Points Intervention: Maximizing Hotel Stays

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

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…

Redeeming One Year of Points from the Citi Hilton Reserve

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening too many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much even a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially…

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…

Saying Goodbye to Foreign Transaction Fees

One of my foremost considerations when I spend money abroad is to avoid foreign transaction fees, which can easily wipe out the value you get from earning points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for cards that avoid these fees, and offers a rosy outlook for the future of international…

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…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…

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…

8 Hilton Properties that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Hilton properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true…