Hotel Openings Worldwide For March 2015

Earlier this year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shared the most exciting hotel openings planned for 2015. However, since that list of 15 properties barely scratched the surface of new hotels we’ll see open across the world this year, he’ll now share a list on a regular basis. This first installment covers openings from January through March, but look out for new entries…

Which Hotels Follow Their Own “No Blackout Dates” Policies?

While many loyalty programs make it easy to redeem your points and miles, others make it unnecessarily difficult. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how some hotels circumvent their own policies to impede award redemptions, and explains what you can do about it. In the points and miles game, knowledge is…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…

Which Is Better: Chase Ritz-Carlton or Amex Platinum Card?

Many people have reported being targeted for the 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express through the CardMatch Tool. Be sure to check for yourself to see what offers are available to you (there is no credit check)! TPG reader @AGlobalAffair tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “How would you rate the benefits of…

Valentine’s Day: Sexy Hotel Packages for Couples

Each year, Valentine’s Day provides hotels with the perfect opportunity to create custom-themed packages that run the gamut from fun to exquisite—and even downright naughty. For couples seeking a romantic escape for the holiday, TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann presents a bouquet of hotel packages for Valentine’s Day that feature everything from specialty touches to way over-the-top perks. “The Perfect Proposal,” The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. This package definitely takes…

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

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. 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…

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…