Which NYC Starwood Hotel Is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “What’s your favorite Starwood property in Manhattan? I’m a SPG gold member and I’d like to stay using my points.” I love Starwood, and I’ve worked hard to become a SPG Platinum 100-night member. In between apartments in New York City, I’ve had the chance to…

Starwood Giveaway, Drink Wine in Italy & Cruise the Amazon

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning Starwood stays & points, a getaway to Amelia Island,  wine tasting in Italy, a tour through Spain or a cruise the Amazon! Win Starwood Points, Stays and Concert Tickets From SPG Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could…

5 Small Cities in Europe Where You Can Live Large

As the dollar edges closer to the Euro and holds strong against other European currencies, it seems like Europe is on every budget-conscious traveler’s mind. But why focus solely on crowded hotspots when there are plenty of charming places scattered throughout the continent that are also worth checking out? TPG France-based Contributor Lane Nieset takes us through five of the most…

U.S. Hotel Gyms That Go the Extra Mile

Looking to get your workout on while traveling in America? Read on as TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino explores some of the most elaborate hotel gyms around the United States.  Most hotel gyms are a bit of a snooze, offering little more than a few machines, a handful of free weights, and floor mats that have probably seen better days….

Starwood Launches Tribute Portfolio

Today Starwood Hotels & Resorts introduces the Tribute Portfolio, its 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. A complement to Starwood’s five-star-focused The Luxury Collection, the Tribute Portfolio will initially focus on four-star properties in the U.S., eventually expanding to Europe and beyond. To celebrate the launch of Tribute Portfolio, SPG is offering members up to 10,000 bonus points for stays at the…

Coolest Hotel Gyms Around the World

Maybe working out isn’t the first thing on your mind when you head to another country, but in case the urge strikes, read on as TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares some of the coolest hotel gyms around the world—with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, unique locations, and amazing views. Make sure to also check out her companion piece on U.S….

Follow My Whirlwind Trip to Seoul and China

Well, it looks like I’m on the road again—and I want to invite my awesome TPG readers to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! The first stop of my trip was São Paulo, Brazil for Amfar’s Inspiration Gala São Paulo. I’ve been before, and it’s an incredible party for an amazing cause. My flight there was…

Take a Vow: Best U.S. Hotels for Gay Weddings

With gay marriage now legal in 36 states plus the District of Columbia, same-sex couples can get hitched from north to south and east to west. TPG Contributor Drew Limsky leads you down the aisle to some of the best resorts and hotels for getting your gay (or straight, should you be so inclined) wedding party on.   …

Starwood Giveaway, Delta Australia Fare Sale, Bonus AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  SPG Launches “Hear The Music” Concerts & Contests Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could win prizes like concert tickets, 50,000 Starpoints, or free trips. Earn one entry for every two nights booked through spg.com or the…

Redeeming Starwood Preferred Guest Points for Maximum Value

I value Starpoints at 2.4 cents apiece, and I can get even more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best (and worst) redemption options. TPG’s most recent monthly valuations list Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints…