Do I Get Luxury Hotel Benefits When I Book With Points?

TPG reader Drew sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting hotel benefits: “Can I get Visa Signature hotel benefits just for staying at a participating property, or do I have to use a Visa Signature card and book through Visa’s website? For example, could I get the same benefits by booking with points through Chase Ultimate Rewards?”…

Where to Sit When Flying Singapore Airlines’ A350: Economy

With Singapore Airlines launching nonstop service from San Francisco tomorrow, we’ve spent the last few days exploring the carrier’s brilliant new Airbus A350-900 — which I had the great privilege of experiencing on a nearly empty delivery flight from Toulouse, France to Changi Airport last week. Given that there were only a couple dozen people on the plane (including the crew!), I…

Where to Sit When Flying Singapore Airlines’ A350: Business Class

In just a few days, Singapore Airlines will launch its first nonstop flight to the US since discontinuing its Newark and Los Angeles nonstops in late 2013, nearly three years ago. The carrier plans to re-introduce nonstop flights to New York and Los Angeles in 2018, with an extended-range version of Airbus’ latest plane, the A350-900ULR,…

7 Points & Miles Tasks to Complete By The End of 2016

Before you get too busy with holiday commitments, family obligations and other end-of-year business, you should ensure you’ve crossed your proverbial “t”s and dotted your “i”s when it comes to your points and miles. Today, I’ll give a rundown of the top award travel tasks you need to complete by the end of 2016 to…

A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets To See Demi Lovato and DNCE at LA Live

Los Angeles, get excited. This week, we’re giving away 50 tickets (25 winners with a +1) to the Demi Lovato/DNCE exclusive Marriott Rewards members-only performance on 9/22 @ LA LIVE. The tickets for this exciting music event are being provided by The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. To enter this giveaway, there are two steps:…

Should I Keep the Hyatt Visa If I Get the Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Austin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Since Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at 1:1, does it make sense to have both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Hyatt Visa card?” When you’re deciding whether to keep or cancel a credit card, it’s important to look at the big…

Thursday Giveaway: Win a $500 Marriott Gift Card

This week we’re giving away a $500 Marriott gift card that can be used at any one of the hotel chain’s properties worldwide. You can use your $500 for stays, dining and more at any participating property, including Edition, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels. Recently, Chase introduced the new-and-improved Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card which features, among…

When Can I Earn a Second Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Cindy sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card bonuses: “I earned a sign-up bonus from the Marriott Visa in September of 2014. Chase says I need to wait 24 months before I can earn another one. Do I need to wait that long before I open a new card, or just make sure 24…

Score 500 Bonus Points Just for Following Marriott Rewards on Instagram

Earlier this year, Marriott announced that its Rewards members would get special discounts on stays when they book directly through the chain. Now, the hotel brand is running a promotion where members can receive 500 bonus points simply by following the Marriott Rewards page on Instagram before June 21. If you’re not already a member, you can still sign up for…