How an Expat Went From 0 Credit to 7 Cards and 1 Million Miles

If you’re a newcomer to the US or are just starting to build credit with the goal of opening travel rewards cards, the road ahead of you can deem daunting. But, as TPG Contributor Mike Toledo explains, it’s entirely possible to grow your credit score from scratch and eventually get incredible value out of the most lucrative credit cards…

National Convention City Face-Off: Philly vs. Cleveland

With both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions coming up (July 18-21 and 25-28, respectively), TPG Contributor Adam Erace takes a closer look at the two host cities, Philadelphia and Cleveland, to see which one is a more worthy contender. Unless you’ve been living in a doomsday bunker we’ll all be trying to buy our way into soon, you may…

Does the Marriott Rewards Experiences Marketplace Offer Good Value?

Award nights are the most popular (and typically most valuable) way to redeem your hotel points, but many loyalty programs offer a variety of other ways to put your rewards to use, such as exclusive VIP experiences at sports events, restaurants and more. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look…

A Last-Minute Trip to the Stanley Cup — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Receive Up to 55,000 Bonus Miles When Transferring to Aeroplan

Back in March, there was a great promotion that allowed you to score 55,000 bonus Aeroplan miles when transferring loyalty points. And now, the promotion is back. The current promotion runs through August 15, 2016, and allows customers to transfer hotel loyalty points and receive up to 55,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles, which can then be used toward future award travel. Even…

$99 Iceland Flights, Best New Routes, How Airlines Train Flight Attendants 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:…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s time to think about where you’re staying. Luckily, there are tons of points hotel options all over Europe, whether you’re…

How to Pick the Perfect Thai Island Paradise For You

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for choosing the perfect Thai island paradise for you, outlining the perks of some of the most popular islands in order to help you find one or two that suit your needs. (All photos are by author unless otherwise specified).  With hundreds of islands scattered across the Gulf of…

Score 500 Bonus Points Just for Following Marriott Rewards on Instagram

Earlier this year, Marriott announced that its Rewards members would get special discounts on stays when they book directly through the chain. Now, the hotel brand is running a promotion where members can receive 500 bonus points simply by following the Marriott Rewards page on Instagram before June 21. If you’re not already a member, you can still sign up for…

Should I Take a Mattress Run to Complete a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Hunter sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott elite status: “I’m currently two stays away from completing the Marriott Platinum challenge. I normally spend about 50 nights each year with Marriott, but I don’t have any plans to travel before my challenge period ends. I found a local hotel where I can…