10 New Hotel Spas & Wellness Programs for a Refreshing 2015

When you’re a regular traveler, it’s pretty common to make—and break—New Year’s resolutions for healthier living. Happily, spas at resorts and hotel chains are helping guests stay on track. TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann has assembled a selection of spa properties with some delightful new programs and relaxing services that will have you starting 2015 on a completely refreshed…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. As 2014 comes to an end, I’m sure that elite status qualification is (and will remain) on many of your minds. Last week, I…

IHG Acquires Kimpton Hotels to Expand Boutique Portfolio

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Kimpton Hotels just announced an agreement for IHG to acquire the Kimpton brand for a reported $430 million in cash. Kimpton, which currently has 62 properties in 28 US cities (with another 16 in the process of being added), will join existing IHG brands Hotel Indigo and EVEN Hotels (among…

Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online won’t add a huge amount to my final bill. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at which hotel brands offer free WiFi as a standard or elite…

Truly Pet-Friendly Hotels: The Weekly Wish

Many of you know that I’m the proud parent of a sweet, styling, jet-setting little Blue French Bulldog named Miles. He travels with me whenever it’s feasible, and I love having him along. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen is also a dog owner, and like me, he’s encountered some inhospitable policies from hotels that advertise themselves as…

Saving Money on Hotels With Best Rate Guarantees

You’ve probably noticed it before, an advert on a hotel website that reads something like: “lowest rates, guaranteed.” Maybe that touted guarantee made you more comfortable with the room you just booked, maybe it convinced you not to devote any more time to shopping around, or maybe you ignored it entirely. In any case, best rate guarantees are ubiquitous in the hotel industry, and…

10 Hip Hotels That Allow You to Earn and Use Points

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 help you maximize your hotel points – and your impeccable taste in lodgings – TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne explores 10 ways to be rewarded for your brand loyalty to cool, hip hotels around the world. …

Hotel WiFi – Where It’s Free and What Elite Status You Need

In this day and age, having WiFi during hotel stays is essential, whether it be for business, personal use, or simply convenience. This is especially true when traveling abroad and wanting to avoid expensive data roaming charges for your personal devices. However, many hotel chains, especially the higher-end ones, still do not offer free WiFi,…

Kimpton InTouch Loyalty Program Changes – Reward Night Expiration, Guaranteed Room Availability and More

Despite its relatively small footprint, Kimpton is a very popular boutique hotel chain thanks to fun features like an evening wine hour, pet-friendly policies and the simplicity of its InTouch loyalty program. Just as with any growing organization, however, there were bound to be some changes, and a few new ones were just announced. The…

Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

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…