Should I Earn SPG and Marriott Points While I Still Can?

TPG reader Kavin emailed me to ask about strategizing for the Marriott-Starwood merger: “Should I sign up for both the Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex before the two programs merge?” There’s been both a lot of excitement and anxiety over the future of SPG since Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood back in November. Marriott CEO…

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…

Do I Earn Choice Benefits for Completing a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Sam sent me a tweet to ask about elite benefits: “Do I get a choice benefit if I complete the SPG Platinum challenge? How about the Delta Platinum challenge?” Last year, Starwood Preferred Guest announced a new selection of benefits available to certain Platinum elites. These members used to automatically receive 10 Suite Night awards, but there are now…

11 Top Credit Cards with No Foreign Transaction Fees for 2016

Whether you’re traveling abroad or making a purchase through an international retailer, it’s essential to use a credit card that doesn’t incur foreign transaction fees. Luckily, there are plenty of good options available. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shares a list of top picks and explains why these fees need to be…

5 Things to Understand About Credit Before Applying for Cards

Credit cards are one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn points and miles — from sign-up bonuses to earning points on everyday spending and even getting some pretty neat perks on top of it all. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the options that are available, and it seems like issuers are…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for January 2016

2015 was a big year in the world of points and miles. We saw the final steps in the merger between American Airlines and US Airways including a total overhaul of the AAdvantage mileage program, devaluations from Aeroplan and British Airways, and a proposed takeover of Starwood by Marriott. In terms of credit cards, we…

5 Great Places to Spend New Year’s Eve 2015 on Points and Miles

Toast the new year in the best way possible — traveling to a destination known for throwing a killer New Year’s Eve party! TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us around the globe to some of the hottest New Year’s Eve destinations for over-the-top firework displays and celebrity-led soirées. 1. Miami, Florida New Year’s Eve in Miami brings…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred back up to 50,000 points. If anything, these announcements made it clearer than ever how…

Review: Gramercy Park Hotel, an SPG Design Hotel

Shortly after Starwood announced the addition of Design Hotels to its program, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert enjoyed a brief stay at one of the properties just added to the SPG chain: the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York. It’s been a busy month for Starwood, what with the news that Marriott will…

9 Awards to Book Before Aeroplan’s December Devaluation

With the Aeroplan/Air Canada devaluation coming up in a few weeks, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the awards you should book before the changes go into effect. In September, Aeroplan, the mileage program of Air Canada, announced yet another devaluation to its award chart that will go into effect December 15, 2015….