What to Do When Your Hotel Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules

Award travelers often refer to the hobby as a “game,” but truth be told, sometimes you have to hustle. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how a little effort to familiarize yourself with a loyalty program can go a long way toward getting you the vacation you want. Points and miles enthusiasts…

Top Cyber Monday Hotel Flash Sales

When it comes to shopping, Black Friday is quickly getting overshadowed by Cyber Monday—24 hours of online deals perfect after a long holiday weekend. While skipping shopping mall crowds is one major Cyber Monday perk, another is that many of the properties are under the Marriott and Starwood umbrella, so you can still earn Marriott Rewards…

Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online…

What to Do When a Hotel Room Upgrade Is Really a Downgrade

Hotel upgrades are usually great when you get them, but what should you do if your hotel upgrade actually equates to a downgrade? Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares a recent experience he had at a Starwood property in Florida, and offers some tips in case you find yourself in similar circumstances. Upgrades can be like a drug…

Late Checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond: the Weekly Wish

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: guaranteed late checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond elites. I’m sure many of you have been in a position where your travel plans don’t mesh well with an 11 am…

Overview of Hotel Resort Fees and How to Avoid Them

As an award travel enthusiast, I’ll be the first to admit that airlines and hotels don’t always make it easy. Changing programs, inconsistent policies, and unexpected fees all add to the challenge of using your points and miles effectively. But for every problem that pops up, you can count on award travelers to find several solutions….

Hotelied: Up To 50% Off Hotels Based on Your Social Media Presence

TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look at a new, free hotel booking site called Hotelied that offers exclusive discounts to its members based on personal data such as their social media popularity, their travel-program loyalty, and more.  Billed as a “dating site for hotel stays,” a new members-only booking site called Hotelied claims to offer personalized savings on…

Truly Pet-Friendly Hotels: The Weekly Wish

Many of you know that I’m the proud parent of a sweet, styling, jet-setting little Blue French Bulldog named Miles. He travels with me whenever it’s feasible, and I love having him along. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen is also a dog owner, and like me, he’s encountered some inhospitable policies from hotels that advertise themselves as…

Aloft Introduces Robotic Butler & The Future of Hotel Tech

The future of hotel technology has arrived: robot butlers, digital concierges and apps that let you choose your own room are just the beginning. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne checks in on state-of-the-art advancements being used right now at hotel chains around the world.  You don’t have to remember Rosie, the electronic maid of cartoon family The Jetsons, to appreciate…

More Power Outlets in Hotel Rooms: the Weekly Wish

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: more power outlets in hotel rooms. As fellow frequent travelers, I’m sure many TPG readers experience the same need I do to be connected on the road. The last several…