Using Hotel Mattress Runs to Earn Points and Elite Status

An important part of award travel is learning how and where to find value, and recognizing that sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at one such strategy for boosting your rewards with hotel loyalty programs.  Even if you’re new to the points and miles game,…

Is the Marriott Rewards Premier 80,000-Point Bonus Worth it?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card TPG Reader Enrique wrote in to ask about one of the latest sign-up bonus offers: “Is the Marriott Rewards Premier card with an 80,000-point bonus worth getting?” Marriott recently released a limited-time increased sign-up bonus offer for the…

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…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Marriott Rewards Visa

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles

The driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert is also fascinating, colorful and surprisingly full of life. Requiring long flights from the US and possible overnight stays coming and going, it’s also a great destination for using your hard-earned points and miles. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne guides you to and through the Atacama, a journey she…

World’s Best Food and Wine Festivals — July-November 2015

Food and wine festivals are a staple of the summer event calendar — and beyond. Showcasing the best culinary offerings of a city or region, these foodie fests allow travelers to sample from top area chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries, all in one place. Prepare to get hungry as TPG Contributor Katie Hammel breaks down the…

Hotel Review: The London EDITION

Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne stayed one night at The London EDITION in the West End, a property in a luxury brand that allows you to redeem Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards — and this is her experience of the property. (All photos by the author.) After The Points Guy enjoyed a one-night stay at The…

Travel to Malta on Points and Miles

Island hopping in the Mediterranean doesn’t have to be a pricey endeavor. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us to the Mediterranean’s history-rich Maltese Islands, which are a calmer — and dare we say it, more beautiful — version of their club-centric neighbors, offering suggestions for what to do and how to save using points and miles. (All photos are by the…