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…

FCC Spanks Marriott for Blocking WiFi

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has chastised Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) for its August 2014 petition seeking the FCC’s permission to block guests’ use of outside WiFi networks at Marriott properties. The petition specifically mentions that Wi-Fi blocking at meetings and conventions—where WiFi is rarely offered for free by the hotel chain—would be required to protect…

Marriott Bringing its Moxy Brand to the US in 2016

At an event last night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Plaza, Marriott announced the impending U.S. arrival of their new budget hotel brand, Moxy—and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne shares more details.  Following the successful September 2014 launch of a single property in Milan, Marriott has just announced plans to bring its boutique Moxy Hotels brand to the U.S. in 2016. Targeted at millennials, this…

How to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points

Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of these options offer the best value. Whether you’re new to The Points Guy or a long-time reader, you’ve probably…

Can I Transfer Hyatt Points to Southwest for Companion Pass?

TPG Reader Yosef tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Can I transfer Hyatt points to Southwest to help me earn the Southwest Companion Pass?”  The Southwest Companion Pass is an amazing perk that I frequently discuss. The good news is, yes, you can transfer Hyatt points that will count toward earning the Companion Pass. However, the bad…

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

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 asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel…