Tip: You Can Easily Link Your SPG and Marriott Accounts

When the Marriott-Starwood merger was finalized last year, integration of the two loyalty programs commenced almost immediately. And with that, SPG and Marriott announced that members of both programs would be able to match their status with the opposite chain. In case you haven’t yet linked your Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts, consider doing it now…

A Look Ahead: Inauguration, Citi-Virgin Transfers End and More

Next week isn’t just busy in the nation’s capital, but around the points and miles world as well. Regardless of whether you’ll be in the Washington DC area or traveling abroad in the next 7 days, there’s a lot going on that you’ll want to know about. So let’s take a look at what’s coming up in…

Buy Back Your Marriott Elite Status Starting at 7,500 Points

Didn’t quite re-qualify for Marriott elite status by the end of 2016? Well, the hotel brand is offering a workaround. Now through March 31, you can buy back your 2016 elite status starting at just 7,500 Marriott points. Subject to limitations, you can buy back Silver status for 7,500 points, Gold status for 25,000 points and…

Points and Miles Changes to Take Advantage of Now That 2017 is Underway

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve We’re now officially into the first day of 2017 and, as always, a new year means change. Change can be both good and bad, and while we’ve got a little of both this year in the award travel space,…

Can I Use Frequent Flyer Miles to Book a Hotel Stay?

TPG reader Mei sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points between programs: “Is there any way to convert American Airlines miles to Marriott Rewards points at a reasonable rate?” One common challenge for award travelers is figuring out how to redeem points from one loyalty program for travel with another. Airline alliances and other partnerships offer opportunities to book flights…

18 Highly-Anticipated Hotels Opening in 2017

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve A new year means more exciting hotels are opening across the globe, and 2017 looks to be a bumper crop. Here’s a list of the 18 most exciting hotel openings to look out for in the year ahead,…

4 Ways Hotels Are Taking Fitness to the Next Level

Gone are the days when a hotel gym consisted of nothing but a treadmill, an elliptical machine and some dumbbells forgotten in the corner. Nowadays, in order to attract guests who don’t want to miss their workouts on the road, hotels have upped their fitness game big time — the trend is so huge that high-end…

10 Travel Predictions for 2017

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve By the end of 2016, the majority of the prophesies from “Back to the Future Part II” will have all been fulfilled — the Cubs won the World Series, hoverboards exist and tablet computers, video calling and fingerprint…

Here’s the Transfer Ratio for Virgin America Elevate Points to Alaska Miles

When the Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger closed last week, we got answers to quite a few questions. However, one of the biggest outstanding unknowns was “What’s the transfer ratio going to be from Virgin America to Alaska?” Today, we’ve got the answer. There’s been no formal announcement about the rate change; instead, Virgin America has made a…

Earn Double Points at Starwood, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Properties

Since the Starwood-Marriott merger was finalized, the process of integrating the brands has been fairly swift. Almost immediately after the announcement, members (including Ritz-Carlton) could link their accounts, allowing elites to status match with the other chain, transfer points between them and, a bit later down the line, get reciprocal earning on co-branded cards. And now,…