One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

Redeeming Starpoints for Maximum Value

Thanks to a wide variety of high-value opportunities to redeem your points, Starpoints top TPG’s monthly valuations list. If you’re looking to redeem your rewards, though, it helps to know how each of the SPG program’s many redemption options stack up. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr ranks them all. More than a…

FYI: You Can Now Go Glamping in NYC — for $2,000 Per Night

“Roughing it” isn’t typically the way one would describe spending a night in New York City at one of the world’s most popular boutique hotel chains, but the W New York in Midtown Manhattan is doing its best to redefine the phrase in appropriately luxurious fashion — the property recently transformed the terrace of its spacious Extreme…

Earn Double Starpoints at Tribute Portfolio Properties with SPG’s Latest Promotion

Starwood has offered SPG members some pretty valuable promotions in the past, offering SPG members double Starpoints on stays of two nights or more last year. Now, SPG is letting members who book trips to eligible Tribute Portfolio properties the chance to earn double Starpoints on their stay. In order to get in on this promotion, you must register with SPG by October…

Score 2,500 SPG Points by Adding an Authorized User to Your Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Card

SPG’s recent promotion is great news for anyone who currently holds a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express: by simply adding an authorized user to your credit card, you can earn an additional 2,500 SPG points. Although some cardholders may have received an email about the promotion, it seems that anyone can take advantage by adding an AU…

How to Pick the Perfect Cuban Destination For You

Just back from a three-week trip to Cuba, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights some of the best places to visit so you can decide where to go first. (All photos are by Darrel Hunter unless otherwise specified). Cuba offers so much beyond its capital city of Havana, and thanks to new flights launching this September on Silver Airways and American…

You Can Now Redeem Starpoints for Tickets to the 2016 US Open

Aside from flying or staying at Starwood properties, arguably one of the best ways to use your Starpoints is with SPG Moments, a program that allows SPG members to redeem Starpoints for a variety of special culinary, cultural, musical and sports-related experiences. One of the most popular SPG Moments is a US Open package, which, as of today, SPG members…

Can I Book Rooms Separately to Earn Double Elite Credits?

TPG reader Oren sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning hotel elite credits: “If I need two hotel rooms, can I make two separate bookings and get credit for two stays instead of one?” Between upgrades, bonuses and other amenities, hotel status can be highly valuable, and I get a lot of questions from readers looking for ways to…

Which SPG 50-Night Platinum Benefit Should I Choose in 2016?

TPG reader Alex email me to ask about Starwood elite benefits: “Which SPG 50 night benefit would you choose? I wasn’t impressed by the suite night awards I chose last time, as they never cleared. I’m also not worried about re-qualifying next year, so the 5 nights of elite credit aren’t worth much to me.” When Starwood introduced choice benefits for…

The Cost of a Trip to London, Now That Brexit Has Weakened the British Pound

It’s official: the British pound has become 2016’s worst performer against the US dollar. As a result of Brexit — which sounds more like a weird name for a Hollywood couple breakup rather than a historic nationalist referendum with serious global ramifications — the world is still struggling to figure out what this means for the UK, EU and…