Select M Life Elite Members Now Get a Free Annual Celebrity Cruise

Update: As referenced below, unfortunately Hyatt elites are not eligible — you’ll need to earn status directly through M life in order to receive the annual cruise. Recently, we’ve seen several rewards programs partner up, with airline, hotel and car-rental companies pairing off to bring their customers reciprocal benefits. Among them are Starwood and Delta’s Crossover…

Why the Wyndham Rewards Visa Is Now a High-Value Hotel Card

The landscape of award travel is constantly changing, and it’s helpful to periodically reassess which loyalty programs and travel rewards cards offer you the best value. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a deeper look at the Wyndham Rewards Visa, and explains why it deserves your attention. Hardly a month goes by without news of a…

6 Places to Have a Blast on the Fourth of July

It might be less than a month away, but there’s still plenty of time (and points redemption/earning opportunities) to book a getaway for Fourth of July weekend. Whether you’re looking to bliss out on a sleepy shoreline, sing along at a Beach Boys concert, cheer at a hot dog-eating contest or run a 5K, TPG…

Which Annual Credit Card Bonuses Justify the Annual Fee?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how some travel rewards cards pay for themselves through annual renewal bonuses, while others fall short. Travel rewards cards can offer incredible sign-up bonuses along with ongoing benefits, but each year points and miles enthusiasts have to decide whether to keep their cards open when it’s time to pay the…

Our Dream Vacation to Hawaii: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

Travel to Ibiza on Points and Miles

In the final installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky takes us to the third-largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, the drop-dead gorgeous Ibiza. It’s hard to imagine a destination as synonymous with the summer global party scene as Ibiza, but beyond the thump-thump-thump and the light shows, you’ll find stunning white-sand beaches, the…

Reminder: Earn 20% Points Back from Hyatt Gold Passport

As a reminder, you can receive 20% back when redeeming Hyatt Gold Passport points for award stays, points + cash, suite upgrades and dining and spa activities through July 31, 2015. This promotion is valid only for Hyatt Credit Cardmembers who have already registered for this offer — unfortunately registration closed on March 31, 2015. Hyatt Gold Passport has an award chart…

European Vacation for Under $300: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points and…

Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Cards Adding New Benefits

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 has been a TPG favorite for a number of years. His most recent valuations peg Starpoints at 2.4 cents apiece (higher than any…

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme Using Hyatt Points

Over the last few years, Paris has become one of my favorite places — I keep returning again and again. On my most recent trip in May, I decided to revisit an old haunt, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. I found it largely unchanged since my last visit in 2010, aside from a flat-screen TV upgrade and a handful of…