Free Marriott Points, United Club Access Changes & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Buy Your Way into Air France’s La Première Lounge Air France is opening up its First Class Lounge privileges in Paris (CDG) for passengers on long-haul flights with an Air France business class ticket. Here’s what you’ll have to…

Using Hotel Mattress Runs to Earn Points and Elite Status

An important part of award travel is learning how and where to find value, and recognizing that sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at one such strategy for boosting your rewards with hotel loyalty programs.  Even if you’re new to the points and miles game,…

Save 15 Percent on Hilton Weekend Stays this August

With the final weeks of summer underway, Hilton is running a flash sale on US properties for the next 72 hours. If you book a trip between today (August 10, 2015) and Wednesday (August 12, 2015) at midnight ET, you’ll be able to save 15 percent off the best price on stays between Thursday and Sunday…

United’s All Day Recess Promotion Offers New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores week three of a great promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last month, 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,…

When Using the Right Rewards Card is the Wrong Choice

I always look for opportunities to boost my loyalty accounts, but sometimes other considerations take precedent. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why the card that maximizes your points and miles isn’t always the one you should use. Using the right credit card for a purchase is an essential part of maximizing your…

Which Sign-Up Bonuses Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines the sign-up bonuses offered by a variety of airline, hotel and other rewards cards to see which ones offer the best return. Sign-up bonuses are an important factor to consider when looking for a travel rewards credit card. While big spenders can easily afford to go after bonuses with…

Planning a Hawaiian Vacation with Hilton HHonors Points

Hawaii lives up to the hype. There are plenty of award travel opportunities there, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks exclusively at your options for using Hilton HHonors points in the 50th state. Hawaii is typically a popular destination for award travelers. However, there are countless possibilities when it comes to…

Top Credit Card Offers and Deals Ending Soon

As July comes to a close, many bonuses and promotions are also ending. Here’s a round-up of the current offers that will soon be gone: FoundersCard AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge: As a reminder, FoundersCard currently has an exclusive status challenge with American Airlines, putting cardholders on the fast track to earning AAdvantage Platinum status. To complete the challenge, members will need to…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 Hilton Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 Hilton Gift Card in celebration of the limited time offer for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card and its increased sign-up offer of 75,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first three months, with no annual fee. This card also provides complimentary Hilton Silver status for as long as you are a…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…