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…

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…

Hawaii’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools

There’s nothing quite like getting off a long flight and getting that first look at your destination … in the form of a hotel pool. TPG Contributor Kaeli Conforti (the Digital Editor at Budget Travel) grew up on Oahu and her family vacationed at resorts on the other islands. Here, she shares her picks for…

Planning a Hawaiian Vacation with Hilton HHonors Points

Hawaii lives up to the hype. There are plenty of award travel opportunities there, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks exclusively at your options for using Hilton HHonors points in the 50th state. Hawaii is typically a popular destination for award travelers. However, there are countless possibilities when it comes to…

Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Cards Adding New Benefits

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen examines some planned updates to one of the travel rewards credit cards I use the most. The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express…

Mattress Running with Club Carlson: Worth It?

Occasionally hotel programs will offer exceptional incentives to book, with the value of award points sometimes exceeding the cost of a stay. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his experience participating in one such opportunity with Club Carlson. For a while, it seemed like Club Carlson wanted to play with the “big…

8 Low-Level Hilton Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Hilton HHonors program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but that…

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. Intervention: Carissa Reiniger Episode 5 This week I’m…

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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card 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…