The 7 Best Hotel Credit Cards

Here at TPG we cover any and all travel rewards cards that represent a good value, from those that earn you miles to those that get you transferable points or cash back. If you’re specifically looking for a credit card to earn points toward free hotel nights, though, you’ll want to narrow your search. Below,…

4 Referral Bonus Programs to Help Fund Your Next Getaway

While earning points and miles is one of the best ways to enjoy free travel, leveraging referral programs can help too. Below, TPG Contributor Ryan Martin walks you through four of the top options and shows you how they can get you closer to your next vacation. While most opportunities to earn points and miles involve…

7 Reasons to Book Directly with Airlines and Hotels

Online travel agencies make it easy to search a wide variety of airfare and hotel options, but what you get in convenience you lose in benefits and protections. As TPG Contributor Akash Gupta explains, it’s almost always smarter to book directly with the travel provider. Over the past few years, airlines and hotels have been endeavoring…

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…

Does the Marriott Rewards Experiences Marketplace Offer Good Value?

Award nights are the most popular (and typically most valuable) way to redeem your hotel points, but many loyalty programs offer a variety of other ways to put your rewards to use, such as exclusive VIP experiences at sports events, restaurants and more. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look…

10 Cards with Sign-Up Bonuses of 50,000 Points or More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Prestige One of the biggest misconceptions about the points and miles hobby is that it takes some serious spending (and time) to earn enough rewards for free travel. That couldn’t be further from the truth; as TPG Points & Miles…

The Best Cards for Summer Travel: If You’re Staying in a Hotel

Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert concludes our series on the best credit cards for summer travel with a look at the top options for hotel stays. We recently reviewed some of the best credit card options for summer travel if you’re flying or planning to hit the road, and today we’ll round…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s time to think about where you’re staying. Luckily, there are tons of points hotel options all over Europe, whether you’re…

6 Reasons Why Hotel Elite Status Isn’t Always Worth It

Holding mid- or top-tier status with a hotel loyalty program can lead to perks such as bonus points and free upgrades, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, it’s not always necessary. The points and miles hobby can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure, it’s wonderful to experience top-notch…

Should I Take a Mattress Run to Complete a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Hunter sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott elite status: “I’m currently two stays away from completing the Marriott Platinum challenge. I normally spend about 50 nights each year with Marriott, but I don’t have any plans to travel before my challenge period ends. I found a local hotel where I can…