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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 60,000 point offers for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold cards have ended. The current offer is 50,000 points after $5,000 spend in 3 months. 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 and asking what […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Caribbean Hotels Where You Can Use Points This Winter

January 15, 2013

As temperatures continue to drop across North America, I thought it would be a good time to put together a list of the top hotels across the Caribbean where you can use points to stay and spend some time thawing out, so for today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10, here are the top points hotels in […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Apps

October 16, 2012

TPG contributor Jen Jones Donatelli downloaded, plugged in and played with dozens of hotel apps to bring us today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10. When it comes to booking travel and checking points on the go, you can take it with you. Available for a range of devices, apps are now offered by just about every […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Future Hotel Openings for Point Redemptions

August 28, 2012

The trend with hotel credit cards lately has been to increase the sign-up bonuses to about 2 free nights in a top tier property, like with the new  Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve and Chase Hyatt Visa. I’ve gotten in on these cards and several others, so with so many free nights to use I wanted […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways To Get Free Breakfast At Hotels

July 24, 2012

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…especially when you’ve got a packed travel schedule of busy days. Often breakfast is the meal travelers skip most at hotels thanks to a lack of options and overpriced menus. However, many hotels and loyalty programs offer their members a variety of perks including free breakfast. Here […]

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New 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus for Ritz-Carlton Visa + 30,000 Point Stay Promotion

July 12, 2012

Since launching the Ritz-Carlton card in 2011, Chase has kept the sign-up bonus steady at 50,000 points, with a couple recent reports of targeted 70,000 point offers. However, I just got notice that for a limited time my official link for the card is now for 70,000 points after $2,000 spent within 3 months, which […]

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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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Amex Membership Rewards 25% Discount on Hotels Transfers and Gift Cards

June 6, 2012

I’m always excited to check out American Express’ Membership Rewards homepage on the first and 15th of every month because that’s when they normally launch transfer bonuses. Especially coming off some recent good ones like the 50% British Airways and Starwood bonuses, I was expecting something decent this month. Yet sadly there’s currently not a […]

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Destination of the Week: Miami Beach

April 6, 2012

After an action-packed two-week trip to Asia, TPG is back home in the USA, so we decided to feature his current hometown as our Destination of the Week: Miami Beach. With sun, surf, a tasty foodie scene, fabulous shopping, and gorgeous hotels, Miami Beach is one of the all-time great vacation destinations. Here are some […]

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(Targeted) New Amex Transfer Bonuses With Hilton, Choice and Starwood

April 3, 2012

Edit: These bonuses seem to be targeted and may vary on the Amex card that you have. Feel free to report your experience in the comments I personally think the American Express Membership Rewards program is great – for airline redemptions. However, when it comesto their hotel transfer ratios, I don’t see a lot of […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Now A Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner

March 26, 2012

Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner. Today, Chase Ultimate Rewards announced today that it has added a new transfer partner, Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Sapphire Preferred and  Ink Bold cardholders will be able to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Ritz-Carlton at a 1:1 ratio and then redeem those […]

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Destination of the Week: Maui

February 17, 2012

  TPG might be spending his weekend on Kauai, but there are plenty of other Hawaiian vacation spots including this week’s Destination of the Week: Maui. We had the new TPG intern from NYU, Ryan, help us out with this huge list of properties where you can earn and burn points on Maui this winter, […]

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Review: Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

February 10, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  UPDATE: The current Ritz-Carlton sign-up offer is up to 70,000 points. New TPG Contributor Series: Financial and travel writer Jason Steele takes a look at the various perks and pitfalls of the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card. Competition […]

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Ritz-Carlton Promo: Free Night After Two Stays February 1 – April 15

February 2, 2012

Ritz-Carlton Rewards recently announced that starting January 13, 2012, existing members of the program and new members who were not previously enrolled in Marriott Rewards are eligible to receive a special offer. Members can receive a free night at a Tier 1-Tier 3 property when they register by March 1, 2012, and stay two times […]

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50,000 Points for Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card

August 12, 2011

Update: The current Ritz-Carlton sign-up offer is up to 70,000 points after $2,000 spent within 3 months. Chase is currently offering 50,000 points for the new Ritz-Carlton co-branded credit card. Ritz-Carlton points are basically like Marriott points and free Ritz-Carlton nights start at 30,000 points and go up to 70,000. These points can also be […]

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30,000 Bonus Points for 4 Night Ritz-Carlton Stay

July 12, 2011

I haven’t stayed at a Ritz-Carlton for a while, but I have been a member of their frequent guest program since it started. I haven’t paid too much attention, because there haven’t been any stellar, but this new one caught my attention: “Stay 4 or more consecutive nights between July 18 and September 9, 2011, […]

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Chase is Launching a Ritz-Carlton Co-Branded Credit Card Next Week

June 9, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The current Ritz-Carlton sign-up offer is up to 70,000 points after $2,000 spent within 3 months. Chase is launching a Ritz-Carlton branded credit card next week, which is geared towards high-end customers, especially since it has […]

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