U.S. News and World Report Releases Rewards Program Rankings

U.S. News and World Report just released its annual award program rankings. Today, TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the results. U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of travel rewards programs today. Each year, USNWR ranks both airline and hotel rewards programs — and while you might not want to give these ratings too…

Meet the New American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Card

New perks are coming to the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex cards later this month, but this morning TPG Intern Kevin Song received another SPG surprise, courtesy of Apple Pay. Two months ago, American Express announced a slew of new benefits for the Starwood Preferred Guest Card, including a much-desired foreign transaction fee waiver, as well as complimentary Boingo…

Bonus AAdvantage & Alaska Miles, Delta Deals and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Air France Business Class Transit Passengers Can Stay Free Overnight in Paris If you’re flying business class on Air France and have a stopover in Paris, the airline is offering a complimentary hotel stay along with limousine service to and…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Hotel Stays

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and in order to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles on hotel spending, and offers other strategies to make your next stay more lucrative. In a perfect world, you…

Bid Starpoints for Two Business Seats on Emirates’ Inaugural A380 Flight from Orlando

At TPG, we’re big fans of SPG Moments, the Starwood membership feature that lets you buy or bid on unique experiences and events. Well, the SPG team’s come up with a doozy this time — and if you’ve been thinking about visiting UAE, this could be your chance to do it in style. Here’s the deal:…

Bonus Hyatt Passport Points, Free United Miles and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 5,000 Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in Africa If you’re planning a trip to Africa, Hyatt is offering 5,000 bonus points for a two-night stay at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar; the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro in Tanzania;…

Hotel Review: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

It’s easy to get caught in the trappings of a five-star hotel experience, whether it’s the hottest new architects, the industry’s greatest culinary stars or the thread-count of the sheets. But though there are no internationally recognized standards in place for hotel ratings — they vary by country and by region — there are standards, and…

Why All Award Travelers Should Earn Transferable Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the story of how a recent point transfer saved the day (and his travel budget), and explains why transferable points should be the focus of your award travel strategy. Flexibility can be your biggest ally in the points and miles game. You’ll often find award inventory by changing…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…