The Top Cards for Instant SPG and Marriott Elite Status

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood has now closed, and while many award travelers feared this would negatively impact both loyalty programs, that doesn’t appear to be the case — at least in…

How to Travel to London for Free Using Points and Miles

It’s been several months since Brits voted to leave the European Union, and the British pound has yet to recover from the wild currency fluctuations that followed this decision. In fact, as CNN Money reports, the pound fell to its lowest level in 31 years this Tuesday, at just about $1.27 per pound. Regardless of…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? October Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Get a 20% Bonus When Transferring Points to Etihad

For those on the fence about transferring points or miles to a program, bonuses provide a great incentive to finally pull the trigger. Well, good news for those looking to transfer points to Middle East-based carrier Etihad Airways: Now through October 31, you can transfer points from one of Etihad’s 16 transfer partners and get 20% bonus Etihad Guest Miles….

Can I Mix Hotel Points and Free Night Certificates for a 5th Night Free?

TPG reader Kevin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotel awards: “I have three free night certificates from the Ritz-Carlton card, and enough points to book a fourth night. Can I book those four nights and then get the fifth night free?” Fifth night free benefits are a great way to maximize your…

10 Airport Hotels That Will Inspire Your Inner #AvGeek

Plane spotters and #AvGeeks everywhere love a good runway view, but when it’s from your hotel bed, it’s even better. These 10 airport hotels provide prime views that are worth shelling out extra for if you’re seeking a place to sleep near the runway. 1. Fairmont Vancouver Airport (YVR) This luxury property sits atop the airport…

Spending 100,000 Points, Exciting New Routes, a New Penn Station for NYC and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson Goes Zero-G in Brooklyn

It’s been a pretty crazy week for Arne Sorenson, but Marriott’s CEO managed to find time to swing by Brooklyn following a chat at this week’s Skift conference, where TPG spoke yesterday. The occasion? A chance to experience the chain’s “Gravity Room,” currently on display at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. See how @Marriott is…

7 Cards You’ll Want to Have as a Starwood/Marriott Guest

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Now that Marriott’s officially acquired Starwood, many of our questions about the future of both programs — at least in the short term — have been answered. Last week, TPG sat…

When It Makes Sense to Transfer Marriott Points to Starwood

You might also be interested in reading When It Makes Sense to Transfer Starpoints to Marriott. It’s been an exciting end of September in the points and miles world, thanks in large part to the finalization of Marriott and Starwood’s merger. This became official on Friday, and while the two won’t be fully integrated for…