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…

Chip Card Technology Adoption is Underwhelming in the US

Many travel rewards cards already feature chip technology, allowing for more secure purchases, but that’s only half of the equation. As TPG Contributor Vikram Birring explains, most US merchants have yet to make the upgrade on their end, despite an important October 1 deadline.  October 1 was set to be a momentous day in the world…

$100 Bonus for Some Card Applications in U.S. Bank Branches

U.S. Bank recently launched a promotion offering a bonus for new card approvals when you apply in branch. Through early December, you’ll receive a $100 statement credit when you’re approved for a qualifying consumer credit card and spend or transfer a balance of at least $1,000 in the first 30 days. Best of all, that $100 is offered…

Is it Worth Paying a Fee to Earn Points on Rent?

TPG reader Justin sent me a tweet to ask about earning rewards for rental payments: @ThePointsGuy — “Please help me settle a dispute with a friend: is it worth paying extra in rent on Venmo to earn points?” Rewards credit cards are a great way to earn points and miles, and I try to maximize every dollar I spend by earning a return…