Using Amex Business Cards to Maximize Your Return at Hotels

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses how you can use benefits on a variety of Amex business cards to get the most out of your next hotel stay. After airfare, hotel charges represent the largest expense incurred by most business travelers. But thankfully, there are plenty of ways to use business credit…

American Airlines Restricts Same-Day Changes

Last week, we reported that American Airlines is now offering a limited test of same-day confirmed flight changes to select international routes. Unfortunately, it seems that the airline also added some unannounced modifications to its same-day change policy. Per View from the Wing, the new policy update restricts the routing options available to American flyers who make same-day changes. The new language reads…

FoundersCard Launches New AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge

The membership-based FoundersCard just launched an exclusive new status challenge with American Airlines, putting cardholders on the fast track to earning AAdvantage Platinum status. To complete the challenge, members will need to earn 10,000 elite-qualifying points during a 3-month trial period beginning in August. Those who meet the requirements will earn status not only for the remainder of this year,…

Sizing up the Chase Hyatt and Citi Hilton Reserve Cards

There are a lot of great hotel credit cards out there, and if you’re not already loyal to one brand or another, you might have trouble deciding which one to choose. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse compares two of the top contenders to see which one is the best fit for your wallet. When it comes to hotel rewards, free nights are…

6 Low-Level Club Carlson Hotels that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Club Carlson program. The top awards tend to be the most expensive, but that…

How to Score Free Nights with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr delves into one of my favorite luxury hotel programs, and explains how you can use it to get free nights and more at select properties around the globe. I tend to enjoy hunting for the perfect hotel more than I do booking the perfect flight, and when I’m searching for a luxury property, I…

Hyatt 40% Bonus on Purchased Points (Elites Only)

Now through July 31, 2015, Hyatt Gold Passport is offering a 40% bonus on purchased points — this promotion appears to be targeted at elite Hyatt Gold Passport members. Offer Details Minimum 1,000 points required to earn 40% bonus Purchase a maximum of 55,000 points per Hyatt Gold Passport account Points cannot be gifted Purchase must be completed by 11:59…

What to Do When Rewards Programs Misbehave

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines one reader’s troubles with changes made to her loyalty program, and explains how to handle a similar situation if it should happen to you. The landscape of travel rewards and loyalty programs is constantly changing. In the past year we’ve seen the end of lucrative…

United Offers “Summer Customer Service Tips” in Employee Memo

Think back to United’s IT disaster of July 8, which forced the airline to ground flights and inconvenience almost half a million passengers. You may recall that United didn’t handle it very well, releasing only a single terse statement: “We are recovering from a network connectivity issue this morning and restoring regular flight operations.” What a difference a week makes….

Use Starpoints to Bid on VIP Tickets to the 2015 US Open

For most people, the end of summer means back-to-school shopping and a final weekend at the beach, but those in the know suddenly become massive tennis fans. That’s because one of the top social sporting events of the year comes to New York’s Aurthur Ashe Stadium at the end of August: The US Open. Everyone’s…