What’s the Best Way to Get Free Hotel Club Lounge Access?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are some of the best ways to get club lounge access at hotels without paying for it?” We always talk about airline lounge access, but to be honest, hotel lounges can be even better, including much nicer spreads and open bars. Some of my personal favorite […]

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Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

December 2, 2014

Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in America, as well as tips on how to earn your way into them through their affiliated loyalty programs and co-branded credit cards. Gaining entry to private club lounges like these will take your future hotel […]

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How Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards at Ritz Carlton?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Scotty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”What’s the best way to use rewards points earned from my American Express Platinum card toward staying at The Ritz-Carlton?” I love Amex points, but I almost never use them for hotel stays. Generally, the transfer partners aren’t that lucrative, and you get less than one cent per […]

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Atlantis Paradise Island Now Bookable With Marriott Points

October 16, 2014

Back in July it was announced that the family of Atlantis resorts would become Autograph by Marriott properties- meaning you’d be able to earn points on paid stays and also redeem points for free nights. At that time I guessed they’d range from hotel category 6-8, but it looks like they’ll be 7-9). Per Marriott’s […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card: Should it be in Your Wallet?

October 2, 2014

Like its hotels, Ritz-Carlton’s co-branded credit card comes at a premium, but the travel and elite benefits offered by the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card can make it well worthwhile. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how. Many of the most prominent hotel brands have their own “luxury” brands embedded within their portfolios, such as St. Regis or Park Hyatt. […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Credit Card Benefits to Maximize Before 2015

September 23, 2014

As I’ve often said, one of the great tragedies for travelers is letting loyalty points and frequent flyer miles expire, and I think the same goes for unused credit card benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen will guide us through some of the best offers and benefits whose days are numbered, to help you make […]

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Last Chance: 100K Ritz-Carlton Rewards & Double Elite Nights

September 15, 2014

Ritz-Calrton usually flies under the radar a bit, since you are limited to only having a Ritz-Carlton or Marriott account, but they currently a lucrative bonus offer that is going on through the end of October. If you’ve already met status requirements for the year with other chains like Hyatt or Starwood and want to expand your elite horizons, […]

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Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

August 8, 2014

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, 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 claim with your […]

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Maximizing Marriott Rewards for Family Travel

July 25, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at Marriott Rewards. Previously, we looked at several of the major hotel loyalty programs to evaluate how family friendly they are, including Starwood Preferred Guest, Hyatt Gold Passport, and Hilton HHonors. Today I want to look at the Marriott Rewards program, which […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Summer Road Trips

July 14, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and that means Americans are on the move. According to surveys by both Orbitz and Trip Advisor, nearly 90% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, hardly surprising given the Arctic conditions that had a death grip on much of the country this winter. Over 40% traveled […]

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Strategies for Minimizing the TSA Fee Hike

July 14, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at ways to mitigate the increased TSA security fees set to begin next week. As TPG reported recently, the TSA will soon be raising its fees, making airfare more expensive. The current fee is $2.50 per leg, with a cap of $5 per one-way trip or $10 per round trip. Beginning […]

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3X Bonus Avianca LifeMiles, Free Wifi in NY Airports & More

June 28, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: AAdvange Members Earn 100,000 Bonus Miles For Asia Flights: American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles for taking a maximum of four eligible roundtrip flights on any of AA’s new non-stop routes between the US and Asia. Register prior to travel using promotion code ASIA2, purchase a […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards: Double Elite Nights and 100K Points

June 24, 2014

In the wake of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards‘ significant category changes last year, the luxury hotel chain’s loyalty program seems to be heating up for summer (and beyond) with two new promotions: 1) Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards can earn up to 100,000 points - 50,000 points for a Ritz-Carlton stay of five consecutive nights, plus another 50,000 for another Ritz-Carlton stay of […]

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Fourth of July With A View: Best Hotels For Fireworks Shows

June 17, 2014

In the United States, the most patriotic night of the year is also the most dazzling, with Fourth of July fireworks lighting up the skies from sea to shining sea. Many cities stage awe-inspiring displays of bombs bursting in air, attracting huge crowds in parks and public spaces, as well as on roads and public transportation. To leave the hordes behind this Fourth of July, head to […]

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The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Earning Elite Status

April 22, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Yesterday I posted about the best credit cards that help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and I thought it would be helpful write up a companion piece exploring hotel credit cards that […]

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Top 11 New Hotels To Check Out in 2014

January 14, 2014

A new year means it’s time to check out some of the newest hotels around the world, including many where you can earn and redeem your hotel points. Some are open already, some have opening dates set for the coming months, and a few will hopefully open their doors by the end of the year […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto Lakeview

September 23, 2013

This week, I went north of the border to Toronto, Canada, to film an appearance on a CTV show called “The Social,” where I talked about how Canadians can maximize their points and miles. The quick trip seemed like a great excuse to try a new hotel in a great city, and while I don’t often stay at […]

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Hotel Review: The Ritz Carlton New Orleans Hotel Executive Suite – Combining Ritz Carlton Status and Amex FHR Benefits

September 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Before the end of summer, I took one last last-minute trip to New Orleans to visit a few friends in the Big Easy. Having never experienced NOLA, I was really excited to go see what all […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 50% Off Flight Upgrades on Cathay Pacific, Earn Bonus Points with InterContinental, Hyatt and MGM Resorts Partnership

June 8, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double Miles When Flying US Airways to Brazil: US Airways recently launched nonstop service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is offering all customers double miles when flying to Brazil this summer. To partake in the offer, you must register prior […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards: Enjoy Up To Two Complimentary Nights

June 6, 2013

If you’re looking to plan some summer travel, check out The Ritz-Carlton’s new summer promotion that was announced today. Between July 1 and October 31, you can earn one complimentary night at a Tier 1-3 property for every two paid stays, and you can earn up to 2 complimentary nights. If you are already a […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Category Changes Announced

February 18, 2013

Earlier this week I told you about changes coming to Marriott Rewards, which include the addition of an entirely new tier category – Category 9 – and the devaluation of 36% of Marriott properties. Changes take effect on May 16. On Thursday, sister brand’s Ritz-Carlton Rewards program announced their own changes taking effect May 16 […]

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