IHG Announces Award Category Changes at 400 Locations

Last year, IHG announced significant changes to its loyalty program, including a new top tier elite level and points expiration policy. Then the brand announced it would be changing the award night requirements for 450 properties, raising redemptions by 5,000 or 10,000 points at 300 locations and lowering redemptions by 5,000 points at 150 locations. Today,…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

Do I Need a Loyalty Account Before I Get a Co-Branded Card?

TPG reader Barb sent me a message on Facebook to ask about when she should open a loyalty account: “I’m thinking of joining IHG Rewards and applying for the IHG credit card. Does it matter which one I do first?” The first step in my Beginner’s Guide is to open accounts with the major loyalty programs, since you…

Get Big Perks from MasterCard with IHG’s “Priceless Surprises”

IHG Rewards Club and MasterCard are launching a new promotion this week called “Priceless Surprises,” which gives you a prezzie every time you stay and pay with MasterCard. It’s a new partnership that’s part of MasterCard’s ongoing Priceless Surprises promotion. They’re not literally priceless, but they are a surprise, and some of them are worth…

Redeeming Hotel Points for Non-Hotel Awards

There’s no denying you can’t get some excellent value out of hotel award nights — especially if you nab a room that usually goes for $700 a night. If you’re sitting on a huge stash of points, though, you might be wondering if there’s any other way to use your rewards. TPG Senior Points &…

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….

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…

Thursday Giveaway: 85,000 IHG Rewards Club Points

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 85,000 IHG Points. Through the end of the month, IHG Rewards Club members can earn a variable bonus on purchased IHG points — we were targeted for a 70% bonus, so we’ll purchase 50,000 points for our giveaway winner, who will receive an additional 35,000 points as part of this promo. As a…

Buy IHG Points with up to a 100% Bonus

If you missed out on the IHG Rewards 100% bonus deal for purchased points that expired at the end of June, fear not: IHG Rewards is offering a new 50-100% bonus when you purchase up to 60,000 points through August 31, 2015. When you log in to your account you’ll see a targeted bonus ranging from 50-100%, though multiple…