Milan Expo 2015: Where to Eat, Play and Stay

Aside from a lovely cathedral and one of the most famous frescoes on Earth, Milan is mostly known for being Italy’s banking and fashion capital, a business-centric city where travelers spend little to no time as tourists. That’s all going to change this year, however, when Milan Expo 2015 draws millions of visitors from all over the globe for six…

United, Southwest, Hilton and Hyatt Bonus Points/Miles Promos

Though the bonus on purchased Alaska Airlines MileagePlan miles came to an end last week, there are several ongoing airline and hotel promotions offering bonuses on purchased points and miles. If you want some opportunities to pad your loyalty account balances, here are the details on each. Though mileage/points purchases made through Points.com do not…

Experiences With Points: Hilton HHonors Auction Platform

Though I typically encourage readers to use points and miles  for award travel (e.g., lodging and flights) rather than gift cards and merchandise—which generally provide less value—redeeming points for once-in-a-lifetime experiences like those offered on the recently launched Hilton HHonors Auction Platform could also provide a good rate of return. The Hilton HHonors Auction Platform lets you redeem HHonors points to either bid on…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…

Save on Spring Hotel Stays with Membership Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr compares the savings offered by membership discount programs to see which one offers the best deals. The first day of Spring has come and gone, but given this year’s winter many of you may not have even noticed. Let’s take your mind off of the continuing snow (sorry Northeasterners) and emerge…

10 Hotel Mobile Apps that Make Travel Easier

Travel plans can change, and any tool that gives you flexibility on the go can be a huge help. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which hotel apps are making it to easier to book rooms, find properties nearby, and more when you’re away from home. I’m always interested in finding tools than can improve my travel experience. Last week I reviewed…

Hotel Review: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

TPG’s COO Leigh Rowan recently attended the TEDActive conference in Whistler, British Columbia. While at the conference, he stayed at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa; and here’s his experience. The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is located in Whistler Village among the town’s other resort properties. It’s close to the convention center, which was…

Travel Rewards March Madness Elite Eight: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the second round of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Last week, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, which pits some of the most popular redemptions and benefits in the travel industry against one another. Thousands…

Daily Getaways Deals — IHG, Carlson, Hilton, 50% off Alamo

This week marks the return of the Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Over the next month, the Daily Getaways will offer hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts, and more. Last year’s Daily Getaways included some great deals, and there are some…

1,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Bonus Aeroplan Miles and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Chef Michelle Bernstein to Create Miami Centurion Lounge Menu The fifth Amex Centurion Lounge will be opening in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport (MIA) this summer. Chef Michelle Bernstein (who has also worked with Delta) will create menu items…