Your Points and Miles Guide to New York City

In the first installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to New York City using points and miles.  Gotham. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Yet an even better nickname for New York City might be the “Points and Miles Capital of…

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,…

Key Differences Between Business and Personal Credit Cards

Credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty accounts, and the potential to earn rewards is even higher if you own a small business. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why business credit cards should be a part of your points and miles strategy. We often discuss business credit card rewards here at…

When Using the Right Rewards Card is the Wrong Choice

I always look for opportunities to boost my loyalty accounts, but sometimes other considerations take precedent. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why the card that maximizes your points and miles isn’t always the one you should use. Using the right credit card for a purchase is an essential part of maximizing your…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Hotel Stays

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and in order 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 on hotel spending, and offers other strategies to make your next stay more lucrative. In a perfect world, you…

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Coordinating Trips with a Companion

Double the points, double the benefits, double the fun! Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the second installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a primer on how to develop a rewards strategy with your travel partner. If you’re new to award travel, one of your earliest (and most crucial) missions is to get your favorite travel partner(s) into the game as well. Whether you’re planning…

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Hotel Check-Out Times

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless noted.) I never spend money to…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Sizing up the Chase Hyatt and Citi Hilton Reserve Cards

There are a lot of great hotel credit cards out there, and if you’re not already loyal to one brand or another, you might have trouble deciding which one to choose. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse compares two of the top contenders to see which one is the best fit for your wallet. When it comes to hotel rewards, free nights are…