Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and fairly constant bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as…

Review: Aloft South Beach

TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt recently took off for one night in Miami as part of her brief OneGo adventure. After hearing about SPG’s Aloft brand, she decided to stay at the Aloft South Beach. Read on for her full review of the property. (All photos are by the author). When I signed up to test out OneGo,…

Does Amex Platinum Still Offer Starwood Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Wissam sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex Platinum benefits: “I had SPG Gold status from my Amex Platinum card, but for some reason I was recently demoted back to Preferred Guest. Did that benefit disappear?” One valuable benefit of the Platinum Card and the Business Platinum Card from American Express is that…

10 Hotel Lobbies To Work From in LA, San Francisco, NYC and Chicago

TPG Contributor Amber Gibson is on the road about as often as she’s at home. Here are 10 of her favorite hotel lobbies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and Chicago to meet your deadlines — no guest room number or name required. Follow along with Amber’s travel adventures on Instagram. If you’re one of the other 53 million freelancers around…

Maximizing Points from SPG Promos — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Marriott’s Integrating Some SPG Benefits Long Before the Merger

Update: Marriott has updated its Guaranteed Late Checkout policy to truly be guaranteed (at least for Gold and Platinum members): Guaranteed Late Checkout — Gold and Platinum members may checkout as late as 4pm if they ask. This benefit is guaranteed at all participating Marriott Rewards hotels, except at resort and convention hotels, where it…

Is Chase Freedom Unlimited Good for Non-Bonus Spending?

TPG reader Jack sent me a tweet to ask about how to maximize everyday spending: “Which card do you prefer for non-bonus spending: the new Chase Freedom Unlimited or the SPG Amex?” Last month, Chase introduced a new rewards card with an intriguing bonus structure. The Chase Freedom Unlimited Card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases with no monthly…

$225 Fares to New Zealand, Free Starbucks Gold Status, Chase Ink Perks & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in New York

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in New York City using points and miles.  Hotels in New York City are such an integral part of the city’s culture that they frequently serve as the backdrop for films, televisions shows and books. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then,…