Historic Wyndham Hotels That You Can Book With Points

While many hotels affiliated with major loyalty programs can seem cookie-cutter, not all properties were cast from the same mold. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at some historic properties within the Wyndham brand, all of which can be booked using points. Some frequent travelers get tired of staying in the…

Thursday Giveaway: Nobu Las Vegas Hotel Package Valued at $1,970

TPG fans following me on Instagram and Snapchat might have heard about my disappointing experience at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. As mentioned in the review, the hotel reached out after seeing my passive aggressive Instagram photo (below) and offered to bring me back to the hotel for a second…

Hotel Review: The Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

I usually go to Las Vegas once or twice a year and I try to stay at a new hotel each time. I don’t have a favorite, but I like the Palazzo (IHG, big rooms and great views) and Mandarin Oriental (a sanctuary in the center of craziness that is non-smoking and non-gambling). But, I am…

80,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier Card

Good news if you’re interested in booking award travel with Marriott or Ritz-Carlton: The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card are increasing their sign-up bonuses to 80,000 points after $3,000 spent in the first three months. That’s 30,000 Marriott Rewards points more than the standard 50,000-point offer. This isn’t…

An Unforgettable Experience at the Cayman Cookout

As a Ritz-Carlton Platinum Elite member, I’d heard of the Cayman Cookout before. It’s been going on for eight years now and has really become one of the most exclusive events in the Caribbean. So, naturally, I was dying to try it. The Cayman Cookout is a five-day culinary extravaganza, and it’s really unrivaled in…

Can I Book Marriott Hotel + Air Packages Without Set Dates?

TPG reader Kenneth sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Marriott Hotel + Air packages: “I’m thinking of booking a Marriott Hotel + Air package to get the Southwest Companion Pass, but I don’t have any upcoming stays planned. Can I buy the package, get the Companion Pass, and then redeem the hotel portion later?”…

When Should I Pay Cash Rather Than Redeem Points?

TPG reader Irka emailed me to ask about striking a balance between earning and redeeming points: “I stay with Hilton when I travel for work, so I tend to stick with Hilton properties when I travel for pleasure. Is there a simple formula for deciding when to pay cash for my room and when to redeem points? How do I account for…

Can I Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free Twice in One Stay?

TPG reader Scott sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Citi Prestige benefits: “If I use the Citi Prestige card for a 10-night stay at a hotel, do I get both the fourth and eighth nights free?” Based on the emails and comments coming into TPG each day, there’s a lot of interest right now…

Should I Earn SPG and Marriott Points While I Still Can?

TPG reader Kavin emailed me to ask about strategizing for the Marriott-Starwood merger: “Should I sign up for both the Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex before the two programs merge?” There’s been both a lot of excitement and anxiety over the future of SPG since Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood back in November. Marriott CEO…

10 Photos: New Orleans’ Historic French Quarter

TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin returns to her spicy home state to share glimpses of the French Quarter, one of the most visited and historic districts in North America. (All photos were taken by the author — follow more of Kelsy’s travels on Instagram and Twitter.) Without mincing words or showing bias for my favorite city, New…