Get a 25% Bonus When You Convert Marriott Points to United Miles

Update: The text below has been updated to reflect a cap of 25,000 bonus miles in Marriott’s terms and conditions. Through March 31, 2016, you can earn a 25% bonus when you transfer Marriott Rewards points to United MileagePlus — this is on top of the regular 20% bonus you’ll receive when converting Marriott points into…

How Do You Envision The Future Of Marriott and SPG?

One of my favorite things about being The Points Guy is the chance to help people go on amazing trips by using points and miles, whether they’re planning the ultimate round-the-world honeymoon or a life-changing trip to Africa. I also enjoy getting in on the action behind the scenes, learning how loyalty programs like Marriott Rewards and…

TPG’s Guide to Austin During SXSW 2016

Depending on which component you’re attending — Interactive from March 11-15 for tech-related news and events; Music from March 11-19; and Film from March 15-20 — you may find yourself frequenting different parts of downtown Austin. Long-time Austin resident and TPG contributor Katherine Fan shares insights gleaned from many years of personal experience attending the city’s annual South by Southwest…

10 Photos: Monaco, Italy and the South of France

TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert takes you through an amazing off-season trip to Cannes, Provence and Monaco, with a day trip to Italy thrown in. Not everyone’s lucky enough to visit Cannes during the eponymous Film Festival or enjoy the rest of Southern France during the spring or summer. While the warm weather…

Marriott Announces Category Changes for 2016

Like many of the major hotel chains — such as IHG and Hilton, which already announced their 2016 changes — Marriott adjusts the award categories for many hotels within its portfolio each year, and this year is no different. This week, the company announced its most recent round of category changes at a select number of…

Thursday Giveaway: 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points

This week’s Thursday Giveaway is the chance to win 50,000 Marriott Rewards points — enough for two nights at a Category 5 hotel, or other uses such as a transfer to get started on the Southwest Companion Pass. Marriott also bumped up the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Premier Rewards Visa card to 80,000 points when you spend $3,000…

80,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier Card

Good news if you’re interested in booking award travel with Marriott or Ritz-Carlton: The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card are increasing their sign-up bonuses to 80,000 points after $3,000 spent in the first three months. That’s 30,000 Marriott Rewards points more than the standard 50,000-point offer. This isn’t…

Can I Book Marriott Hotel + Air Packages Without Set Dates?

TPG reader Kenneth sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Marriott Hotel + Air packages: “I’m thinking of booking a Marriott Hotel + Air package to get the Southwest Companion Pass, but I don’t have any upcoming stays planned. Can I buy the package, get the Companion Pass, and then redeem the hotel portion later?”…

Should I Earn SPG and Marriott Points While I Still Can?

TPG reader Kavin emailed me to ask about strategizing for the Marriott-Starwood merger: “Should I sign up for both the Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex before the two programs merge?” There’s been both a lot of excitement and anxiety over the future of SPG since Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood back in November. Marriott CEO…

Marriott’s Lesser-Known 5-Night Travel Package Option

Marriott has offered a seven-night package redemption option for some time now, letting you redeem a set number of points for a week-long hotel stay plus a certain number of airline miles. But, as TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains, an unadvertised five-night package also exists. Read on to see why this might be an even…