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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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Massive Email Hacking Affects Loyalty Programs

April 4, 2011

So far today, I’ve received emails from Hilton Honors, Best Buy Reward Zone and Chase notifying me that my email address and names were potentially stolen by hackers who breached the systems of their marketing vendor, Epsilon. The emails stress that financial information was not stolen and that the only risk will be an increase […]

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The Benefits of Hotel Hopping

February 8, 2011

There are many “destructive” activities that come along with obsessive mileage and point collecting, like buying coins, mileage running and opening up tons of credit cards. I put destructive in quotes, because what may be destructive to one person is fun and lucrative to another. While I try to think I’m mainstream in pursuing my […]

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The Points Guy in The Globe and Mail & My Take on Downtown Los Angeles

January 4, 2011

The Points Guy was a part of a panel of travel experts on global business conference destinations. Check out the article here. My choice was downtown Los Angeles. I was there for a conference recently and was really impressed with LA Live and the food scene. If you find yourself in downtown LA, you must […]

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Ritz-Carlton Free Nights Promotion

September 27, 2010

With the announcement of their new rewards program, Ritz-Carlton is running a free nights promotion. Earn a free night at any category 1-3 Ritz-Carlton from now until December 31, 2010 when you stay twice. Note: You can only earn a maximum of two free nights. No registration required- offer only eligible for new Ritz-Carlton Rewards […]

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