Week 1 Daily Getaways Deals — Choice Hotels, IHG, Best Western, Vegas Packages

Today marks the return of the US Travel Association’s Daily Getaways! These are special discounts and deals from a variety of travel brands and loyalty programs— including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, and rental car deals — that are each available for just one day at a time. Each offer is limited, so make sure to mark your calendar for the deals that…

10 Photos: Monaco, Italy and the South of France

TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert takes you through an amazing off-season trip to Cannes, Provence and Monaco, with a day trip to Italy thrown in. Not everyone’s lucky enough to visit Cannes during the eponymous Film Festival or enjoy the rest of Southern France during the spring or summer. While the warm weather…

TPGtv Episode 3: Accra Mövenpick Hotel Review & Fantasy Coffins

Episode 2 of TPGtv was all about my journey to Accra, Ghana, to spend time with PeaceJam, a wonderful non-profit organization that’s changing the world by having Nobel Laureate teachers educate youth. Episode 3, which you are about to watch, features my review of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel (where we stayed in Accra), plus a memorable trip to the…

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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card 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…

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….