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Travel Contests and Tax Consquences – How To Minimize Your Prize Tax Burden

July 24, 2013

I love to win things as much as the next person, but the dark underbelly of travel contests and sweepstakes prizes is that travel providers usually attach really high valuations for  prizes – which is great for them as a tax write off, but terrible for the winners since you have to pay taxes on […]

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Reminder: Earn a $50 Prepaid MasterCard with Weekend IHG Stay

July 17, 2013

With so many different promotions and deals going on, it can be hard to track which ones you’ve registered for and which ones you’ve blogged about! I already wrote about this Intercontinental Hotels Group promo, but I forgot all about it so here are the details again! When you stay for two consecutive weekend nights […]

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Saturday Recap: Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion, American Airlines Bonus on Purchased Miles, 600 United Miles for Joining Opinion Miles Club, Earn Bonus Elevate Points with Mandarin Oriental, 500 Free Rapid Rewards Points from Dish Network

July 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s […]

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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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New Priority Club PointBreaks List – Discount Hotel Stays Through August 31, 2013

June 27, 2013

Earlier today, the Priority Club Connect online forum released the next set of PointBreaks hotel properties, and the list will go live later today on the official PointBreaks page where you will be able to book discounted award nights for just 5,000 points a night for stays through August 31, 2013. Priority Club PointBreaks are […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   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 […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus on Purchased Priority Club Points, Earn 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles with Aloft, Element or Four Points, Triple Points and Double Elite Nights with Shangri-La, Free Virgin Atlantic Silver Status

June 15, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Plan Your Dream Australian Adventure with American Airlines: American Airlines has teamed up with Qantas to give away an Australian Dream Vacation. To be eligible, you must first like them on Facebook. The sweepstakes is open now through June 24, 2013. The grand prize […]

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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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Saturday Recap: Earn Double Points with Priority Club, 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways, Bonus Points for American Airlines Business ExtrAA Members, 500 Free Lufthansa Miles & More Miles, Save 10% When Booking with Hotels.com

June 1, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways Ends Friday: As a recap, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios through Friday, June 7, 2013. While not quite as generous as recent transfer bonuses of 40% and even 50%, it […]

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IHG Launches Summer Promos: Double Points, $50 Gift Cards, Scratch Offs and More

May 30, 2013

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) – whose loyalty program is still known Priority Club for a short while longer – has just announced a number of  seasonal incentives to encourage travelers to make a last-minute trip or pre-plan for the rest of summer season. The offers are available at their 4,600 hotels worldwide, which  include IntercontinentalHotels […]

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In-Store Points and Miles Bonuses Through Online Shopping Portals

May 16, 2013

As I discuss often, online shopping portals can be a great way to rack up bonus miles and points on your everyday online purchases – and many of your favorite airline, hotel and credit card sites offer them. What you might not realize, however, is that several of these same portals offer a section that […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways, 300 Free Priority Club Points, Best Western’s $50 Gift Card Promotion, Double AAdvantage Miles Between New York And Houston, Alitalia Cash and Miles Awards

April 27, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways Avios: As a recap from earlier this week, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios through June 7, 2013. While not quite as generous as recent transfer bonuses of 40% and […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Sao Paulo Deluxe Room

April 20, 2013

A few weeks ago, I flew American Airlines’ new 777-300ER first class from New York JFK to Sao Paulo, Brazil to check out the city for a few days and attend the amfAR Inspiration Gala. Thanks to a lot of reader suggestions, I was considering staying at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo and using my […]

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

April 15, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. 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 […]

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Priority Club Changing Names To IHG Rewards- Adding Benefits, But Questions Remain

March 26, 2013

Priority Club just announced that they are changing the name of their loyalty program to IHG Rewards and will be adding some new benefits including: 1) Free internet for all elite members starting July 2013 and for all members in 2014. 2) Fast track to retain Elite status when you stay in more than two […]

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New Priority Club PointBreaks List Through June 30, 2013

March 25, 2013

Earlier today, the Priority Club Connect online forum released the next set of PointBreaks hotel properties, and the list just went live on the official PointBreaks page where you can already make bookings for stays now through June 30, 2013. Priority Club PointBreaks are reduced-level award redemptions at Priority Club hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, […]

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The State of Hotel Loyalty Programs: A Devaluation Story

February 20, 2013

President Obama gave his State of the Union address last week, and with all the hotel points program changes coming down the pike, I thought I’d give my own State of Hotel Points address – and the state of hotel points is…worsening! Here’s a recap of the news we’ve gotten so far: Starwood Back in […]

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New Priority Club PointBreaks List Through March 31, 2013

January 29, 2013

Priority Club has released the PointBreaks properties for the next two months, February and March. Priority Club PointBreaks are reduced-level award redemptions at Priority Club hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Priority Club points for a free night and that change every 2 months. 5,000 points is a pretty […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Caribbean Hotels Where You Can Use Points This Winter

January 15, 2013

As temperatures continue to drop across North America, I thought it would be a good time to put together a list of the top hotels across the Caribbean where you can use points to stay and spend some time thawing out, so for today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10, here are the top points hotels in […]

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End of Year Hotel Point Account Audits – Maximizing the Points That Are Rightfully Yours

December 24, 2012

As year ends comes and everyone is most concerned about maintaining elite status, it’s always good to cross-reference your hotel loyalty program accounts and make sure that all of your stays were credited appropriately. I almost always find discrepancies and I’ve noticed that phone operators are always more than helpful to make things right, and […]

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Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

December 7, 2012

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. To follow up on my post from yesterday about whether or not going for Hyatt Diamond status is worth it, I asked TPG contributor Nick to write up a comparison of the top-tier status […]

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New Priority Club PointBreaks List Through January 31, 2013

December 3, 2012

Priority Club PointBreaks are reduced-level award redemptions at Priority Club hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Priority Club points for a free night and that change every 2 months. 5,000 points is a pretty low redemption level especially for Intercontinental properties, which normally require between 30,000-50,000 points, and Hotel […]

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Holiday Inn Resorts Winter Break – Stay 2 Nights Get 1 Free

November 28, 2012

I posted about it in my Black Friday roundup, but I thought it was worth mentioning on its own since it’s ongoing: the Holiday Inn Resort brand has launched the “Winter Break, Free Night to Take” offer from now through February 28, 2013, where U.S. residents who book a two-night consecutive stay at any Holiday Inn Resort location in the U.S., Caribbean or Mexico […]

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