Your Layover Guide to Los Angeles (LAX)

Our “Your Layover Guide” series feature airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG Contributor (and pro photographer) Patrick T. Fallon guides…

One Year of Earning and Burning with the SPG Amex

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when it comes…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? September Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Hotel Review: Virgin Hotels Chicago

On a recent trip to the Windy City, TPG Editorial Intern Kevin Song stayed at the new — and highly anticipated — Virgin Hotels Chicago. Here’s his take on the experience. Hip mood lighting, edgy music and a certain flair for eccentricity are what flyers on the Virgin Group’s airlines — including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America…

Your Points and Miles Guide to London

In the second installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to London using points and miles. From Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, the London Eye to Buckingham Palace, one thing’s for sure: London has a lot of sights to offer. And with more flights passing…

Hotel Review: Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

Last night, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig stayed at the brand-new Aloft hotel in Manhattan’s Financial District, New York City’s latest Starwood property. I live in NYC’s Financial District, so I’ve had my eye on the Aloft Downtown for a couple of years now. The hotel was first expected to open a full year ago, in…

Getting to the Bottom of Wyndham Award Availability

Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman examines the lack of award availability in the new Wyndham Rewards program, and offers a new avenue of redress for TPG readers. When Wyndham revamped its loyalty program this spring, we were excited. The massive chain opened the doors to flat-rate award nights at more than 7,500 properties in over 70 countries, along with a…

Can I Earn Hotel Points at the Bellagio in Las Vegas?

TPG reader @Spirith20 tweeted me a question about earning points in Vegas: @ThePointsGuy — “I’ll be staying at the Bellagio soon. Any suggestions for how to earn points on the stay with a hotel partner?” Back in the day it was hard to earn hotel points in Vegas, and most people didn’t even consider that an option….

Should I Transfer Starpoints to AAdvantage for the 20% Bonus?

TPG reader @RicMansur tweeted me a question about what to do with a stack of Starpoints: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m taking a trip to Southeast Asia; should I transfer my 20,000 SPG points to American Airlines, or use them for a hotel?” Starwood Preferred Guest is the only transferable points program that transfers directly into American…

1,000 Delta Miles with SPG, New IHG Sign-Up Bonus and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 1,000 Delta SkyMiles with SPG Stay two nights or longer at any Starwood hotel through January 31, 2016 and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles. When booking, use rate code AIRPRODL and be sure to have your SkyMiles…