Making Family Vacations Affordable: 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…

How the HotelUpgrade App Can Earn You Bonus Points and Perks

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a new app designed to boost your rewards and improve your experience during hotel stays. I’m a big fan of technology and the various apps that make my travels easier. It seems like new releases are always popping up, from hotel apps to airline…

Your Layover Guide to Seoul (ICN)

The “Your Layover Guide” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as suggesting things to do if you have time to explore the nearby city. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through Korea’s biggest airport, Seoul Incheon (ICN). …

9 Marriott Properties that Make Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Marriott properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true…

How to Book Marriott Award Stays When You’re Short on Points

In order to maximize your points and miles, you first have to earn them. At least, that’s how it usually works. Today, however, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how Marriott lets you spend points even before they reach your account. Being a points and miles enthusiast can induce some anxiety. You might worry that an unannounced devaluation will derail…

70,000 Points Sign-up Bonus for IHG Rewards Club Select Card

Despite being one of the largest hotel chains in the world, the IHG Rewards program is often overlooked. However, with premium Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza properties worldwide, there’s plenty of value to be found there. Today, TPG Senior Point & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a new offer for the co-branded IHG credit card, and explains…

Which Hotel Rewards Program Is Best for Business Travelers?

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. I often preach the importance of diversifying your points and miles to improve award travel options and help protect against devaluation. However, sometimes it pays to stick firmly to one program…

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel credit card should have, such as earning multiple points per dollar on purchases within the hotel chain, and other bonus categories. There are also benefits that some hotel cards have…

How Much is Marriott Rewards Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Marriott Rewards elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t always…

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 140,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ritz-Carlton Visa Card An important part of maximizing award travel is taking advantage of big bonus opportunities when they pop up. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at a current Ritz-Carlton credit card offer that can get you free hotel nights at…