Earn Double SPG Points on Dining Through July 31

Starwood Preferred Guest occasionally offers members multiple points per dollar for dining at participating hotel restaurants. The latest such promotion is called “Spice It Up,” and SPG members can now earn double Starpoints at certain restaurants through July 31, 2015. Here’s how it works: Earn double Starpoints on dining, even when you’re not traveling. You’ll…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2015

The travel credit card marketplace is fickle. Bonuses go up and down, benefits evolve and annual fees change. Airline and hotel programs change all the time too, as you might have noticed last month with the British Airways award chart devaluation and changes to Southwest Rapid Rewards. With all those factors in play, having a powerful, cohesive…

10 IHG Properties that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite IHG properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially…

IHG Announces Award Category Changes at 450 Locations

Earlier this month, IHG Rewards Club announced significant changes to its loyalty program that will go into effect starting in July of this year, including a new top-tier elite level and points expiration policy. What caught my eye in particular is that 450 IHG properties will be changing their award night requirements, and over the weekend…

My Latest Card Applications: ThankYou Premier, IHG, Amex BRG

A few weeks ago I did a bit of credit card spring cleaning, and closed some accounts that either offered redundant benefits or weren’t providing enough value. That left me with room in my portfolio for a few new additions, so I just put in a round of applications for three cards I’m excited to get my…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for April 2015

In the constantly shifting landscape of loyalty programs, which credit cards you carry are key to the success of your award travel strategy. Not only do frequent flyer mileage and hotel points programs change at a moment’s notice, but so do the credit cards associated with them. Sign-up bonuses rise and fall, benefits are added…

Which Credit Cards Offer Bonuses for Pharmacy Purchases?

TPG reader Donald tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do any credit cards offer bonuses for pharmacy purchases?” I always advocate maximizing the points you earn on each purchase, and with healthcare costs going through the roof, it makes sense to pay close attention to which card you use on pharmacy purchases. There’s one card that…

Saying Goodbye to Foreign Transaction Fees

One of my foremost considerations when I spend money abroad is to avoid foreign transaction fees, which can easily wipe out the value you get from earning points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for cards that avoid these fees, and offers a rosy outlook for the future of international…

Up to 60% Bonus for Buying IHG Rewards Club Points

IHG Rewards is offering a bonus of up to 60% for purchasing up to 60,000 points through May 8, 2015. The promotion is partially targeted, as the maximum bonus is only 50% for some members. Log in to your IHG account to see what bonus you’ve been offered. Like past buy points promos from IHG, this is a tiered bonus that…

Chase Improves Rental Car Insurance with Fewer Exclusions

Many travel rewards credit cards offer insurance for rental cars and more, but the policies are full of exclusions and exceptions that can leave you unsure about what’s covered. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines one such exclusion that appears to be changing for the better. Reader Cheryl wrote in to the TPG team with a bit…