Spending 100,000 Points, Exciting New Routes, a New Penn Station for NYC and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

7 Cards You’ll Want to Have as a Starwood/Marriott Guest

Now that Marriott’s officially acquired Starwood, many of our questions about the future of both programs — at least in the short term — have been answered. Last week, TPG sat down with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck to talk about how the merger will affect members of both loyalty programs, and what…

Review: A Standard Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

TO THE POINT: Your room may feel like a modern glass portal from which you can explore the cultural offerings of the booming Downtown LA scene — or like a generic box placed squarely in the center of a giant urban mall. The pros: nice views and a location close to restaurants, bars and sporting events. The cons:…

The 7 Most Expensive Ritz-Carlton Properties You Can Book with Points

Last month, we covered the launch of the upgraded Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, which brought some new benefits that may just make you excited about the luxury hotel chain all over again. Nick Ewen covered the 10 best properties to use your three free nights at (you get these after spending $5,000 on purchases on the card in…

Thursday Giveaway: Enter to Win a $500 Ritz-Carlton Gift Card

This week we’re giving away a $500 Ritz-Carlton gift card that can be used at participating properties worldwide, excluding Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and other Ritz-Carlton partner hotels (although you are able to use the gift card at Edition Hotels). Use the $500 gift card toward your next stay, or for a fun dining experience, spa treatments or other on-site…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for September 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to…

12 New and Future Ritz-Carlton Properties You Need To Stay At

Chase recently changed the benefits of its Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card to include a new sign-up bonus of three complimentary nights at a Tier 1-4 property when you spend $5,000 in the first three months of account opening, Priority Pass Select membership, a $100 Global Entry application credit and Visa Infinite benefits, among other perks. That…

Review: A Seaside Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

TO THE POINT: The unbeatable view, beach access and fine service make this one of the more memorable Ritz-Carlton properties. The pros: seaside location halfway between LA and San Diego, well-informed staff, top-notch in-house bars and restaurants. The cons: Not everyone gets a room with a view, the pool was small and drab and the bathrooms…

Analyzing the Value of the Refreshed Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

As we wrote about earlier this month, Chase recently made some major (positive) changes to the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card. This included an improved sign-up bonus and a number of new or enhanced perks. Back in 2014, I reviewed the card and identified a fairly limited type of traveler for whom it would be a good fit….

Marriott’s Fall 2016 MegaBonus Offers Two Earning Options

Marriott offers MegaBonus promotions multiple times per year, giving members of its loyalty program the opportunity to earn extra points and even free nights in some cases. For the fall 2016 MegaBonus announced today, the hotel brand’s changing things up a bit. Rather than offering targeted bonuses to members based on their account and status details,…