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Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

December 17, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The […]

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8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

December 16, 2014

Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24. Based on the eight U.S. cities with the largest Jewish populations, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne suggests a menorah’s worth of hotels to inspire celebrating the Festival of Lights […]

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Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 16, 2014

Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. As 2014 comes to an end, I’m sure that elite status qualification is (and will remain) on many of your minds. Last week, I […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So […]

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250 Bonus MQMs, Earn Double Starpoints, Hyatt & Hilton Sales

December 13, 2014

 Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn 250 Delta MQMs and Double SkyMiles for Hilton HHonors Stays If you complete a two night Hilton stay by December 20, 2014 as a Hilton HHonors member, you can earn double SkyMiles as well as 250 Delta MQMS (very […]

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More Changes to Hyatt Gold Passport in 2015

December 11, 2014

Soon after I shared yesterday’s Hyatt Gold Passport category changes for 2015, the hotel chain’s loyalty program announced three more impending differences for the coming year: Hyatt will be extending its popular Points + Cash rates, is eliminating its fledgling My Elite Rate, and starting January 1, 2015, will guarantee that all guests will receive their confirmed bed type upon check-in. Offering Hyatt Gold […]

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Hyatt Gold Passport Announces Category Changes for 2015

December 10, 2014

Hyatt is implementing some category chart changes for 2015, but luckily so far, no word on devaluations. After the 2014 devaluation, I am relieved to hear that the 2015 changes will simply be re-categorizing a total of 70 Hyatt properties. Effective on January, 22, 2015, Hyatt will be shifting 48 hotels to a lower category and 22 […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

December 10, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination, […]

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What’s the Best Way to Get Free Hotel Club Lounge Access?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are some of the best ways to get club lounge access at hotels without paying for it?” We always talk about airline lounge access, but to be honest, hotel lounges can be even better, including much nicer spreads and open bars. Some of my personal favorite […]

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Hotel Review: Andaz West Hollywood – Room with a View

December 6, 2014

While in town for the launch of the new TPG To Go App, Points and Miles editor Peter Rothbart stayed at my go-to Los Angeles hotel, the Andaz West Hollywood. Here’s his review of this swank Hyatt property. Looming over a posh, winding stretch of Sunset Boulevard, the Andaz West Hollywood is hip but elegant, and a quintessentially LA experience. Highlights […]

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Free 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points (Targeted)

December 3, 2014

According to this Flyertalk thread, Hyatt is sending out emails to customers offering them a 1,000 free Hyatt Gold Passport points. The emails seem to be targeted at Hyatt Gold Passport members with the co-branded Hyatt Visa, though it can’t hurt to check to see if you’re able to register. If you did receive an email, it should […]

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Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

December 2, 2014

Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in America, as well as tips on how to earn your way into them through their affiliated loyalty programs and co-branded credit cards. Gaining entry to private club lounges like these will take your future hotel […]

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3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Sale, and Bonus Starpoints

November 29, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save up to 35% and Earn up to 3,000 AAdvantage Miles on Avis Rentals You can save up to 35% on Avis rentals and earn up to 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles on Avis car rentals through December 31, 2014. In […]

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What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Krassi is curious about my top picks for hotel awards, so I put […]

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Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

November 21, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Is Hyatt’s Cash + Points Booking Option a Good Value?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “What do you think of Hyatt’s Cash + Points booking option versus just paying full price or saving up points to book rewards? I  always like having options when it comes time to redeem my points, so I was happy when Hyatt introduced the Cash + […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Discounts, $50 off Emirates

November 15, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles for Shopping In order to get in the game and compete with all the other current pre-Thanksgiving shopping bonuses, American has launched a shopping portal bonus where you can earn 350 bonus miles […]

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Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

November 11, 2014

Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online won’t add a huge amount to my final bill. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at which hotel brands offer free WiFi as a standard or elite […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Chicago- Regency Club King

November 10, 2014

We were recently in Chicago for the Chicago Seminars which was being held in Elk Grove, Illinois. TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines chose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Here’s his review of the property.  While we were attending the Chicago Seminars in Elk Grove (near O’Hare), I decided to stay downtown at the Hyatt […]

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30% Bonus for Buying Hyatt Gold Passport Points

November 10, 2014

Now through December 10, 2014, Hyatt Gold Passport is running a promotion offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. While a 30% bonus is pretty standard for Hyatt buy-points promos, the current offer is better than past promotions, since the bonus isn’t tiered based on how many points you purchase. You can score the 30% bonus when buying as few […]

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Earn Bonus Southwest and Marriott Points, Hyatt Gift Card Sale

November 8, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Marriott Reward Points for Canada Stays You can earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Reward Points per night (with a maximum of 7,500 points per stay) at select Marriott properties in Canada. The offer includes stays […]

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New Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts for Winter Getaways

November 6, 2014

Hyatt recently launched two new all-inclusive brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, and to celebrate, they’re offering a special promotion for Hyatt Gold Passport Members of 50% off the daily rate and the fifth night free at any of five new properties. The daily rates may seem high, but keep in mind that they’re all-inclusive, so the […]

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Hotel Choice Benefits for Top Tier Elites: The Weekly Wish

November 6, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: offer choice benefits to top tier hotel elites. The first class I ever attended as a college freshman was Economics, and on the board, the professor wrote, “There’s no […]

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Is the Hyatt Diamond Challenge Going Away?

November 4, 2014

This year’s Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge was perhaps the most generous hotel elite status challenge I’ve seen. Hyatt Diamond Status is normally earned after 50 nights or 25 stays, but with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, you only had to stay 12 nights within 60 days to earn status that lasts for over a year. You received all the perks of Hyatt Diamond status […]

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