Category Archives for Starwood.

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

Westin Puntacana

SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. 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…

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5 Reasons To Apply for the SPG Amex Offer

Category 4 Walt Disney  World Dolphin

SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. 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…

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MLB Spring Training SPG Moments Packages from 5,000 Points!


SPG Moments sometimes offers fantastic opportunities to use your Starwood Preferred Guest points to attend events such as the US Open, Ryder Cup, and Cubs games at Wrigley Field. Not only does the SPG Moments program get you in the gate for top notch events, but they can offer up ways to sit in otherwise largely inaccessible luxury boxes, get all access passes, and even throw out a pitch in the World Series!   Via Running With Miles, they have just introduced…

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SPG Points Via SPG Amex Cards!

St. Regis Punta Mita

SPECIFIC STARWOOD AMEX OFFERS LISTED HERE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. 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…

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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…

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


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…

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A SPG Holiday Staycation to Remember at The Westin The Woodlands


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…

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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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