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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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Thursday Giveaway: SPG US Open Swag Bag

August 29, 2013

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway, we gave one lucky reader a pair of courtside tickets to a first round match at the US Open, and on Monday evening, I was invited to attend a match at the USTA with Starwood Preferred Guest. I had a great time even though the men’s matches were rained out, […]

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Enter to Win 250,000 Starpoints with Starwood’s Take a Spin Promotion

August 29, 2013

Starwood just launched a fun online promotion called Take a Spin, where you can win a number of instant prizes such as free nights or Starpoints, and be entered to win the grand prize of 250,000 Starpoints. You can enter online once a day now through October 10, 2013, or you can also enter onsite at […]

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The American Airlines Award Surcharges Mistake Is A Good Reminder Why Transferable Points Are Best

August 28, 2013

Despite the fact that it probably gave more than a few frequent flyers heart failure, today’s American Airlines award surcharge scare is also a good reminder of both the value of transferable points and the fact that you shouldn’t hoard your miles because they’re almost sure to lose value over time in one way or […]

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SPG Amex Cardholders: Stay 2 Nights, Get a 3rd Night Free with Aloft, Element, or Four Points

August 28, 2013

Since the limited-time bonus offer of 30,000 Starpoints for both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express launched earlier this month, I’ve been extolling the benefits of these cards including the automatic 2 stays/5 nights credit you get towards elite status each year, the extra Starpoints you earn […]

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Saturday Recap: Registration Now Open for Starwood’s Fall Promotion, Hyatt’s Fall Promotion Announced, Win 140,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles, Earn Bonus American Airlines Miles, And More

August 24, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Starwood’s Take Two Promotion: Registration is now open for Starwood’s “Take Two” fall promotion. You’ll earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays from September 1 through December 15, 2013. In addition, you’ll earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Two Tickets To A US Open Tennis Match

August 22, 2013

If you’re a tennis fan, we’ve got a really exciting prize for this week’s Thursday Giveaway. I talked to the good folks over at American Express, and they (and their partners at Starwood) have given me two tickets to a US Open match to give away to one lucky winner this week. The tickets are […]

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Which Card Is Better – The Club Carlson Visa or Starwood American Express?

August 18, 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. TPG follower Eric is weighing his hotel credit card options and wants to know: “‪@thepointsguy‬ would you recommend the Starwood Preferred Guest 30,000 point American Express card or the Club Carlson 85,000 point Visa?“ I […]

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Hotel Review: Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs Junior Suite

August 17, 2013

On my most recent trip to LA, I was in the mood to take a drive, and I’d never been to Palm Springs so I booked a room at a Starwood property I’ve been meaning to check out for a while now, the Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs on a whim and drove an hour and […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfer Partner Options

August 15, 2013

Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months. With the current limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers (when you spend $5,000 in 6 months) on both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from […]

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Spotlight on Starwood Elite Status and Why I Continue To Requalify for Platinum

August 14, 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. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to hotel elite status, there’s a lot to consider among the various chains. […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus, Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, Marriott Megabonus Promotion, Earn Up To 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles, Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu

August 10, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: **The limited time 30,000 sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards is now over.** Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business versions of […]

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Exclusive US Open Ticket Offer for Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Cardholders

August 9, 2013

Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months. As if the current limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers (available until September 3, 2013) on both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express weren’t […]

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Analyzing the Perks of the Starwood American Express Card from OPEN

August 7, 2013

Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months. When the current limited time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offer (available now through September 3) launched yesterday for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card from OPEN, I got a […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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

August 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal […]

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New Starwood “Take Two” Promotion Announced for Sept 1- Dec 15 Stays

August 1, 2013

I think the best word to describe most hotel promotions these days is: lackluster. Seemingly gone are the days of earning free nights are a couple stays or being able to choose between multiple different lucrative options for your own tailored promotion. In keeping with this trend, Starwood just announced their Take Two promotion, which […]

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Last Chance..Promotions Expiring Today from American, US Airways, Delta, Starwood, Marriott and Jetsetter

July 31, 2013

Just a friendly last minute reminder for the procrastinators out there (myself included) that the following deals expire today. 1) Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus: US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) through July 31, 2013. My […]

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An Inside Look at Starwood Vacation Ownership

July 26, 2013

Timeshares can often be a topic of scorn, humor or even horror – especially if aggressive sales people constantly hound you with calls or hard pitches for seminars during your vacation. However, timeshares – or even just going and listening to a presentation – can also open up a new world of affordable vacation options and […]

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35% Off Select Starwood Redemptions Through Paradise is Closer Promotion

July 19, 2013

Starwood announced that several of their exclusive resort properties will be offering a 35% discount off a free night redemption for stays now through March 1, 2014. The resorts that are participating in this offer are: W Retreat and Spa Maldives, Le Meridien Bora Bora, Mystique, Santorini Greece, Al Maha, Dubai, UAE, W Retreat Koh Samui, Pine Cliffs Residence, Portugal […]

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Andy Roddick Clinic & SPG Moments at the US Open

July 12, 2013

Starwood allows SPG members to redeem their Starpoints for concerts, sporting events, and once in a lifetime experiences through SPG Moments. SPG has launched some new SPG Moment packages at the US Open tennis championship from August 26 – September 9 in New York. The US Open has become a favorite annual program for SPG – […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Saturday Recap: Double Miles On American’s New Los Angeles Routes, Virgin Atlantic Announces Lifetime Gold Status, Uber Announces New Helicopter Service, 1500 Free Air Berlin Miles, Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus

July 6, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus: As a recap from earlier this week, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) now through July 31, 2013. Miles are sold for $.035 […]

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Starwood Cuts Transfer Rate To LANPass By 25%, Is It Still Worth It?

July 2, 2013

One of the best aspects of the Starwood Preferred Guest program is the fact that you can transfer Starpoints to any of 31 airline partners, making them extremely versatile both for topping up account balances, as well as giving you a 25% bonus when you transfer in increments of 20,000 points to most partners. Starpoints […]

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