Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at…

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel credit card should have, such as earning multiple points per dollar on purchases within the hotel chain, and other bonus categories. There are also benefits that some hotel cards have…

Double TrueBlue Points, Starwood Asia Pacific Sale & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Emirates Blocks Upgrades on the Cheapest Fare Class Emirates is changing their rules regarding upgrades on February 1, 2015. Emirates flyers with fares categorized as Business Special and Economy Special will no longer be able to upgrade their tickets….

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Offers Double Elite Nights for 2015

Ritz-Carlton has launched a promotion offering double elite credits to Ritz-Carlton Rewards members. Much like the 2014 promotion, you’ll earn two nights credit toward elite status for each eligible night stay at participating properties for the entire 2015 calendar year. Whether you’re new to Ritz-Carlton Rewards or an established member looking to boost your elite status level, this promotion is a…

How Much is Marriott Rewards Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Marriott Rewards elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t always…

What To Do In Kyoto (Anytime But Winter)

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

10 New Hotel Spas & Wellness Programs for a Refreshing 2015

When you’re a regular traveler, it’s pretty common to make—and break—New Year’s resolutions for healthier living. Happily, spas at resorts and hotel chains are helping guests stay on track. TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann has assembled a selection of spa properties with some delightful new programs and relaxing services that will have you starting 2015 on a completely refreshed…

The Top 15 New Hotels Opening in 2015

Another year means another spate of hotel openings and fabulous properties around the world where you can earn and redeem points. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the most exciting new hotels to look out for as 2015 unfolds. With the global economy recovering, many hotel openings or restorations…

The Etihad Mistake-Fare Guide to Abu Dhabi

‘Twas the morning of Christmas, and in the U.A.E., Etihad’s mainframe was glitching, releasing fares (almost) for free…If you were lucky enough to nab one of those amazing Etihad mistake fares last year/month, congratulations on acting quickly! To save you time on researching what to do in the Middle East carrier’s hub city of Abu Dhabi,…

9 Top International Hotel Club Lounges & How to Gain Access

Earlier this month, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne wrote about the top 10 hotel club lounges in the U.S., along with tips for getting access. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes that list abroad with his look at 10 international hotel lounges that will bring your future hotel stays to a new level. If you’re a road warrior like me, chances are you’ve…