Top 10 Uses for Citi ThankYou Premier’s 50k Sign-Up Bonus

With all the improvements Citi has made to ThankYou Rewards in the last year, it’s no surprise that two of the program’s cards made my recent list of the 5 Hottest Credit Cards for Summer 2015. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at ten ways you can use these cards for great award redemptions. Citi recently stepped up…

Dive Into the Best Hotel Pools in America

Summer in the US can be sweltering, so while traveling around the country, where better to cool off than your hotel pool? Whether you want to do some serious laps, lounge in the sun, take a quick dip or simply sip cocktails in the shade, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino invites you to enjoy the best hotel pools in America. The…

8 Low-Level Hilton Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Hilton HHonors program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but that…

Points Intervention: Maximizing Hotel Stays

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track. Intervention: Carissa Reiniger Episode 5 This week I’m…

Etihad 4x Miles, Hilton SE Asia Sale, Southwest New Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Choice Hotels Stays You can earn up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at Cambria Hotels and Suites and 750 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at other participating Choice hotels through June 15,…

Alaska Airlines Adds New Service to Costa Rica

Today Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding service from Los Angeles to Costa Rica. Eight weekly flights will begin to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR) on October 31 and November 1. Costa Rica is a beautiful destination. I traveled there for New Year’s Eve last year and stayed at a Hilton property and…

Travel Like Mad Men (And Women)

Ever wish you could visit hotels you see on fabulous television series like Mad Men? TPG Contributor Drew Limsky offers up some hotels to visit for those of you who want to live large, Mad Men retro-style.  The characters on Mad Men are hotel people—they drop hotel names in conversation and use their restaurants and rooms as…

Redeeming One Year of Points from the Citi Hilton Reserve

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening too many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent…