Is the SPG Amex Worth Getting with the Increased Annual Fee?

TPG reader Ricardo tweeted me to ask about the Starwood Amex: @thepointsguy– “With the increased annual fee of $95 on the SPG Amex, do you think the card is still worthwhile?” I hate an annual fee increase just as much as the next points maximizer, but added benefits take the sting out of it. SPG…

Hotel Review: Royal Palm South Beach Miami

For far too long, Starwood properties in Miami have been a study in extremes — the St. Regis Bal Harbour sits at the high end, while the Four Points by Sheraton (up by 43rd Street) is pretty … basic. Starwood’s newest offering, the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, sits somewhere in the middle. Set right in the heart of South Beach, the property is…

How to Save $10,000 on a Destination Wedding

Picture this: You just got engaged and have your heart set on an exotic location for your big day, far away from home — but is the price to pull off your dream wedding unrealistic? The average wedding costs about $25,000, and that price can go up even further depending on location, venue, guest list and all the…

Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Cards Adding New Benefits

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen examines some planned updates to one of the travel rewards credit cards I use the most. The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express has been a TPG favorite for a number of years. His most recent valuations peg Starpoints at 2.4 cents apiece (higher than any…

7 Top Hotel Trends to Look For On Your Next Stay

With the hospitality industry ever changing to meet customers’ needs, we’ve noticed a few prevailing trends in recent years. I’ve tapped TPG Contributor Shayne Benowitz (a Miami-based hotel expert) to outline the hottest trends in hotels today. A top priority in hospitality has always been meeting and exceeding guests’ expectations, and today hotels are doing this through technology,…

Starwood Plans to Improve Sheraton, Add 150 Hotels by 2020

Starwood has a lot of fantastic properties around the world, but for every gorgeous new W or industry-leading St. Regis, there’s a Sheraton that’s in desperate need of a refresh — and as of today, this appears to be a top priority for Starwood. As part of its 10-point Sheraton 2020 plan, the chain plans to…

Review: Starwood’s Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville

On his recent romp through the South of Spain, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart stayed at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in the romantic city of Seville. Here’s his take on this famous property in Starwood’s Luxury Hotels Collection. With an elegance that suits its royal origins, the Hotel Alfonso XIII will make a visit to Seville luxurious and exceptionally comfortable. Set…

SPG’s Make It Count and Sheraton Free Weekends Promos

Starwood is launching its Make It Count promotion today, which we wrote about earlier this month. As a reminder, this promotion is valid for stays from June 1-August 31. As a SPG member, you’ll earn 1,000 bonus points per weekend stay of 2+ nights at all Starwood properties. With Make It Count, at most, that means you can earn 500…

Which Credit Card is Best for Non-Category Bonus Spending?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask about which credit card offers the best rewards for general spending: @thepointsguy– “I need credit card for non-category bonus spending. Should I get the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex, or is there another one you recommend?” For travel, dining and airfare you should be using a credit card that gives you two,…

Dip Into the Sexiest Hotel Pools Around the World

Summer’s almost upon us, and in most areas of the world, that means heat! There’s really no better way to enjoy warm weather than a refreshing pool experience, so to make sure we stay cool, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino leads us to some of the most incredible hotel pools around the world. Make sure to check…