How an Expat Went From 0 Credit to 7 Cards and 1 Million Miles

If you’re a newcomer to the US or are just starting to build credit with the goal of opening travel rewards cards, the road ahead of you can deem daunting. But, as TPG Contributor Mike Toledo explains, it’s entirely possible to grow your credit score from scratch and eventually get incredible value out of the most lucrative credit cards…

Receive Up to 55,000 Bonus Miles When Transferring to Aeroplan

Back in March, there was a great promotion that allowed you to score 55,000 bonus Aeroplan miles when transferring loyalty points. And now, the promotion is back. The current promotion runs through August 15, 2016, and allows customers to transfer hotel loyalty points and receive up to 55,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles, which can then be used toward future award travel. Even…

4 Things to do in Chicago This Summer

TPG Contributor Amber Gibson is a Chicago native and still calls The Windy City home. Here, she shares why it’s a good idea to visit this summer — you know, when it’s not frigid and snowing. Follow along with Amber’s adventures on Instagram. It’s always a good time to visit the Windy City — well, maybe not in the dead…

6 Places to Have a Blast on the Fourth of July

Whether you’re looking to bliss out on a sleepy shoreline, cheer at a hot dog-eating contest or run a 5K, TPG Contributor Adam Erace highlights six destinations — besides the usual Fourth of July holiday hotspots like Boston, Philly and D.C. — where you can be sure to have a fantastic Independence Day. 1. New…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s time to think about where you’re staying. Luckily, there are tons of points hotel options all over Europe, whether you’re…

Earn Up to 120,000 Bonus Points with Ritz-Carlton’s Latest Promotion (Targeted)

Update: A representative has confirmed that this promotion is targeted, however if you haven’t been able to apply, you can call the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Guest Services Team for assistance. Additionally, this promotion only applies to stays at Ritz-Carlton properties. Ritz-Carlton just announced its latest member offer, “Rewarding Journeys.” The promotion gives Ritz-Carlton members the chance to earn up…

The Best Credit Cards for Marriott Guests

If you’re looking to earn points toward hotel award stays and enjoy elite-status perks while you’re at it, credit cards should definitely be a part of your award travel strategy. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through the best options for those who frequently stay at Marriott properties. With over 4,000…

Can I Get Marriott Rewards Gold Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Angela sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott status: “I stay with Marriott a lot for work, and I have a Marriott card that gives me Silver status. Is there another card that can get me Gold status (like the Business Platinum Amex for SPG and Hilton)?” Hotel loyalty programs offer quite…

Should I Join Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards?

TPG reader Jacob sent me a message on Facebook to ask about hotel loyalty programs: “I’ll be staying at a Ritz-Carlton property soon, and was wondering whether I should sign up for their loyalty program or Marriott Rewards. If it makes a difference, I have Gold status with Hilton and Platinum status with Hyatt.” While Marriott has owned and…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending and More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Not everyone travels frequently enough to earn elite status with a hotel loyalty program the normal way, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, you can still reach elite tiers through…