IHG Unveils New Spire Elite Membership Level

IHG has announced the name of its Rewards Club’s new top membership level— and it’s called Spire Elite. The perks associated with this new level include 100% bonus points on stays, rollover nights, room upgrades and an exclusive Choice Benefit of either receiving 25,00 points or upgrading a friend or family member to Platinum status….

7 Low-Level IHG Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the IHG Rewards program. The top awards tend to be the most expensive, but that…

Get 3,000 IHG Bonus Points Back on Points & Cash Stays

IHG Rewards is currently running a promotion for stays now through September 30th, where IHG Rewards Club Elite members and IHG Rewards Club Select cardholders can receive 3,000 points back on Points & Cash stays. TPG values IHG points at 0.7 cents apiece, so you’ll be getting back about $21 worth of points with this offer. Note that it can take up to six weeks for…

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…

Get a 100% Bonus When You Buy IHG Rewards Club Points

IHG Rewards is offering a 100% bonus when you purchase up to 120,000 points through June 30, 2015. If you were to max out this promotion, you would be receiving 120,000 points for a cost of $690, which comes to .575 cents per point. Points can be purchased in increments of 1,000 at the following rates: 1,000-10,000 points for $13.50 per…

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…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi…