5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Dubai

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Dubai using points and miles. Dubai is a city that tops many travelers’ bucket lists, whether you’re drawn in by the splendor of the Burj Khalifa and giant man-made islands or just looking to…

Sleeping on a Hotel Bed at Home

Based on his family’s restful stays at Hyatt hotels, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr recently bought a Hyatt Grand Bed II. Below, he reviews the purchase and walks you through the other options for bringing a bit of the hotel experience home with you. If you’re like me, every time you check…

Get Automatic Status & More with the New M Life Rewards MasterCard

If you like to visit Las Vegas and are interested in earning benefits through MQM’s M Life program, this just-announced card could be worth a look. The M Life Rewards MasterCard offers complimentary low-tier elite status, bonus points on select purchases and more. The card was just announced today, and you can currently apply for…

Big New Plans for What Was the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Hotel

Sin City is constantly building new hotels and tearing down old ones. The iconic Monte Carlo, a fixture on the Strip since 1996, was one of the largest hotels with more than 3,000 rooms. But over the years, a slew of newer, more luxurious hotels have surpassed that number, and pushed the Monte Carlo Resort into the rear-view mirror….

8 Reasons Why Travel to Cartagena, Colombia Is Growing

A few months ago, TPG Contributor — and former Travel Editor — Melanie Wynne pounced on a sweet JetBlue flight deal to Cartagena, Colombia, and spent six days wandering between the past and present in this elegant, sexy (and crumbling) city on South America’s Caribbean coast. She shot all the photos too. Ask a cross-section of Americans what the word “Cartagena” invokes for them, and chances…

Maximizing Rapid Rewards, Status Challenge Round-Up, a Sneaky Hotel and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Hotel Review: Vdara Las Vegas Studio Fountain View Suite (M Life)

On a recent trip to Sin City for Vegas Uncork’d, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig had an opportunity to stay at (and review) a Studio Fountain View Suite at Vdara, an MLife/Hyatt partner hotel. There’s no shortage of high-end hotels in Las Vegas, and with new partnerships making it easy to earn and redeem with Hyatt and Starwood — not…

Which Rooms Can I Book with Hyatt Free Night Certificates?

TPG reader Jay sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking Hyatt awards: “I have two free nights from the Chase Hyatt card, and I’d love to use them at the Park Hyatt Paris with my wife and our two-year-old. When I try to reserve for two adults and one child, no rooms are ever available, because…

Review: Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen and his family recently spent three nights at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort in Mexico’s gorgeous Riviera Maya. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author.) Earlier this year, I realized I still had some vacation days left over and a JetBlue flight credit that…