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…

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…

Travel Rewards Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

Annual fees for travel rewards cards generally correspond to the benefits they offer, with the more lucrative cards carrying a higher premium. However, if you’re just getting into award travel and want to minimize expenses up front, there are plenty of worthwhile cards that carry no annual fee. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the top options….

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel…

4,000 Bonus HHonors Points for Hilton Amex Cardholders

American Express is offering 4,000 bonus Hilton HHonors points when you spend $400 or more in a single transaction directly at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio, and pay using your co-branded Amex Hilton card. The bonus is offered for transactions through February 28, 2015. No registration is necessary; qualifying transactions will earn the bonus points automatically….

What is Hilton HHonors Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2015 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Hilton HHonors elite status to help you decide. In the last few weeks of 2014, you probably…

8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24….

Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in…

How the Travel Industry’s Heart Can Grow 3 Sizes this Year

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: for airlines and hotels to spread some cheer and goodwill in the holiday spirit. Though I started listening to Christmas music weeks ago, for most people Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season….