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Limited Time: Up to 35,000 Bonus SPG Points Via SPG Amex Cards!

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Big, big news this morning for those who love SPG points! Two of my very favorite cards, the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Amex, have temporarily increased their sign-up bonuses to their highest total points level! The normal number of sign-up bonus points for these cards are a total of 25,000 bonus points. They have gone to 30,000 points once a year in many years, and last year they once spiked to the 35,000 point level. Now…

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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 I…

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How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass and More for 90,000 SPG Points!

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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 popular…

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A SPG Holiday Staycation to Remember at The Westin The Woodlands

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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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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 do…

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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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Trying to Come Up With The Super Compromise to The Super Bowl

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I wrote a couple weeks ago about my internal debate on really splurging on a “once in a lifetime” experience when the price is higher than I wished. While in retrospect some experiences may indeed be priceless, the price tag they come with can be breathtaking…and not in a good way. Along those lines, my husband’s lifelong favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs, are having a really good year, and making it to the Super Bowl is not outside the realm of…

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Starwood Launches the “Biggest Sale of the Year”!

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Forget holiday shopping lists, the list you really want to make ASAP is a 2016 – 2017 travel wish list because the Black Friday style travel deals have already started! Starwood Launches Biggest Sale of the Year Hyatt launched their Holiday Sale a few days ago and now Starwood has just launched their “Biggest Sale of the Year” with prices reduced as much as 35% at over 1,100 SPG hotels and resorts for stays through September 4, 2017! This sale runs…

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Preview of Cyber Monday Travel Deals to Come

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As you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with snagging deals, and that extends to the travel space. We will see lots of travel related deals in the coming weeks ranging from some ho hum offerings to some pretty darn solid discounts. Only time will tell whether any of the travel deals we see this year are of  ‘doorbuster’ variety, but I promise to share the better deals as I find them.   One preview of the deals…

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Lowest Price for SPG Points I’ve Ever Seen

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Buying miles and points isn’t for everyone, but there are situations when it makes sense if the cost to purchase them is less than what you would have paid for what you are redeeming them for and you aren’t sitting on a huge pile of points that are likely to devalue before you can use them. SPG points are one of the most valuable types of points out there, and right now they are offering the largest discount on purchased SPG points…

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