8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s time to think about where you’re staying. Luckily, there are tons of points hotel options all over Europe, whether you’re…

My Credit Card Inventory: Summer 2016

At the beginning of the year, I took stock of my current credit cards and decided to add a few while axing some others. Now that we’re halfway through 2016, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this subject with an updated look at the pieces of plastic (and metal!) in my…

6 Reasons Why Hotel Elite Status Isn’t Always Worth It

Holding mid- or top-tier status with a hotel loyalty program can lead to perks such as bonus points and free upgrades, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, it’s not always necessary. The points and miles hobby can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure, it’s wonderful to experience top-notch…

Get Automatic Status & More with the New M Life Rewards MasterCard

If you like to visit Las Vegas and are interested in earning benefits through MQM’s M Life program, this just-announced card could be worth a look. The M Life Rewards MasterCard offers complimentary low-tier elite status, bonus points on select purchases and more. The card was just announced today, and you can currently apply for…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for June 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Because of great benefits and fairly constant bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month. However, as new offers come out, the list…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2016

Status matches and challenges are great opportunities to fast-track your way to elite perks within various hotel programs, and luckily most of the major brands offer such programs. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the currently available options. We are well into 2016, which means the clock is ticking…

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…

Which Rooms Can I Book with Hyatt Free Night Certificates?

TPG reader Jay sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking Hyatt awards: “I have two free nights from the Chase Hyatt card, and I’d love to use them at the Park Hyatt Paris with my wife and our two-year-old. When I try to reserve for two adults and one child, no rooms are ever available, because…

Review: Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen and his family recently spent three nights at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort in Mexico’s gorgeous Riviera Maya. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author.) Earlier this year, I realized I still had some vacation days left over and a JetBlue flight credit that…