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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Amex Daily Getaways Week 5: Hertz, Hilton, Hyatt, Fairmont and Vegas Deals

July 6, 2013

Daily Getaways is a travel promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit trade association with the mission of increasing travel to and within the US, where you can sometimes purchase points and miles packages for a fraction of the price they would normally cost. This year, the promotion is running from June […]

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Rundown of Deals Expiring The End of June: Chase 2nd Quarter Category Bonuses, Amex 20% Transfer to HawaiianMiles, Up to 30% Bonus On Hyatt Points Purchases

June 26, 2013

As the month of June winds down, several deals and bonuses are coming to an end, so I thought I’d put together a quick recap of some of the deals that are ending the end of the month: Chase 2nd Quarter 5x Category Bonuses: The current categories for Q2 of 2013, which apply to purchases, through […]

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Maximize Monday: Using Hyatt’s Partnership With MGM Resorts For Cheap Las Vegas Stays And Elite Status

June 24, 2013

Last week, Hyatt entered a partnership with MGM Resorts, opening up 12 properties in Las Vegas where Hyatt Gold Passport members can now earn and redeem points, as well as earning stay/night credit toward elite status qualification, so I thought I would take a look at how Hyatt Gold Passport members can maximize this new […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The 60,000 point offers for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold cards have ended. The current offer is 50,000 points after $5,000 spend in 3 months. Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in and asking what […]

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My Extreme Hassle Getting Double Charged at the Driskill Hotel

June 11, 2013

Back in mid-April I attended a friend’s wedding in Texas and stayed two nights at the Driskill hotel and one night at the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown. While the Driskill is nice in an Old West Victorian kind of way, my less-than-satisfactory experience with their billing department after my stay is what completely ruined my […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 50% Off Flight Upgrades on Cathay Pacific, Earn Bonus Points with InterContinental, Hyatt and MGM Resorts Partnership

June 8, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double Miles When Flying US Airways to Brazil: US Airways recently launched nonstop service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is offering all customers double miles when flying to Brazil this summer. To partake in the offer, you must register prior […]

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The Best Ways to Use Hotel Points in Las Vegas

June 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to Las Vegas hotels, most of the time you can generally get some cheap deals, but with the new partnership between Hyatt and MGM announced yesterday that will open up 12 more hotels […]

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Hyatt and MGM Resorts Las Vegas Begin Partnership In June

June 5, 2013

Las Vegas can be a tough place to put your hotel points to use with limited options among the major hotel brands and almost total domination by huge casino resorts. Among the major hotel brands, Hyatt has the most limited footprint with just under 500 properties worldwide, and one of the big holes in their […]

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Up to 30% Bonus On Hyatt Points Purchases Through June

June 1, 2013

Now through June 30, 2013, Hyatt is offering up to a 30% bonus on Gold Passport points purchases. The bonuses are hard-coded into the buy points page, so you don’t have to register, and here’s how the bonus works based on how many points you buy: Purchase 1,000 to 9,000 points and get a 10% […]

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Hyatt Asia Pacific Flash Sale 40% Off Until June 1

May 31, 2013

When you make a booking now through 11:59 am China Standard Time on Saturday, June 1, for stays from July 1 – August 31, 2013, you can book stays at participating Hyatt Asia Pacific properties at 40% off using the code 7DLTS1. Full non-refundable prepayment is required at time of booking. Canceled reservations and no […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Milan Junior Suite

May 29, 2013

The Park Hyatt Milan was the second hotel stop on my recent trip to Italy. My friends and I spent our first two nights at the St. Regis Florence, then traveled by train an hour and 45 minutes from Santa Maria Novella (Florence) station to Milano Centrale. From Milano Centrale it was about a ten-minute […]

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Video SRQ: Using Amex Points to Cover a Trip to London and Paris

May 26, 2013

TPG reader Decker wants to take his wife on a trip to London and Paris next spring: “I have almost 500,000 points with American Express. My wife and I are planning a trip to London and Paris in March of 2014. Do you have any suggestions for how we can use these points in the […]

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Saturday Recap: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts, Delta’s Terminal 4 at JFK is Now Open, Bonus Starpoints and Elite Qualifying Nights on SPG Group Bookings, Triple Iberia Points with Marriott, Bonus on British Airways Purchased Avios

May 25, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts: Earlier this week, a massive tornado struck Oklahoma where thousands of lives and numerous communities have been devastated by this disaster. Hyatt is encouraging your support to help this cause by donating $50,000 […]

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New Perks at Hyatt House – Breakfast, Welcome Amenities and More

May 21, 2013

One of the lesser known Hyatt brands is Hyatt House, which is Hyatt’s extended-stay brand that has studios, one- and two-bedrooms kitchen suites with full kitchens, living rooms, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. Hyatt House properties also offers complimentary Free WiFi and they are pet-friendly. However, they just announced some new perks when staying with them. New perks at […]

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Marriott Expands Breakfast Benefits for Gold and Platinum Elites

May 21, 2013

Marriott just officially announced today that starting June 22, Gold and Platinum elites will receive complimentary continental breakfast seven days a week at participating JW Marriott, Autograph Collection , Renaissance and Marriott Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. In the past, breakfast at hotels in the U.S. and Canada was only available during the week, […]

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Andaz Wailea Maui Opening Discount Rate: Stay 4 Nights Get 2 Free

May 20, 2013

Ever since I took a hard-hat tour of the Andaz Wailea on Maui last August, I’ve been following the resort’s progress. It was originally supposed to open this spring, but now the opening date has been pushed back to mid-September. On the bright side, though the resort is offering guests 2 nights free on stays […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

May 7, 2013

During my recent jaunt to Austin where I officiated one of my  best friend’s weddings (FYI I am now thinking of doing this as a side business- I had a blast!), I stayed at two Hyatt properties: leveraging points for one stay at the Driskill and paying for my stay at the brand new Hyatt […]

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Hyatt Award Nights Bookable on Hyatt.com

April 25, 2013

Although Hyatt has a great points program with some amazing redemption opportunities like being able to book award nights at top-tier Park Hyatts for just 22,000 points, until now, one of the drawbacks to trying to book award nights with Hyatt is that unless you had enough points in your Gold Passport account to actually […]

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Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

April 18, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies […]

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Hyatt Extends 1,000-Point Diamond Welcome Amenity To International Hotels

April 15, 2013

Hyatt Diamond elite status (25 stays or 50 nights in a calendar year) includes a bunch of valuable perks such as a 30% points bonus, room-available upgrades, Club lounge access, free breakfast, four annual suite upgrades, complimentary internet access, a 48-hour room availability guarantee, late check-out, a dedicated customer service line and a welcome amenity […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the most lucrative credit cards in your wallet. Pros and Cons: Hotel Websites vs. Online Travel Agencies Booking hotel stays is another […]

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Video SRQ: Deciding Between the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve and the Chase Hyatt Visa

April 14, 2013

TPG reader Jeff would like some help deciding whether to get the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card or the Chase Hyatt Visa: “Since the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve came out I’ve really wanted to pick it up. I want to get a card with SmartChip technology and am debating between getting it and Chase Hyatt […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood’s Hear the Music Promotion, Changes to Hyatt Diamond Amenities Internationally, 7,500 Bonus TrueBlue Points for New Members; Marriott and Iberia Partnership

April 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: TPG Spring Cleaning Contest And National Survey Results: Earlier this week, I announced the results from a national survey that I commissioned The Princeton Group to conduct to find out how much people know about and are using their miles. It turns out that 73% of Americans […]

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