Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

SPG & Elite Status: Why Are All Stays Counted the Same?

TPG reader Vito tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Why does SPG count a night in a $100 room in Duluth the same as a $1,000 villa at the St. Regis Bali? First off, they don’t count it exactly the same, since you’ll earn a lot more Starpoints for staying in the more expensive room. Hotels are typically revenue-based, and the…

Hotel Review: Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

Starwood Sale, Wyndham Double Points, Avianca Bonus Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 50% Off Starwood Australia Pacific Stays Starwood is offering up to 50% off stays in Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa until July 31, 2015. You must book your stay between February 16, 2015—March 1, 2015. Blackout dates may…

Detox Destinations for a Healthy 2015

Ready for that relaxing, tranquil getaway you deserve? TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino shares some retreats and escapes that fit any budget, in hopes of helping all TPG readers have a healthy and happy 2015.  As we start out February, those New Year’s Resolutions you made a mere month ago are probably well on their way to being forgotten. However, you…

Hotel Review: The St. Regis Bali Resort

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

New Starwood Platinum Elite Benefits Choices Coming in March

Starwood Preferred Guest is getting ready to announce new elite benefits for its 50-night Platinum elites starting in March. Per this promotional page: “Platinum Members with 50 eligible nights can choose their rewards benefit. Coming soon: We will be unveiling a selection of rewards that will allow eligible members to pick the reward that suits…

2x Southwest Points, Bonus SkyMiles, New Hyatt Centric Brand

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Points on Southwest (Targeted) Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted to earn double points and double Tier Qualifying points on flights booked on Southwest Airlines by February 1, 2015 and completed by February 28,…

Which Hotel Rewards Program Is Best for Business Travelers?

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. I often preach the importance of diversifying your points and miles to improve award travel options and help protect against devaluation. However, sometimes it pays to stick firmly to one program…

How Much is Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Starwood Preferred Guest elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value…