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…

How to Take Full Advantage of Credit Card Benefits in 2016

With 2016 now well underway, award-travel enthusiasts are looking forward to a new year of travel — and, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, the right credit card will be crucial to earning rewards, benefits and even elite status. In today’s post, I’ll take a look at the wide array of…

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to IHG

All award travelers should earn transferable points, as they give you great flexibility in your redemptions. They also shield you from any potential devaluations, since the ability to transfer to other programs means you’re not locked into one currency. Chase Ultimate Rewards are some of the best transferable points out there, and TPG Senior Points & Miles…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you…

Do I Need a Loyalty Account Before I Get a Co-Branded Card?

TPG reader Barb sent me a message on Facebook to ask about when she should open a loyalty account: “I’m thinking of joining IHG Rewards and applying for the IHG credit card. Does it matter which one I do first?” The first step in my Beginner’s Guide is to open accounts with the major loyalty programs, since you…