Which Hotels Follow Their Own “No Blackout Dates” Policies?

While many loyalty programs make it easy to redeem your points and miles, others make it unnecessarily difficult. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how some hotels circumvent their own policies to impede award redemptions, and explains what you can do about it. In the points and miles game, knowledge is…

1,000 Free Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska & AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double AAdvantage Miles for Travel Between the United States and Germany You can earn double AAdvantage miles for eligible Business class and select Economy class fares between the US and Germany. The airlines participating in this promotion are…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

How to Book Marriott Award Stays When You’re Short on Points

In order to maximize your points and miles, you first have to earn them. At least, that’s how it usually works. Today, however, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how Marriott lets you spend points even before they reach your account. Being a points and miles enthusiast can induce some anxiety. You might worry that an unannounced devaluation will derail…

Win a Marriott Stay, A Week in Florence, Trip to Hawaii

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning Marriott stays & Marriott bedding, a Tuscan getaway to Florence, a trip to Hawaii’s big island, a free car rental at Silvercar or a long weekend in Miami. Win Marriott Stays and Marriott Bedding From ShopMarriott You can win several prizes…

5 Travel Rewards Credit Cards that Pay for Themselves

Travel Rewards credit cards come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them you might get to earn a large sign-up bonus; others you might get for the benefits they offer with your airline or hotel of choice; and still others you might pick up for their lucrative bonus categories. When you’re evaluating whether to keep a rewards…

Starwood Sale, Wyndham Double Points, Avianca Bonus Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 50% Off Starwood Australia Pacific Stays Starwood is offering up to 50% off stays in Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa until July 31, 2015. You must book your stay between February 16, 2015—March 1, 2015. Blackout dates may…

Valentine’s Day: Sexy Hotel Packages for Couples

Each year, Valentine’s Day provides hotels with the perfect opportunity to create custom-themed packages that run the gamut from fun to exquisite—and even downright naughty. For couples seeking a romantic escape for the holiday, TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann presents a bouquet of hotel packages for Valentine’s Day that feature everything from specialty touches to way over-the-top perks. “The Perfect Proposal,” The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. This package definitely takes…

Which Hotel Rewards Program Is Best for Business Travelers?

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. I often preach the importance of diversifying your points and miles to improve award travel options and help protect against devaluation. However, sometimes it pays to stick firmly to one program…