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…

World’s Best Food and Wine Festivals — July-November 2015

Food and wine festivals are a staple of the summer event calendar — and beyond. Showcasing the best culinary offerings of a city or region, these foodie fests allow travelers to sample from top area chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries, all in one place. Prepare to get hungry as TPG Contributor Katie Hammel breaks down the…

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…