Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination,…

Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and…

How to Redeem Points for Adventures, Events and Experiences

I typically encourage readers to use points and miles exclusively toward award travel, since gift cards, merchandise, and other alternatives provide less value. However, there are some exceptions, and today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares some redemption options apart from flights and hotels that can still offer an excellent return. Most discussion of award redemptions centers around airfare and hotel stays, but there are…

Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in America, as well as tips on how to earn your way into them through their affiliated loyalty programs and co-branded credit cards. Gaining entry to private club lounges like these will take your future hotel…

When Should I Get the SPG Amex Card to Maximize the Bonus?

TPG reader Dave tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–“Is now a good time to get the SPG Amex? Does that card ever offer more than the 25,000 points sign-up bonus, or should I apply now?”  If you follow my Monthly Valuation Series, you’ll know that I think Starpoints are the most valuable loyalty currency out there. You can transfer them to…

3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Sale, and Bonus Starpoints

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save up to 35% and Earn up to 3,000 AAdvantage Miles on Avis Rentals You can save up to 35% on Avis rentals and earn up to 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles on Avis car rentals through December 31, 2014. In…

What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Krassi is curious about my top picks for hotel awards, so I put…

Double Points To Asia, Bonus HHonors, Discounted Starpoints

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Business Extra points with American Flying to Asia from the USA American Airlines has partnered with Japan Airlines to offer double Business Extra points when you travel on American Airlines or codeshare (AA) flights operated by Japan…