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

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 can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

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…

Are Co-Branded Credit Cards the Best Option for Hotel Stays?

TPG reader William sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning hotel rewards: “What’s the best card to use for IHG stays: the IHG Rewards card, Sapphire Preferred or Citi Prestige?” Taking advantage of credit card bonus categories is a great way to rack up points quickly. I often recommend earning transferable points for greater flexibility in your award travel…

Earn At Least 47,000 IHG Rewards Club Points for ~$60

InterContinental Hotel Group is currently running a Priceless Surprises promotion, which gives you a reward for each of your stays at an IHG property that you pay for with a MasterCard (including but not limited to the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card). The minimum prize for each entry is 500 IHG points, and the maximum prize is…

Ten Days Exploring Japan — 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…

Earn a 100% Bonus When You Buy or Gift IHG Points

Earning points and miles via the traditional method (actually flying or staying in hotels) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, travel providers make it relatively easy to accrue points and miles without traveling, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals. You can also purchase points or miles…

Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

There’s no question that holding elite status at a hotel chain can improve your stays, thanks to benefits like late checkout and complimentary room upgrades. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top-tier statuses across all hotel programs, to help you determine which is the best fit based on…