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Here are some quick updates from the miles and points world….
- There is a 50% transfer bonus from the American Express Membership Rewards program to the Starwood Preferred Guest Program until November 30th for US Platinum and Centurion cardholders. I’m not 100% sure if this is for all Platinum and Centurion cardholders, or is targeted. This changes the ratio from a bad 3:1 to a less awful, but still generally bad, 2:1. This means you still lose half of the points in the transfer process, though SPG points are generally valued higher than Membership Reward points, and there is a 5,000 mile bonus when you transfer 20,000 SPG points to many airlines. That means this transfer could make sense for some, though I will be passing as I value my Membership Reward points more for transfers to partners like ANA and British Airways than to lose a chunk going to SPG. Now if we could see a transfer bonus for one of those programs, I’d be very interested!
- There is also a 33% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to Hilton HHonors until November 30th. This changes the transfer ratio from 1,000 MR points to 1,500 Hilton HHonors points to 1,000 MR points to 2,000 Hilton HHonors points. This could make sense to top off to an award or in some select situations if you were really in need of HHonors points.
- The SPG website has undergone a few updates including asking questions at the time of booking such as if you would prefer two beds if available even though you only booked one, what type of upgrade you prefer if you have Platinum status (larger room, better view, first available room, or higher floor), whether you want late check-out, and if you would like no connecting door rooms. If the hotels use these preferences, this could be pretty helpful in having a stay better tailored to your needs and wants.
- Get 7,500 American Airlines miles by test driving a Cadillac. The biggest hurdle for this promo (other than having to go in a car dealership) is getting through to register for the promotion and set up the test drive. It seems some have had better luck setting up an appointment via online chat. You can read more about this promo via View From the W
Have a great Thursday afternoon and safe travels for those starting to head to Chicago for the Chicago Seminars this weekend!