Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?

TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the best. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for it, but those who already have it earn five…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Hotel Stays

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and in order to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles on hotel spending, and offers other strategies to make your next stay more lucrative. In a perfect world, you…

Honeymoon in Southeast Asia — a 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 made possible by points…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Recently, on the tail end of a whirlwind trip around Thailand, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan stayed overnight at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with his wife and toddler son. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s $600 airfare deal to Bangkok, here’s his take on the property. After our quick tour across Thai cities and beaches, my wife and I were…

United’s All Day Recess Promotion Adds New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last week, I wrote about the lucrative All Day Recess Sweepstakes and Promotion being offered through United MileagePlus Shopping. While the entire promotion runs until mid-August,…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for July 27-October 31

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for July 27 – October 31, 2015 — and all included properties are bookable starting today, July 27. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in…

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…

Why All Award Travelers Should Earn Transferable Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the story of how a recent point transfer saved the day (and his travel budget), and explains why transferable points should be the focus of your award travel strategy. Flexibility can be your biggest ally in the points and miles game. You’ll often find award inventory by changing…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Rental Cars

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles with rental cars, but also points out why other considerations should come first. In the world of award travel, rental…