Is Getting the Wyndham Rewards Visa Worth It?

TPG reader Sarah messaged me to ask: “What are your thoughts on the Wyndham Rewards Visa card with the increased 45,000 sign-up bonus? Is it worth it to get even though it has a $69 annual fee?” Wyndham Rewards recently shook up the industry with a new redemption strategy: Wyndham redemptions are now just 15,000 points…

How Can I Combine Points from Two Hyatt Gold Passport Accounts?

TPG reader Donna tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Hyatt Diamond member and my sister wanted to give me 12,000 points from her account. Is it easy for her to do so?” Hyatt actually makes it really easy to combine points. You can do the points transfer for free; you just have to fill…

Points Intervention: Maximizing Hotel Stays

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Hotel Review: The Fairmont San Francisco

Perched atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco has been considered one of the most elegant hotels in town since it opened in 1907 — and after his recent stay there, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan would agree … to a point. Lavishly paved in marble and gilded details, the imposing Fairmont San Francisco offers 591 guest rooms and suites, some…

6 Must-See Theme Parks Around the World

Summer is the most popular time of the year for visiting amusement parks in North America, but if you’re traveling a bit further afield than Florida, you’ll discover that many of the most exciting new developments are happening in other parts of the globe. Having worked in theme park operations for more than two decades, TPG…

Maximizing Distance-Based Awards: TPG 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 made possible by points and…

Redeeming Ultimate Rewards Points for a Free Hotel Stay

Chase offers many different options for redeeming your Ultimate Rewards points, but some are better deals than others. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his tips for getting the most out of this incredibly valuable currency. Flexible point currencies such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards can be a blessing and…

Earn 25,000 Starpoints with the SPG Amex Sign-Up Bonus

Starwood has updated its sign-up bonus offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. You’ll now receive 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $3,000 within the first three months of getting this card, with a waived annual fee the first year. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after using…

An Early Look at the Future of Starwood Hotels

From smartphone hotel room unlocking to robot butlers, we’ve already seen quite a bit of innovation when it comes to select Starwood brands. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig dropped by One Star Point (Starwood’s world headquarters) for a look at other technologies coming soon to a hotel near you. If you walk into an early adopter’s…

Why I Think The Upper House Hong Kong is Overrated

Anytime The Upper House in Hong Kong has come up in conversation with fellow travelers, they’ve swooned. So on the final leg of my recent Asia trip, I was excited to finally stay there myself. And true to form, when I posted my photos from the hotel on Instagram, it seemed like everyone exclaimed,”That’s my favorite…