Points Intervention: Maximizing Hotel Stays

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Credit Cards and Travel Perks for Active Duty Military

From Admirals Club access to waived baggage fees, active duty military personnel receive certain perks when traveling in and out of uniform. Just ahead of Memorial Day, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explores the benefits available to the men and women in the armed forces. The last seven years of my life have never provided a dull moment. Since joining the…

Earn 25,000 Starpoints with the SPG Amex Sign-Up Bonus

Starwood has updated its sign-up bonus offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. You’ll now receive 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $3,000 within the first three months of getting this card, with a waived annual fee the first year. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after using…

An Early Look at the Future of Starwood Hotels

From smartphone hotel room unlocking to robot butlers, we’ve already seen quite a bit of innovation when it comes to select Starwood brands. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig dropped by One Star Point (Starwood’s world headquarters) for a look at other technologies coming soon to a hotel near you. If you walk into an early adopter’s…

Earn Double SPG Points on Dining Through July 31

Starwood Preferred Guest occasionally offers members multiple points per dollar for dining at participating hotel restaurants. The latest such promotion is called “Spice It Up,” and SPG members can now earn double Starpoints at certain restaurants through July 31, 2015. Here’s how it works: Earn double Starpoints on dining, even when you’re not traveling. You’ll…

9 Low-Level Starwood Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…

How to Book Award Flights with Delta SkyMiles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Delta SkyMiles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to book…

Can I Convert Amex Membership Rewards to AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Randy tweeted me to ask about points transfers: @thepointsguy– “How easy is it to convert American Express Membership Rewards points to American Airlines miles?” I think the American Airlines AAdvantage program has some of the most valuable frequent flyer miles out there. American has fairly low redemption thresholds (especially in first class to places like Asia),…