Hotels Are Now Targeting a New Demographic: People Who Don’t Want a Room

Ask someone — anyone — to explain the basic way a hotel makes money and the answer is likely to sound something like, “They charge out-of-towners $150 or so a night for a temporary home away from home.” While this does sum up the basic business strategy of any type of lodging facility, today’s hotels…

One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

How to Use and Maximize Free Nights from the IHG Credit Card

One of the best features of the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is the free night you’ll earn after your account renewal date. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how to use and maximize this perk. There are many reasons to carry travel rewards credit cards in your wallet beyond…

Redeeming Starpoints for Maximum Value

Thanks to a wide variety of high-value opportunities to redeem your points, Starpoints top TPG’s monthly valuations list. If you’re looking to redeem your rewards, though, it helps to know how each of the SPG program’s many redemption options stack up. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr ranks them all. More than a…

Booking A Hyatt Points + Cash Award When There’s No Availability

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in a difficult situation when a Hyatt Points + Cash award he meant to book mysteriously disappeared… after he’d transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book it. But as he discovered, Hyatt agents can sometimes open up award availability. As always, it never hurts to ask! I’m traveling to…

FYI: You Can Now Go Glamping in NYC — for $2,000 Per Night

“Roughing it” isn’t typically the way one would describe spending a night in New York City at one of the world’s most popular boutique hotel chains, but the W New York in Midtown Manhattan is doing its best to redefine the phrase in appropriately luxurious fashion — the property recently transformed the terrace of its spacious Extreme…

Earn Double Starpoints at Tribute Portfolio Properties with SPG’s Latest Promotion

Starwood has offered SPG members some pretty valuable promotions in the past, offering SPG members double Starpoints on stays of two nights or more last year. Now, SPG is letting members who book trips to eligible Tribute Portfolio properties the chance to earn double Starpoints on their stay. In order to get in on this promotion, you must register with SPG by October…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for Stays Through October 31

This morning, IHG released its latest list of IHG PointBreaks hotels. This new list includes 135 properties that are bookable for just 5,000 points per night now through October 31, 2016. In case you’re new to IHG Rewards, IHG PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels — like InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn…

Score 2,500 SPG Points by Adding an Authorized User to Your Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Card

SPG’s recent promotion is great news for anyone who currently holds a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express: by simply adding an authorized user to your credit card, you can earn an additional 2,500 SPG points. Although some cardholders may have received an email about the promotion, it seems that anyone can take advantage by adding an AU…