Marriott’s Letting You Redeem Points to Keep Your Elite Status

Did you end 2015 without meeting the stay requirement to re-qualify for Marriott elite status? All hope is not lost — Marriott’s now offering you an opportunity to “buy back” your elite status by redeeming a fixed number of points. To participate, simply email EliteBuyBack16@Marriott.com with your name, Rewards number and which of the options below…

A Points and Miles Retirement Gift for My Parents

My parents selflessly raised four kids and helped put us all through college. They cringe when I say I “owe” them, because they never did it to be paid back. That’s why it’s so great to be able to do nice things for them whenever possible — such as scoring VIP seats at a Knicks game with…

16 Exciting Hotels Opening in 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Card Last year saw exciting hotel openings take place across the globe, and 2016 looks to be even more impressive. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the hottest properties slated to open in the coming…

Marriott Offering Up To 20% Off NYC Stays in 2016

Marriott is giving customers something to cheer about this holiday season. The company announced that it’s offering up to 20% off room rates at select New York City properties when booking directly from Marriott.com. The deal is good for select dates at 18 New York City properties — reservations are prepaid and are nonrefundable. The stay must be booked between…

What’s the Best Strategy for Switching Hotel Loyalty Programs?

TPG reader Roger sent me a message on Facebook to ask about moving his loyalty to a new hotel program: “I’m switching from Hilton HHonors to Marriott Rewards, since Marriott has a better presence in my favorite travel destinations. I don’t want to start from scratch with my points and elite status; what’s the best way to make the transition?” On…

Historic Hotels You Can Book with Points: Marriott

While many hotels affiliated with major loyalty programs can seem cookie-cutter, not all properties were cast from the same mold. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a look at some historic properties within the Marriott brand, all of which can be booked using points. After using my points to stay at a…

Three European Cities (Almost Entirely) on Points and Miles

Last month, TPG Contributor Adam Erace burned a mix of miles, bonus nights and other loyalty-program and credit-card benefits for a three-city, three-country holiday in London, Istanbul and Paris — the latter, unfortunately, during the recent terror attacks. Here’s how Erace planned a luxurious European vacation with minimal cash outlay — and managed to get home amidst a city-wide emergency. Since I discovered this website two…

5 of The Best-Value Points Hotels in Boston

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Boston using points and miles.  With an Irish bar on every block, fantastic seafood, winning sports teams and some of the country’s top universities, it’s no wonder that more than 15 million travelers…

Should I Get the Marriott or Ritz-Carlton Credit Card?

TPG reader Vanessa sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting a hotel credit card: “Do you have a preference between the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott credit cards? I usually stay with Marriott when I travel either for work or on my own, though I’m traveling to Puerto Rico and plan to stay at the Ritz in February, and I…