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…

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…

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…

Going Beyond Bourbon Street in New Orleans

New Orleans defies categorization — the city’s identity is rooted in culture and history as well as the landscape and ecology of southern Louisiana. TPG Contributor Amy Beth Wright and her husband Derek Wright recently spent time in the neighborhoods just outside the French Quarter, exploring a unique mix of nature and culture. Read on for her impressions. (All…

140,000 IHG Points from Two Nights and One Credit Card Bonus

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently took advantage of IHG Rewards Club’s winter Accelerate promo to maximize a visit to New York City. Here’s how he raked in nearly 140,000 points with just two nights at hotels. To be honest, my two hotel chains of choice tend to be Hyatt and Starwood. I get a…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in New York

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in New York City using points and miles.  Hotels in New York City are such an integral part of the city’s culture that they frequently serve as the backdrop for films, televisions shows and books. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then,…

Earn 65,000+ Bonus Points with IHG’s Share Forever Promotion

IHG is offering a new opportunity for Rewards Club members to earn thousands of bonus points. If you’re staying at IHG properties between May 1 and September 5, 2016, you can take advantage of the chain’s Share Forever Promotion,” which offers unique (targeted) earning opportunities for each member. To take advantage of this promotion, be sure to register on IHG’s website. The details…

What is IHG Rewards Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen continues the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending and More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Not everyone travels frequently enough to earn elite status with a hotel loyalty program the normal way, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, you can still reach elite tiers through…