Hotel Elite Status Wrap-Up: Which Program Is Most Valuable?

Hotel elite status comes in all shapes and sizes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which programs offer the best value overall. Over the last several weeks, I analyzed the value of elite status with several major hotel loyalty programs: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Club Carlson. Each tier within each…

Bonus Points or Miles with Hilton Double Your HHonors Promo

Hilton HHonors has unveiled a new promo that awards travelers double points for qualified hotel stays. The promo allows you to choose whether you want to earn double HHonors points or double airline miles with your preferred airline. The Double Your HHonors promo is available from now until May 31, 2015 as long as you’re registered for the Hilton…

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards Questions (and Answers)

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele answers 8 questions about travel rewards credit cards that seem to always be on the minds of TPG readers (and in the TPG email inbox). Those of us who have been playing the points and miles game for a while tend to take travel rewards cards for…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Diamond Status Spending Bonus

With the recent announcement that Hilton HHonors is launching lifetime Diamond elite status, I thought I’d write a little reminder about another great (and faster!) way to earn Hilton Diamond status: spending on the Hilton HHonors Reserve card from Citibank. As a reminder, the card offers the following sign-up bonus and benefits: Sign-up Bonus: Earn 2…

SPG & Elite Status: Why Are All Stays Counted the Same?

TPG reader Vito tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Why does SPG count a night in a $100 room in Duluth the same as a $1,000 villa at the St. Regis Bali? First off, they don’t count it exactly the same, since you’ll earn a lot more Starpoints for staying in the more expensive room. Hotels are typically revenue-based, and the…

Hilton HHonors Launches Lifetime Diamond Elite Status

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen writes about a major update from the Hilton HHonors program. Last July, my first Weekly Wish column laid out my desire for Hilton HHonors to implement a lifetime status program. After all, Hyatt Gold Passport, Marriott Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest all offer members a way to…

100,000 Hilton HHonors Points for Diamond Members (Targeted)

Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares an amazing bonus targeted at Hilton HHonors elite members. Hilton HHonors recently announced that it would be taking a new approach to promotions by offering only two per year (instead of one each quarter) and implementing more targeted offers based on “your level of activity within the…

Paying Taxes with a Credit Card to Earn Travel Rewards

Every year around this time, I start getting questions about earning travel rewards from tax payments. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains both how to collect those points and miles, and when it makes sense financially. Earlier this month, the deadline for distributing tax forms arrived, and most Americans are now in a position to file their taxes and…

70,000 Points Sign-up Bonus for IHG Rewards Club Select Card

Despite being one of the largest hotel chains in the world, the IHG Rewards program is often overlooked. However, with premium Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza properties worldwide, there’s plenty of value to be found there. Today, TPG Senior Point & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a new offer for the co-branded IHG credit card, and explains…