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Destination of the Week: Cape Town, South Africa

July 13, 2012

Though much of its history has been plagued by hardship and controversy, in the wake of its World Cup hosting success (and a star turn on The Bachelor), South Africa has quickly become one of the top jetsetting destinations in the world. That’s why for our Destination of the Week, we’d like to take you […]

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Destination of the Week: Fiji

July 6, 2012

Whether the record-setting heat wave hitting much of the country has you wanting out, or a July 4 holiday that fell on a Wednesday  prevented you from taking a bonafide vacation, chances are you’ve spent a moment or two thinking about the balmy ocean breezes and over water bungalows of our current Destination of the […]

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Reminder: Today Last Day to Transfer Amex Points to Priority Club

June 30, 2012

This is just quick reminder that after today, June 30, 2012, Priority Club (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc.) will no longer be a transfer partner of American Express. You can find the details on Priority Club’s website here. While I’m not too upset, because Priority Club is also a transfer partner with Chase Ultimate […]

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1,500 Priority Club Points For Taking 3 Quizzes

June 9, 2012

Update: There are three more quizzes, one for 300 points and two for 100 points each, for a total of 500 points, bringing the total to 2,000 possible bonus Priority Club points. Priority Club has a fun little promotion going on at the moment where you can rack up to 1,500 Priority Club points by […]

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Destination of the Week: Santiago and Skiing in Chile

June 8, 2012

Just because summer is about to blossom in the US doesn’t mean it’s warm everywhere. If you missed out on your winter ski trip this year because of crazy conditions across much of North America, you could get a second chance to experience the snow on some Andean ski runs in South America later this […]

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Get Nicki Minaj With Priority Club Digital Rewards Redemptions – A Good Deal?

June 7, 2012

Priority Club emailed me the other day to let me know that they’ve expanded their redemption options now to include Digital Rewards from First Club, a company that sells downloadable content including music, games and software. Merchandise redemptions are usually some of the worst value propositions in the points-redemption world, but I was curious to […]

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New Priority Club PointBreaks List Released for Stays Through July 31, 2012

May 23, 2012

If you are unaware or haven’t paid attention to Priority Club PointBreaks, you should. They allow you to use a measly 5,000 Priority Club points (which transfer 1:1 from American Express Membership Rewards - note that relationship ends June 30, 2012 and Chase Ultimate Rewards). Historically I haven’t taken advantage of them too much, but this […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10 Hotels to Stretch Your Points in Hawaii

April 24, 2012

For today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10 List series, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 budget hotel options to use your points in Hawaii. Though Hawaii is filled with gorgeous luxury resorts including the St. Regis Princeville on Kauai and the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii is such a dynamic, easy-to-navigate destination where […]

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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 Start Today: First Up Priority Club Points

April 9, 2012

Daily Getaways is a travel promotion sponsored by American Express and U.S Travel Association, which sells travel packages and even points/miles at a discount. This time around, the promotion runs from April 9-May 11 and before you get too excited, the deals they’ve announced so far are somewhat boring. These deals will go live every […]

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Priority Club April-May PointBreaks Hotels

April 6, 2012

Priority Club (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc.) this week released their current list of PointBreaks properties where now through May 31, 2012, Priority Club members can book free nights for just 5,000 points. That’s a pretty low redemption level especially for Intercontinental properties, which normally require between 30,000-50,000 points, and Hotel Indigo locations and […]

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Amex Losing Priority Club Transfer Partner

April 3, 2012

I found out some bad news for Amex’s Membership Rewards program yesterday: As of June 30, 2012, Priority Club (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc.) will no longer be a transfer partner of American Express. You can find the details on Priority Club’s website here. I did like knowing that I could top up my […]

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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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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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Be Smart on Valentine’s Day: Earn a Side of Miles With Your Dine

February 14, 2012

Chances are many of you will be dining out this Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to remind everyone to sign-up for a dining program. These are free, easy ways to earn miles and you get them in addition to the points/miles you get from your credit card. Here are the main programs and their current […]

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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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Intercontinental Bora Bora 2 Bedroom Suites for Only 30k Points a Night

January 19, 2012

Priority Club is in the process of changing the number of points needed to redeem for free nights (read: they are increasing the amount of points needed to book many hotels). 40,000 used to be the maximum amount of points needed for an Intercontinental, but as of today many are now at 50,000. However, it […]

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Rooms Now Bookable for Chicago Seminars

January 11, 2012

As mentioned last week, I am currently working with Rick, The Frugal Travel Guy, to organize this year’s frequent flyer Seminars, which will take place in Chicago from October 12-14. You can now book rooms at the host hotel, the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village. Registration for the actual seminar isn’t yet open because we […]

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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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Maximize Your Points and Miles This Holiday Shopping Season

November 21, 2011

One of the easiest ways to rack up a ton of points is by shopping online. Airline and credit card shopping portals make it very easy – all you have to do is click their simple link to your retailers website and they’ll automatically kick you back a certain number of points (usually based on […]

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Reminder: Get Points and Miles From Everyday Dining

November 8, 2011

Dining programs are free, easy ways to earn miles. Every single one of your debit and credit cards should be registered to a participating program–if not, take a couple minutes and sign-up for some. Once your credit cards are linked to a program, you’ll automatically earn miles every time you visit a participating restaurant. I […]

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Free Points for Using Topguest

October 3, 2011

Free points are my favorite kind, so I cherish an opportunity to build my balances without breaking the wallet- unless it takes up a lot of my time. Topguest is a way to get free points just by using social media sites Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Gowalla and Instagram. The whole concept is that hotels want […]

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