Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Maximum Value

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards at 2.1 cents apiece, and I can get much more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Chase Ultimate…

Is Ritz-Carlton Club Level Worth an Upgrade?

TPG reader Katherine messaged me to ask: “My husband and I are headed to the Ritz in St. Thomas for a week on Marriott points. Do you have any thoughts on whether an upgrade to the club level is worthwhile there? I was told it would cost $150 per day, per person. Thanks!” The Ritz-Carlton Club…

Hotel Openings Worldwide For March 2015

Earlier this year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shared the most exciting hotel openings planned for 2015. However, since that list of 15 properties barely scratched the surface of new hotels we’ll see open across the world this year, he’ll now share a list on a regular basis. This first installment covers openings from January through March, but look out for new entries…

Bonus AA/US Miles & Marriott Points, Double Etihad Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles and 25% Off National Car Rentals You can save up to 25% and earn 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for renting any car for two days or more with National Car Rentals. Make sure to request Contract…

Marriott Hotel Award Category 2015 Changes – 27% Going Up

Similar to other major chains, Marriott periodically adjusts the hotels within each of its award categories, and it has just released their list of hotels that will be changing categories in 2015. Over one-fourth of Marriott’s properties are moving up in categories, and those new rates will kick in for reservations after March 18, 2015. Any…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

Hotel Elite Status Wrap-Up: Which Program Is Most Valuable?

Hotel elite status comes in all shapes and sizes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which programs offer the best value overall. Over the last several weeks, I analyzed the value of elite status with several major hotel loyalty programs: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Club Carlson. Each tier within each…

Which Hotels Follow Their Own “No Blackout Dates” Policies?

While many loyalty programs make it easy to redeem your points and miles, others make it unnecessarily difficult. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how some hotels circumvent their own policies to impede award redemptions, and explains what you can do about it. In the points and miles game, knowledge is…

1,000 Free Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska & AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double AAdvantage Miles for Travel Between the United States and Germany You can earn double AAdvantage miles for eligible Business class and select Economy class fares between the US and Germany. The airlines participating in this promotion are…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…