What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Krassi is curious about my top picks for hotel awards, so I put […]

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Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

November 21, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Is Hyatt’s Cash + Points Booking Option a Good Value?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “What do you think of Hyatt’s Cash + Points booking option versus just paying full price or saving up points to book rewards? I  always like having options when it comes time to redeem my points, so I was happy when Hyatt introduced the Cash + […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Discounts, $50 off Emirates

November 15, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles for Shopping In order to get in the game and compete with all the other current pre-Thanksgiving shopping bonuses, American has launched a shopping portal bonus where you can earn 350 bonus miles […]

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Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

November 11, 2014

Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online won’t add a huge amount to my final bill. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at which hotel brands offer free WiFi as a standard or elite […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Chicago- Regency Club King

November 10, 2014

We were recently in Chicago for the Chicago Seminars which was being held in Elk Grove, Illinois. TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines chose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Here’s his review of the property.  While we were attending the Chicago Seminars in Elk Grove (near O’Hare), I decided to stay downtown at the Hyatt […]

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30% Bonus for Buying Hyatt Gold Passport Points

November 10, 2014

Now through December 10, 2014, Hyatt Gold Passport is running a promotion offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. While a 30% bonus is pretty standard for Hyatt buy-points promos, the current offer is better than past promotions, since the bonus isn’t tiered based on how many points you purchase. You can score the 30% bonus when buying as few […]

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Earn Bonus Southwest and Marriott Points, Hyatt Gift Card Sale

November 8, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Marriott Reward Points for Canada Stays You can earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Reward Points per night (with a maximum of 7,500 points per stay) at select Marriott properties in Canada. The offer includes stays […]

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New Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts for Winter Getaways

November 6, 2014

Hyatt recently launched two new all-inclusive brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, and to celebrate, they’re offering a special promotion for Hyatt Gold Passport Members of 50% off the daily rate and the fifth night free at any of five new properties. The daily rates may seem high, but keep in mind that they’re all-inclusive, so the […]

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Hotel Choice Benefits for Top Tier Elites: The Weekly Wish

November 6, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: offer choice benefits to top tier hotel elites. The first class I ever attended as a college freshman was Economics, and on the board, the professor wrote, “There’s no […]

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Is the Hyatt Diamond Challenge Going Away?

November 4, 2014

This year’s Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge was perhaps the most generous hotel elite status challenge I’ve seen. Hyatt Diamond Status is normally earned after 50 nights or 25 stays, but with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, you only had to stay 12 nights within 60 days to earn status that lasts for over a year. You received all the perks of Hyatt Diamond status […]

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Late Checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond: the Weekly Wish

October 23, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: guaranteed late checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond elites. I’m sure many of you have been in a position where your travel plans don’t mesh well with an 11 am […]

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Overview of Hotel Resort Fees and How to Avoid Them

October 21, 2014

As an award travel enthusiast, I’ll be the first to admit that airlines and hotels don’t always make it easy. Changing programs, inconsistent policies, and unexpected fees all add to the challenge of using your points and miles effectively. But for every problem that pops up, you can count on award travelers to find several solutions. […]

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8 Haunted Points Hotels for Halloween

October 18, 2014

Escaping from your normal plane of existence this Halloween? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of U.S. hotels with frightful pasts and present day treats, like delightful amenities and, in most cases, availability during Halloween weekend and for points redemption. Hotel Monteleone – New Orleans, Louisiana The Hotel & the Haunting: Voodoo-steeped New Orleans prides itself on being America’s most haunted city. […]

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Contest Roundup: Free Hyatt Nights, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji

October 17, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Texas for the NCAA football playoffs, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji or a five night getaway in Hyatt property. Win a Five Night Getaway Courtesy of Kiwi, Hyatt, Afar and Ghurka Enter the Jetset the World contest by clicking on your dream destination […]

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Completing the Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge

October 8, 2014

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines is about to embark on a Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge over the next two months. In today’s post, Ryan provides an overview of the Hyatt challenge, and explains his plans to achieve Hyatt Diamond Elite Status. As the year comes to an end, I’ve been re-evaluating my hotel elite status, and […]

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Hotel Review: Andaz Wall Street, New York – Andaz Suite

October 7, 2014

TPG Contributor Nick Ewen recently stayed at the Andaz Wall Street with his wife for a weekend getaway. Here’s his review of the luxurious Hyatt brand’s Wall Street outpost. Stay tuned for more New York hotel reviews from the TPG team’s recent travels. I have a confession to make: as a native New Yorker, I’ve gone […]

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Can I Book Hotel Award Nights for Someone Else?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Christopher emailed me to ask: “I want to book an award stay in Las Vegas for my brother-in-law using Hyatt Gold Passport points. Is this possible?  Can you book an award stay without actually being there in person?” The short answer here is yes-you can book an award stay for someone else, and […]

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Discounted Hyatt Stays, Bonus Club Carlson Points and More

October 4, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Delta Skymiles for Donating to United Way United Way is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. If you donate over $50 to United Way, you can […]

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1,000 Bonus Hyatt Points for Booking with Mobile App

October 3, 2014

Hot on the heels of Hyatt’s new partnership between its mobile app and car service Uber, the hotel brand has just launched a promotion that will earn you 1,000 bonus Gold Passport points for stays booked via its mobile app between now and December 31, 2014. Hyatt’s Mobile App  Hyatt’s free app, available for both iPhone and Android, allows you to research the […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Credit Card Benefits to Maximize Before 2015

September 23, 2014

As I’ve often said, one of the great tragedies for travelers is letting loyalty points and frequent flyer miles expire, and I think the same goes for unused credit card benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen will guide us through some of the best offers and benefits whose days are numbered, to help you make […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Rewards Points

September 18, 2014

Last year, Hyatt and MGM Resorts formed a strategic partnership in Las Vegas between their two in-house loyalty programs. Hyatt Gold Passport members are able to earn and redeem points at 12 M life destinations in Vegas, and members are also be able to earn credit toward tier status for eligible stays and eligible nights at participating […]

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Win Trips to Mexico, Belize, Mauritius & New York City

September 10, 2014

Here are some of this week’s fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web – and here’s hoping you win a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Win a Trip to Baja California From Discover Baja  Follow these steps: Follow @Discoverbaja on Twitter Send a tweet to share how you Do Baja, including the hash tag #DoBaja (e.g., […]

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