Starwood Is Dropping Virgin America Partnership as of January 6

As the Alaska Airlines and Virgin America partnership moves forward, there are a lot of changes afoot. This morning, we heard from a Starwood Preferred Guest spokesperson about a major one: Starwood and Virgin America are ending their partnership as of January 6, 2017. Here’s the statement we received from Starwood about this change: SPG…

4 Ways Hotels Are Taking Fitness to the Next Level

Gone are the days when a hotel gym consisted of nothing but a treadmill, an elliptical machine and some dumbbells forgotten in the corner. Nowadays, in order to attract guests who don’t want to miss their workouts on the road, hotels have upped their fitness game big time — the trend is so huge that high-end…

Which Island and Hotel Should I Choose in Hawaii?

TPG reader Matthew emailed me to ask about hotel options in Hawaii: “I’m thinking of taking my wife to Hawaii, and wanted to know which you think is better: The Andaz Maui or the St. Regis Princeville?” I’ve had good experiences at both the Andaz Maui and the St. Regis Princeville, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy a…

Tips for Dealing With Those Extra Fees in the Maldives

From white sand beaches and turquoise waters to super-luxe overwater villas and some of the best scuba diving in the world, the Maldives are known for breathtaking scenery and unique geography. And like other exclusive destinations, many Maldivian resorts come with hefty price tags. While redeeming points and miles can significantly reduce the cost of your hotel…

The Points Guy Team’s Best Hotel Redemptions of 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve While we spend our days at The Points Guy writing up miles news and thinking up creative ways to help readers maximize their points, we also like to practice what we preach and put our own tips…

New International First-Class Sweet Spots Using SPG Points

This morning, we found out that Virgin America Elevate points will transfer to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles at a 1:1.3 ratio starting on January 9, 2017. We feel like this is a fair-to-generous ratio that falls on the high side of our valuations for these points and miles, although some Elevate members may have hoped for a…

Here’s the Transfer Ratio for Virgin America Elevate Points to Alaska Miles

When the Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger closed last week, we got answers to quite a few questions. However, one of the biggest outstanding unknowns was “What’s the transfer ratio going to be from Virgin America to Alaska?” Today, we’ve got the answer. There’s been no formal announcement about the rate change; instead, Virgin America has made a…

Starwood Announces End of Caesars Partnership on December 31

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced that its three-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment will not be renewed, and is coming to an end on December 31, 2016. The agreement, which launched in January 2014, gave SPG members reciprocal point-earning and redemption opportunities across Caesars hotels in Nevada, New Jersey and Louisiana. In exchange, Caesars Total Rewards members could pick up extra credit for Starwood stays….

Starwood Preferred Guest Partners With China Eastern for Reciprocal Elite Benefits

Already, Starwood Preferred Guest offers members some unique partnerships, such as its Crossover Rewards with Delta, bonus Starpoints for Uber rides and Your World Rewards with Emirates. Now, SPG is adding an airline partner from a different part of the world with its Eastern Explorer Rewards program with China Eastern Airlines. With the new partnership, elite members…

Earn Double Points at Starwood, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Properties

Since the Starwood-Marriott merger was finalized, the process of integrating the brands has been fairly swift. Almost immediately after the announcement, members (including Ritz-Carlton) could link their accounts, allowing elites to status match with the other chain, transfer points between them and, a bit later down the line, get reciprocal earning on co-branded cards. And now,…