SPG Adds Korean Air SkyPass as Transfer Partner

One of our favorite transferrable points currencies is getting just a bit stronger: Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is partnering up with Korean Air SkyPass, adding another SkyTeam transfer partner to the mix. With this new inclusion, SPG now has a total of 34 transfer partners. Along with this new partnership, SPG and Korean Air are debuting…

Should I Get the Starwood Amex with 30,000 Bonus Points?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about Starwood and the co-branded Amex card: “I just started staying at Starwood hotels — should I get the Amex SPG with the 30,000 bonus points?” Every August for the last several years, Starwood and American Express have increased the sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card,…

Hotel Review: Sheraton on the Park – Sydney

During a recent trip to Sydney, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert stayed at Sheraton on the Park, the city’s priciest Starwood hotel. (All photos by Zach Honig.) Sydney is one of few markets where the Sheraton hotel is often priced higher than the Westin — both for cash stays and points redemptions (on occasion). I’ve only…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2015

Loyalty programs change all the time, and so do the credit cards associated with them. Bonuses rise and fall, benefits shift and mileage charts are revalued, all with little or no notice. Staying up to date on the credit card marketplace is imperative for a successful award-travel strategy. That can be a lot to keep track…

Hotel Review: Westin Grand Frankfurt – Classic King Room

On the last night of his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in Frankfurt before catching a Lufthansa flight back to Los Angeles. Here’s his review of the Westin Grand Frankfurt. One Night in Frankfurt For the last leg of my recent round-the-world trip, I found a great first-class award on…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 to Spend at Starwood Hotels

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win $500 to spend at any Starwood property. One of TPG’s favorite hotels is the St. Regis Bali Resort, a Starwood Category 7 property, and while $500 will barely get you a night at that hotel, it’ll go a long way at hundreds of other properties around the world….

Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus

For the past few years, American Express has periodically raised the sign-up bonuses on its personal and business OPEN Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards from the usual 25,000 points to 30,000 points. These increased bonuses usually appear at the end of summer for about a month; however, it looks like they’re coming back a little early…

U.S. News and World Report Releases Rewards Program Rankings

U.S. News and World Report just released its annual award program rankings. Today, TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the results. U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of travel rewards programs today. Each year, USNWR ranks both airline and hotel rewards programs — and while you might not want to give these ratings too…

Meet the New American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Card

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card New perks are coming to the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex cards later this month, but this morning TPG Intern Kevin Song received another SPG surprise, courtesy of Apple Pay. Two months ago,…

Bonus AAdvantage & Alaska Miles, Delta Deals and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Air France Business Class Transit Passengers Can Stay Free Overnight in Paris If you’re flying business class on Air France and have a stopover in Paris, the airline is offering a complimentary hotel stay along with limousine service to and…