Earn Double SPG Points on Dining Through July 31

Starwood Preferred Guest occasionally offers members multiple points per dollar for dining at participating hotel restaurants. The latest such promotion is called “Spice It Up,” and SPG members can now earn double Starpoints at certain restaurants through July 31, 2015. Here’s how it works: Earn double Starpoints on dining, even when you’re not traveling. You’ll…

Is the Citi ThankYou Travel Center Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Citi ThankYou Travel Center to see what value it offers, and how prices compare to airline, hotel, and third-party booking sites. Over the last month I’ve been analyzing the online travel agencies of different rewards programs to find out whether they offer better value than sites like Kayak and Orbitz, or the airlines’ own websites. Thus far,…

Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points for Maximum Value

Citi ThankYou Rewards has improved greatly over the last year, and as a result, interest in the program has increased. I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their ThankYou points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best (and worst) redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Citi ThankYou points are…

How the Apple Watch Can Earn You Extra Points and Miles

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how you can maximize purchases of the new Apple Watch. Beginning this Friday, you can make an appointment at your local Apple store to try on an Apple Watch and pre-order your very own. This new Apple Watch will come in 3 different styles (Sport, Watch, and Edition),…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore Europe

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore Europe. Over the last few months, TPG Senior Points & Miles contributor Jason Steele and I have…

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore East Asia. Over the last few months, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has presented some…

Maximizing Purchases and Redeeming Awards at Disney Resorts

Disney World is known for many things, and being inexpensive isn’t one of them. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the best ways to use points and miles toward a Disney vacation, and ways to maximize purchases while you’re there. For Disney fans, there’s no resisting the lure of…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? February 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…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…