How to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points

Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of these options offer the best value. Whether you’re new to The Points Guy or a long-time reader, you’ve probably…

SPG Accounts Hacked: Always Monitor Your Accounts

Per this Flyertalk thread, several Starwood Preferred Guest accounts have been hacked, with their points redeemed for gift cards. If you notice that your SPG account shows that points have been redeemed for unauthorized transactions, contact Starwood Preferred Guest, who will be able to help recover your points. It seems as Starwood is also trying to be proactive,…

What Are Some Tips for Earning SPG Platinum Status?

TPG reader Savannah tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I really want to go for SPG Platinum this year, but don’t know if I’ll meet the requirements. Any advice?” Just like me, Savannah loves her SPG Platinum status. The easy tip if you’re nervous about re-qualifying is simply to stay, stay, stay. Book as much travel…

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel credit card should have, such as earning multiple points per dollar on purchases within the hotel chain, and other bonus categories. There are also benefits that some hotel cards have…

Do Delta & SPG Crossover Rewards Count Toward Elite Status?

TPG Reader Emir messaged me to ask: “I know that points transferred from Amex Rewards do not count toward Delta elite status; what about points earned from SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards?” Amex points transferred to Delta do not count toward Medallion elite status, as Emir mentioned. However, about a year and a half ago, Delta…

Double TrueBlue Points, Starwood Asia Pacific Sale & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Emirates Blocks Upgrades on the Cheapest Fare Class Emirates is changing their rules regarding upgrades on February 1, 2015. Emirates flyers with fares categorized as Business Special and Economy Special will no longer be able to upgrade their tickets….

Top 5 Factors to Look for in Transferable Points Programs

Transferable points are the cornerstone of a robust travel rewards portfolio, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to talk about these kinds of programs and what qualities and benefits you should expect from them. When it comes to travel rewards, transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards—which you accrue in a central…

Top Business Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Offers

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can boost your loyalty accounts even more with business credit cards, and shares the top sign-up bonus offers on the market right now. Last week, TPG posted his monthly list of the Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers. Taking advantage of sign-up bonuses like these is an easy…

Earning Starwood Ambassador Status After 100 Nights with SPG

For SPG members, the main benefit of reaching 100 Starwood nights each year is SPG Ambassador status, which provides an immediate and high-level relationship with a dedicated point person to whom you can always go for advice about and help with your account or stays. I qualified for this service when it rolled out a couple of…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio and strategize for the travel rewards you hope to earn in 2015. Credit cards are the single most lucrative way to rack up points and miles to travel the world. Personally, my own cards have allowed me to circle the globe in first class…