Hotel Review: Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

Last night, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig stayed at the brand-new Aloft hotel in Manhattan’s Financial District, New York City’s latest Starwood property. I live in NYC’s Financial District, so I’ve had my eye on the Aloft Downtown for a couple of years now. The hotel was first expected to open a full year ago, in…

Should I Transfer Starpoints to AAdvantage for the 20% Bonus?

TPG reader @RicMansur tweeted me a question about what to do with a stack of Starpoints: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m taking a trip to Southeast Asia; should I transfer my 20,000 SPG points to American Airlines, or use them for a hotel?” Starwood Preferred Guest is the only transferable points program that transfers directly into American…

1,000 Delta Miles with SPG, New IHG Sign-Up Bonus and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 1,000 Delta SkyMiles with SPG Stay two nights or longer at any Starwood hotel through January 31, 2016 and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles. When booking, use rate code AIRPRODL and be sure to have your SkyMiles…

5 of the Most LGBT-Friendly Hotels in America

Welcome to the new era of equality! With the June 2015 US Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, our country now seems a little more free. New TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin takes advantage of this historical moment by sharing five hotels that have supported LGBT rights all along, encouraging you to check in AND enjoy the benefits of their…

Last Chance: Get a 20% Bonus When You Transfer SPG Points to American AAdvantage

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is one of TPG’s favorite programs to rack up points in, and Starpoints also rank as the most valuable award currency in his monthly valuations. In addition to the great redemption rates at hotel properties and the SPG Moments program, you can transfer to a whopping 34 airline partners, further enhancing the value of…

I Finally Used My SPG Amex for an International Hotel Stay

One of my biggest gripes with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express has been the foreign transaction fees, which meant that it didn’t make sense to use my card internationally even when staying at a Starwood property. However, amidst the recent addition of several new benefits, Amex has finally done away with the foreign transaction fees on this card,…

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…

Starwood Unveils New Top-Tier Sheraton Grand Brand

Back in June, Starwood announced a 10-point plan called “Sheraton 2020” that includes plans to revitalize its down-at-the-heels brand by launching a $100-million marketing campaign, opening 150 new hotels by 2020, improving Sheraton Clubs, instituting better service standards, reclaiming the meetings-travel market share and launching a new Sheraton Grand tier of hotels, among other steps. According…

Hotel Review: St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

On the final stop of a trip that took her to Sydney, the Maldives and the Middle East, TPG contributor Sarah Silbert stayed at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Read on for her impressions, and for a look at the pros and cons of traveling to the UAE during the sweltering summer. (All…