Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Hotel Stays

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and in order to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles on hotel spending, and offers other strategies to make your next stay more lucrative. In a perfect world, you…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Hotel Review: The London EDITION

Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne stayed one night at The London EDITION in the West End, a property in a luxury brand that allows you to redeem Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and this is her experience of the property. (All photos by the author.) After The Points Guy enjoyed a one-night stay at The…

Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

As I’ve discussed in the past, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a…

The Most Pet-Friendly Points Hotels in America

Stumped about the best spots for summer stays with your pets in tow? TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has done the research to highlight eight hotel brands — and individual properties within them — that welcome you, your loyalty points and your furry friends. Kimpton Hotels Surfcomber South Beach — Miami, Florida At Kimpton‘s 60-plus hotels throughout the US, pets are welcomed free of charge, no matter what size,…

6 Places to Have a Blast on the Fourth of July

It might be less than a month away, but there’s still plenty of time (and points redemption/earning opportunities) to book a getaway for Fourth of July weekend. Whether you’re looking to bliss out on a sleepy shoreline, sing along at a Beach Boys concert, cheer at a hot dog-eating contest or run a 5K, TPG…

Dip Into the Sexiest Hotel Pools Around the World

Summer’s almost upon us, and in most areas of the world, that means heat! There’s really no better way to enjoy warm weather than a refreshing pool experience, so to make sure we stay cool, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino leads us to some of the most incredible hotel pools around the world. Make sure to check…

Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

One leg of my recent whirlwind tour of Brazil, South Korea and China was a one-night stay in Seoul with the express purpose of enjoying some Korean BBQ. To make sure I’d have a good night’s sleep with a very full stomach, I booked a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul. Built in 1995 and then extensively…

Ritz-Carlton Chicago To Fully Join Brand – New Points Opportunity

The concepts of hotel ownership versus hotel management can be a bit fuzzy. One case in point is that of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, which has paid for the license to use the name Ritz-Carlton since opening in 1975, but is, in fact, a Four Seasons property at the moment. Don’t believe me? Here’s the hotel…

18 Hours in Seoul: What To Do, See & Eat

During my whirlwind Asia trip, I was in Seoul for just one night to get Korean BBQ, which is my idea of a good excuse to fly Singapore Airlines First Class. Arriving at 8 p.m and leaving at noon the next day didn’t give me much time to explore the city, but I tried to pack in as much as…