Can I Mix Hotel Points and Free Night Certificates for a 5th Night Free?

TPG reader Kevin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotel awards: “I have three free night certificates from the Ritz-Carlton card, and enough points to book a fourth night. Can I book those four nights and then get the fifth night free?” Fifth night free benefits are a great way to maximize your…

10 Airport Hotels That Will Inspire Your Inner #AvGeek

Plane spotters and #AvGeeks everywhere love a good runway view, but when it’s from your hotel bed, it’s even better. These 10 airport hotels provide prime views that are worth shelling out extra for if you’re seeking a place to sleep near the runway. 1. Fairmont Vancouver Airport (YVR) This luxury property sits atop the airport…

Spending 100,000 Points, Exciting New Routes, a New Penn Station for NYC and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Hilton Adjusts Award Categories for Fall 2016

Each quarter, Hilton shifts which hotels belong to each award category — some properties go up in “price” while others become more affordable. The hotel chain just released the changes that will go into effect on October 12 at about 50 properties worldwide. About 20 will require more HHonors points per award night while roughly 30 will…

Can I Earn a Sign-Up Bonus With One Program From Two Banks?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card TPG reader Faraj sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Can I earn separate bonuses for opening credit cards with the same brand, but from different banks? For example, can I sign up for one Hilton HHonors card from…

Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. Among the many mediocre and decent offers, there are some compelling travel deals that we don’t want you to miss. In this new series, I’ll be rounding up the best travel-related Amex Offers each month. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers,…

Hilton’s Changing Its Policy for Best Rate Guarantee Compensation

Several hotel programs incentivize travelers to book on their websites rather than on OTAs by offering Best Rate Guarantee promises. Generally, they’ll match the lower rate and then bump up the offer a little by giving you a bonus. Currently, Hilton matches the lower rate and then gives you a $50 Amex gift card. However,…

Here’s Why September is the Best Time to Book Your Trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. From extravagant parades and costumes to traditions like king cake and colorful beads (FYI: gold beads stand for power, green for faith and purple for justice), there’s nothing quite like it. As the festivities come to a head the Tuesday before Lent — which is coming up…

Hilton Adds Virtual Tour Guide / Salesperson To Its HHonors App

Hilton has introduced a new feature within the Hilton HHonors app called Fun Finder, which acts like a personal travel assistant that can help you with anything you want or need at a Hilton resort. The new software uses a technology called beacon — which is similar to GPS, but goes further and can give…

Book Quickly to Save 50% on Hilton Hotels in Korea and Japan

For the next two days (and change), Hilton is offering phenomenal rates at a handful of its properties in Korea and Japan. You can see the full list of properties here, and you should see these rates pop up by default when searching for the 18 hotels on the list. To take advantage of these…