How Starpoints Saved My Trip to Aruba — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Hotel Deals for 2016

Be sure to bookmark this post, as we’ll be updating it through Cyber Monday 2016. If you spot a deal that isn’t listed below please share it in the comments. Also, see our Black Friday airfare deal roundup here. With Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) approaching, it’s time to dig in to the various online deals from by your…

Should I Transfer Starpoints to Marriott for Airline Awards?

TPG reader Faysal sent me a message on Facebook to ask about maximizing transfer partners: “I’ve been stockpiling Starpoints to redeem for an Emirates First Class award (via Alaska Airlines). Should I transfer from Starwood to Alaska directly, or should I transfer to Marriott for a Hotel + Air package?” The merger between Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards has…

Starwood Will Offer up to 35% Off Hotels for Cyber Monday

Yesterday Marriott shared the basic details of its Cyber Monday promotion, which will get members and non-members alike up to 25% off hotel rates for stays at properties across the globe. Today, its recently acquired hotel chain, Starwood, is revealing its own plans for the holiday shopping frenzy. Starting on November 21 — so, even…

Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Domestic Travel

In August, Chase introduced a fantastic new credit card that caused a stir among points and miles enthusiasts: the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. The card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. This sign-up bonus is worth…

Earn 1,500 Marriott Points or 500 Starpoints Completely Free

It’s November 7, and as the days end sooner and the snow sneaks upon us, so do the great holiday deals and promotions. And Marriott seems to be no exception in joining in on the fun, as today it revealed a “30 Days of Holiday Rewards” promotion, which offers five weeks of daily deals to…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for November 2016

Every month, I put together this handy list of the top 10 current travel rewards credit card offers. This month’s list is going to look a little different, though. While you’ll still find all the relevant information you need about these cards and why I think they’re the best ones currently available, I’m going to…

Will I Lose Elite Status If I Close My Credit Card Account?

TPG reader Avi sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card benefits: “I have Starwood Gold status from the Amex Platinum card, which I used to also get Marriott Gold Status. If I cancel my card, how long will my status with both programs remain valid?” One of the biggest award travel developments of 2016 came…

Starwood Planning Corporate Layoffs Next Month

So far, the Starwood-Marriott merger has been a positive move overall — at least in the eyes of the consumer. Right after the merger was finalized, SPG and Marriott Rewards members were able to link their accounts, and since then, the two have announced that you’re now able to earn bonus Starpoints at Marriott properties and…

6 of the Coolest Marriott Experiences and SPG Moments Redemptions

When it comes to redeeming your hard-earned points and miles, you’ll generally get the best value by booking award flights or free hotel stays. However, there are exceptions to this rule, especially when it comes to one-of-a-kind events. We’ve written about many of these options in the past, including the Hilton HHonors Auction Platform and…