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Do Hotels Charge Taxes and Fees on Cash + Points Awards?

TPG reader Jonathan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotel awards: “Do you have to pay taxes and fees on Hyatt Points + Cash stays?” One of the biggest advantages of redeeming points for hotel rooms is that you typically don’t pay taxes on award stays. That sets hotel loyalty programs apart from airline…

Which Delta Platinum Choice Benefit Should I Select?

TPG reader Jason sent me a message on Facebook to ask about elite benefits: “I recently hit Delta Platinum for the first time, and I wasn’t sure which Choice Benefit to take. Should I go for the $200 voucher or the 20,000 miles?” Choice Benefits are a fairly unique feature of the Delta SkyMiles program….

10 Wineries You Can Visit During a Long Layover

The eternal question of what to do during a long layover — or when you’re suddenly faced with a cancellation or unanticipated free time before a scheduled return flight — may just have a refreshing solution: go and spend some time at a great winery near the airport. Below, you’ll find a list of 10 such wineries, all located within an…

This New App Helps Doctors Deal With In-Flight Medical Emergencies

When you step onto an airplane, there are a few things you have little to no control over: turbulence, talkative seat-mates, whether or not your mixed nuts will be warmed and medical emergencies, just to name a few. Fortunately, there’s an app to help with one of those problems. Dr. Ray Bertino, Clinical Professor of Radiology and Surgery…

Here’s What the Travel Tech Bag that Raised $2 Million Looks Like

Between the ride-on Modobag and the stair-climbing TraxPack, carry-on luggage is getting a whole lot smarter these days — much of it thanks to the power of crowdfunding. But few bags seem to have piqued the traveling public’s interest as much as the Barracuda, a sleek, collapsible carry-on that managed to raise more than $2…

6 Bartenders You Should Be Following on Instagram

At its best, Instagram helps us discover people and places we might never get to know otherwise. Here, TPG Contributor Adam Erace shares the users that should be filling your feed. Sometimes you just need a drink. But if you’re, say, at work or riding the subway (or at a really cheap wedding), you might not be able to secure…

Chase Sapphire Reserve, Best Hotel Credit Cards, Three Countries for the Price of One and 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:…

American Adds Higher-Rate AAnytime Award Levels to Certain Routes

Update: AA reached out to clarify that the airline has increased the redemption rates within its existing award levels — technically, these are the same levels that were first referenced in April 2014. Of course, the end result here remains unchanged — you’ll need to redeem many more miles for some awards as American Airlines increases…

Earn Up to 10 Bonus United Miles Per Dollar with the MileagePlus X App

United’s MileagePlus X app is running a Back to School promotion and offering double miles on purchases at certain stores. The end date isn’t posted for this promotion, so it might not last for long. For now, the following merchants are participating in the double-miles promotion: AMC Theatres — 10 miles per dollar spent (normally 5x)…

Earn 40,000+ Bonus Points with IHG’s Accelerate Promotion

IHG has released the details of its latest Accelerate promotion, through which you can earn tens of thousands of bonus points for stays between September 6 and December 15, 2016. After you register for the promotion, you’ll learn how many points you can earn, as it varies from person to person. When I logged in…