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…

IHG Unveils New Spire Elite Membership Level

IHG has announced the name of its Rewards Club’s new top membership level— and it’s called Spire Elite. The perks associated with this new level include 100% bonus points on stays, rollover nights, room upgrades and an exclusive Choice Benefit of either receiving 25,00 points or upgrading a friend or family member to Platinum status….

Our Dream Vacation to Hawaii: 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 made possible by points…

Last Chance: Roundup of Offers Ending May 31

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Deals come and go, and a good way to maximize your travel rewards is by making sure you get in on the best ones. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at some particularly juicy deals…