Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Recently, on the tail end of a whirlwind trip around Thailand, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan stayed overnight at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with his wife and toddler son. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s $600 airfare deal to Bangkok, here’s his take on the property. After our quick tour across Thai cities and beaches, my wife and I were…

United’s All Day Recess Promotion Adds New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last week, I wrote about the lucrative All Day Recess Sweepstakes and Promotion being offered through United MileagePlus Shopping. While the entire promotion runs until mid-August,…

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…

Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?

TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make a charge. Am I missing something?” There are…

Should You Be Reimbursed for Work Travel Using Points?

TPG reader Jason wrote in to ask me an interesting ethical question: “Do you think it’s acceptable to seek reimbursement from your work for travel booked using points earned from non-business related sources (e.g., sign-up bonuses)? More specifically, do you think it’s acceptable to book a flight using points and then have the company reimburse…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Rental Cars

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles with rental cars, but also points out why other considerations should come first. In the world of award travel, rental…

Up to 4,000 United Bonus Miles with All Day Recess Promotion

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. As I’ve written about before, airline shopping portals are a great way to boost your earnings on everyday purchases with a variety of online retailers. These…

What Are the Best Rewards Hotel Options in Jerusalem?

TPG reader Daniel tweeted me to ask about finding a hotel in Jerusalem: @thepointsguy – “Do you have any rewards hotel recommendations in Jerusalem? I can only see Waldorf/Hilton and Crowne/IHG.” I’ve never been to Israel, but I really would like to visit in the future. There are plenty of options in Tel Aviv, but your…

Best Starter Cards for New Points and Miles Enthusiasts

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners. One of the most common concerns I hear from new award travelers is that it’s a complicated hobby. To some degree, they…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and subtracted, often with little or no notice. Offers that are available today could be gone tomorrow (or even later today!). Because the cards you…