Which Hotel Rewards Program Is Best for Business Travelers?

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 when you know it serves you well. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele applies this principle to hotel loyalty programs to see how they reward their most…

Using British Airways Avios Without Fees from Miami

Anyone who lives in an American Airlines hub with a lot of non-stop flights (NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, LA) should be best friends with British Airways Avios. Even if you never fly on a British Airways plane, knowing how to leverage the Executive Club program can easily save you thousands of dollars annually on…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

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…

JFK- Milan $399 Roundtrip With Emirates When Booking for Two

Getting to Europe for under $500 roundtrip these days can be nearly impossible and usually requires flying a wonky carrier (like WOW Air) via Iceland or hoping for a mega-mistake from an airline (ah, hem Etihad). However, today Emirates announced a Valentine’s day fare sale for $799 total roundtrip from JFK-Milan on their non-stop service,…

Top 5 Factors to Look for in Transferable Points Programs

Transferable points are the cornerstone of a robust travel rewards portfolio, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to talk about these kinds of programs and what qualities and benefits you should expect from them. When it comes to travel rewards, transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards—which you accrue in a central…

Earning Starwood Ambassador Status After 100 Nights with SPG

For SPG members, the main benefit of reaching 100 Starwood nights each year is SPG Ambassador status, which provides an immediate and high-level relationship with a dedicated point person to whom you can always go for advice about and help with your account or stays. I qualified for this service when it rolled out a couple of…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio and strategize for the travel rewards you hope to earn in 2015. Credit cards are the single most lucrative way to rack up points and miles to travel the world. Personally, my own cards have allowed me to circle the globe in first class…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite credit cards because you get double points on all travel and dining. The travel category includes all…

Five Travel Credit Card New Year’s Resolutions

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 you should make to maximize your travel rewards credit cards in 2015. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, most people vow to eat healthier, get more sleep,…