Will I Lose Elite Status If I Close My Credit Card Account?

TPG reader Avi sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card benefits: “I have Starwood Gold status from the Amex Platinum card, which I used to also get Marriott Gold Status. If I cancel my card, how long will my status with both programs remain valid?” One of the biggest award travel developments of 2016 came…

Starwood Planning Corporate Layoffs Next Month

So far, the Starwood-Marriott merger has been a positive move overall — at least in the eyes of the consumer. Right after the merger was finalized, SPG and Marriott Rewards members were able to link their accounts, and since then, the two have announced that you’re now able to earn bonus Starpoints at Marriott properties and…

6 of the Coolest Marriott Experiences and SPG Moments Redemptions

When it comes to redeeming your hard-earned points and miles, you’ll generally get the best value by booking award flights or free hotel stays. However, there are exceptions to this rule, especially when it comes to one-of-a-kind events. We’ve written about many of these options in the past, including the Hilton HHonors Auction Platform and…

Buy Starpoints at up to a 50% Discount (Targeted)

Now through the end of the year, you can buy Starpoints at a discount of up to 50% off. Note that this promotion through Starwood Preferred Guest is a targeted offer, so the discount you’ll get will vary. Three TPG team members were targeted with a 35% discount; one got a 30% offer; and others got…

Using Points and Miles for a Family Award Trip to Maui

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express Hawaii is not just a romantic destination for couples; it can actually be an outstanding place for award travelers to vacation as a family. Honolulu is the most popular destination in Hawaii, but its visitors tend to be business, military or international…

Transfer Membership Rewards Points to SPG With a 50% Bonus (Targeted)

For each of the past two years, Amex has offered a 50% bonus on Membership Rewards points transferred to Starwood Preferred Guest, and it looks like that bonus is back — but it appears to be more targeted than in years past. Through November 17, 2016, targeted Amex Membership Rewards-earning cardholders can earn 500 Starpoints…

The Best Points to Use for Singapore’s New A350 Flight to SFO

In just a few days, Singapore Airlines will be launching a new nonstop flight between Singapore (SIN) and San Francisco (SFO). The carrier will use an A350-900 on the route, and the inaugural flight will actually be operated by the brand-new aircraft just delivered as Airbus’ 10,000th plane (TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig was on the…

Earn 5,000 Bonus Starpoints When You Pay for Stays With an Amex Card

Starwood Preferred Guest just announced its latest promotion, which lasts nearly through the end of the year. With this promo, cardholders of any American Express card can earn 5,000 bonus Starpoints if you stay for 15 or more nights at eligible SPG properties and pay with your American Express card through December 18, 2016. In order…

Earn Bonus Starpoints at Marriott, Bonus Marriott Points at Starwood with Co-Branded Cards

Update 11/15/16: Marriott has confirmed that this new benefit is now also available to cardmembers in Canada, the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Japan. At least so far, the Marriott-Starwood merger has been quite customer-friendly; members of the respective hotel loyalty programs can link their accounts and transfer points between them, and if you have…

Reminder: SPG Amex 2-Night Sign-Up Bonus Ends on Wednesday

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Last month, the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express introduced a new sign-up bonus: two free nights at a Category 1-5 SPG property after you spend $5,000 in…