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New IHG Rewards PointBreaks List – Discount Hotel Stays Through October 31, 2013- Book Now!

August 26, 2013

Earlier this week, the Priority Club Connect online forum released the next set of PointBreaks hotel properties, and the list goes live 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 October 31, 2013. IHG Rewards PointBreaks are reduced-level award redemptions at IHG […]

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IHG Rewards Launches “The Big Win” Promo – September 1-December 31

August 24, 2013

After changing its name from Priority Club in July, IHG Rewards has launched a series of summer promotions and their latest begins Monday for stays from September 1-December 31, 2013. However, you can already register for The Big Win today to find out what your special offers are. Big Win aims to be a customized […]

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Targeted Offer: 100% Bonus on Buying IHG Rewards Points – Worth It?

August 12, 2013

Now through August 26, 2013, IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club), is offering targeted elite members the chance to buy points with a 100% bonus. You normally buy Priority Club points at the following price points: -1,000-10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 -11,000-25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 -26,000-60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 Members can […]

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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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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Saturday Recap: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, United and Marriott Launch RewardsPlus, Discover IHG Promotion, Free Langham Voyager Status, 1,500 Bonus Points With Hyatt in NYC

July 20, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway: As a reminder from earlier this week, I haven’t yet selected my Delta Platinum Choice Benefit for this year yet, so I thought I would give it away to one of my readers this week. One lucky […]

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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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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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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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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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Saturday Recap: Bonus United and Alaska Miles and Amtrak Points, Cathay Pacific Sale, Hyatt Home Sale and More

November 17, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of interesting miles and points news from this week: 2,500 Bonus United Miles For Shopping: Now through December 31, for every $250 you spend by shopping through United’s online shopping portal, you’ll earn 500 bonus MileagePlus miles, up to a total of 2,500 bonus miles. This is all in addition to […]

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Saturday Recap: Stash Rewards NYC Hotel Promo, 20% Discount on Starwood Points, 2,000 Hawaiian Miles Netflix Offer

July 28, 2012

The Affinia Manhattan is one of Stash Rewards’ Manhattan partner properties. 10 New York Hotel Rooms for 1,000 Points Each with Stash Rewards Stash Hotel Rewards is a loyalty points program shared by nearly 200 independent who have banded together to offer savvy travelers the value of accruing loyalty points while still providing a boutique […]

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Get Nicki Minaj With Priority Club Digital Rewards Redemptions – A Good Deal?

June 7, 2012

Priority Club emailed me the other day to let me know that they’ve expanded their redemption options now to include Digital Rewards from First Club, a company that sells downloadable content including music, games and software. Merchandise redemptions are usually some of the worst value propositions in the points-redemption world, but I was curious to […]

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Up to $200 in MasterCard Gift Cards with Weekday IHG Hotel Stays

April 26, 2012

From now until August 2, 2012 you can get a $50 MasterCard gift card for each 2 night stay between Monday and Thursday at IHG Hotels (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, etc) up to $200 total. This promo is in addition to any other IHG promos, so if you have any weekday 2+ night stays, […]

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How Hotels Calculate Points Earned On Meetings

April 19, 2012

TPG Contributor Max Bloom explains how planning meetings—even if you’re not a “meeting planner”—can earn you points and elite status at the major hotel chains. In this post, he explains how each chain calculates the number of points you earn by spending money on “meeting” expenses. Meetings can be a great way to earn a […]

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Destination of the Week: Miami Beach

April 6, 2012

After an action-packed two-week trip to Asia, TPG is back home in the USA, so we decided to feature his current hometown as our Destination of the Week: Miami Beach. With sun, surf, a tasty foodie scene, fabulous shopping, and gorgeous hotels, Miami Beach is one of the all-time great vacation destinations. Here are some […]

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Priority Club April-May PointBreaks Hotels

April 6, 2012

Priority Club (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc.) this week released their current list of PointBreaks properties where now through May 31, 2012, Priority Club members can book free nights for just 5,000 points. That’s a pretty low redemption level especially for Intercontinental properties, which normally require between 30,000-50,000 points, and Hotel Indigo locations and […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Singapore

March 27, 2012

This is an installment in my March 2012 Asia Trip Series which includes: A Birthday Present To Myself: Business Class on the World’s Longest Flight for $2.50, Help Me Plan My Asia Trip Starting With Singapore, Flight Review: Singapore Airlines All Business Class Flight From Newark To Singapore, Hotel Review: Intercontinental Singapore, Video Trip Report: Singapore, Hotel Review: Le Meridien Bangkok […]

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Destination of the Week: Montreal

March 23, 2012

With gorgeous weather, and record high temperatures being set throughout North America, who needs to spend spring break in Mexico or the Caribbean? Instead, consider a pseudo-Euro jaunt to Canada’s capital of Quebecois culture, Montreal. LA VILLE With the second-most French speakers of any city in the world, Canada’s second-largest city is often called the […]

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Earning Hotel Elite Status Through Meetings, Part 2

March 8, 2012

TPG Contributor Max Bloom explains how planning meetings can earn you points and elite status at the major hotel chains. In his previous posts he gave introductions on planning meetings and how the major chains award elite status for meetings. Last week I talked about deciding which program will give you the highest status the fastest by […]

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Destination of the Week: Austin, Texas

March 2, 2012

Since the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival starts next week, we decided to continue our Destination of the Week series with a look at the city that hosts one of the country’s most happening music scenes: Austin, Texas. THE SCENE Apart from South by Southwest, which takes place in spring and has become one […]

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Valentine’s Day Destination of the Week: Paris

February 10, 2012

TPG Managing Editor Eric takes us to the City of Lights for a bit of a romantic twist for Destination of the Week. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we thought we’d pick one of the world’s most romantic cities as our next Destination of the Week: Paris. Paris needs no introduction. A center of culture and […]

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