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A SPG Holiday Staycation to Remember at The Westin The Woodlands


It’s no big secret that I love Christmas and all related winter holiday happenings just as much as Clark W. Griswold. I also love taking family trips around this time of the year to places that are a bit cold, snowy, or festive to enhance our holiday spirit since Texas can be, well, rather warm and un-Chritsmas-like, even in mid to late December. Over the past few years we have used Starwood Preferred Guest points as part of my partnership with…

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SPG Vail Cascade Delays Re-Opening, Offers Free Stays


It goes without saying that booking a hotel that is still under construction carries with it some inherent risk. Construction delays are common, and if you book too close to the announced opening date for the property, those delays could mean that the hotel is still closed when you are set to arrive. Over the years I’ve seen it happen many, many times even at upscale branded properties.   The upside is that when this happens, you often see the nicer…

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Winner of 5,000 SPG Points Announced!


In honor of our recent luxurious late summer getaway to the St. Regis Bal Harbor in Miami that we took as part of the Amex SPG Stars program, I wanted to give away 5,000 SPG points to one of you so you will be a little bit closer to taking your next points-fueled dream trip. To enter, I asked which SPG property is your favorite for a late summer getaway on my write-up of the St. Regis Bal Harbour. I saw lots of…

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Beach Front Luxury at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Miami and SPG Points Giveaway!


Every summer I am drawn to experiencing a family beach trip at least once. It doesn’t have to be a far flung adventure around the world just to dip our toes in the water, but I have found that we seem to enjoy the white sands and blue water of the beaches that are a little too far from home to easily reach by car. With a one year old along for the ride, we really didn’t want to venture too far from…

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If You Could Pick Any US SPG Property to Visit This Summer…

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One of the partnerships this site has been fortunate enough to have had for the last several years is with the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex, via what they call the SPG Stars program. I love the SPG Amex and have had it for many years, so I think it is a very good fit. Part of the partnership has included a two night summer trip to highlight a SPG property, usually within the United States. To celebrate the elimination of foreign transaction fees…

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Did You Win 5,000 SPG Points?


In honor of my family’s recent holiday ski trip using SPG points to the ski-out Sheraton Steamboat Resort (as part of the SPG Amex Stars program), I gave away 5,000 SPG Starpoints to help get someone else a little closer to their next award trip. Random.org decided the lucky winner of the Starpoints was Sam who said: I would love to stay at the Westin in Miami for a winter getaway. Using points to escape the cold and de-thaw in the winter is…

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Maximizing SPG Points for Holiday Vacations

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Now that I have both a kindergartener on a traditional school schedule and a husband with an 8-5 office job that has limited vacation days, I have pretty much joined the ranks of millions of other Americans who primarily plan vacations around school breaks, long weekends, and official holidays. You know, the times of year that generally cost the most! That is sort of a travel deal hunter’s worst nightmare, but if you know how to maximize your hotel points…

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See if You Won 5,000 SPG Starpoints!


In honor of my family’s amazing visit to the St. Regis Punta Mita (as part of the SPG Amex Stars program) I gave away 5,000 SPG Starpoints to help get someone else a little closer to their next award trip. Random.org decided the lucky winner of the Starpoints was Jim F. who said: I need a night in HKG (Hong Kong) for an upcoming MR (mileage run), a stay at the W would be over the top.  By the way,…

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Swimming, Eating, and Playing at the St. Regis Punta Mita

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A few weeks ago our family of four hit the skies together for the first time and headed south to Mexico and the St. Regis Punta Mita.  We were a bit apprehensive going into the first trip for our two month old, but all of that apprehension and stress melted away quicker than the ice in the first margarita when we saw our insane upgrade and quickly learned how over-the-top the service was at this resort.  This trip was part…

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Earning SPG Points Internationally at St. Regis Punta Mita


One of my absolute favorite types of points are Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints.  They are so versatile and valuable whether you use them for SPG hotels as I usually do, or you transfer them to one of their many airline partners.  They only thing I “don’t like” about Starpoints is how hard they are for me to earn.  If you are like me and don’t have a ton of SPG hotel stays, your primary way of earning Starpoints will likely…

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