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What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Krassi is curious about my top picks for hotel awards, so I put […]

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Double Points To Asia, Bonus HHonors, Discounted Starpoints

November 22, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Business Extra points with American Flying to Asia from the USA American Airlines has partnered with Japan Airlines to offer double Business Extra points when you travel on American Airlines or codeshare (AA) flights operated by Japan […]

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Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

November 21, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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My Favorite Use of Points Ever? VIP at the Knicks With SPG

November 20, 2014

As airlines and hotels programs devalue their points by increasing the amount of points needed for free flights and rooms, redeeming for non-travel experiences is becoming more and more appealing. Especially for road warriors, sometimes a vacation is not traveling. I’m in a similar situation where I have tons of points, but the real pleasure […]

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Starwood Preferred Guest 25% Discount for Buying Starpoints

November 19, 2014

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% […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to […]

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Hotel Review: W Hollywood – Marvelous Suite

November 15, 2014

The TPG team recently congregated in L.A. to celebrate the launch of our brand new TPG To Go app. We threw a lavish party at the W Hollywood and Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz checked in for the occasion. Here’s her review of the property. The party obviously gets five stars! Situated on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk […]

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SPG Select Member Exclusive Bonus (Targeted)

November 12, 2014

This week, Starwood Preferred Guest began emailing select members about a targeted promotion, inviting them to register by December 31, 2014 for the opportunity to earn bonus Starpoints or up to two free nights on points-earning stays completed between November 3, 2014 and January 31, 2015. Though I’m an SPG Platinum, I unfortunately didn’t receive an offer via this promotion, but if you receive […]

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Earn 500 Bonus Starpoints by Updating Your SPG Profile

November 11, 2014

Back in September, Starwood Preferred Guest launched its More For You promo, where you could earn double or triple points on stays this fall. With the recent refresh of the Starwood website, however, the program added another little bonus to the promo where you can earn 500 points just for updating your stay preferences. Per the […]

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Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

November 11, 2014

Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online won’t add a huge amount to my final bill. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at which hotel brands offer free WiFi as a standard or elite […]

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Starwood Preferred Guest Launches New Partnership with Emirates

November 10, 2014

Following last year’s Crossover Rewards partnership with Delta Air Lines, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Emirates Skywards have just announced a new partnership called Your World Rewards, providing reciprocal benefits to elites of both loyalty programs when they fly with Emirates or stay at participating Starwood properties. Registration for the new partnership begins on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and you can sign […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Bal Harbour – Grand Luxe Oceanfront Suite

November 8, 2014

TPG contributor Nick Ewen recently stayed at the luxurious St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami. Here’s his review of the property. The rain was coming down in buckets as my wife and I pulled up to the St. Regis Bal Harbour, the first stop on our “stay-cation babymoon” in South Florida. Little did I know that […]

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Contest Roundup: Win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United Miles

November 7, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United MileagePlus miles, a Hawaiian getaway, a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a Delta flight and hotel from Expedia. Win 100,000 Starpoints from Sheraton Club Win 100,000 Starpoints for sharing a photo of an amazing city […]

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Starwood Debuts SPG Keyless: Mobile Check-In and Keys

November 6, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss and TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines sat down with Starwood Hotels and Resorts CEO Frits van Paasschen and Senior Vice President, Starwood Preferred Guest & Digital, Chris Holdren yesterday at the W New York Downtown to discuss SPG Keyless, the new keyless RFID-based entry system rolling out through SPG […]

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Hotel Choice Benefits for Top Tier Elites: The Weekly Wish

November 6, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: offer choice benefits to top tier hotel elites. The first class I ever attended as a college freshman was Economics, and on the board, the professor wrote, “There’s no […]

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What to Do When a Hotel Room Upgrade Is Really a Downgrade

November 4, 2014

Hotel upgrades are usually great when you get them, but what should you do if your hotel upgrade actually equates to a downgrade? Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares a recent experience he had at a Starwood property in Florida, and offers some tips in case you find yourself in similar circumstances. Upgrades can be like a drug […]

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Which Card Is Best for Hotel Elite Status Through Spending?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Chris sent me a message on Facebook asking: “My wife and I both have jobs with minimal travel (less than 10 days a year), but have considerable personal credit card spending, and we’d like to know which is the best hotel branded credit card that offers elite status through spending but doesn’t require […]

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Will Hotels or Airlines Extend Elite Status If I Fall Short?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Angie emailed me to ask: “In 2013 I hit Platinum status in both Delta and Starwood. However, I was pregnant and hardly going to be traveling in 2014. I called Delta to ask if I could suspend my status until 2015; they said that wasn’t possible, but that they might be able to extend it. […]

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Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

October 27, 2014

I often preach the importance of diversifying your loyalty currencies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on earning points that you can transfer to airline and hotel partners. However, not all transferable points are created equal. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele compares the major transferable points programs to see which one comes out […]

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Hotel Review: W Barcelona – Fabulous Room

October 25, 2014

TPG Madrid-based International Correspondent Lori Zaino recently celebrated her birthday in Barcelona. She stayed at the famed W Barcelona overlooking Barceloneta beach. Here’s her review. Vibrant Gaudi architecture, sun rays glazing the Mediterranean and exquisite tapas all come to mind when thinking of Barcelona. When a friend of mine suggested we spend a few days there for my birthday, I immediately […]

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Late Checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond: the Weekly Wish

October 23, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: guaranteed late checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond elites. I’m sure many of you have been in a position where your travel plans don’t mesh well with an 11 am […]

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Overview of Hotel Resort Fees and How to Avoid Them

October 21, 2014

As an award travel enthusiast, I’ll be the first to admit that airlines and hotels don’t always make it easy. Changing programs, inconsistent policies, and unexpected fees all add to the challenge of using your points and miles effectively. But for every problem that pops up, you can count on award travelers to find several solutions. […]

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8 Haunted Points Hotels for Halloween

October 18, 2014

Escaping from your normal plane of existence this Halloween? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of U.S. hotels with frightful pasts and present day treats, like delightful amenities and, in most cases, availability during Halloween weekend and for points redemption. Hotel Monteleone – New Orleans, Louisiana The Hotel & the Haunting: Voodoo-steeped New Orleans prides itself on being America’s most haunted city. […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 50% Transfer Bonus to Starwood (Targeted)

October 16, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Starwood Preferred Guest (targeted) through November 30, 2014. Starwood Preferred Guest is one of the four hotel transfer partners of American Express, but the normal transfer ratio is a dismal 3:1, […]

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