Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

TPG Contributor Richard Kerr has grown skeptical of luxury hotels promising to do all but make him royalty, and generally lowers his expectations before staying at a property for the first time. But The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa in Okinawa, Japan has restored his optimism: though surrounded by dense jungle, it feels more like an oasis in a vast, dry desert. Located an hour drive north of Naha…

Where Can I Use the IHG Rewards Club Card Free Night?

TPG reader Blake sent me this question: “Is the annual free night benefit from the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card valid for any category property?” A big trend these days with credit cards is to offer anniversary bonuses. Usually these bonuses kick in after you have to start paying the annual fee, and are an easy way…

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Redeeming Hotel Points

One of the keys to a good award travel strategy is avoiding errors that can cost you time, money, and points. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how. As the saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes.” This pervades many aspects of life, but it’s especially applicable to using your hotel points. Even the most seasoned award…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

Diversify Your Travel Rewards: 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 and…

5 Travel Rewards Credit Cards that Pay for Themselves

Travel Rewards credit cards come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them you might get to earn a large sign-up bonus; others you might get for the benefits they offer with your airline or hotel of choice; and still others you might pick up for their lucrative bonus categories. When you’re evaluating whether to keep a rewards…

Five Travel Credit Card New Year’s Resolutions

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. A new year means new opportunities to maximize your credit card spending and the points and miles it offers. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shares his list of the New Year’s resolutions…

8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

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. Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24….

How to Maximize Rewards and Discounts for Dining

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. There’s more than one way to earn travel rewards, and in some cases, there are many ways to earn all at once. Today TPG Senior Points & Mile Correspondent Jason…