Last Chance for 80,000 Bonus Points with the Marriott Rewards Visa

Last month we wrote about an increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase, which is currently offering 80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months. The normal bonus is just 50,000 points, and while there are frequently offers for 70,000 points, we rarely see a bonus this…

Free Marriott Points, United Club Access Changes & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Buy Your Way into Air France’s La Première Lounge Air France is opening up its First Class Lounge privileges in Paris (CDG) for passengers on long-haul flights with an Air France business class ticket. Here’s what you’ll have to…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2015

Loyalty programs change all the time, and so do the credit cards associated with them. Bonuses rise and fall, benefits shift and mileage charts are revalued, all with little or no notice. Staying up to date on the credit card marketplace is imperative for a successful award-travel strategy. That can be a lot to keep track…

Hotel Review: The AC Hotel Carlton Madrid

During Gay Pride weekend, when Madrid hotels were all but overflowing, TPG Contributor Nicholas du Pont was able to secure space at the AC Hotel Carlton Madrid, a fairly convenient hotel that offers clean, quiet accommodation — but not much else. The recently renovated 122-room AC Hotel Carlton Madrid is situated a stone’s throw from the Atocha…

Is the Marriott Rewards Premier 80,000-Point Bonus Worth it?

TPG Reader Enrique wrote in to ask about one of the latest sign-up bonus offers: “Is the Marriott Rewards Premier card with an 80,000-point bonus worth getting?” Marriott recently released a limited-time increased sign-up bonus offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card. You can earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the…

Hotel Review: JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

In January, Eric Rosen shared the top 15 new hotels opening in 2015 and one of the most anticipated was the JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa. TPG Contributor Joel Ward had the opportunity to stay at this luxurious Italian resort and spa only weeks after its grand opening, so read on to find out if…

U.S. News and World Report Releases Rewards Program Rankings

U.S. News and World Report just released its annual award program rankings. Today, TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the results. U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of travel rewards programs today. Each year, USNWR ranks both airline and hotel rewards programs — and while you might not want to give these ratings too…

Hotel Review: Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel

Prior to train-hopping through the Swiss Alps, TPG Contributor Joel Ward spent some time in Zurich, Switzerland, with a stay at the Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel. In one of the most expensive cities in the world, this excellent business hotel is a bit out of the standard tourist zone, but that gives it several advantages. Read…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…