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…

Earn Up to 120,000 Bonus Points with Ritz-Carlton’s Latest Promotion (Targeted)

Update: A representative has confirmed that this promotion is targeted, however if you haven’t been able to apply, you can call the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Guest Services Team for assistance. Additionally, this promotion only applies to stays at Ritz-Carlton properties. Ritz-Carlton just announced its latest member offer, “Rewarding Journeys.” The promotion gives Ritz-Carlton members the chance to earn up…

The Best Credit Cards for Marriott Guests

If you’re looking to earn points toward hotel award stays and enjoy elite-status perks while you’re at it, credit cards should definitely be a part of your award travel strategy. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through the best options for those who frequently stay at Marriott properties. With over 4,000…

Can I Get Marriott Rewards Gold Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Angela sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott status: “I stay with Marriott a lot for work, and I have a Marriott card that gives me Silver status. Is there another card that can get me Gold status (like the Business Platinum Amex for SPG and Hilton)?” Hotel loyalty programs offer quite…

Should I Join Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards?

TPG reader Jacob sent me a message on Facebook to ask about hotel loyalty programs: “I’ll be staying at a Ritz-Carlton property soon, and was wondering whether I should sign up for their loyalty program or Marriott Rewards. If it makes a difference, I have Gold status with Hilton and Platinum status with Hyatt.” While Marriott has owned and…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending and More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Not everyone travels frequently enough to earn elite status with a hotel loyalty program the normal way, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, you can still reach elite tiers through…

What is Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen continues the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…

8 Incredible Islands to Escape the Cold This Winter

While there are still a few weeks to go before spring rolls around, you can beat the system by wintering in these summer locales, island hopping everywhere from Maui to the Maldives. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us around the globe to eight beautiful spots worth spending some time in this season. The best part: They’re all…

6 Spots to Hit the Slopes with Points This Winter

A ski trip to a luxurious mountainside resort can be a spendy vacation, but TPG Contributor Lane Nieset reminds us that cashing in your hotel points can smooth out the moguls and bring six of the world’s most fabulous, redemption-friendly ski destinations within closer reach. Be sure to see the bottom of this post for suggestions of credit cards that will…

80,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier Card

Good news if you’re interested in booking award travel with Marriott or Ritz-Carlton: The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card are increasing their sign-up bonuses to 80,000 points after $3,000 spent in the first three months. That’s 30,000 Marriott Rewards points more than the standard 50,000-point offer. This isn’t…