Taking Pet-Friendly to a Whole New Level

For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series designed to highlight travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Jade Broadus — an avid traveler and owner of two rescue pups herself — shares how one hotel group is taking its pet-friendly policy to a whole new level. There are pet-friendly hotels — and then there’s Aloft Asheville Downtown Hotel, an Asheville, North…

100% Satisfaction Guarantees at Hotels: Fact or Fiction?

Not every travel experience is going to be perfect; the question is what to do about it when you don’t get the service you expect. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at hotel satisfaction guarantees to see whether they’re actually helpful or just lip service. When you hit the road, you…

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Redeeming Hotel Points

One of the keys to a good award travel strategy is avoiding errors that can cost you time, money, and points. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how. As the saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes.” This pervades many aspects of life, but it’s especially applicable to using your hotel points. Even the most seasoned award…

How To Save on Hotel Rooms Using Tingo and DreamCheaper

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at two new websites that can help you save on paid hotel stays. Technology has been a wonderful friend to the travel industry. Companies like Uber and Hotel Tonight enable travelers to connect with travel providers directly to utilize their services, a classic example of linking supply and demand….

Using Hotel Best Rate Guarantees from Online Travel Agencies

One of the easiest ways to maximize your travel is to get the best price for your flights, hotels, and other expenses. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains one strategy to avoid spending more than you have to on your next hotel stay. I love a clear, straightforward, and honest policy with a travel…

Do Hotels Know if I Earned Elite Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Zach tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can a hotel tell if I got my status from stays vs. a credit card? Will they treat me differently if I got status through a credit card?” Earning elite status is getting easier in general, because it’s often included as a benefit on co-branded credit cards. Status earned…

Hotel Openings Worldwide For March 2015

Earlier this year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shared the most exciting hotel openings planned for 2015. However, since that list of 15 properties barely scratched the surface of new hotels we’ll see open across the world this year, he’ll now share a list on a regular basis. This first installment covers openings from January through March, but look out for new entries…

Marriott Hotel Award Category 2015 Changes – 27% Going Up

Similar to other major chains, Marriott periodically adjusts the hotels within each of its award categories, and it has just released their list of hotels that will be changing categories in 2015. Over one-fourth of Marriott’s properties are moving up in categories, and those new rates will kick in for reservations after March 18, 2015. Any…

Hotel Booking Site Rocketmiles Acquired by Priceline

Several major media outlets (beginning with The Wall Street Journal) are reporting that Priceline has plans to acquire hotel booking website Rocketmiles for about $20 million, as part of an effort to develop a more robust loyalty program. Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app that offers customers both wholesale room rates and and…

Which Hotels Follow Their Own “No Blackout Dates” Policies?

While many loyalty programs make it easy to redeem your points and miles, others make it unnecessarily difficult. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how some hotels circumvent their own policies to impede award redemptions, and explains what you can do about it. In the points and miles game, knowledge is…