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Maximize Dining Spend: Updated List of Current Dining Rewards Programs Bonuses

July 25, 2013

Dining programs can be a great way to double-dip with miles or points. Not only can you earn the points or miles you would normally earn on a points-earning credit card like the Starwood Amex, or even the category spending bonus points on a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2.14X per $1) or the Citi Forward […]

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Saturday Recap: Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion, American Airlines Bonus on Purchased Miles, 600 United Miles for Joining Opinion Miles Club, Earn Bonus Elevate Points with Mandarin Oriental, 500 Free Rapid Rewards Points from Dish Network

July 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s […]

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Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Q3 “Triple Your Trip” Promotion

July 10, 2013

Registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s opportunity to earn triple points on weekend stays and double points on weeknight stays. Here are the details. -Valid for stays July 9 – September 30, 2013 -To […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Amex Daily Getaways Week 5: Hertz, Hilton, Hyatt, Fairmont and Vegas Deals

July 6, 2013

Daily Getaways is a travel promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit trade association with the mission of increasing travel to and within the US, where you can sometimes purchase points and miles packages for a fraction of the price they would normally cost. This year, the promotion is running from June […]

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What’s Better – 6 Hilton HHonors Points Or 5 Club Carlson Points Per Dollar?

June 23, 2013

TPG follower Joanna tweeted this week asking if she should earn Hilton or Club Carlson points on grocery shopping: “@thepointsguy should I use my Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass or Club Carlson card for grocery shopping? I am curious if 6 Hilton HHonors points or 5 Club Carlson points per dollar makes more sense.” Personally, I […]

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Reminder: Hilton AXON Award Levels Changing Saturday – June 15

June 13, 2013

One of the pieces of fallout from March’s massive Hilton devaluation was the fact that reduced-price AXON awards for Hilton Amex cardholders (of both the Hilton Amex and Hilton Surpass cards) were going to change drastically.  Until now, these rewards remained at current levels for the old Category 5-7 properties. However, a new AXON program […]

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Earn Bonus Points and Miles with the Thanks Again Rewards Network

June 12, 2013

The Thanks Again Network is a program you can sign up for by registering a credit card which then earns you bonus points and miles for your everyday spending. The program is a combination of a shopping portal and dining network where consumers who register their credit card can earn a variety of reward options. You […]

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The Best Ways to Use Hotel Points in Las Vegas

June 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to Las Vegas hotels, most of the time you can generally get some cheap deals, but with the new partnership between Hyatt and MGM announced yesterday that will open up 12 more hotels […]

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Maximize Monday: Giving Points And Miles For Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day is more than just a long weekend and a chance to get together with friends for barbecue and beer – it’s a chance to honor the men and women who have died serving in our armed forces. So for today’s Maximize Monday, I wanted to take a look at opportunities all of us […]

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Marriott Expands Breakfast Benefits for Gold and Platinum Elites

May 21, 2013

Marriott just officially announced today that starting June 22, Gold and Platinum elites will receive complimentary continental breakfast seven days a week at participating JW Marriott, Autograph Collection , Renaissance and Marriott Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. In the past, breakfast at hotels in the U.S. and Canada was only available during the week, […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion, Airlines Keep Raising Their Fees, Marriott Rewards Summer Promotion, Cathay Pacific Business Class Sale

May 4, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, now through May 31, 2013, US Airways is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles. There is a limit of 50,000 purchased miles (so 100,000 with the bonus). It […]

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Hilton American Express Cards Bonus Spending Category Changes Go Into Effect

May 2, 2013

If you have either the Hilton card or the Hilton HHonors Surpass cards from American Express, you’ll be noticing some changes on your statements from now on. Starting with the first billing cycle that starts after May 1, both the Hilton HHonors card from American Express and the Hilton HHonors Surpass card, will be reconfiguring […]

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New Hilton HHonors AXON Awards Announced – Another Devaluation

April 29, 2013

Hilton’s new AXON award levels were announced over the weekend (hat tip to Mr. Pickles) so we asked TPG Hilton contributor Nick Ewen to take a look at the new options and discuss what they will mean for travelers once they go into effect. In the wake of last month’s massive Hilton devaluation, one of […]

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Maximize Monday: What Do 50,000 Amex Points Get You?

April 22, 2013

In light the current limited-time 50,000-point sign-up bonus on the Business Gold Rewards card from American Express, as well as today’s launch of the a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios now through June 7, 2013, I thought that for today’s Maximize Monday post, I’d write about American Express Membership Rewards […]

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Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

April 18, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies […]

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Will Expiring Hilton Award Certificates Ruin Your Award Stay?

April 18, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at yet another headache caused by last month’s Hilton HHonors devaluation – this one involving the award stay certificate the program issues when you make an award reservation, which are only valid for a year from the reservation date – a big issue since many people scrambled to […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the […]

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Video SRQ: Deciding Between the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve and the Chase Hyatt Visa

April 14, 2013

TPG reader Jeff would like some help deciding whether to get the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card or the Chase Hyatt Visa: “Since the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve came out I’ve really wanted to pick it up. I want to get a card with SmartChip technology and am debating between getting it and Chase Hyatt […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood’s Hear the Music Promotion, Changes to Hyatt Diamond Amenities Internationally, 7,500 Bonus TrueBlue Points for New Members; Marriott and Iberia Partnership

April 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: TPG Spring Cleaning Contest And National Survey Results: Earlier this week, I announced the results from a national survey that I commissioned The Princeton Group to conduct to find out how much people know about and are using their miles. It turns out that 73% of Americans […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn 2,013 Bonus SkyMiles from Hilton, Virgin America Extending Elevate Status Match Offer, American Admirals Clubs Raising Membership Fees, Earn up to 500 Bonus HawaiianMiles

April 6, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Virgin America Extending Elevate Status Match Offer: Virgin America has just extended their status match program now through June 30, 2013 for new applications. To take part in the status match, if you haven’t already, join Elevate, then email [email protected] with your Elevate number and either a copy or screenshot […]

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Hotel Review: Condado Lagoon “Villas” at Caribe Hilton San Juan

April 5, 2013

In celebration of my best friend’s upcoming wedding, I recently spent a long weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a tight-knit group of friends. I had looked into renting a house, but the date was fast approaching and many of the options I found were either wildly expensive or in a bad location, so […]

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Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Free Weekend Nights Valid At Category 1-10 Hotels

April 3, 2013

One of the biggest concerns surrounding the recent Hilton HHonors program devaluation has been the fate of the two free weekend night certificates that come with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card when you apply and spend $2,500 on the card within four months as well as the additional one you can earn each calendar […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways You Can Still Get Value Out of Hilton HHonors Post-Devaluation

April 2, 2013

With the trauma of Hilton’s HHonors devaluation still fresh in our memories, we turned to TPG Hilton contributor Nick Ewen to find ways that all of us can still reap value out of the brand’s gutted loyalty program. The bad news is, it’s going to be harder than ever to find value in your Hilton […]

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