Evaluating IHG Rewards Club and Other Auction Programs

Airline and hotel program auctions might be an easy way to blow hundreds of thousands of points without even taking a trip, but they also offer exclusive experiences that you couldn’t otherwise buy. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explores one such auction program, IHG Rewards Club. Last week, I showed you how United’s MileagePlus Exclusives…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for May 26-July 31

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for May 26- July 31, 2015, which will be bookable starting on May 26. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always…

Free $20 Amazon Credit, 50% IHG China Sale, and Other Deals

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: IHG 50% Off China Properties Every Friday Every Friday until June 19, 2015, IHG will release list of participating hotels in China that you can book for up to 50% off, but you only have 24 hours to book….

Where Can I Use the IHG Rewards Club Card Free Night?

TPG reader Blake sent me this question: “Is the annual free night benefit from the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card valid for any category property?” A big trend these days with credit cards is to offer anniversary bonuses. Usually these bonuses kick in after you have to start paying the annual fee, and are an easy way…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

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…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps: Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create…

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

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. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel…

Layover Lowdown: Singapore Changi Airport

Our new “Layover Lowdown” series will feature airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights. The TPG team will offer tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino starts…