Ritz-Carlton Rewards Offers Double Elite Nights for 2015

Ritz-Carlton has launched a promotion offering double elite credits to Ritz-Carlton Rewards members. Much like the 2014 promotion, you’ll earn two nights credit toward elite status for each eligible night stay at participating properties for the entire 2015 calendar year. Whether you’re new to Ritz-Carlton Rewards or an established member looking to boost your elite status level, this promotion is a…

How Much is Marriott Rewards Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Marriott Rewards elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t always…

What To Do In Kyoto (Anytime But Winter)

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

10 New Hotel Spas & Wellness Programs for a Refreshing 2015

When you’re a regular traveler, it’s pretty common to make—and break—New Year’s resolutions for healthier living. Happily, spas at resorts and hotel chains are helping guests stay on track. TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann has assembled a selection of spa properties with some delightful new programs and relaxing services that will have you starting 2015 on a completely refreshed…

The Top 15 New Hotels Opening in 2015

Another year means another spate of hotel openings and fabulous properties around the world where you can earn and redeem points. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the most exciting new hotels to look out for as 2015 unfolds. With the global economy recovering, many hotel openings or restorations…

The Etihad Mistake-Fare Guide to Abu Dhabi

‘Twas the morning of Christmas, and in the U.A.E., Etihad’s mainframe was glitching, releasing fares (almost) for free…If you were lucky enough to nab one of those amazing Etihad mistake fares last year/month, congratulations on acting quickly! To save you time on researching what to do in the Middle East carrier’s hub city of Abu Dhabi,…

9 Top International Hotel Club Lounges & How to Gain Access

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Earlier this month, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne wrote about the top 10 hotel club lounges in the U.S., along with tips for getting access. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes that list…

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 140,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ritz-Carlton Visa Card An important part of maximizing award travel is taking advantage of big bonus opportunities when they pop up. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at a current Ritz-Carlton credit card offer that can get you free hotel nights at…

How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today…

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

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…