Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday With Free Entry to 412 NPS Sites — Plus, Points Hotels to Stay in Nearby

The first federal act of land protection, signed by President Lincoln in 1864, ceded the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California, “to be held for public use, resort and recreation.” Yellowstone National Park became the world’s first national park in 1872, and on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson’s…

5 Ways to Travel Like a Star in West Hollywood

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacay, a visit to Tinsel Town lets travelers slip into the celebrity scene, if only for a few glittering moments. TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin recently performed some extra-strenuous research to find out where the stars dine, drink, lodge and lounge in West Hollywood. Here are some of her best tips for following in…

Do Hotels Charge Taxes and Fees on Cash + Points Awards?

TPG reader Jonathan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotel awards: “Do you have to pay taxes and fees on Hyatt Points + Cash stays?” One of the biggest advantages of redeeming points for hotel rooms is that you typically don’t pay taxes on award stays. That sets hotel loyalty programs apart from airline…

The 7 Best Hotel Credit Cards

Here at TPG we cover any and all travel rewards cards that represent a good value, from those that earn you miles to those that get you transferable points or cash back. If you’re specifically looking for a credit card to earn points toward free hotel nights, though, you’ll want to narrow your search. Below,…

At Least 20 Hotels Hit By Credit Card Data Breach

About 20 US hotels have been affected by a recent data breach in which credit card information may have been compromised from thousands of food, beverage and other miscellaneous transactions. The affected hotels are all owned by HEI Hotels & Resorts, a privately owned company with hotels operated by Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt and InterContinental. The breach…

Inside the “Lost in Translation” Hotel: Park Hyatt Tokyo

While many movie buffs will recognize the Park Hyatt Tokyo as being Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s stomping ground in the 2003 award-winning film “Lost in Translation,” that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to stay there. The Category 7 Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the city’s best Hyatt properties, plus I’m a Hyatt…

Which is the Best Hyatt in Tokyo: Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt or Andaz?

If you haven’t already guessed by now, I’m a really big fan of Hyatt-brand hotels. Big enough to stay at three different Hyatt properties in Tokyo during my epic trip to Japan. With Hyatt Diamond status and perks like free breakfast, suite upgrades and bonus points to help sweeten the deal, I eagerly booked two nights at…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and consistent bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as new offers…

Booking A Hyatt Points + Cash Award When There’s No Availability

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in a difficult situation when a Hyatt Points + Cash award he meant to book mysteriously disappeared… after he’d transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book it. But as he discovered, Hyatt agents can sometimes open up award availability. As always, it never hurts to ask! I’m traveling to…