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I did my first weekend $150 jaunt to Stockholm and had an absolutely terrific time. Although exhausting, I really enjoyed my 24 hours in the city and was able to cover a lot of ground. Saturday was a sunny, gorgeous day so I walked for miles exploring the old city and taking in the Stockholm vibe. Nearly everyone was stylish and beautiful and the city was pristine. Drinks were the equivalent of $20 and everything else was pretty expensive, so I was glad to find out the Sheraton had a top-notch lounge – full hot breakfast and drinks/small plates in the lounge in the evening. I also got a nice suite upgrade and the bed was phenomenal, so that helped me make the most out of a short trip. I used a measly 4,000 Starwood points and $60 USD for the hotel stay-a huge value in my opinion, since the hotel was going for over $250 a night. In fact, the Cash & Points option of the Starwood Preferred Guest program is one of my favorite aspects of the program and what keeps me coming back as a Platinum guest.

I met a bunch of really interesting Swedes and actually bumped into a group of people were were also from NYC and on the same flight deal. Word gets around quick 🙂

I’ll write a full report about the Delta transatlantic coach experience and the Sheraton Stockholm (which was excellent) when I’m not jet-lagged. Here are a couple teasers, ending with me having a cocktail at the kitschy Ice Bar (when in Rome!).

NK Department Store
The Wolfs Paw- 100 proof vodka and some sort of fruit juice. A bit too sweet for me

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist…

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Limited Time Offer- Earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. Offer ends 4/5.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
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