Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises in November Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers, you know how overwhelming it can be. Digging through all of the discounts and other mediocre deals to find the ones actually worth considering is a daunting task. We’ll continue to post separately…

6 of the Coolest Marriott Experiences and SPG Moments Redemptions

When it comes to redeeming your hard-earned points and miles, you’ll generally get the best value by booking award flights or free hotel stays. However, there are exceptions to this rule, especially when it comes to one-of-a-kind events. We’ve written about many of these options in the past, including the Hilton HHonors Auction Platform and…

Using Points and Miles for a Family Award Trip to Maui

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express Hawaii is not just a romantic destination for couples; it can actually be an outstanding place for award travelers to vacation as a family. Honolulu is the most popular destination in Hawaii, but its visitors tend to be business, military or international…

A Points & Miles Guide to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is an expensive vacation destination, from resort fees and mandatory gratuities to relatively high departure tax and airport fees. Still, I’m a sucker for water parks, so I jumped on the chance to visit. Plus, since the resort is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, it’s bookable on points…

Which Credit Card Should I Use to Maximize Marriott Stays?

TPG reader Sean sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning points for hotel stays: “I’m a Marriott Platinum member, and I have both the Marriott Rewards card and the new Sapphire Reserve. Which one will get me the most points when staying at a Marriott property?” It’s important to maximize the points…

Earn a 20% Bonus When Converting Marriott Rewards Points to AA Miles

Now through November 14, transfer Marriott points to American Airlines and receive 20% bonus AAdvantage miles. Both the “airline rewards” and “travel package” (a.k.a. “Hotel + Air Packages”) qualify for this 20% bonus. Note that the 20% bonus will be applied by American Airlines once it receives the miles from Marriott. The terms and conditions note that…

Earn Bonus Starpoints at Marriott, Bonus Marriott Points at Starwood with Co-Branded Cards

Update 11/15/16: Marriott has confirmed that this new benefit is now also available to cardmembers in Canada, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Japan. At least so far, the Marriott-Starwood merger has been quite customer-friendly; members of the respective hotel loyalty programs can link their accounts and transfer points between them, and if you have…

Should I Keep Points with Marriott Rewards or Starwood?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message on Facebook to ask about managing hotel points: “Now that Marriott and Starwood are merging loyalty programs, does it matter where I store my points? Am I better off transferring my points to one program or the other, and do you think one of them offers more value?” The new partnership between Marriott Rewards and…

6 Incredible Days in Kauai on Points & Miles

Kauai, the Garden Isle, home to hiking, surfing, general chillaxing and the famously dramatic Na Pali Coast, is a gem of the Hawaiian Islands. It offers travelers all the opportunities of a major destination in a mix of tours and tiny towns, yet all the seclusion and nature one could want with luxe hotels and world-class…

Marriott Opens Its “M Beta” Hotel Laboratory in Charlotte

The future of Marriott is here and it can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina. Marriott International officially opened its “M Beta” property at the Charlotte Marriott City Center this Tuesday, which will serve as a lab and testing ground for the brand’s future design, tech and service initiatives. The Charlotte Marriott City Center was originally built in…