8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

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. Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24….

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

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. Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status…

Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and…

Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

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. Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in…

Miami’s Hottest Hotel Openings in Time For Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach is set for December 4-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center marking the official start of Miami’s “season.” With that comes a host of parties, satellite fairs and, this year, highly anticipated hotel openings. Read on for Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz’s scoop on the hottest new hotels on the beach–and what’s happening at them…

What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

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. TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning…

Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or…

Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

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. Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online…

Earn Bonus Southwest and Marriott Points, Hyatt Gift Card Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Marriott Reward Points for Canada Stays You can earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Reward Points per night (with a maximum of 7,500 points per stay) at select Marriott properties in Canada. The offer includes stays…

Hotel Choice Benefits for Top Tier Elites: The Weekly Wish

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: offer choice benefits to top tier hotel elites. The first class I ever attended as a college freshman was Economics, and on the board, the professor wrote, “There’s no…