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Earning SPG Platinum Status on the Cheap and Easy

It’s been a good long while since I went out of my way to earn elite status. I mean, elite status comes into play when making some of my travel decisions, but rarely is it the only consideration in making a booking. However, for every rule there are exceptions, and when Starwood targeted me for a double stay credit promo, the fact that I only had 4 of the needed 25 annual stays to earn SPG Platinum status with less…

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Marriott Credit Cards to Be Issued By Chase and American Express

Many of us have been waiting anxiously to learn what will happen on the co-branded credit card front for Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest as they move forward in their merger. We recently got confirmation that the programs will remain separate in 2018, but beyond that, it is quite possible that a combined program is on the horizon, potentially as early as 2019. We don’t know those details yet, but we now have learned a lot more about what will…

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Newly Announced Marriott Rewards Changes for 2018

For the last few years, we have been on a slow march towards the merging of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs. I have no problem with this being a slow and deliberate march since I kind of like the programs the way they are right now. Heck, I’d have no problem if the destination changes and we never get where we thought we were going and the programs stay separate forever and ever, though I think…

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Discounted SPG Points Available Now Through December 29th

If you have been hoping to scoop up some Starwood Preferred Guest points at a discounted rate, now through December 29, 2017, is your lucky timeframe as they just launched a discount of 35% on SPG point purchases of 5,000 points or more. This drops your per point price to about 2.275 cents per point, which is pretty solid for SPG points. A 35% discount on SPG points is about as good as I have seen it get outside of some…

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Three Reasons to Apply for the SPG Business Amex By November 1st (Offer Expired)

The co-branded SPG American Express credit cards have increased their sign-up bonuses temporarily for a month or so each summer in each of the last few years. However, this summer came and went with nothing but crickets when it came to seeing an increased bonus from either the personal or small business SPG Amex credit cards. I chalked it up to the unclear future of the cards thanks to the SPG/Marriott merger, and I was very unsure as to if…

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7 Things Families Should Know About Aloft Hotels

I just spent a night at the Aloft Dallas Downtown, and since the number of Aloft properties around the world is only increasing (and at a rapid rate), I thought this was a good time to highlight a few things that families should know about Aloft when deciding if it is the right type of hotel for them.   Aloft is Often a Good Value on Points The Aloft brand isn’t a perfect match for families as it was designed…

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Best Hotel for the World Series is Now Available on Points!

The Houston Astros head back to their home turf to play Games 3, 4, and (Lord willing) 5 of the 2017 World Series this weekend, and the best hotel to stay at when heading to an Astros game is absolutely the Westin Houston Downtown.   However, while the hotel would be perfect for those heading to the World Series in Houston, rooms for the nights of those games are selling for $899+ per night and points rooms were blacked out…

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Best Hotel for an Astros Game is Westin Houston Downtown

My oldest daughter, my parents, and I spent Friday night rooting as hard as we could for the home team at Minute Maid Stadium in downtown Houston. The Houston Astros had left for New York days earlier up 2-0 in a best of 7 series against the Yankees, and they came home down in the series 3-2 and facing elimination after getting beat three nights straight in the Bronx. It was not pleasant watching them get spanked by the Yankees…

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How to Get Big Value from the Starwood Amex Sign-Up Bonuses

Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express  Is No Longer Available through this Site. The longer-term future for the SPG program and the SPG co-branded Amex credit cards is not yet clear given the acquisition of Starwood by Marriott, but in the here and now, I believe SPG points to be the most valuable type of mile or point out there. The SPG program is one of my favorites as high-quality stays can be had for a reasonable number of points. In…

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Surprise, Surprise, I May Be Mattress Running for SPG Platinum Status

I really thought my hardcore mattress running days were behind me. With shifting travel patterns and Hyatt moving to elite qualification on nights instead of being able to qualify on stays or nights, we just seemed to be beyond the days of checking into a hotel just for the stay credit. While that was fun at times, overall I was not sad in the slightest that the mattress running phase of my life was probably over as it always felt…

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