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What Are Points and Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

June 20, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies per person and how well they can maximize a particular currency for their needs, but still there are some points worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, […]

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How to Maximize Family Friendly Hotel Rooms With SPG

June 20, 2014

One of the challenges of family travel is finding accommodations for everyone. After our first daughter was born, finding a hotel that could supply a crib or a cot was fairly easy, but now that we have two children, the task has grown much harder. Starwood properties, which include Westin, Sheraton, and several other brands, […]

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The Top 5 Reasons I’m Loyal to SPG & 90,000 Point Giveaway

June 19, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. There are a lot of companies out there competing for our business whenever we leave home and need to rest our heads somewhere. Whether it’s luxury hotel chains or sites that allow people to rent out […]

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The Ins and Outs of SPG Flights

June 18, 2014

For years Starwood has offered a seldom mentioned program called SPG Flights, which enables you to purchase flights directly through the Starwood Preferred Guest website using Starpoints. TPG reader Travis recently asked for some insight into SPG Flights to find out whether it’s a worthy use of his points in lieu of hotel redemptions and transfers to partner airlines. The […]

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Fourth of July With A View: Best Hotels For Fireworks Shows

June 17, 2014

In the United States, the most patriotic night of the year is also the most dazzling, with Fourth of July fireworks lighting up the skies from sea to shining sea. Many cities stage awe-inspiring displays of bombs bursting in air, attracting huge crowds in parks and public spaces, as well as on roads and public transportation. To leave the hordes behind this Fourth of July, head to […]

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Getting The Most Rewards For Your Minimum Spend

June 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele comes back this week to analyze minimum spend. Perhaps we are living in the golden age of credit card rewards, where banks are eager to offer us so many valuable points and miles just for giving them a chance to earn our business. Nevertheless, most of these offers require a significant […]

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What is the Value of Ultimate Rewards Points vs. SPG Points?

June 15, 2014

This week TPG reader Stephen asked a question via Twitter: “@ThePointsGuy how much do you value Ultimate Rewards Points vs Starwood points? I know you value Starwood at about 2.5 cents” In this day and age of airline programs and hotel programs constantly moving the needle, changing how many points or miles you need for an […]

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Free WiFi on JetBlue, 3,000 Mile Bonus on Rocketmiles & More

June 14, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder–Last Week of Daily Getaways: June 16-20 is your last chance to purchase Daily Getaways. They will be unveiled daily at 1 pm EDT, and will be available to any US resident age 18 or older to purchase throughout the promotion period until the limited inventory is […]

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Saving Money on Hotels With Best Rate Guarantees

June 10, 2014

You’ve probably noticed it before, an advert on a hotel website that reads something like: “lowest rates, guaranteed.” Maybe that touted guarantee made you more comfortable with the room you just booked, maybe it convinced you not to devote any more time to shopping around, or maybe you ignored it entirely. In any case, best rate guarantees are ubiquitous in the hotel industry, and […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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Maximizing Starwood’s Unique Mileage Transfer Options: Part 2

June 9, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele takes us through some of the unique transfer partners of the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The sign-up bonus on both the personal and business American Express Starwood Preferred Guest cards is currently 30,000 points after $5,000 spent within 6 months, with the $65 annual fee waived the first year.  Of the […]

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What’s The Best Credit Card for a Trip to the World Cup?

June 8, 2014

Things are heating up in the Southern Hemisphere as the World Cup gets ready to kick off in Brazil; TPG reader Justin emailed me with a question about his upcoming trip to Rio: “I’m soon off to Brazil for the World Cup, and I’m thinking of getting a new card specifically for the trip. I currently only […]

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Maximizing Starwood’s Unique Airline Transfer Options: Part 1

June 6, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest points when transferring to airline partners. American Express is currently offering their Starwood Preferred Guest card with a 30,000 points sign-up bonus for a limited time on both personal and business cards. While these points can be quite valuable for award nights […]

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7 Top Hotel Credit Cards for Free Nights

June 5, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. With the recent news of the 30,000 point bonuses for Amex Starwood cards (EXPIRED) and the $100 statement credit with the Citi Hilton Reserve card (EXPIRED), I thought it was time to review what I see as the best hotel credit card […]

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Daily Getaway June 4: Hyatt Gold Passport Points

June 4, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Starwood Amex 30,000 Point Offers Are Back

June 3, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. This past weekend Amex announced a limited-time, increased bonus offer for the Starwood American Express personal and business OPEN credit cards.  The signup bonus for this card is typically 25,000 points, but through June 30, 2014, new cardmembers can earn 30,000 Starwood […]

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Bonus Aeroplan Miles, Marriott Free Night, Ink Cards & More

May 31, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder — Increased bonuses for Ink cards end June 1: The current offers of 60,000 points for the Chase Ink […]

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Hotel Review: W Paris – Opera

May 26, 2014

Earlier this week I had a night in Paris before continuing on to Cannes to enjoy a week in the lovely south of France. As a Starwood Preferred Guest 75+ Night Platinum elite member, I chose to stay in a Starwood property, the W Paris – Opéra, a renovated Beaux-Arts hotel in Paris’ 9th arrondissement that faces the city’s famous […]

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How Can I Protect My Points and Miles from Devaluation?

May 25, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. A couple weeks ago American Airlines made some negative changes to their AAdvantage program overnight, including getting rid of their round-the-world Explorer awards and modifying really valuable stopover policies. TPG reader Martin sent me a […]

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10 Hip Hotels That Allow You to Earn and Use Points

May 23, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. To help you maximize your hotel points – and your impeccable taste in lodgings - TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne explores 10 ways to be rewarded for your brand loyalty to cool, hip hotels around the world.  […]

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Is the Amex Centurion Card Worth The $2,500 Annual Fee?

May 22, 2014

With all the recent changes to the American Express Platinum Card, including the loss of American Admirals Club and US Airways Club access in March, and restrictions on Delta SkyClub access to the cardholder only (no guests) starting May 1, premium Amex cardholders might be looking for a new product. Some of you may even be considering Amex’s highly-touted […]

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Win 100k Starpoints, 300k LifeMiles, European Cruise & More

May 21, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are some of my top picks to win great travel prizes! Win Up to 100,000 Starpoints for your Vacation Action Photos: Send Starwood your best vacation action shot and win Starpoints. Participants must first register on the Action […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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What Is A Point or Mile Worth? My New Monthly Valuation Series

May 14, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. One of the questions I’m asked the most is – how much is a point or mile worth? That question lies at the heart of what we do every day at The Points Guy, […]

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