Hotel Review: Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel

Prior to train-hopping through the Swiss Alps, TPG Contributor Joel Ward spent some time in Zurich, Switzerland, with a stay at the Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel. In one of the most expensive cities in the world, this excellent business hotel is a bit out of the standard tourist zone, but that gives it several advantages. Read…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Hotel Stays

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and in order to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles on hotel spending, and offers other strategies to make your next stay more lucrative. In a perfect world, you…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Marriott Rewards Visa

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when it…

Hotel Review: The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC

At the beginning of this month, I had the chance to go on the first photo tour of the White House with about 75 reporters and several Instagrammers in celebration of the fact that photos are now allowed on White House tours. During my stay in Washington, DC, I stayed at the Mayflower Hotel. It’s…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Hotel Review: The London EDITION

Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne stayed one night at The London EDITION in the West End, a property in a luxury brand that allows you to redeem Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and this is her experience of the property. (All photos by the author.) After The Points Guy enjoyed a one-night stay at The…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 Marriott Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 Marriott gift card in honor of the increased sign-up bonus for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa card.  You can receive 80,000 bonus Marriott points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months, available through August 31, 2015. The previous offer for this card was at 50,000 points, so this new offer is a great…

Finding Value with Marriott’s Cash + Points Awards

Many people get into award travel to score free flights and hotel stays, but another good way to maximize your travel rewards is through the points + cash rates offered by many hotel brands. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how these redemption options stack up in the Marriott Rewards program. Snagging an award…