6 Places to Have a Blast on the Fourth of July

Whether you’re looking to bliss out on a sleepy shoreline, cheer at a hot dog-eating contest or run a 5K, TPG Contributor Adam Erace highlights six destinations — besides the usual Fourth of July holiday hotspots like Boston, Philly and D.C. — where you can be sure to have a fantastic Independence Day. 1. New…

Can I Earn Hyatt Status at M Life Properties in Las Vegas?

TPG reader Victor sent me a message on Facebook to ask about a shortcut to earning Hyatt status: “I read that Hyatt Diamond status translates to M Life Platinum status, but does this work the other way around? I’ll likely reach M Life Platinum on my next visit to Las Vegas, and I’m planning a honeymoon at the Andaz in Costa Rica, so it…

Check Out Hyatt’s New Gold Passport Website

If you’re a Hyatt Gold Passport member, chances are that you’ve come in contact with the loyalty program’s website — and probably not had the most user-friendly experience. For a while, the site was outdated, especially when compared with the sites of competitors like SPG. But Hyatt has just released a major refresh that should get Gold Passport members…

The Best Credit Cards for Hyatt Guests

If you’re hoping to earn free hotel nights and enjoy elite status perks during upcoming stays, travel rewards cards should definitely figure into your strategy. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through some of the top options for hotel stays within the Hyatt brand.  Hyatt is one of my favorite…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s…

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…