My Credit Card Inventory: Summer 2016

At the beginning of the year, I took stock of my current credit cards and decided to add a few while axing some others. Now that we’re halfway through 2016, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this subject with an updated look at the pieces of plastic (and metal!) in my…

6 Reasons Why Hotel Elite Status Isn’t Always Worth It

Holding mid- or top-tier status with a hotel loyalty program can lead to perks such as bonus points and free upgrades, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, it’s not always necessary. The points and miles hobby can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure, it’s wonderful to experience top-notch…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2016

Status matches and challenges are great opportunities to fast-track your way to elite perks within various hotel programs, and luckily most of the major brands offer such programs. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the currently available options. We are well into 2016, which means the clock is ticking…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Paris

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Paris using points and miles.  The City of Light is a destination near and dear to the hearts of travelers all over the world. But it’s no secret that a visit to the…

How to Pick a Credit Card for Everyday Non-Bonus Purchases

With so many solid credit card options out there, it can often be difficult to decide which is the best choice for a given purchase. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explores the various factors to consider when deciding upon a card for non-bonus purchases. There are many ways to maximize your point…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending and More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Not everyone travels frequently enough to earn elite status with a hotel loyalty program the normal way, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, you can still reach elite tiers through…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you…

Which Loyalty Programs Let You Gift Points for Free?

TPG reader Mary sent me a message on Facebook to ask about gifting points and miles: “Which programs allow you to gift or transfer rewards to friends inexpensively?” Points and miles can make a great gift for your traveling friends and famly, and most loyalty programs allow you to give rewards to other members. However, these gifts often come…

3 Uruguayan Vacations You Can Book with Points and Miles

Whether you’re looking for a city adventure, romantic couples retreat or ritzy beach getaway, Uruguay has something for everyone. Today, TPG Contributor Elyse Beasley Steinhaus takes a detailed look at how to use travel rewards to get there. I’ve had my eye on Uruguay for a while now – ever since I read a blogger’s…

Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

There’s no question that holding elite status at a hotel chain can improve your stays, thanks to benefits like late checkout and complimentary room upgrades. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top-tier statuses across all hotel programs, to help you determine which is the best fit based on…