Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Recently, on the tail end of a whirlwind trip around Thailand, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan stayed overnight at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with his wife and toddler son. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s $600 airfare deal to Bangkok, here’s his take on the property. After our quick tour across Thai cities and beaches, my wife and I were…

Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?

TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make a charge. Am I missing something?” There are…

Should You Be Reimbursed for Work Travel Using Points?

TPG reader Jason wrote in to ask me an interesting ethical question: “Do you think it’s acceptable to seek reimbursement from your work for travel booked using points earned from non-business related sources (e.g., sign-up bonuses)? More specifically, do you think it’s acceptable to book a flight using points and then have the company reimburse…

Free Ice Cream for Capital One Customers Today

Starting today Uber is offering perhaps its most delicious promotion yet: Uber will serve ice cream on-demand to its customers in more than 100 cities, and for all you Capital One cardholders good news — your ice cream is free.Details:  1. Open the Uber app between 11am and 5pm ET on Friday, July 24. 2. Select…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Rental Cars

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles with rental cars, but also points out why other considerations should come first. In the world of award travel, rental…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles

The driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert is also fascinating, colorful and surprisingly full of life. Requiring long flights from the US and possible overnight stays coming and going, it’s also a great destination for using your hard-earned points and miles. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne guides you to and through the Atacama, a journey she…

Best Starter Cards for New Points and Miles Enthusiasts

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners. One of the most common concerns I hear from new award travelers is that it’s a complicated hobby. To some degree, they…

Travel to Malta on Points and Miles

Island hopping in the Mediterranean doesn’t have to be a pricey endeavor. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us to the Mediterranean’s history-rich Maltese Islands, which are a calmer — and dare we say it, more beautiful — version of their club-centric neighbors, offering suggestions for what to do and how to save using points and miles. (All photos are by the…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and subtracted, often with little or no notice. Offers that are available today could be gone tomorrow (or even later today!). Because the cards you…