Milan Expo 2015: Where to Eat, Play and Stay

Aside from a lovely cathedral and one of the most famous frescoes on Earth, Milan is mostly known for being Italy’s banking and fashion capital, a business-centric city where travelers spend little to no time as tourists. That’s all going to change this year, however, when Milan Expo 2015 draws millions of visitors from all over the globe for six…

Starwood Preferred Guest 25% Discount for Buying Starpoints

Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a 25% discount on purchased Starpoints now through December 31, 2014. Much like the last time this promotion was offered, the discount is tiered. To get the full 25% off, you’ll need to purchase the maximum amount of 20,000 points. The tiers are set up as follows: • Buy 500–9,500 Starpoints, get 10%…

Westin Las Vegas: a Starwood Hotel in the Heart of Sin City

TPG Points and Miles Editor Peter Rothbart visited Las Vegas last month and stayed two nights at The Westin. Here’s his take on this Sin City Starwood property. When I visit Las Vegas, if I’m fortunate enough to be in a window seat on the approach into McCarran airport, I’m always struck by two things. First, I can’t help but…

How to Get the Best Value for Starwood Hotel Redemptions

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns this Friday to talk maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest promotions, just in time before the limited time 30,000 point offer on the personal and business Amex cards ends on June 30, 2104.  According to TPG’s most recent monthly valuations, Starwood points continue to be the single most valuable point or mile…

How to Maximize Family Friendly Hotel Rooms With SPG

One of the challenges of family travel is finding accommodations for everyone. After our first daughter was born, finding a hotel that could supply a crib or a cot was fairly easy, but now that we have two children, the task has grown much harder. Starwood properties, which include Westin, Sheraton, and several other brands,…

Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday…

Delta and Westin Launching First In-Flight Heavenly Bed

While Delta doesn’t have an international first class cabin like American or United, I’ve always found that their lie-flat BusinessElite product is one of the best business class products available. Not for just the seat, but Delta provides a large pillow and extra heavy duvet that I’ve enjoyed on many sleep heavy flights. Delta seems…

SRQ: Using Starpoints for a Coachella Hotel – Good Deal?

TPG reader Cory asks: “I’m looking at going to Coachella this year again (8th time…I know, I know, I’m getting too old for all these hipsters), but hotels are filling up quickly and I noticed there’s a Westin Mission Hills out in Palm Desert. My question is: the going rate is about $289 a night…