80,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier Card

Good news if you’re interested in booking award travel with Marriott or Ritz-Carlton: The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card are increasing their sign-up bonuses to 80,000 points after $3,000 spent in the first three months. That’s 30,000 Marriott Rewards points more than the standard 50,000-point offer. This isn’t…

Work Toward the Southwest Companion Pass by Transferring Hotel Points

Now that we’re well into 2016, it’s time to really start planning out your earning and redemption strategy for the year. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen discusses one strategy for earning the most valuable benefit from Southwest: the Companion Pass. For many points and miles enthusiasts, the Southwest Companion Pass is the most…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for February 2016

We’re well into 2016, so now is the time to get your credit-card strategy for the year into place. With British Airways raising low-level redemptions in the US this month, an impending devaluation of American Airlines’ award chart, and more news sure to come down the pike about the takeover of Starwood by Marriott, it’s…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

10 Photos: A Whirlwind Tour of Mumbai, India

Our “10 Photos” essays include travel tips, destination insights, tricks for getting travel discounts and redemptions and, of course, the best stuff not to miss. TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin explores Mumbai, home to Bollywood and other amazing Indian sights, sounds and flavors. (All photos are by the author.) It was my second visit to India but…

8 Credit Card Perks to Work Toward in 2016

Ready for a fresh start? Now that it’s 2016, it’s time to start working on your points and miles strategy. Of course, credit cards can play a huge role in helping you redeem some great travel awards. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help you see which cards can get…

What’s the Best Strategy for Switching Hotel Loyalty Programs?

TPG reader Roger sent me a message on Facebook to ask about moving his loyalty to a new hotel program: “I’m switching from Hilton HHonors to Marriott Rewards, since Marriott has a better presence in my favorite travel destinations. I don’t want to start from scratch with my points and elite status; what’s the best way to make the transition?” On…

Historic Hotels You Can Book with Points: Marriott

While many hotels affiliated with major loyalty programs can seem cookie-cutter, not all properties were cast from the same mold. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a look at some historic properties within the Marriott brand, all of which can be booked using points. After using my points to stay at a…

Three European Cities (Almost Entirely) on Points and Miles

Last month, TPG Contributor Adam Erace burned a mix of miles, bonus nights and other loyalty-program and credit-card benefits for a three-city, three-country holiday in London, Istanbul and Paris — the latter, unfortunately, during the recent terror attacks. Here’s how Erace planned a luxurious European vacation with minimal cash outlay — and managed to get home amidst a city-wide emergency. Since I discovered this website two…

5 of The Best-Value Points Hotels in Boston

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Boston using points and miles.  With an Irish bar on every block, fantastic seafood, winning sports teams and some of the country’s top universities, it’s no wonder that more than 15 million travelers…