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…

Etihad 4x Miles, Hilton SE Asia Sale, Southwest New Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Choice Hotels Stays You can earn up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at Cambria Hotels and Suites and 750 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at other participating Choice hotels through June 15,…

Alaska Airlines Adds New Service to Costa Rica

Today Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding service from Los Angeles to Costa Rica. Eight weekly flights will begin to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR) on October 31 and November 1. Costa Rica is a beautiful destination. I traveled there for New Year’s Eve last year and stayed at a Hilton property and…

Travel Like Mad Men (And Women)

Ever wish you could visit hotels you see on fabulous television series like Mad Men? TPG Contributor Drew Limsky offers up some hotels to visit for those of you who want to live large, Mad Men retro-style.  The characters on Mad Men are hotel people—they drop hotel names in conversation and use their restaurants and rooms as…

Redeeming One Year of Points from the Citi Hilton Reserve

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 too 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…

8 Great Hotel Awards That Just Got Cheaper

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, usually for the worse. Sometimes, however, the changes work in our favor, as TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains. Around the end of each year, it’s common for the major hotel chains to announce category reassignments for various properties. This is typically a source of much consternation and anxiety among award travelers, as…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for April 2015

In the constantly shifting landscape of loyalty programs, which credit cards you carry are key to the success of your award travel strategy. Not only do frequent flyer mileage and hotel points programs change at a moment’s notice, but so do the credit cards associated with them. Sign-up bonuses rise and fall, benefits are added…

5 Small Cities in Europe Where You Can Live Large

As the dollar edges closer to the Euro and holds strong against other European currencies, it seems like Europe is on every budget-conscious traveler’s mind. But why focus solely on crowded hotspots when there are plenty of charming places scattered throughout the continent that are also worth checking out? TPG France-based Contributor Lane Nieset takes us through five of the most…

10 Spots to Use Citi Hilton Reserve’s $100 Statement Credit

You can’t ask for much better than getting a free flight or hotel room while still earning travel rewards and elite credits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen offers 10 great options for doing just that by using a newly offered perk on one of Hilton’s co-branded credit cards. Earlier this week, Hilton launched a…

4 Ways to Use the Citi Hilton Reserve $100 Statement Credit

On Monday I wrote about an improved sign-up bonus for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, which is currently offering a $100 statement credit when you spend $100 or more on a Hilton stay in the first three months — that’s in addition to the two free weekend nights you earn by making $2,500 in purchases in the first…