Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards for Trips to the Caribbean

In August, Chase introduced a fantastic new credit card that quickly became a sensation: the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. The card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. This sign-up bonus is worth at least $1,500 when…

Hyatt Details Lifetime Globalist Elite Status

Update 11/21/16 3:35pm: Hyatt just provided the following statement, which reinforces what we’ve outlined below: Lifetime Globalist status will launch as part of the World of Hyatt on March 1, 2017. Current Lifetime Diamond members will receive Lifetime Globalist status in World of Hyatt. Lifetime Globalist status will be granted to members in good standing who…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Hotel Deals for 2016

Be sure to bookmark this post, as we’ll be updating it through Cyber Monday 2016. If you spot a deal that isn’t listed below please share it in the comments. Also, see our Black Friday airfare deal roundup here. With Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) approaching, it’s time to dig in to the various online deals from by your…

Cash in Your Points for a Presidential Party in D.C. This January

Between Donald Trump’s tweets and Hillary Clinton’s emails, the 24-hour news cycle has been working overtime in what has to be the strangest election season in US history. And while today may be the big decision day, some hotels in Washington, D.C. are already looking forward to another important date on the calendar: Inauguration Day. Regardless…

Best and Worst Airports, An Incredible First Class You Can Book With Miles, November Valuations and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises in November Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers, you know how overwhelming it can be. Digging through all of the discounts and other mediocre deals to find the ones actually worth considering is a daunting task. We’ll continue to post separately…

Is it Worth Mattress-Running to Earn Hyatt Globalist Status?

Last week, Hyatt made waves in the points and miles world by announcing radical changes to its loyalty program beginning on March 1, 2017. In a nutshell, Hyatt Gold Passport is being replaced by a program called World of Hyatt, and the new top-tier status level will be known as Globalist. We did a detailed…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? November 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…

Using Points and Miles for a Family Award Trip to Maui

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express Hawaii is not just a romantic destination for couples; it can actually be an outstanding place for award travelers to vacation as a family. Honolulu is the most popular destination in Hawaii, but its visitors tend to be business, military or international…

How Does Hyatt’s Upcoming Globalist Status Compare to Gold Passport Diamond?

Hyatt’s Gold Passport program has been a favorite of many award travelers thanks to relatively affordable award nights and valuable perks like Diamond Suite Upgrades. Well, for better or worse, the hotel chain’s shaking things up — today it was announced that a new World of Hyatt program will replace Gold Passport on March 1,…