Hotel Review: The Hilton Cartagena Hotel in Colombia

Last summer, TPG Contributor Melanie Wynne traveled to Cartagena, Colombia for six days and spent half her stay at the Hilton Cartagena Hotel, set on El Laguito Peninsula in the Bocagrande beach district. Here’s her review of the property.   Set on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Cartagena offers a mix of beaches, history and culture, with points properties in…

What is Hilton HHonors Elite Status Worth in 2016?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points &…

Earn 75,000 Bonus HHonors Points with the Citi Hilton Visa Card

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card If you don’t have the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card, now’s a great time to apply. For a limited time, the card’s offering an increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 HHonors points after you make…

AA Offering Complimentary Status to Hilton Elites

What’s better than earning status? Getting it for free. And American has been offering lots of travelers free status recently. Last week, American sent email and mail invitations to certain AAdvantage members inviting them to try out status through May 31, 2016 — with a free challenge to keep this status through February 2017. Yesterday, some Hilton elites received a…

Save Up to 10% When You Book Directly with Hilton

Last year, Hilton began testing a program to give Hilton HHonors members a discount when booking stays directly through the hotel chain rather than using a third-party service like Priceline or a travel agent. While the discounted rates were originally only available in a handful of cities, the program has since expanded to include more than 4,500 properties worldwide. The…

6 Spots to Hit the Slopes with Points This Winter

A ski trip to a luxurious mountainside resort can be a spendy vacation, but TPG Contributor Lane Nieset reminds us that cashing in your hotel points can smooth out the moguls and bring six of the world’s most fabulous, redemption-friendly ski destinations within closer reach. Be sure to see the bottom of this post for suggestions of credit cards that will…

When Should I Pay Cash Rather Than Redeem Points?

TPG reader Irka emailed me to ask about striking a balance between earning and redeeming points: “I stay with Hilton when I travel for work, so I tend to stick with Hilton properties when I travel for pleasure. Is there a simple formula for deciding when to pay cash for my room and when to redeem points? How do I account for…

How to Take Full Advantage of Credit Card Benefits in 2016

With 2016 now well underway, award-travel enthusiasts are looking forward to a new year of travel — and, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, the right credit card will be crucial to earning rewards, benefits and even elite status. In today’s post, I’ll take a look at the wide array of…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for February 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard, British Airways Visa We’re well into 2016, so now is the time to get your credit-card strategy for the year into place. With British Airways raising low-level redemptions in the US this month, an impending devaluation…

Christmas in New York City — 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…