Follow My Whirlwind Trip to Seoul and China

Well, it looks like I’m on the road again—and I want to invite my awesome TPG readers to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! The first stop of my trip was São Paulo, Brazil for Amfar’s Inspiration Gala São Paulo. I’ve been before, and it’s an incredible party for an amazing cause. My flight there was…

Take a Vow: Best U.S. Hotels for Gay Weddings

With gay marriage now legal in 36 states plus the District of Columbia, same-sex couples can get hitched from north to south and east to west. TPG Contributor Drew Limsky leads you down the aisle to some of the best resorts and hotels for getting your gay (or straight, should you be so inclined) wedding party on.   …

Starwood Giveaway, Delta Australia Fare Sale, Bonus AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  SPG Launches “Hear The Music” Concerts & Contests Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could win prizes like concert tickets, 50,000 Starpoints, or free trips. Earn one entry for every two nights booked through spg.com or the…

Redeeming Starwood Preferred Guest Points for Maximum Value

I value Starpoints at 2.4 cents apiece, and I can get even more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best (and worst) redemption options. TPG’s most recent monthly valuations list Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints…

Redeeming SPG Points for Concerts with Hear the Music

Starting today, April 7, 2015, tickets for this year’s lineup of SPG’s exclusive Hear the Music, See the World series will be available for Starpoints redemptions on the SPG Moments site. Including SPG Luxury Suite access at major concert venues, priority access to popular music festivals, and intimate concerts by major artists held at Starwood properties around the world, this series provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences…

Aeroplan Partner Point Conversion Bonus: Up To 25,000 Miles

Now through April 27, Aeroplan is running one of its periodic partner point conversion bonuses where Aeroplan members can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles by transferring points from their loyalty accounts with Aeroplan’s partners into their Aeroplan accounts. You can find all the details at this promo page. How the Bonus Works As usual,…

9 SPG Properties that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Starwood properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true…

Save on Spring Hotel Stays with Membership Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr compares the savings offered by membership discount programs to see which one offers the best deals. The first day of Spring has come and gone, but given this year’s winter many of you may not have even noticed. Let’s take your mind off of the continuing snow (sorry Northeasterners) and emerge…

Double JetBlue Points, Club Carlson Bonus, Starwood NYC Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save $400 on a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers If you spend $2,500 or more on Qantas airfare purchases, you can get a $400 statement credit with Amex Sync offers. This particular offer is available via Twitter, and you must sync your card…

10 Hotel Mobile Apps that Make Travel Easier

Travel plans can change, and any tool that gives you flexibility on the go can be a huge help. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which hotel apps are making it to easier to book rooms, find properties nearby, and more when you’re away from home. I’m always interested in finding tools than can improve my travel experience. Last week I reviewed…