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What Are the Fees to Transfer Points to Airline Partners?

July 13, 2014

My favorite kind of points are those that you can transfer to numerous different programs. The three key transferable-points programs that I bank to are Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. I love educating fellow travelers about these programs, so I was glad when TPG reader Therese messaged me on Facebook this week […]

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Which Credit Card is Best for Large Business Expenditures?

July 13, 2014

TPG reader Mark sent me a question on Facebook: “I’m a business owner and charge between $100,000-$200,000 per month. I’ve been using the Citi AAdvantage & Executive Mastercard, but they don’t have high enough limits. Any suggestions?” As a business owner, it’s awesome to be able to put all of your business expenses on a points earning credit […]

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Westin Las Vegas: a Starwood Hotel in the Heart of Sin City

July 11, 2014

TPG Points and Miles Editor Peter Rothbart visited Las Vegas last month and stayed two nights at The Westin. Here’s his take on this Sin City Starwood property. When I visit Las Vegas, if I’m fortunate enough to be in a window seat on the approach into McCarran airport, I’m always struck by two things. First, I can’t help but […]

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Maximizing Hilton HHonors For Family Travel

July 11, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at Hilton HHonors. Previously, we looked at the family friendly aspects of two popular hotel loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest and Hyatt Gold Passport. Today, I want to examine Hilton HHonors and see how it stacks up in accommodating family travelers. How HHonors […]

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Lifetime Hotel Elite Status: a Hilton HHonors Proposal.

July 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen begins a new column called The Weekly Wish, where he’ll look at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Each hotel chain has its own unique ways of attracting and maintaining profitable customers. These methods can include enhancing on-property benefits, expanding ways to earn and redeem points, and introducing […]

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Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

July 7, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe, […]

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50% SPG Transfer Bonus, 10k AAdvantage Dining Miles & More

July 5, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Hilton HHonors 2X/3X Miles For China Eastern: Hilton HHonors is offering 2X or 3X miles for China Eastern frequent flyer stays until September 30, 2014. You can earn triple miles for stays at 44 participating Greater China hotels and double miles everywhere else. In […]

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Starwood Offers up to 50% Bonus on US Airways Transfers

July 3, 2014

No, you’re not having deja vu. Yesterday I announced that Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a 50% bonus on transfers to American Airlines AAdvantage miles for the month of July (instead of the usual 25% bonus). Now Starwood is offering that same bonus for transferring Starpoints to US Airways Dividend Miles. In both cases, no registration is necessary. […]

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Up to 50% Bonus AA Miles With Starwood Transfers in July

July 2, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest points are the most valuable currency on my monthly list of currency valuations at 2.3 cents a piece. They’re valuable because they can be used for hotel redemptions (plus 5th night free on awards and cash + points) and can also be transferred to 32 airline partners- many at a 25% bonus […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Grand Rome Superior King Room

July 1, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss recently traveled to Rome where he stayed at the St. Regis Grand. Here’s his review on the property. There are plenty of options for a night in The Eternal City, but I knew I wanted to stay at the St. Regis Grand, one of the most luxurious and stately hotels in all of Rome, and […]

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How to Get the Best Value for Starwood Hotel Redemptions

June 27, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns this Friday to talk maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest promotions, just in time before the limited time 30,000 point offer on the personal and business Amex cards ends on June 30, 2104.  According to TPG’s most recent monthly valuations, Starwood points continue to be the single most valuable point or mile […]

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The Cromwell – A Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Las Vegas

June 26, 2014

TPG Miles and Points Editor Peter Rothbart hit up Las Vegas last week and stayed at The Cromwell (A Caesars Property). Here’s his take on the small, boutique hotel. Las Vegas is not known for its self restraint. Most of the resort casinos on the Strip – with their towering facades, gargantuan water features, and bacchanalian excesses […]

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Top Credit Card Offers And Deals Ending This Week

June 24, 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. As June comes to a close and we swing into the summer months, many bonuses and promotions are also ending. Here is a round up of the current offers that will no longer be available after […]

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Giveaway Reminder: 90,000 SPG Starpoints Up For Grabs!

June 22, 2014

This past Thursday, I wrote about why I am loyal to Starwood Preferred Guest and announced a huge giveaway of 3 sets of 30,000 SPG Starpoints. A reminder that you have until 3pm EST tomorrow to enter. Head over to our Facebook Page and enter to win! Three random winners will be selected to win 30,000 […]

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Have Devaluations Made Credit Card Points More Valuable?

June 22, 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. Both 2013 and 2014 have seen a trend in loyalty program devaluations. Hilton kicked off the devaluation parade in early 2013, followed by Delta and United over the past several months. Even Southwest devalued their Rapid Rewards program […]

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Best Card For Starwood Stays: SPG Amex or Amex Platinum?

June 22, 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 week, TPG reader JG tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m going on a two-week trip and staying at Starwood hotels. Is it more worthwhile to use my SPG Amex or the Amex Platinum, which  just offered me […]

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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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