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…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite credit cards because you get double points on all travel and dining. The travel category includes all…

Should I Use My Delta Amex Card to Avoid MQD Requirements?

TPG reader Harrison tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “With the increased Delta MQD requirements, do you think it’s a good idea to spend $25,000 on a Delta Amex card for the waiver?” In 2014, both United and Delta added a revenue requirement to elite status qualification, meaning that  customers would have to spend a certain amount…

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…

How Can I Earn Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints Quickly?

TPG reader Roy emailed me to ask: “The 3:1 transfer ratio of American Express Membership Reward points to Starwood Preferred Guest points is not attractive, but I really need some SPG points soon. Do you have any strategies for quickly earning SPG points?” First off, I agree with Roy, the 3:1 transfer ratio of Amex Membership Rewards to…

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,…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…