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Starwood Launches SPG Pro: More Points for Planners

September 3, 2014

Starwood just announced their new loyalty program for meeting and travel professionals, SPG Pro which will officially launch in October of this year. Basically, the new program broadens the scope of those who will get rewarded for planning group/meeting travel and enhances the earn ratio for SPG elite members.  SPG is really encouraging all members to bring […]

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SPG Free Nights, Starpoints & More with Tap Into Luxury Game

August 29, 2014

SPG has created a new online game called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play to win prizes like free night stays, Starpoints, iTunes gift cards and Ticketmaster cash codes. One grand prize winner will get 250,000 Starpoints to take a dream vacation at any of 1,100 Starwood hotels and resorts across nine brands worldwide, […]

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Transferring Points and Awards to Maximize Family Travel

August 29, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at ways to make family travel planning easier by taking advantage of transfer options for various loyalty programs. One of the challenges of award travel for families is keeping track of all of the programs that you and your family members belong to, and figuring out how to use your points collectively to […]

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Hotel Deals of the Week: SPG Hot Escapes, Marriott & More

August 28, 2014

Looking for a last minute vacation? Each week, I’ll note some great deals, including some of the SPG Hot Escapes and other promotions that you can take advantage of to save some money on your next getaway. SPG Hot Escapes Top Picks For August 27-31, 2014 SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts […]

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How Can I Get Elite Status By Doing Starwood Transfers?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Andrew asks on Facebook: “I have approximately two million SPG points that I can transfer to airlines. I’d like to know if you have any strategies on how I can get airline elite status by doing Starwood transfers?” I love the innocence of newbie questions, and today’s newbie question of the week comes […]

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SPG Weekly Hot Escapes Top Five Picks

August 22, 2014

The SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts, allowing customers to stay at Starwood properties for a more economical price. Each week, I will select and feature some of the best deals and options. How It Works The SPG Hot Escapes go live every Wednesday at 6:00 am EST and must […]

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Paying College Tuition on a Credit Card: Fees vs. Rewards

August 20, 2014

I always advocate using rewards credit cards to help you fulfill your award travel aspirations. As one of the foremost expenses for many Americans, college tuition can be a great opportunity to earn points and miles, but the fees involved with using a credit card can make it a losing proposition.  Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains when paying college tuition with a credit card […]

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Comparing the Transferable Points Programs: Partners & More

August 20, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the prominent transferable points programs to help readers strategize when deciding where to bank their points and miles. Last month, Citi’s ThankYou Rewards became the fourth major transferable points program, joining Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR), American Express Membership Rewards (MR), and the Starwood Preferred […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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SPG Amex or Sapphire Preferred for Rental Cars?

August 17, 2014

We’ve seen some significant changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card’s benefits in the last few weeks, prompting me to answer a question from TPG Reader Victor: “@thepointsguy Which credit card is better for rental cars – Starwood Preferred American Express or Chase Sapphire Preferred?” Quite frankly, I admit that I also chose this question […]

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Can I Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards to Starwood Points?

August 10, 2014

TPG reader Suzette sent me a message on Facebook asking: “Hey –  need your help, how can I convert my Chase Points to SPG Points?” I always get questions from people wanting to convert one type of frequent flyer mile, hotel point, or credit card point into another. Generally you don’t do that - once you […]

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DOT Considers Cell Phone Ban, Orbitz Dining Rewards & More

August 9, 2014

Here’s a rundown of points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed this week: Department of Transportation Considers Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls: In response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2013 proposal to overturn technical rules barring in-flight cellphone use (as well as a general public outcry about the potential annoyance of other passengers gabbing away for hours […]

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Review: LOT Business Class Warsaw-JFK on 787 Dreamliner

August 6, 2014

On the return flight of his recent trip to Europe, TPG Contributor Jason Steele had the chance to try out LOT’s Business Class from Warsaw to New York (JFK). Here’s his experience on this Polish carrier. Sure, the 787 Dreamliner has been in service (off and on) for nearly three years, but it’s still a treat for me to […]

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SPG Promos: $4 Suite Nights, Free St. Regis Nights, & More

August 5, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest has a handful of great rate promotions going on right now, allowing its members to save a considerable amount of money at many SPG properties, ranging from budget to splurge. Each of these special rates are what Starwood refers to as “ask-for only,” meaning that you must request each one either online via a dedicated […]

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Best Transfer Partners for Award Flights to Alaska

August 4, 2014

Alaska is a fantastic destination for sightseeing and outdoor recreation, but it’s a long flight from what Alaskans call “the lower 48,” and it’s truly vast. At twice the size of Texas, Alaska is by far our largest state.  It’s also an interesting award travel destination, since some airlines include Alaska as part of the continental United […]

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Do I Earn a Bonus on Starpoints Purchased With an SPG Card?

August 3, 2014

Starpoints are among the most valuable points out there, with 32 airline transfer partners, a ton of hotel partners, and more. That’s why I use my Starwood Preferred Guest Card From American Express for any purchase that isn’t going to earn a bonus on any other card, even if I’m only earning 1 Starpoint per dollar spent. As an […]

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Air France/KLM 50% Off Flying Blue Promo Awards for Oct-Nov

July 31, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers Promo Awards each month, through which you can book award flights for as little as 50% of the miles normally needed on certain routes and in specific cabins. While these awards used to be released every two months, Flying Blue now updates them […]

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Promotions Ending Today: Starwood Transfer Bonuses & More

July 31, 2014

The following travel-related promotions are ending today, Thursday, July 31. Get ‘em while you still can! Starwood Offering Up to a 5o% Bonus for Transferring Starpoints to US Airways Dividend Miles: This promotion (for which no registration is necessary) specifies a 20% bonus, but as this doesn’t include the built in 25% bonus that Starwood offers when transferring […]

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Hotel Review: W Bangkok

July 30, 2014

TPG Foreign Correspondent Lori Zaino is off on a whirlwind trip to Southeast Asia. She recently stayed at the W Bangkok. Here’s her review of the hotel Bangkok, Thailand is a city of six million. For my two day stopover en route to other destinations in Asia, I simply wanted a hotel where I could escape […]

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Which Are The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Free Nights?

July 30, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele analyzes current credit card offers to see which ones can get you free hotel nights fastest among the top brands. Hotel awards can can be underrated. Unlike most airline frequent flier programs, many hotel loyalty programs offer awards with no blackout dates or capacity controls. Furthermore, most hotel award nights are truly free, with no taxes […]

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Free Breakfast for SPG Platinum Elite – the Weekly Wish

July 24, 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: free breakfast for SPG Platinum elites. Two years ago, Starwood Preferred Guest announced some significant positive changes to their program. In addition to creating different levels of Platinum, the […]

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Citi ThankYou Rewards: Earning, Redeeming, and More

July 23, 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offer here – CitiBusiness ThankYou Card Citi ThankYou Rewards doesn’t get as much attention here as its competitors (Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest). However, with the recent announcement that Citi will add eight new transfer partners to the program, I […]

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Honeymoon Travel with Points and Miles

July 23, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers his insights on how to use points and miles to make the most of your honeymoon. Planning vacations with your travel rewards is what this hobby is all about, so how is planning a honeymoon any different than a normal vacation? As you’ll see below, I make the case that […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers […]

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