Getting to the Bottom of Wyndham Award Availability

Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman examines the lack of award availability in the new Wyndham Rewards program, and offers a new avenue of redress for TPG readers. When Wyndham revamped its loyalty program this spring, we were excited. The massive chain opened the doors to flat-rate award nights at more than 7,500 properties in over 70 countries, along with a…

Your Points and Miles Guide to New York City

In the first installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to New York City using points and miles.  Gotham. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Yet an even better nickname for New York City might be the “Points and Miles Capital of…

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…

What Are the Best Rewards Hotel Options in Jerusalem?

TPG reader Daniel tweeted me to ask about finding a hotel in Jerusalem: @thepointsguy – “Do you have any rewards hotel recommendations in Jerusalem? I can only see Waldorf/Hilton and Crowne/IHG.” I’ve never been to Israel, but I really would like to visit in the future. There are plenty of options in Tel Aviv, but your…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Wyndham Rewards Visa

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much even a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when…

Why the Wyndham Rewards Visa Is Now a High-Value Hotel Card

The landscape of award travel is constantly changing, and it’s helpful to periodically reassess which loyalty programs and travel rewards cards offer you the best value. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a deeper look at the Wyndham Rewards Visa, and explains why it deserves your attention. Hardly a month goes by without news of a…

6 Places to Have a Blast on the Fourth of July

It might be less than a month away, but there’s still plenty of time (and points redemption/earning opportunities) to book a getaway for Fourth of July weekend. Whether you’re looking to bliss out on a sleepy shoreline, sing along at a Beach Boys concert, cheer at a hot dog-eating contest or run a 5K, TPG…

6 Wyndham US Beach Properties that make for Awesome Awards

With a nod to the quickly approaching start of summer, today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shares his favorite domestic Wyndham properties that offer both a great beach destination and a solid award redemption. The more I dig into the Wyndham brand, the more I continue to get excited about the recent “revaulation” of the Wyndham Rewards program. For many of you, the name Wyndham might bring to…