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…

Save 20% on Marriott Hotel eGiftCards – Today Only

Today only, you can buy discounted Marriott Hotel electronic gift cards through the Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Today’s deal goes live at 1 pm ET. Here’s what’s being offered: $100 Marriott eGiftCard for $80 — 410 available (maximum purchase limit…

9 Marriott Properties that Make Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Marriott properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true…

Where Can I Use the IHG Rewards Club Card Free Night?

TPG reader Blake sent me this question: “Is the annual free night benefit from the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card valid for any category property?” A big trend these days with credit cards is to offer anniversary bonuses. Usually these bonuses kick in after you have to start paying the annual fee, and are an easy way…

Take a Vow: Best U.S. Hotels for Gay Weddings

With gay marriage now legal in 36 states plus the District of Columbia, same-sex couples can get hitched from north to south and east to west. TPG Contributor Drew Limsky leads you down the aisle to some of the best resorts and hotels for getting your gay (or straight, should you be so inclined) wedding party on.   …

Win a Scotland Adventure, Visit Hawaii & Curacao

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning a trip around Scotland, a gourmet getaway to Atlanta, an island escape to Curacao, airfare for two on Delta to your choice of destination, or a beach vacation to Hawaii. Win a Dream Vacation to Scotland From Walker’s You can win…

Milan Expo 2015: Where to Eat, Play and Stay

Aside from a lovely cathedral and one of the most famous frescoes on Earth, Milan is mostly known for being Italy’s banking and fashion capital, a business-centric city where travelers spend little to no time as tourists. That’s all going to change this year, however, when Milan Expo 2015 draws millions of visitors from all over the globe for six…

Should I Earn Points or Miles with Marriott Rewards?

TPG reader Andrew tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I am signing up for Marriott Rewards; should I set my earning preference for points or airline miles?” If you set your account to earn Marriott Rewards points, you’ll earn about 10 points per dollar spent at most Marriott brands. I value Marriott points at about 0.7 cents apiece…

10 Hotel Mobile Apps that Make Travel Easier

Travel plans can change, and any tool that gives you flexibility on the go can be a huge help. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which hotel apps are making it to easier to book rooms, find properties nearby, and more when you’re away from home. I’m always interested in finding tools than can improve my travel experience. Last week I reviewed…