Get 5% Cash Back by Booking Hotels with The Guestbook

Looking for something a little more tangible from your hotel rewards program? A new travel site, The Guestbook, actually gives you 5% cash back for booking directly with more than 450 independent and boutique hotels around the world, including 255 in Europe, 140 in North America, 35 in Asia, 18 in South America, nine in…

TPGtv Episode 3: Accra Mövenpick Hotel Review & Fantasy Coffins

Episode 2 of TPGtv was all about my journey to Accra, Ghana, to spend time with PeaceJam, a wonderful non-profit organization that’s changing the world by having Nobel Laureate teachers educate youth. Episode 3, which you are about to watch, features my review of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel (where we stayed in Accra), plus a memorable trip to the…

Amex’s $2,500-Per-Year “Black” Card, Best Award Destinations for Fall & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Hotel Review: Andaz Amsterdam – Garden View King Room

On a recent trip to Europe, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen was passing through Amsterdam for a few days and decided to put his points to use at one of the city’s most popular chain properties, the Andaz. Here’s his review of the experience. Booking I hadn’t really planned on spending any time in Amsterdam…

Tivoli São Paulo Review and Why I Still Dabble with Hotels.com

The first leg of my recent Brazil and Asia trip was to São Paulo for an amFAR event, and I stayed at the boutique, high-design Tivoli São Paulo – Mofarrej in the happening Jardins district. Though the Tivoli isn’t a traditional big-chain or points property, it still provided a great opportunity for me to book through Hotels.com and get…

Save on Spring Hotel Stays with Membership Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr compares the savings offered by membership discount programs to see which one offers the best deals. The first day of Spring has come and gone, but given this year’s winter many of you may not have even noticed. Let’s take your mind off of the continuing snow (sorry Northeasterners) and emerge…

Free United Miles, Hotels.com Discount, 2x AA Business Extra

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Business Extra Members Earn Double Points LAX–ATL Business Extra members can earn double Business Extra points when traveling on American Airlines between Atlanta and Los Angeles using the promo code LAXATL15. You must first register for the promotion, and your…

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…

Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via Hotels.com?

I’ve written previously about online travel agency Hotels.com and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that Hotels.com offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that…

Online Travel Agency Loyalty Programs – the Basics

Lately, there have been quite a few changes in the world of online travel agencies (OTAs), including the launch of Expedia + Rewards, a new credit card from Orbitz, and the end of Chase Ultimate Rewards’ online shopping portal bonuses at a number of sites like Travelocity and Priceline. With all that in mind, I thought…