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…

Which Credit Cards Offer Bonuses for Pharmacy Purchases?

TPG reader Donald tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do any credit cards offer bonuses for pharmacy purchases?” I always advocate maximizing the points you earn on each purchase, and with healthcare costs going through the roof, it makes sense to pay close attention to which card you use on pharmacy purchases. There’s one card that…

How the TPG Maximizer Can Make You a Travel Rewards Pro

I started TPG to help people make their travel dreams a reality. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a tool designed to make my help more readily available. I used to think that fixed value or cash back credit cards were the only ones worth having (and if you’ve seen Jennifer Garner’s incredibly misleading Capital…

Experiences With Points: Hilton HHonors Auction Platform

Though I typically encourage readers to use points and miles  for award travel (e.g., lodging and flights) rather than gift cards and merchandise—which generally provide less value—redeeming points for once-in-a-lifetime experiences like those offered on the recently launched Hilton HHonors Auction Platform could also provide a good rate of return. The Hilton HHonors Auction Platform lets you redeem HHonors points to either bid on…

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Redeeming Hotel Points

One of the keys to a good award travel strategy is avoiding errors that can cost you time, money, and points. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how. As the saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes.” This pervades many aspects of life, but it’s especially applicable to using your hotel points. Even the most seasoned award…

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….