Starwood’s CEO Expects a Merger or Acquisition Soon

It’s been a busy week for the Starwood rumor mill. Back in April and May, a merger with IHG appeared to be on the table, and over the last few days we’ve heard everything from potential bids in China to Hyatt’s own plan to acquire the global hotel giant. With rumor after rumor, we decided to sit tight…

Destination of the Week: Santiago and Skiing in Chile

Just because it isn’t quite winter yet in the US doesn’t mean you can’t hit the slopes on some Andean ski runs in South America. For this Destination of the Week, we’re heading to Chile to visit Santiago and the nearby Valle Nevado ski resort. Original post by Eric Rosen (May 1, 2012) – updated…

3 Great Last-Minute Fall Destinations for Award Travel

As the temperatures get cooler, you’ll find plenty of relative steals for last-minute award travel. TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks you through some of the best destinations for autumn jaunts, both abroad and within the US. Some of the most frequently cited travel advice is to avoid peak seasons like the summer or the holidays….

Booking My First Trip to Australia — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Hyatt Gold Passport

All award travelers should earn transferable points, as they give you great flexibility in your redemptions. They also shield you from any potential devaluations, since the ability to transfer to other programs means you’re not locked into one currency. Chase Ultimate Rewards are some of the best transferable points out there, and TPG Senior Points…

Say Goodbye to the 5% Hyatt Rebate with Amex OPEN Savings

Since its inception in 2013, the 5% Hyatt rebate has been one of the best benefits of the Amex OPEN Savings program. Unfortunately, it’s being discontinued. The OPEN Savings benefit is for American Express OPEN Business Cards. Members automatically get discounts of 5% or 2 additional Membership Rewards points for each eligible dollar spent on…

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Tokyo – Park Suite

As part of a 10-day trip to Asia, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig spent three nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo last month. Here’s his review of Hyatt’s most famous property. After an uneventful flight and limousine bus transfer from Narita (NRT), we arrived at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. My mom had a very bad headache after…

Your Points and Miles Guide to Chicago

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to Chicago using points and miles.  Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the country. Full of friendly people, fantastic restaurants and wonderful museums, this “Jewel of the Midwest” is a great place to…

5 Great LGBT-Friendly Destinations for Fall

All summers have to end, but don’t dismay — the influx of fleece and leaf-peeping has its perks. TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin takes a peek at some of the top LGBT-friendly destinations to book this fall, with either swimsuit or sweater in hand. (All photos by the author unless otherwise specified.) 1. New Orleans, Louisiana With its oppressive summer…

Maximizing Wedding Expenses — TPG Reader Success Story

Check out Married Up for wedding inspiration, planning tips and more. One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats…