Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards for Trips to the Caribbean

In August, Chase introduced a fantastic new credit card that quickly became a sensation: the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. The card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. This sign-up bonus is worth at least $1,500 when…

The Most Undervalued Hotel Loyalty Programs

Most of us are aware of the fantastic value you can reap from collecting and strategically redeeming points from Hyatt and Starwood. And even with Hilton’s award chart devaluation and Marriott’s high point requirements for award nights, you can still maximize the programs through smart redemptions and elite status benefits. However, it’s also worth exploring…

7 Hotel Rooms Designed by Dior, Bulgari and Other Fashion Icons

These days, fashion designers aren’t about just the runway — they’ve also delved into hotel decor. Travelers can add a little couture to their trips by staying in a hotel or room designed or inspired by a famous fashion house or designer. As you may imagine, these rooms are not only beautiful, but impeccably styled…

Earn up to 150k Points With the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card

The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card has been offering an 80,000-point sign-up bonus since February, and just in time for the spending-heavy holiday season it has a new offer. Currently, you can earn up to 150,000 points when you sign up for this card (or 50,000 Starpoints if you opt to transfer to Starwood Preferred…

How Starpoints Saved My Trip to Aruba — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Earn 5,000 HHonors Points on All Stays — Even Free Nights

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card One of the best parts of the Hilton HHonors program is the variety of promotions the company runs for its members — and, more specifically, how often they’re available. Right now, there are a couple of pretty nice promotions going on….

Hyatt Details Lifetime Globalist Elite Status

Update 11/21/16 3:35pm: Hyatt just provided the following statement, which reinforces what we’ve outlined below: Lifetime Globalist status will launch as part of the World of Hyatt on March 1, 2017. Current Lifetime Diamond members will receive Lifetime Globalist status in World of Hyatt. Lifetime Globalist status will be granted to members in good standing who…

IHG Encouraging Members to Book Direct by Taking Away Benefits

In an effort to get customers to pay for their hotel stays directly through the hotel, several chains have taken to offering increased incentives in order to get that business — mainly lower rates. Back in May, IHG announced its member-exclusive rate, which offers savings of about 3% on the nightly rate. Now, the chain…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Hotel Deals for 2016

Be sure to bookmark this post, as we’ll be updating it through Cyber Monday 2016. If you spot a deal that isn’t listed below please share it in the comments. Also, see our Black Friday airfare deal roundup here. With Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) approaching, it’s time to dig in to the various online deals from by your…

Breaking Down This Year’s IHG Priceless Experiences Promotions

Remember last year’s IHG Priceless Surprises promotion? The rules allowed for hand-written entries that could earn you 47,000 points for minimal cost and effort. IHG is back with a this year’s version of the promo, and though there are no mail-in entries this time around, you can still enter to win without a stay. The…