Comparing Starwood’s Swan and Dolphin Disney World Resorts

The Swan and Dolphin resorts are great options for Walt Disney World visitors, as they’re both SPG properties located inside the park. However, the two hotels offer guests very different experiences. Today, TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett discusses the benefits of each and the differences between them. While there are hundreds of hotel options in Orlando, Walt Disney World…

Your Points and Miles Guide to New York City

In the first installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to New York City using points and miles.  Gotham. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Yet an even better nickname for New York City might be the “Points and Miles Capital of…

Hotel Review: Westin Grand Frankfurt – Classic King Room

On the last night of his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in Frankfurt before catching a Lufthansa flight back to Los Angeles. Here’s his review of the Westin Grand Frankfurt. One Night in Frankfurt For the last leg of my recent round-the-world trip, I found a great first-class award on…

The Most Pet-Friendly Points Hotels in America

Stumped about the best spots for summer stays with your pets in tow? TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has done the research to highlight eight hotel brands — and individual properties within them — that welcome you, your loyalty points and your furry friends. Kimpton Hotels Surfcomber South Beach — Miami, Florida At Kimpton‘s 60-plus hotels throughout the US, pets are welcomed free of charge, no matter what size,…

6 Places to Have a Blast on the Fourth of July

It might be less than a month away, but there’s still plenty of time (and points redemption/earning opportunities) to book a getaway for Fourth of July weekend. Whether you’re looking to bliss out on a sleepy shoreline, sing along at a Beach Boys concert, cheer at a hot dog-eating contest or run a 5K, TPG…

Hotel Review: The Surprisingly Awesome Westin Paris – Vendôme

On previous trips to Paris, I’ve enjoyed great stays at a couple of Starwood properties — the Luxury Collection’s Prince de Galles and the W – Paris Opéra. On my most recent trip to the City of Light, I decided to give SPG’s The Westin Paris – Vendôme a first-time whirl, and what I found there was definitely…

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…