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Starwood Launches Guest Instagram Galleries

December 11, 2013

I’m always saying that social media is becoming more and more important every day, especially when it comes to airline and hotel loyalty programs, which use channels like Facebook, Twitter and Intagram to get out the latest news, deals and promos to their most loyal customers. Today, Starwood has taken the next step in this […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Bangkok Deluxe Room

December 10, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class and Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2, Flight Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class, and Hotel Review: Park […]

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Get 5,000 Extra Points For Referrals To The Amex Starwood Card And Premier Rewards Gold Card

December 5, 2013

Sharing positive things with a friend is always enjoyable, especially when you get rewarded for it. Which is why I was happy to hear that the personal American Express Starwood and Premier Rewards Gold cards now have “Refer A Friend” promotions where you can get 5,000 extra bonus points when someone you know signs up […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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SPG Confirms Changes To Suite Night Awards Program, Now Extended To April 30, 2014

December 2, 2013

There is good news for SPG Platinum Preferred Guest members as Starwood has made changes to their Suite Night Award Program. The Suite Night Award given to Platinum members who have 50 nights or more used to expire at the end of the year, but the deadline has now been extended from December 31, 2013, […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals! 40% Off Starwood, $1 Hotels.com Deals, 50% Off Marriott, $99 Hotel Tonight Rooms and More

November 29, 2013

While Black Friday is traditionally all about getting to the shops as early as possible and standing in line for hours to get grab the best deals, it also offers some great online shopping opportunities (no, you don’t have to wait till Cyber Monday!) that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your […]

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Starwood 2014 Promotion: Up to 15,000 Bonus Points

November 25, 2013

Hotel promotions have been pretty lackluster in 2013, with the occasional bonus point opportunity. Starwood just announced today that their first 2014 promotion will be an extra 2,500 bonus points for every 5 nights- up to 20 eligible nights (10,000 points). If you hit 25 nights you also get a 5,000 point bonus. Yawn. 500 […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Savings at Starwood, Free 2-Day Shipping for Amex Cardholders, 20% Off United Awards to Europe and More

November 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express Partners With ShopRunner For Free 2-Day Shipping: American Express cardmembers can now take advantage of 2 days of free shipping with over 80 online stores with a complimentary ShopRunner membership (valued at $79). You must first go to www.shoprunner.com/americanexpress and […]

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Starwood 25% Discount on Purchased Points – Worth It?

November 6, 2013

Now through December 13, 2013, Starwood is offering discounts of up to 25% on purchased points when you buy 5,000 points or more. Here’s how it breaks down: Buy 500-4,500 Starpoints: No discount Buy 5,000-12,500 Starpoints: 20% discount Buy 13,000-20,000 Starpoints: 25% discount Normally Starpoints cost 3.5 cents apiece (no tax or processing fee), but […]

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Which Is The Best Miami Hotel Suite To Book With Points For A Bachelorette Party?

October 27, 2013

TPG reader Eli emailed me about how to book some suites while planning her sister’s bachelorette weekend in Miami: “I’ve got a great task on my hands – to plan the ultimate bachelorette party for my younger sister. She is thinking Miami and I totally thought of you! What hotel do you recommend we could […]

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Starwood Moments By SPG Offering Madison Square Garden Packages – Knicks, Rangers, Concerts and More

October 21, 2013

Starwood allows SPG members to redeem their Starpoints for concerts, sporting events, and other experiences through SPG Moments and the program has launched some new SPG Moment packages in partnership with Madison Square Garden. Although I usually prefer to redeem my Starwood points for hotel stays since you can get some amazing values across the chain’s […]

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Saturday Recap: Save Up To 35% Off with Starwood in Hawaii, Earn Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in France, Earn 2,014 Bonus Points with Wyndham

October 19, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Tumi Vapor Carry On Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for a Tumi Vapor International Carry-On, my favorite carry on roller bag, which retails for $495. The suitcase dimensions are 21.5″ x 14″ x 9″– perfect for rolling up the aisle […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Palace Madrid Junior Suite

October 19, 2013

I’ve reviewed the Westin Palace Madrid before – and I try to stay there when I visit the city because it’s one of my favorite Starwood properties and the historic building was originally commissioned by Alfonso XIII in 1912 – so I’ll keep this one short. I recently flew to Madrid to surprise my friend […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Advanced: Credit Card Strategies

October 14, 2013

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I once again had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 550 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday, Registration Now Open for Hilton’s 4th Quarter Promotion, Save with Starwood in North and Latin America

October 12, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday: Last week, US Airways launched their 100% share miles bonus that runs now through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Through the promo, Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period, but […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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Social Media Travel Roundup – News, Contests, Promos, Trends and More

September 25, 2013

Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions, so I thought I would start a new series on the site on Wednesdays rounding up the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the […]

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SPG Platinum Members Now Eligible to Receive Upgrades When Flying Delta

September 9, 2013

Further enhancing the Crossover Rewards partnership between Delta and Starwood Delta announced today that Starwood Platinum members will now be eligible for complimentary upgrades when flying on Delta, according to a new update on their site today. When you go to Delta.com’s SPG Crossover Rewards page and look under “When You Fly,” you’ll see the new policy […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 1,000 Bonus Starwood Points in Latin America, Win 50,000 Hyatt Points

September 7, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles: Now through October 10, 2013, American Airlines is offering up to 30% bonus when sharing miles. You’ll receive a 20% bonus when sharing 5,000-25,000 miles; a 25% bonus for sharing 26,000-40,000 miles or a 30% bonus if you […]

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Up to 9,000 Aeroplan Bonus Miles With Starwood – Now Through December 15, 2013

September 3, 2013

Echoing a similar promotion from last year, Starwood has partnered with Aeroplan this fall to offer Air Canada flyers up to 9,000 bonus miles for stays between now and December 15, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down: -Stay 5 qualifying nights and earn 5,000 bonus Aeroplan miles -Stay 2 more qualifying nights (7 total) and […]

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Reminder: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Bonus Ends September 3

September 2, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. This is just a friendly reminder that the limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Starwood Preferred Guest cards from American Express ends on Tuesday, September 3, so if you are interested in applying but […]

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The Ins and Outs of Earning Starwood Elite Status With The Amex Platinum and SPG Credit Cards

September 2, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Wildcat1 asked: “Now that Amex Platinum gives you SPG Gold Status, do I then only need 25 nights to get to Platinum Status – or do I have to start from zero nights?” One of the perks of the Amex Platinum card is that it automatically gives you Starwood Gold Status, which […]

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Saturday Recap: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes, Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii on American, Amtrak Double Days Fall Promotion, Win A Trip To London With Virgin Atlantic

August 31, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes: Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly 3 roundstrips (six flights in total) on any of the routes below, or fly 2 round trips (four flights in total) […]

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