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5 SPG and Marriott Properties You Need to Book Today!

Posada Santa Fe

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

Category 4 Walt Disney  World Dolphin

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

Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant

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

St. Regis Punta Mita

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!

Grandpa Points + puppy guests of honor. Photo by Aunt Roxanne

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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Going from the St. Regis to the Ritz Carlton Around the United States


Many travelers in the miles and points world like the Starwood Preferred Guest program not just because of their points program, but also because they like to stay in the nicer SPG hotels. I don’t have any problem admitting that I enjoy nice hotels and resorts – especially because with young travelers in tow I spend a good amount of my travel time actually in the hotel instead of just returning to my room to sleep during the nighttime hours.  …

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4 Marriott Properties This SPG Fan Wants to Visit


Before Marriott acquired SPG I honestly did not really focus on Marriott Rewards as much as I should. I didn’t dislike them, they just weren’t one of primary loyalty programs. However, now that SPG and Marriott points can freely flow back and forth, I’ve found myself really considering some Marriott properties, and have developed a short list of several that I am very much looking forward to trying out with my family!   Gaylord Texan at Christmastime I’m a big fan…

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New Bonus Earnings on SPG and Marriott Credit Cards

Bachelors Gulch

Mergers and acquisitions of airlines, hotels, and their related loyalty programs is a scary thing for us because we never know how things are going to shake out until they actually do. That said, thus far it is pretty hard to really criticize the way that Marriott has handled the acquisition of Starwood Preferred Guest. On Day 1 they allowed you to link your Marriott and SPG accounts to move points back and forth at will at a ratio of 1…

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