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Great Value and Location at SpringHill Suites Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is not only a destination unto itself, but it is also a gateway to many outdoor adventures including easy access to national parks such as Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It’s gorgeous, it’s fun, it’s very well located, the people are friendly, it has great weather, and hotels can be quite expensive. When we unexpectedly got the chance for a short visit this week we jumped at it. Our flight on a private plane there might…

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The Future of Marriott and Starwood Programs

As you probably know, Marriott won the right to acquire Starwood in 2015, the deal closed in 2016, and their programs very quickly integrated to a large degree in that you can match your elite status levels from program to program and you can transfer points back and forth at a rate of 3 Marriott Reward points = 1 Starwood point. The merging of the two companies began in 2015, but from the beginning of that process the earliest date…

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Summer Bonus Promos from SPG, Marriott, and Ritz Carlton!

Great news for hotel points lovers as Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz Carlton have all announced their summer bonus points promotions, and those promos are now live for registration. While these programs are now all under one umbrella, they are still running their own unique versions of these promotions and you must register for each one individually. Starwood Preferred Guest Take Three Promo Earn 3x Points on Weekends, 2x on Weekdays, and 1,500 bonus points for SPG Amex Cardholders on Resort…

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5 SPG and Marriott Properties You Need to Book Today!

Today is the last day to lock in Marriott and Starwood properties at the current rates before the annual category changes kick in tomorrow, March 7, 2017. I highly you encourage you to look at the full details of the changes as linked above and make sure there are no properties on the list that you are considering for the next 12-18 months, or you may accidentally end up spending more points than you need to. While nothing can replace looking at…

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5 Reasons To Apply for the SPG Amex Offer

SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Yesterday the sign-up bonus from both the SPG Amex and the Business SPG Amex jumped from 25,000 points to 35,000 total points! This is only the second time the bonus has gone up to 35,000 points, and the last time was about a year ago. In other words, this is a true increase to this sign-up bonus that does not come around frequently.   There are some very real reasons…

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The 2017 Marriott and Starwood Category Changes You Need to Know About

Today brings some good news and bad news from Marriott and Starwood as they are announcing their annual category readjustments that take effect on March 7, 2017. The bad news is that whenever there are category changes of course some properties you have your eye on go up in price.   However, after looking over the lists both from Marriott and Starwood I have to say that on the whole it isn’t that terrible. There are a couple properties that…

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How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass and More for 90,000 SPG Points!

Now that we know that hotel point transfers into the Southwest Rapid Rewards program will count towards Companion Pass qualification until March 31, 2017 (and then likely never again), it is time to strategize how to earn the pass so your designated companion can fly on Southwest flights with you for just the price of taxes for close to two calendar years if you earn it early in 2017.   Earn Southwest Companion Pass Points via Chase Co-Branded Southwest Cards A…

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Starwood Does Better Version of the Marriott Promo

The 2017 hotel bonus points promos are trickling out, and for the first time SPG, Marriott, and Ritz Carlton have all aligned their bonus points promotions…sort of. All three loyalty programs have different names for the promotions including: Marriott Rewards MegaBonus, SPG Double Take, and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Rewarding Adventures, but all three operate in a similar way by.awarding double points on the first three stays at participating hotels in each program from January 16, 2017 – April 15, 2017.   You…

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Transferring Points from SPG to Marriott Because of Puppies and Grandparents!

Like probably everyone else in the miles and points world, I value Starwood Preferred Guest points more than Marriott Rewards points. It’s nothing personal against Marriott, it is just the reality that SPG points are worth more per point as it generally takes fewer of them to obtain the hotel award nights that I want. Even Marriott recognizes this as when they acquired SPG they set the transfer ratio between the two programs at 1 Starwood point = 3 Marriott…

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