Instant Best Western Elite Status Valid Through January 31, 2018

Best Western is currently running a “Status Match … No Catch” program, offering elite status matches through January 31, 2018. And, as we found, there truly is no catch. The process is straightforward: All you need to do is fill in a simple form (caution: PDF link) and provide a copy of your current hotel statement (showing…

Cash in Your Points for a Presidential Party in D.C. This January

Between Donald Trump’s tweets and Hillary Clinton’s emails, the 24-hour news cycle has been working overtime in what has to be the strangest election season in US history. And while today may be the big decision day, some hotels in Washington, D.C. are already looking forward to another important date on the calendar: Inauguration Day. Regardless…

Maximizing Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection Program

When you’re traveling, having hotel elite status can make your stay much more comfortable and valuable. However, not all of us can hit the high night and stay requirements needed for top-tier status at one (or more) of the major chains. Fortunately there are a few ways to get elite-like perks when you book hotel…

Using Pointimize to Find Hotel and Flight Redemption Rates

There are plenty of tools available to help frequent flyers put their travel rewards to use, and we were eager to check out the latest version of one such site: Pointimize. Below, TPG Contributor JT Genter walks through the site’s helpful features, along with a few current limitations. Update: An activation code finally arrived 28 hours after making…

How to Use and Maximize Free Nights from the IHG Credit Card

One of the best features of the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is the free night you’ll earn after your account renewal date. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how to use and maximize this perk. There are many reasons to carry travel rewards credit cards in your wallet beyond…

The Unfortunate Expansion of Chase’s 5/24 Rule

Travel rewards credit cards figure heavily into most award travelers’ strategies, allowing them to earn valuable sign-up bonuses along with points or miles for everyday purchases. However, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, one issuer is making it harder to open too many accounts. Many credit card issuers have application restrictions…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for Stays Through October 31

This morning, IHG released its latest list of IHG PointBreaks hotels. This new list includes 135 properties that are bookable for just 5,000 points per night now through October 31, 2016. In case you’re new to IHG Rewards, IHG PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels — like InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn…

Save 15% off IHG Points & Cash Bookings Now Through August 7

Looking for a late-summer or early-fall getaway? Now through August 7, IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card holders can save 15% off of the cash portion of Points & Cash bookings. This offer is only good for stays now through September 30. In order to see the savings, your IHG account must be linked to your card, and you’ll need to…

Should I Get Chase Credit Cards First Due to Restrictions?

TPG reader Aaron sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card applications: “As someone new to the points game, would it make sense to target Chase cards first given the more stringent application restrictions?” The major credit card issuers often limit how many accounts you can have open and how frequently you can apply for new ones. In order…