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,…

Favorite Places: The Wineries of Porto, Portugal

Our weekend series “Favorite Places” features beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino explains why winery-hopping along the Douro River in northern Portugal is such a delightful experience. (All photos are by author unless otherwise specified.) I first went to Porto several years ago because it…

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….

What Are Points & Miles Worth? May Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for November 24-February 28

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for November 24- February 28, 2015. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, EVEN Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always a few…

8 Haunted Points Hotels for Halloween

Escaping from your normal plane of existence this Halloween? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of U.S. hotels with frightful pasts and present day treats, like delightful amenities and, in most cases, availability during Halloween weekend and for points redemption. Hotel Monteleone – New Orleans, Louisiana The Hotel & the Haunting: Voodoo-steeped New Orleans prides itself on being America’s most haunted…