The Amazing Etihad Residence, an Airport Customs Snafu & 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:…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals from Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood

Happy Black Friday! As you emerge from yesterday’s turkey-induced coma, you’ll find that plenty of hotel-related details are up and running online. Keep reading for a rundown on the offers from each major brand, all of which will be available through Cyber Monday. And be sure to check out Nick Ewen’s post on the best…

50k Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus, AAdvantage Program Changes & 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’s CEO on the Future of Marriott Rewards and SPG

What will happen to the Starwood Preferred Guest program after Marriott’s planned acquisition in 2016? It’s a question on everyone’s mind this week, as two of the largest hotel chains in the world are set to combine in the middle of next year. While the new hotel giant won’t merge the Marriott Rewards and Starwood…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 in Marriott and United Gift Cards

This week’s Thursday Giveaway is the chance to win a $250 United gift card and a $250 Marriott gift card. Through the end of November, Marriott and United are running a promotion to earn bonus points and miles when you use your Marriott card with United, or your United card with Marriott. The Double Stay, Double Go promotion is available…

Maximizing Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages

You can often score significant discounts by booking a flight and hotel together. However, many travel providers also allow you to redeem points or miles for these packages. While these aren’t always a great deal, they can definitely provide some solid value when you use them properly. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Starwood merger…

Marriott Announces Plan to Acquire Starwood Hotels

It’s not IHG, Hyatt, or a mysterious group of Chinese investors. No — the company that will acquire Starwood’s portfolio of 1,270 properties is Marriott, creating the world’s largest hotel company when the deal is complete in mid-2016. Once the merger is complete, the combined chain will manage more than 5,500 properties with a grand total of…

Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

There’s no question that holding elite status at a hotel chain can improve your stays, thanks to benefits like late checkout and complimentary room upgrades. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top-tier statuses across all hotel programs, to help you determine which is the best fit based on…

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Marriott

All award travelers should earn transferable points, as they give you great flexibility in your redemptions. They also shield you from any potential devaluations, since the ability to transfer to other programs means you’re not locked into one currency. Chase Ultimate Rewards are some of the best transferable points out there, and TPG Senior Points…

Redeeming Hotel Points for Non-Hotel Awards

There’s no denying you can’t get some excellent value out of hotel award nights — especially if you nab a room that usually goes for $700 a night. If you’re sitting on a huge stash of points, though, you might be wondering if there’s any other way to use your rewards. TPG Senior Points &…