Category Archives for Starwood.

Get a Discount on Purchased SPG Points Until April 30th

Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant

Buying miles and points usually isn’t as good as getting them without an out of pocket cost, but it can still make sense when the cost of buying the points is a good amount less than the flight or hotel would have cost if paid for outright. If you do decide to purchase miles or points, doing it when there is a sale or bonus is the best plan. It is impossible to predict sales, but right now there is a…

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OFFER EXPIRED ! Last Chance for Highest SPG Sign-Up Bonuses Yet! OFFER EXPIRED !

Westin Cancun

SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Somehow April 5, 2017, is already tomorrow, and that means that the increased 35,000 point SPG Amex sign-up bonuses are coming to a close. I absolutely love SPG points and have written about these temporary bonus increases numerous times since they launched, but if you have been thinking about pulling the trigger without actually pressing apply, now is your last chance to act. Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express: Earn…

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How to Stretch Your SPG Points for Maximum Value

Westin Cancun

THE STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS REFERENCED BELOW ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. The limited time increased SPG Amex sign-up bonuses are set to end in just a few days, on April 5, 2017. I have already highlighted numerous reasons to strongly consider getting one or both of these cards by 4/5/17, including that 35,000 bonus SPG points is the highest the sign-up bonuses on these cards have ever gone, and that because of the Marriott merger and resulting uncertainty of this product going forward, there is…

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4 Reasons Why the SPG Business Amex May Be The Smartest Choice

I love using SPG points!

  SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX CREDIT CARD OFFERS MENTIONED HERE ARE NO LONGER VALID. Two of my very favorite credit card sign-up bonuses right now are the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Both have a $0 introductory annual fee the first year (then $95), and both are offering limited time increases to the highest bonus level we have seen until April 5, 2017. I value SPG points at a higher rate…

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Details on Westin Grand Cayman Renovations and Award Pricing

Westin Grand Cayman Lobby

Yesterday I shared the good news that for some mysterious reason the Westin Grand Cayman was pricing as a Category 5 SPG property instead of a Category 6 property as it has been for the last year. This is pretty big news first because the resort is located on an insane spot on Seven Mile Beach, and Grand Cayman is pretty easy to get to for many of us at less than 500 miles from Miami. It is also big…

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Now Use Your SPG Points for Wrigley Field Packages and More!


Last night I got an email alert that the SPG Moments regular season Major League Baseball opportunities are now live and available!   They have good seats available for teams and stadiums all across the country starting at fixed prices of 20,000 SPG points for a pair of tickets in the stadium, to Wrigley Field Club Box seats at 30,000 points per pair, to Wrigley Field luxury boxes from 35,000 – 40,000 SPG points per pair. There are also some MLB…

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Westin Grand Cayman Unexpectedly Costing Fewer Points!

Counting down to next spring break already...

If The Westin Grand Cayman is in your travel plans in the next 18 months, you may want to act quickly and lock in an award reservation now as it has unexpectedly dropped from a SPG Category 6 property pricing at 20,000 – 25,000 points per night to a Category 5 pricing as low as 12,000 points per night or 6,000 points per night + $110 on a cash and points rate.   We had a 5 night award stay…

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5 Reasons to Get the Starwood Credit Card Bonuses!

View from the St. Regis in Miami

SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. The miles and points question I get asked the very most by a wide margin is how do I earn the miles and points I use to travel with my family? I sort of hate the question not because my tactics are sketchy or secret, but because my answer is very boring. Over 90% of the answer is that I apply for rewards credit cards when bonuses are increased, strategically use…

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Awesome SPG Moments Package for Villa and More in Maui

Westin Maui

I don’t post that frequently about SPG Moments opportunities that are auctions instead of fixed price offerings because the number of SPG points required to win the auction is usually a bit above my points pay grade. However, in part because I can’t get over Hawaii, and in part because this is just an awesome package for a family, I’m making an exception and I really hope one of you has enough points and the inclination to win…assuming the price…

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Ten SPG Hotels That Now Cost Fewer Points!

W French Quarter

It’s a sad fact that on the whole your miles and points only devalue over time. On average, an award flight or hotel room will cost you more points today than it did five years ago, and probably costs fewer points today than it will five years from now. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule, but for the most part travel award redemptions only trend upwards in price. However, individual hotel properties can sometimes buck that trend and become…

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