Score 500 Bonus Points Just for Following Marriott Rewards on Instagram

Earlier this year, Marriott announced that its Rewards members would get special discounts on stays when they book directly through the chain. Now, the hotel brand is running a promotion where members can receive 500 bonus points simply by following the Marriott Rewards page on Instagram before June 21. If you’re not already a member, you can still sign up for…

Big New Plans for What Was the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Hotel

Sin City is constantly building new hotels and tearing down old ones. The iconic Monte Carlo, a fixture on the Strip since 1996, was one of the largest hotels with more than 3,000 rooms. But over the years, a slew of newer, more luxurious hotels have surpassed that number, and pushed the Monte Carlo Resort into the rear-view mirror….

Starwood Adds 5 More Design Hotels Around the World

Starwood added a few more properties to its collection of Design Hotels this week. Earlier this year, the chain announced that its would be partnering up with unique hotels around the world, initially adding 5 new properties to Starwood’s portfolio, including the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City; the C-Hotel in Lake Como, Italy; the Nira Montana in La Thuile, Italy; the Ten Bompas…

Should SPG Members Be Worried About a Potential Merger?

TPG reader Santosh sent me a message on Facebook to ask about the future of Starwood Preferred Guest: “What’s the best way to conserve the value of my Starpoints before SPG gets sold?” Starwood has been the subject of a lot of hotel industry discussion lately, from rumors of a merger with IHG earlier this year to…

Summer 2015 Hotel Openings Worldwide

Another season means another slew of exciting hotel openings around the world. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes us inside 10 of the hottest new hotels opening (or just opened) around the world this summer. The world economy seems stable, the dollar is strong compared to foreign currencies, and US airlines expect to fly 222…

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…