One SPG Member Earned 30M Starpoints, and More Stats from 2015

It’s no secret that Starwood Preferred Guest is TPG’s favorite loyalty program, due in no small part to the incredible value you can get from Starpoints. Of course there’s speculation that SPG will become less rewarding following the merger with Marriott, despite assurances from Marriott’s CEO. For now, though, Starpoints remain the most valuable loyalty currency,…

Starwood Adds 5 More Design Hotels Around the World

Starwood added a few more properties to its collection of Design Hotels this week. Earlier this year, the chain announced that its would be partnering up with unique hotels around the world, initially adding 5 new properties to Starwood’s portfolio, including the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City; the C-Hotel in Lake Como, Italy; the Nira Montana in La Thuile, Italy; the Ten Bompas…

Starwood Adds Aegean Miles+Bonus As a Transfer Partner

Since it was announced that Marriott is buying Starwood, there’s been little information about the future of SPG – TPG’s favorite hotel loyalty program. Although we haven’t heard anything about the future of the program itself, Starwood is continuing to make program enhancements, announcing a new transfer partner last week. Last week, Starwood and Greek…

Should You Be Expected to Tip in a Hotel Club Lounge?

Hotel club lounges often have tip jars for guests to thank lounge employees for their service, but TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett recently discovered a more overt request for tips in the Club Lounge at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. As a long-time Starwood Platinum, I’ve stayed in a lot of SPG hotels. Recently, I had an…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred back up to 50,000 points. If anything, these announcements made it clearer than ever how…

World’s Most Unusual Hotels: Hotel de Glace — Quebec, Canada

Our new monthly series from TPG Contributor Lori Zaino, “World’s Most Unusual Hotels,” features some of the world’s craziest, most original hotels around the world, perfect for adventurous travelers who are ready for a little something different. (Except where noted, all photos are courtesy of the hotel.) Ice hotels are a hot trend in cold, Nordic spots like Sweden,…

The Incredible Etihad Residence, Exciting New Airline Routes & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Review: Gramercy Park Hotel, an SPG Design Hotel

Shortly after Starwood announced the addition of Design Hotels to its program, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert enjoyed a brief stay at one of the properties just added to the SPG chain: the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York. It’s been a busy month for Starwood, what with the news that Marriott will…

5 of The Best-Value Points Hotels in Boston

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Boston using points and miles.  With an Irish bar on every block, fantastic seafood, winning sports teams and some of the country’s top universities, it’s no wonder that more than 15 million travelers…