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Saturday Recap: Save Up To 35% Off with Starwood in Hawaii, Earn Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in France, Earn 2,014 Bonus Points with Wyndham

October 19, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Tumi Vapor Carry On Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for a Tumi Vapor International Carry-On, my favorite carry on roller bag, which retails for $495. The suitcase dimensions are 21.5″ x 14″ x 9″– perfect for rolling up the aisle […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus On Purchased JetBlue Points, Alaska Airlines Revamps In-Flight Meals, Earn 1,000 Miles/Points With PointsHound

September 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 25,000 Southwest Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. I just reached 25,000 Twitter followers – so thank you to all of you who already follow me – and to celebrate, I’m going to […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points And The Winner of the 100,000 Hyatt Points Giveaway

September 26, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Twitter is one of my favorite ways to communicate – whether it’s staying up on all the latest trends and promotions, or just staying in touch with other travelers and readers. In fact, it’s one of the […]

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Hyatt Launches “World’s Largest Focus Group”

September 26, 2013

I think a point that often gets lost in all the discussion of points and miles is that loyalty programs are a two-way street. We, as consumers, give our time and money to certain brands, and in return, they reward us with discounts, perks and free things. In the best of circumstances, this involves a […]

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Social Media Travel Roundup – News, Contests, Promos, Trends and More

September 25, 2013

Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions, so I thought I would start a new series on the site on Wednesdays rounding up the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the […]

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Reminder: Win 100,000 Hyatt Points With #TPG100KPayday!

September 23, 2013

This is just a friendly reminder that I am giving away 100,000 Hyatt points this week and if you want to enter, you must do so by 5pm ET today! Over 1,000 of you have left comments on the original giveaway post, but remember, there are 3 other ways to enter as well – on […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Bonus American AAdvantage Miles on Latin America Routes, Free Uber Rides in Chicago This Weekend, Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles for Donating to United Way

September 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 100,000 Hyatt Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points in honor of th Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo. There are four methods to enter, and you can enter once per method for a total of four […]

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Thursday Giveaway: TPG 100K Payday – Win 100,000 Hyatt Points!

September 19, 2013

A couple weeks ago, when registration for Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo opened, I held a giveaway for 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for readers who shared their travel inspiration, but today, I’m back with an even bigger giveaway of 100,000 Hyatt points! One of the great things about Hyatt is that they have […]

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Costco 25% Discount At Hyatt Hotels in the Southwest Through December 30, 2013

September 16, 2013

Most people think of Costco as simply a big box store offering discounts on massive amounts of consumer goods, but the chain also offers its members lots of other deals and discounts that can end up saving money on everything from gas to travel. Case  in point, the chain has launched a promotion in partnership […]

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The Winner Of The 50,000 Hyatt Points Is…

September 12, 2013

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway, the good folks at Hyatt sent me 50,000 Gold Passport points to reward one of my readers. The point of the contest was to tell me what inspires you to travel in a 15-second video. I got a ton of great entries via Instavid, YouTube and Vine, with live-action shots, […]

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Andaz Papagayo In Costa Rica To Open On December 15, 2013

September 11, 2013

Following fast on the heels of the recent official opening of the Andaz Maui, Hyatt has announced that it would be opening the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica on December 20, 2013, become the brand’s first property in central America. I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but this resort may be the catalyst to […]

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Reminder: Enter My 50,000 Hyatt Point Giveaway!

September 9, 2013

This is just a friendly reminder that you only have until 5pm ET tomorrow, Tuesday, September 10, to enter my “Share Your Travel Insipiration” Thursday Giveaway contest for your chance to win 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points. That’s more than enough for two nights at top Hyatt properties around the world (they’re only 22,000 points […]

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Can You Change A Paid Hotel Stay To An Award Stay?

September 8, 2013

TPG reader Joey Tweeted me this question about hotel stays: @thepointsguy: Can you book a cash reservation with Hyatt and then switch to points later? The answer is technically no. As long as there is a standard room available, you can redeem your points. However, hotels often oversell rooms and even if you want to […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Share Your Travel Inspiration For A Chance to Win 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points!

September 5, 2013

In the miles and points world it can be easy to get caught up in elite status, first class cabins and the rush of “free” travel. However, travel is about more than just “beating the system” and watching your point wealth grow. We all have our own motivators for why we travel – whether it […]

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New Park Hyatt Siem Reap Offering 1,500 Bonus Points On Eligible Stays

September 4, 2013

Last year when I visited Southeast Asia, one of my favorite stops on the itinerary was Siem Reap in Cambodia, where I stayed at Le Meridien Angkor and spent my days exploring the sprawling complex of Angkor Wat and the surrounding countryside. While I was there, I also visited the most famous hotel in town, […]

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How To Get 2 Free Nights at the Andaz Maui – Officially Opening September 1, 2013

August 30, 2013

I’ve been excited about the Andaz Maui since I took a hard-hat tour of the property while it was under construction about a year ago. The hotel, Maui’s first LEED-certified luxury property, was originally supposed to open sometime this past spring, but the opening date kept getting pushed back to earlier this month, but still […]

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Saturday Recap: Registration Now Open for Starwood’s Fall Promotion, Hyatt’s Fall Promotion Announced, Win 140,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles, Earn Bonus American Airlines Miles, And More

August 24, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Starwood’s Take Two Promotion: Registration is now open for Starwood’s “Take Two” fall promotion. You’ll earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays from September 1 through December 15, 2013. In addition, you’ll earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights […]

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Hyatt Announces New Fall Promotion: Up to 50,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points

August 22, 2013

Hyatt announced their fall promotion, where you can earn up to 50,000 bonus points after staying 20 nights with them. To participate your stays must be between September 9, 2013, and November 30, 2013. You’ll earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 5th night, an additional 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Saturday Recap: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, United and Marriott Launch RewardsPlus, Discover IHG Promotion, Free Langham Voyager Status, 1,500 Bonus Points With Hyatt in NYC

July 20, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway: As a reminder from earlier this week, I haven’t yet selected my Delta Platinum Choice Benefit for this year yet, so I thought I would give it away to one of my readers this week. One lucky […]

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1,500 Bonus Points With Select Summer Hyatt Stays in New York City

July 17, 2013

Hotel promotions have been pretty tame (and lame) this summer, with Hyatt only sending out targeted offers to certain members. I honestly didn’t remember getting an email from Hyatt, but just went through and saw that I had the following email sent to me on June 27, 2013: “Pack your bags and head to any […]

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