How Much is Marriott Rewards Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Marriott Rewards elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t always…

8 Great Marriott Hotels for Caribbean Getaways

In honor of Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection, we’ve rounded up a few of our other favorite Marriott hotels in the Caribbean. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset highlights eight hot spots to escape the cold this winter and snag free stays when using your Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. St. Kitts Marriott Resort…

Top Credit Cards, Free Breakfast at Marriott, Hertz Bonus

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Reminder: Check out the Top Credit Card Offers for 2015 Here’s my list of the top credit card offers for the month of January, 2015. For more information and details on each card, visit this post. 1. Platinum Card from American Express …

The Top 15 New Hotels Opening in 2015

Another year means another spate of hotel openings and fabulous properties around the world where you can earn and redeem points. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the most exciting new hotels to look out for as 2015 unfolds. With the global economy recovering, many hotel openings or restorations…

Top 8 Marriott Autograph Collection Hotels

Marriott’s Autograph Collection spans more than 60 hotels across the globe, and while these independent properties may not bear the Marriott name, they still offer all the benefits of the Marriott Rewards loyalty program. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset highlights eight hotels you may be surprised to know are part of the Marriott Autograph Collection. 1. Atlantis, Paradise Island – Paradise Island, Bahamas One of…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

Audit Your 2014 Airline Miles, Hotel Points & Elite Credits

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to take a last look at your loyalty accounts to make sure everything is in order. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some good housekeeping tips to help you make sure you’ve received all the points and miles you’re entitled to from this past…

Last Chance For Elite Status, Bonus Marriott and Club Carlson Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Reminder: Just a Few More Days To Qualify For Elite Status You have until December 31, 2014 to qualify for airline or hotel elite status for 2015. If you find yourself short, you still have a couple of days…

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 140,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ritz-Carlton Visa Card An important part of maximizing award travel is taking advantage of big bonus opportunities when they pop up. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at a current Ritz-Carlton credit card offer that can get you free hotel nights at…

How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

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. Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today…