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Starwood is known for giving year-end gifts to their Platinum guests. Several years ago, it was a 50% off award coupon, which was an incredible points-saving value. Last year it was luggage tags, which I thought were cheap, but better than nothing. This year, they are giving out hardcover image books. You can choose a Starwood pre-made version, which pictures from their top properties. OR you can upload your images and create your own.

I like the latter option, especially since I’ve had a really interesting travel year (Seychelles, Paris, Madrid, London, Dublin, Dominica, St. Thomas, Grenada, Puerto Rico, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Maine, Fire Island, Boston, Pittsburgh, Provincetown, Philadelphia, Ashville and ending the year in Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Punta del Este and Buenos Aires).

Travel is what I love, and while I would have LOVED a free night at a Starwood hotel, I definitely appreciate the thoughtfulness of this gift and won’t look a gift horse in the mouse.

Has your loyalty program given you any year-end gifts?

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at americanexpress.com/hc. Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
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Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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