U.S. Hotel Gyms That Go the Extra Mile

Looking to get your workout on while traveling in America? Read on as TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino explores some of the most elaborate hotel gyms around the United States.  Most hotel gyms are a bit of a snooze, offering little more than a few machines, a handful of free weights, and floor mats that have probably seen better days….

Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

TPG Contributor Richard Kerr has grown skeptical of luxury hotels promising to do all but make him royalty, and generally lowers his expectations before staying at a property for the first time. But The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa in Okinawa, Japan has restored his optimism: though surrounded by dense jungle, it feels more like an oasis in a vast, dry desert. Located an hour drive north of Naha…

9 Marriott Properties that Make Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Marriott properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true…

Take a Vow: Best US Hotels for Gay Weddings

With gay marriage now legal in 36 states plus the District of Columbia, same-sex couples can get hitched from north to south and east to west. TPG Contributor Drew Limsky leads you down the aisle to some of the best resorts and hotels for getting your gay (or straight, should you be so inclined) wedding party on.   …

Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons: Which Hotels Are Better?

TPG reader Whitney tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “If you had to choose between Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels, which would you pick?” I won’t lie, I like staying at fancy hotels. I’ve stayed at some really nice Four Seasons properties; in fact, I absolutely love the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest. Aside from specific…

Is Ritz-Carlton Club Level Worth an Upgrade?

TPG reader Katherine messaged me to ask: “My husband and I are headed to the Ritz in St. Thomas for a week on Marriott points. Do you have any thoughts on whether an upgrade to the club level is worthwhile there? I was told it would cost $150 per day, per person. Thanks!” The Ritz-Carlton Club…

Hotel Openings Worldwide For March 2015

Earlier this year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shared the most exciting hotel openings planned for 2015. However, since that list of 15 properties barely scratched the surface of new hotels we’ll see open across the world this year, he’ll now share a list on a regular basis. This first installment covers openings from January through March, but look out for new entries…

Which Hotels Follow Their Own “No Blackout Dates” Policies?

While many loyalty programs make it easy to redeem your points and miles, others make it unnecessarily difficult. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how some hotels circumvent their own policies to impede award redemptions, and explains what you can do about it. In the points and miles game, knowledge is…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…

Which Is Better: Chase Ritz-Carlton or Amex Platinum Card?

Many people have reported being targeted for the 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express through the CardMatch Tool. Be sure to check for yourself to see what offers are available to you (there is no credit check)! TPG reader @AGlobalAffair tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “How would you rate the benefits of…