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Marriott Promo Rundown: MegaMiles, MegaBonus and Fairfield Inn 7,500

June 4, 2012

Marriott has several promotions going right now, so I thought I’d take a quick look at them and how you can stack them to maximize your Marriott Rewards points. Megabonus: Three Free Nights Summer Promo First, as reported in the Summer Hotels Promo Roundup a couple weeks ago, the Marriott Three Free Nights summer promo […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: The Best Hotel Point Redemption Methods

May 15, 2012

Hotel points can be some of the most valuable currency in the travel industry, and many of the major chains enhance their points’ value even further with deep discounts on everything from extended-stay rates to single-property specials to the ability to redeem hybrid points-cash awards. Here’s a list of some of the best hotel point […]

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Hotel Summer Promos Roundup

May 12, 2012

The major hotel chains have started their summer promos already, so I thought I’d compile one big post with all of them so you can compare and contrast, and earn the most points for your upcoming summer travel. 138,000 Club Carlson Gold Points As we reported on yesterday, on Tuesday, May 15, Club Carlson is […]

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How Hotels Calculate Points Earned On Meetings

April 19, 2012

TPG Contributor Max Bloom explains how planning meetings—even if you’re not a “meeting planner”—can earn you points and elite status at the major hotel chains. In this post, he explains how each chain calculates the number of points you earn by spending money on “meeting” expenses. Meetings can be a great way to earn a […]

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Reminder: 20% Marriott Discount with Daily Getaways and Amex Today

April 18, 2012

Although many of this week’s and last week’s Daily Getaways have been a little lackluster, today’s Marriott offers are actually pretty decent…that is, if you manage to get the full 20% discount by using an American Express card to purchase one. Just as a reminder, Marriott is offering TravelCards at a discount in the following […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Loyalty Program Perks

April 17, 2012

For our second post in the Travel Tuesday Top 10 List series, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 benefits conferred upon members of various hotel loyalty programs, including several available not just to top-tier members but to mid- and intro-level members as well. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and […]

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Daily Getaways Week 2: Marriott, Avis and Harrah’s

April 16, 2012

The second week of Daily Getaways travel promotions sponsored by American Express and U.S Travel Association, continues with another five daily travel deals which go live at 1:00 pm EDT, and some will have a pre-sale beginning at 12:00 pm EDT which you can access by heading to the Facebook page the day of the […]

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Destination of the Week: Miami Beach

April 6, 2012

After an action-packed two-week trip to Asia, TPG is back home in the USA, so we decided to feature his current hometown as our Destination of the Week: Miami Beach. With sun, surf, a tasty foodie scene, fabulous shopping, and gorgeous hotels, Miami Beach is one of the all-time great vacation destinations. Here are some […]

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Destination of the Week: Montreal

March 23, 2012

With gorgeous weather, and record high temperatures being set throughout North America, who needs to spend spring break in Mexico or the Caribbean? Instead, consider a pseudo-Euro jaunt to Canada’s capital of Quebecois culture, Montreal. LA VILLE With the second-most French speakers of any city in the world, Canada’s second-largest city is often called the […]

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Sunday Reader Question: What is the Best Use for Marriott Points?

March 18, 2012

TPG reader Mary Lynn writes: “What’s the best value for Marriott Reward miles?  If you try to exchange them into airline miles the exchange ratio is so bad I’m wondering if I’m completely misunderstanding things.” In my opinion, transferring Marriott points to airlines at a ratio of 10,000 points to 2,000 miles is not a […]

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Earning Hotel Elite Status Through Meetings, Part 2

March 8, 2012

TPG Contributor Max Bloom explains how planning meetings can earn you points and elite status at the major hotel chains. In his previous posts he gave introductions on planning meetings and how the major chains award elite status for meetings. Last week I talked about deciding which program will give you the highest status the fastest by […]

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Destination of the Week: Austin, Texas

March 2, 2012

Since the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival starts next week, we decided to continue our Destination of the Week series with a look at the city that hosts one of the country’s most happening music scenes: Austin, Texas. THE SCENE Apart from South by Southwest, which takes place in spring and has become one […]

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Destination of the Week: Hawaii, The Big Island

February 24, 2012

Since The Points Guy had such an excellent time on Kauai last weekend, we decided to continue our Destination of the Week series with a look at: Hawaii, the Big Island. Hawaii Island The island the rest take their name from is also the largest in the chain, and one of the least developed, with […]

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Maximizing Hotel Elite Status By Planning Meetings

February 23, 2012

TPG Contributor Max Bloom explains how planning meetings can earn you elite status at the major hotel chains. Last post he gave an intro to planning meetings. Every major hotel chain allows meeting planners to earn elite status through meetings, though their criteria vary. Some award status based upon the amount of money you spend, […]

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Destination of the Week: Maui

February 17, 2012

  TPG might be spending his weekend on Kauai, but there are plenty of other Hawaiian vacation spots including this week’s Destination of the Week: Maui. We had the new TPG intern from NYU, Ryan, help us out with this huge list of properties where you can earn and burn points on Maui this winter, […]

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Valentine’s Day Destination of the Week: Paris

February 10, 2012

TPG Managing Editor Eric takes us to the City of Lights for a bit of a romantic twist for Destination of the Week. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we thought we’d pick one of the world’s most romantic cities as our next Destination of the Week: Paris. Paris needs no introduction. A center of culture and […]

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Destination of the Week: Kauai

January 27, 2012

As winter really begins to set in over most of the country with freezing conditions, it’s time to start considering some sunny destinations where you can earn and use your points. That’s why this week’s Destination of the Week is: Kauai. Kauai is the northernmost and oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Though it has a […]

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Maximizing Reduced Level Hotel Awards

January 26, 2012

Like airlines and their off peak awards, many hotel points programs offer reduced level awards, even at some of their higher-end properties. Priority Club just released their latest list of hotels where PointsBreaks are available for bookings now through March 31, 2012. PointsBreaks free nights for just 5,000 Priority Club points, but this promotion isn’t […]

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My 2012 Points Strategy: Hotel Elite Status

January 10, 2012

This is an installment in the My 2012 Points Strategy Series. Posts include: Taking Credit Card Inventory, Future Credit Card Applications, Airline Elite Status, Hotel Elite Status. Hotel elite status is often overlooked, but frankly can be much more rewarding than airline status, which seems to get all of the attention. Frankly, hotels can be a huge portion of […]

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Hilton’s More Points Promotion

December 30, 2011

Hilton just announced their first quarter More Points promotion - register and then stay at any Hilton brand hotel between January 1st and March 31st, 2012 to earn an additional 1,000 bonus miles per night, or 5,000 miles per weekend (defined as 2 consecutive nights, Thursday to Sunday). There is no limit to the amount of […]

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Marriott Launches 2012 Megabonus

December 20, 2011

Marriott is very predictable when it comes to their promotions – they use the same name and overall concept making slight tweaks each time. So once again, they announced a Megabonus promotion  for Spring 2012 and you will get one free night at a category 1-4 hotel for every two stays. You must register by […]

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Marriott and Hyatt Facebook Point Giveaways

December 7, 2011

I’m not a huge fan of sweepstakes, but I thought I’d share a couple hotel point giveaways. They both require Facebook “liking,” which means they’ll probably use all of your valuable information for marketing purposes – but hey, we’ve all got our price! Hyatt Million Point Sweeps. I entered, but it annoyed me that you […]

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List of Reduced Price Hotel Promo Awards

November 24, 2011

Several hotel loyalty programs have discounted award nights, which are rotating lists of hotels that will let you redeem free nights for a fraction of the points needed regularly. Priority Club just updated their list, so I thought I’d list include the others as well: Priority Club PointBreaks: Free nights for only 5,000 Priority Club […]

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70,000 Points for Marriott Premier Visa

October 24, 2011

Update: The current offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa is 50,000 points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months. Recently I blogged about a pretty great deal for the Marriott Premier – 50,000 points and a bunch of other benefits. However, several TPG readers sent me a link for 70,000 points. This isn’t one of my […]

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