What Are Points & Miles Worth? July 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…

Bonus AA Miles, Triple HHonors Points, New Airline Service

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double AAdvantage Miles with Fairmont This summer, you can earn double AAdvantage miles when you book one of the Fairmont F-scapes North American vacation packages for stays now through September 20, 2015. Here’s a list of all the…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and subtracted, often with little or no notice. Offers that are available today could be gone tomorrow (or even later today!). Because the cards you…

7 Low-Level IHG Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the IHG Rewards program. The top awards tend to be the most expensive, but that…

Finding Value with Marriott’s Cash + Points Awards

Many people get into award travel to score free flights and hotel stays, but another good way to maximize your travel rewards is through the points + cash rates offered by many hotel brands. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how these redemption options stack up in the Marriott Rewards program. Snagging an award…

Get a 20% Bonus When You Transfer SPG Points to American AAdvantage

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points are considered by TPG to be the most valuable loyalty rewards currency, but there are occasions when it might make sense to move your points to a different program. In addition to the great redemption rates at hotel properties and the SPG Moments program, you can transfer to a whopping 32 airline partners,…

The Most Pet-Friendly Points Hotels in America

Stumped about the best spots for summer stays with your pets in tow? TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has done the research to highlight eight hotel brands — and individual properties within them — that welcome you, your loyalty points and your furry friends. Kimpton Hotels Surfcomber South Beach — Miami, Florida At Kimpton‘s 60-plus hotels throughout the US, pets are welcomed free of charge, no matter what size,…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Wyndham Rewards Visa

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 many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much even a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when…

Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?

TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons: “I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so…

Hotel Review: Le Méridien Beach Plaza, Monte Carlo

Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world, the most densely populated and has the world’s highest per-capita income — that’s a lot of rich people in a very small space. Though it boasts an immense port, a world-famous casino and a surprising number of parks, there are few hotels in Monaco, and only four along the country’s 2.5-mile-long coastline. One…