top LGBT-friendly destinations to book this fall, with either swimsuit or sweater in hand. (All photos by the author unless otherwise specified.) 1. New Orleans, Louisiana With its oppressive summer…

Hawaii’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

There’s nothing quite like getting off a long flight and getting that first look at your destination … in the form of a hotel pool. TPG Contributor Kaeli Conforti (the Digital Editor at Budget Travel) grew up on Oahu and her family vacationed at resorts on the other islands. Here, she shares her picks for…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

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…