What Are Points & Miles Worth? April Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Great Wyndham Redemptions Still Available Before May 11

On May 11, Wyndham Rewards is launching a new loyalty program, switching to a flat redemption rate of 15,000 points for a free night (plus no blackout dates!) at all Wyndham hotels—so now’s the time to snag lower-rate redemptions at Wyndham’s most budget-friendly properties. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has scoured Wyndham’s present Tiers 1-4 to find some great redemptions of 5,500-14,000 Wyndham Rewards…

New Wyndham Rewards Program is a Rare “Revaluation”

Amidst an onslaught of recent program devaluations, there’s at long last some good news on the loyalty landscape horizon. On May 11, 2015, Wyndham Rewards will launch what I’d describe as a “revaluation,” a newly revised loyalty program that offers—among other new benefits—a flat redemption rate of 15,000 points per night at all of Wyndham’s 7,500+ hotels worldwide. According to Josh…

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…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…

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…

How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

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. Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today…

Miami’s Hottest Hotel Openings in Time For Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach is set for December 4-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center marking the official start of Miami’s “season.” With that comes a host of parties, satellite fairs and, this year, highly anticipated hotel openings. Read on for Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz’s scoop on the hottest new hotels on the beach–and what’s happening at them…

Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

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. Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online…

Contest Roundup: Win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United Miles

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United MileagePlus miles, a Hawaiian getaway, a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a Delta flight and hotel from Expedia. Win 100,000 Starpoints from Sheraton Club Win 100,000 Starpoints for sharing a photo of an amazing city…