Planning Your Ski Trip with Points and Miles

It’s that time of year again — when the weather turns cold, the mountains get their first snowfall and people start planning their next ski or snowboarding trip. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares his tips for booking award travel to the slopes. For those hoping to use points and miles for a trip…

10 Destination Spas That Take You Away From It All

Never one to shy away from a good spa treatment, TPG Contributor David Hoffmann of the travel blog David’s Been Here shares some of his favorite spa experiences around the world, from beaches to cities to the heart of the Arabian desert.  Timeless Spa at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa — Dubai, UAE Being stranded…

Credit Card Application Restrictions for the Major Issuers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen takes you through the main credit card issuers, highlighting the key application rules you need to keep in mind when you decide to apply for a new card. Credit cards can play a huge role in your overall points and miles strategy. Taking advantage of top card offers can…

5 of the Quirkiest Hotel Bars in America

Hotel bars have reputations for being pretty predictable, but if you’re forever seeking an unusual place where you can throw back anything from a top-shelf martini to a kitschy umbrella drink, there’s libation salvation, after all. In her third installment on hotel bars (from way up high to back in time), TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin has uncovered a handful of…

Choosing the Best American Express Card for You

Taking advantage of top offers on travel rewards credit cards can be a great way to boost your account balances and unlock valuable redemptions. However, navigating the sea of available products can be overwhelming, especially for someone new to the points and miles hobby. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help,…

Which Hilton HHonors Credit Card Can Offer Me Elite Status?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card TPG Reader Gman sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting Hilton elite status: “I’m an IHG guy, and enjoy the perks of Platinum status. However, from time to time I stay with Hilton even though…

Drink in History at 5 Classic US Hotel Bars

Hotels do their best to make guests feel right at home, but it’s their bars that often inspire us to feel far away — or even transported to another era. Following her picks for great US hotel rooftop bars, TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin takes a look at five historic American hotel bars that are worth a peek … or rather, a sip. The…

Saving Money with Discount Offers from American Express

You can earn plenty of valuable points and miles simply by using a solid travel rewards credit card for everyday expenses, but some cards offer opportunities to save money as. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how American Express cardholders can access a variety of discounts online. If you’re reading this, I’m…

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,…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories – Grocery Stores

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards — and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles at the grocery store with credit card bonuses and more. The average American household will spend between $150-300 each week…