Earn at Least 30,000 Points With IHG’s Q1 Accelerate Promotion

Each quarter, IHG offers its Rewards Club members an individualized slate of “Accelerate” challenges. Challenges include staying a certain number of nights, at a certain number of brands or using a certain type of rate plan (i.e., Points and Cash). Today, the Q1 2017 Accelerate promotion has been released for stays between January 1 and…

IHG Encouraging Members to Book Direct by Taking Away Benefits

In an effort to get customers to pay for their hotel stays directly through the hotel, several chains have taken to offering increased incentives in order to get that business — mainly lower rates. Back in May, IHG announced its member-exclusive rate, which offers savings of about 3% on the nightly rate. Now, the chain…

Breaking Down This Year’s IHG Priceless Experiences Promotions

Remember last year’s IHG Priceless Surprises promotion? The rules allowed for hand-written entries that could earn you 47,000 points for minimal cost and effort. IHG is back with a this year’s version of the promo, and though there are no mail-in entries this time around, you can still enter to win without a stay. The…

Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Domestic Travel

In August, Chase introduced a fantastic new credit card that caused a stir among points and miles enthusiasts: the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. The card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. This sign-up bonus is worth…

IHG Previews PointBreaks List for Stays Through January 31

Update: PointBreaks are now live and available for booking. One of the best uses of hotel points around is the quarterly IHG PointBreaks list. If you’re unfamiliar, PointBreaks are reduced rate redemptions at IHG hotels — like InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn — that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points per award night….

Can I Get Hotel Upgrades by Tipping Front Desk Agents?

TPG reader Royal emailed me to ask about hotel upgrades: “Do you believe in the $20 trick at hotels? I’m going to Las Vegas in December and staying at the Palazzo. I don’t have any status with IHG, and it’s my first time staying there. Do front desk agents really have the power to upgrade me…

A Marriage Proposal in Washington, D.C. — 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…

The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the competition. There’s…

Should I Keep the Hyatt Visa If I Get the Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Austin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Since Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at 1:1, does it make sense to have both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Hyatt Visa card?” When you’re deciding whether to keep or cancel a credit card, it’s important to look at the big…

Debunking Credit Card Myths: Is It Worth It to Pay an Annual Fee on a Credit Card?

We spend a lot of time discussing travel rewards credit cards here at TPG. By pursuing top sign-up bonuses and strategically taking advantage of  bonus categories, you can unlock fantastic redemptions like premium-class flights and luxurious hotel rooms. However, there are a number of misconceptions out there when it comes to credit cards, so today I’ll continue…