Category Archives for Starwood.

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

I love using SPG points!

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 than pretty much all other points, so a 10,000 point increase over the regular…

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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 auctions…

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Westin Grand Cayman Unexpectedly Costing Fewer Points!

Can't wait to use our SPG points to go to Grand Cayman!

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 for…

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5 Reasons to Get the Limited Time Starwood 35K Credit Card Bonuses!

View from the St. Regis in Miami

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 those cards to leverage my everyday spending, and take advantage…

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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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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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Great SPG Hotels to Stretch Points from SPG Amex Bonuses

Westin Puntacana

Since the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express temporarily increased their sign-up bonuses to the highest sign-up bonus level of 35,000 points each after hitting the spending requirements through April 5, 2017, I want to highlight some ways you can really stretch those points as some stand-out SPG middle tier properties. I have stayed at some truly over-the-top amazing SPG properties over the years, but not all of them are great options on points…

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5 Reasons To Apply for the Increased SPG Amex Offer

Category 4 Walt Disney  World Dolphin

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 to seriously consider pulling the trigger on one or both of…

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