Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

Hyatt 20% Points Refund on Award Stays Through July

Hyatt Visa cardholders are being offered a limited-time benefit of 20% points refunds on award stays now through July 31, 2015. Here are the details: Register here by March 31, 2015 with your Hyatt Gold Passport number. Book a stay with points and complete your stay before July 31, 2015. Get 20% of your points…

Discounted Hyatt Gift Cards for Amex Platinum Cardholders

Through March 31, 2015, Amex is offering American Express Platinum cardholders a 25% Membership Rewards discount on Hyatt gift cards. With this offer, a $100 gift card will cost 9,000 Membership Rewards points instead of the usual 12,000. You can redeem for hotel stays, dining, spa visits, and more; however, note that these gift cards are only good for use…

New Hyatt Diamond Benefits for 2015 Announced

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines recently completed a Hyatt Diamond Challenge; today he walks us through the new benefits recently announced for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members. When it comes to hotel elite status, I think Hyatt’s Gold Passport program is one of the most rewarding, especially for its top-tier Diamond members. The program offers an impressive…

5 Travel Rewards Credit Cards that Pay for Themselves

Travel Rewards credit cards come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them you might get to earn a large sign-up bonus; others you might get for the benefits they offer with your airline or hotel of choice; and still others you might pick up for their lucrative bonus categories. When you’re evaluating whether to keep a rewards…

What to Do When Your Hotel Doesn’t Follow Its Own Rules

Award travelers often refer to the hobby as a “game,” but truth be told, sometimes you have to hustle. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how a little effort to familiarize yourself with a loyalty program can go a long way toward getting you the vacation you want. Points and miles enthusiasts…

2x Southwest Points, Bonus SkyMiles, New Hyatt Centric Brand

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Points on Southwest (Targeted) Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted to earn double points and double Tier Qualifying points on flights booked on Southwest Airlines by February 1, 2015 and completed by February 28,…

Which Hotel Rewards Program Is Best for Business Travelers?

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 often preach the importance of diversifying your points and miles to improve award travel options and help protect against devaluation. However, sometimes it pays to stick firmly to one program…

Maximizing Chase Hyatt Visa Free Night Certificates

Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insight into how (and where) to use the 2 free night certificates that come with the Chase Hyatt Visa card, as well as the anniversary free night at category 1-4 properties. Last July, I wrote a detailed post about the free nights that you can earn on the Citi Hilton Reserve card (both…

How to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points

Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of these options offer the best value. Whether you’re new to The Points Guy or a long-time reader, you’ve probably…