Delta One-Way Awards, Alaska Award Sale, Bonus Aeroplan Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Delta One-Way Awards Now Bookable As of January 1, 2015, you can now book one-way award tickets on Delta Air Lines using SkyMiles. Saver level domestic one-way awards will start at 12,500 miles. Unfortunatately, stopovers on award tickets will no longer…

9 Top International Hotel Club Lounges & How to Gain Access

Earlier this month, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne wrote about the top 10 hotel club lounges in the U.S., along with tips for getting access. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes that list abroad with his look at 10 international hotel lounges that will bring your future hotel stays to a new level. If you’re a road warrior like me, chances are you’ve…

Audit Your 2014 Airline Miles, Hotel Points & Elite Credits

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to take a last look at your loyalty accounts to make sure everything is in order. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some good housekeeping tips to help you make sure you’ve received all the points and miles you’re entitled to from this past…

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…

8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24. Based on the eight U.S. cities with the largest Jewish populations, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne suggests a menorah’s worth of hotels to inspire celebrating the Festival of Lights…

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…

Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and…

What’s the Best Way to Get Free Hotel Club Lounge Access?

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are some of the best ways to get club lounge access at hotels without paying for it?” We always talk about airline lounge access, but to be honest, hotel lounges can be even better, including much nicer spreads and open bars. Some of my personal favorite…

1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, 2,000 Bonus SkyMiles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save 50% on Starwood Properties in Asia Pacific You can save 50% on Starwood stays in Asia Pacific properties. The offer is available to book online, or call 877-782-0150 and ask for rate plan DAILY50. You must book by…