Hotel Review: Park Hyatt New York – Park Deluxe King Room

When the luxurious, hugely tall Park Hyatt New York opened this past September on Midtown Manhattan’s West 57th Street, a half-block from Carnegie Hall and across the street from the Russian Tea Room, it was an immediate sensation in New York City. For the last few months it’s been almost impossible to snag a room here, but I…

Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The…

8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24. Based on the eight U.S. cities with the largest Jewish populations, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne suggests a menorah’s worth of hotels to inspire celebrating the Festival of Lights…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. As 2014 comes to an end, I’m sure that elite status qualification is (and will remain) on many of your minds. Last week, I…

Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So…

250 Bonus MQMs, Earn Double Starpoints, Hyatt & Hilton Sales

 Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn 250 Delta MQMs and Double SkyMiles for Hilton HHonors Stays If you complete a two night Hilton stay by December 20, 2014 as a Hilton HHonors member, you can earn double SkyMiles as well as 250 Delta MQMS (very…

More Changes to Hyatt Gold Passport in 2015

Soon after I shared yesterday’s Hyatt Gold Passport category changes for 2015, the hotel chain’s loyalty program announced three more impending differences for the coming year: Hyatt will be extending its popular Points + Cash rates, is eliminating its fledgling My Elite Rate, and starting January 1, 2015, will guarantee that all guests will receive their confirmed bed type upon check-in. Offering Hyatt Gold…

Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination,…

What’s the Best Way to Get Free Hotel Club Lounge Access?

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are some of the best ways to get club lounge access at hotels without paying for it?” We always talk about airline lounge access, but to be honest, hotel lounges can be even better, including much nicer spreads and open bars. Some of my personal favorite…