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Use Your SPG Points to Attend MLB Postseason Games!

Great news for MLB fans who have a team heading into the postseason as the SPG Moments program now has postseason MLB ticket packages available using your SPG points all the way from the Wild Card Games to the League Championship games. The World Series packages aren’t yet live, but they will eventually have those, too. Note that most of these offerings are fixed price packages for a pair of tickets, while a few VIP experiences are auctions. Also note…

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You Can Use Points for Spring Break 2019 Now

If you find yourself with some free time today, and you want to hop on the time-traveling machine to think for a bit about where your family would like to go for Spring Break 2019, it wouldn’t be the worst idea. In fact, it is a very good idea and yes, I said 2019 and it is still 2017.   The thing is that the Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to make award reservations 18 months in advance, and…

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When SPG Cash + Points Rates are Better Than Full Award Rates

If I had to pick my #1 favorite use of Starwood Preferred Guest points over the last few years it would be tough, but I think the winner would be using them for top notch lodging on otherwise unaffordable ski trips. Since we have little ones, the location of our lodging on ski trips is pretty important to me. I know my parents drove through the night from Texas to get to the mountains, hit the slopes the second we…

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New SPG Hotel Opening in South Bend – Go Irish!

I know that hurricanes are rightfully dominating our thoughts and TVs, but in case you haven’t yet noticed, it’s also football season. I saw a few minutes of the Notre Dame game on TV last night and remembered how much fun we had heading to South Bend for a home game weekend several years ago. We went when my oldest daughter was still a baby, so she didn’t make that trip, but she will be almost nine by the time…

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New Promo: Earn Bonus SPG Points on Stays Until 2018!

A few days ago I talked about some of the targeted promotions that SPG is putting out for fall travel, but now we know what their major public promo will look like. From September 12, 2017 – January 15, 2018, those that register by November 30, 2017, can earn 500 – 1,000 bonus Starwood Preferred Guest points per eligible stay at participating SPG properties.   In addition, those that register will earn 10,000 bonus SPG points with 25 or more eligible nights during…

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SPG Double Elite Status Credit and Other Targeted SPG Offers

We just saw Hyatt offer their co-branded cardholders the opportunity to earn elite status “three times faster” than normal beginning September 1st, which means that from then until December 30, 2017, you can earn top tier Globalist status with just 20 eligible nights instead of the usual 60 in a calendar year. That is pretty tempting for those with lots of upcoming travel, but today I received another very interesting offer from SPG offering double elite qualifying credit in their program.…

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Great Value and Location at SpringHill Suites Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is not only a destination unto itself, but it is also a gateway to many outdoor adventures including easy access to national parks such as Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It’s gorgeous, it’s fun, it’s very well located, the people are friendly, it has great weather, and hotels can be quite expensive. When we unexpectedly got the chance for a short visit this week we jumped at it. Our flight on a private plane there might…

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Unique Credit Card Perk: Complimentary Sheraton Club Lounge Access

There are some credit card benefits like a statement credit when applying for Global Entry, or no foreign transaction fees, or even trip delay coverage that have become pretty standard and expected on travel focused rewards credit cards. However, there are other perks and benefits that are far from commonplace or expected, and that can easily be forgotten about if you aren’t used to putting them to good use.   Complimentary Sheraton Club Lounge Access One such unique perk that…

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Use SPG Points Now to Attend the US Open

The US Open tennis tournament in NYC each year is a widely popular event, and thankfully in each of the recent years Starwood Preferred Guest has provided opportunities for their members and cardholders to access not only tickets but some cool US Open experiences. These offerings are now up on the SPG Moments page, but be aware that these are generally very popular packages that sell out quickly. In other words, run, don’t walk if you want to have your pick…

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Save on Holiday 2018 – 2019 Travel By Booking SPG Properties Now

A couple weeks ago I shared that the Starwood Preferred Guest booking window was stuck in early December 2018 instead of extending through the 2018 winter holidays and into January 2019 as it normally would via an 18 month booking window. I didn’t know if this was a temporary glitch or an intentional decision by SPG/Marriott. Either way, it was a major bummer for OCD points planners like myself because the expensive winter holidays are exactly when I love to…

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