10 Photos: New Orleans’ Historic French Quarter

TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin returns to her spicy home state to share glimpses of the French Quarter, one of the most visited and historic districts in North America. (All photos were taken by the author — follow more of Kelsy’s travels on Instagram and Twitter.) Without mincing words or showing bias for my favorite city, New…

A Conversation with Marriott’s VP of Loyalty, Thom Kozik

Arguably, the biggest story from the past year for rewards enthusiasts has been the Marriott and Starwood merger. When it was announced in November, it’s safe to say that most Starwood loyalists panicked — should they be worried about the merger and what does it mean for the future SPG program? Well, here we are more than two…

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Ritz-Carlton

All award travelers should earn transferable points, as they give you great flexibility in your redemptions. They also shield you from any potential devaluations, since the ability to transfer to other programs means you’re not locked into one currency. Chase Ultimate Rewards are some of the best transferable points out there, and TPG Senior Points…

Can I Stack Elite Credits from Ritz and Marriott Cards?

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask about earning elite status from hotel credit cards: “Can I stack automatic Gold Elite status from the Ritz-Carlton card with the 15 elite nights from the Marriott Rewards card? I’m trying to earn Platinum status, and wanted to know if the two could be combined to give me a boost.”…

My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

Around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which new ones I should apply for. If you’re new to the game there…

7 Premium Travel Cards You Should Consider in 2016

You can find plenty of great travel-rewards cards with annual fees of $100 or less, but if you’re a frequent traveler, it might be worth looking at more premium cards. Though they come with fees of $395 and up, as TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains, they more than make up for those charges with airline…

16 Exciting Hotels Opening in 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Card Last year saw exciting hotel openings take place across the globe, and 2016 looks to be even more impressive. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the hottest properties slated to open in the coming…

Should I Get the Marriott or Ritz-Carlton Credit Card?

TPG reader Vanessa sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting a hotel credit card: “Do you have a preference between the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott credit cards? I usually stay with Marriott when I travel either for work or on my own, though I’m traveling to Puerto Rico and plan to stay at the Ritz in February, and I…

10 Destination Spas That Take You Away From It All

Never one to shy away from a good spa treatment, TPG Contributor David Hoffmann of the travel blog David’s Been Here shares some of his favorite spa experiences around the world, from beaches to cities to the heart of the Arabian desert.  Timeless Spa at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa — Dubai, UAE Being stranded…

Destination of the Week: Santiago and Skiing in Chile

Just because it isn’t quite winter yet in the US doesn’t mean you can’t hit the slopes on some Andean ski runs in South America. For this Destination of the Week, we’re heading to Chile to visit Santiago and the nearby Valle Nevado ski resort. Original post by Eric Rosen (May 1, 2012) – updated…