Should I Earn SPG and Marriott Points While I Still Can?

TPG reader Kavin emailed me to ask about strategizing for the Marriott-Starwood merger: “Should I sign up for both the Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex before the two programs merge?” There’s been both a lot of excitement and anxiety over the future of SPG since Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood back in November. Marriott CEO…

Hotel Review: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico

As part of a week-long winter vacation, TPG contributor Michael Spelfogel stayed at the St. Regis Punta Mita for five nights. Read on for his impressions. All photos are by the author. While Christmas and New Year’s are probably the busiest times to travel to the Caribbean and Latin America, my family always looks for a warm-weather locale…

How to Take Full Advantage of Credit Card Benefits in 2016

With 2016 now well underway, award-travel enthusiasts are looking forward to a new year of travel — and, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, the right credit card will be crucial to earning rewards, benefits and even elite status. In today’s post, I’ll take a look at the wide array of…

3 European Cities to Visit for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino shares three European cities perfect for an affordable escape. (Room rates quoted below are priced for Valentine’s Day weekend. All photos are by the author unless specified.) Famous cities of love like Paris and Venice are obvious choices when it comes to Valentine’s Day getaways, but other European cities…

Win a Free Night, Uber Rides and More with Starwood’s Latest Promotion

SPG’s latest promotion is a bit more exciting than signing up for keyless entry or changing your security questions. Members now have the chance to win one of four prizes by drawing virtual cards online — the catch is you’ll have to visit the SLS Las Vegas, one of Starwood’s new Tribute Portfolio properties during an eligible…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

Hotel Review: The Westin Austin Downtown

On a recent trip to Texas with her family, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert enjoyed a two-night stay at The Westin Austin Downtown. Read on for details about the experience. (All photos are by the author.) After a lovely stay at the St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection hotel in San Antonio, my family…

Do I Earn Choice Benefits for Completing a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Sam sent me a tweet to ask about elite benefits: “Do I get a choice benefit if I complete the SPG Platinum challenge? How about the Delta Platinum challenge?” Last year, Starwood Preferred Guest announced a new selection of benefits available to certain Platinum elites. These members used to automatically receive 10 Suite Night awards, but there are now…

A Conversation with Marriott’s VP of Loyalty, Thom Kozik

Arguably, the biggest story from the past year for rewards enthusiasts has been the Marriott and Starwood merger. When it was announced in November, it’s safe to say that most Starwood loyalists panicked — should they be worried about the merger and what does it mean for the future SPG program? Well, here we are more than two…

Hotel Review: The St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio

During a family trip to Texas, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert enjoyed a two-night stay at the St. Anthony Hotel, a recent addition to Starwood’s Luxury Collection. Read on for her full impressions. My family and I recently made a brief stop at the St. Anthony Hotel, part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection portfolio…