Are the Starwood Management Changes Cause for Concern?

TPG reader Dustin sent me a message to ask: “Should I be worried about the Starwood shake-up? There’s a new CEO and one property I visit often is no longer a Westin, and I’ve been reading a few stories about SPG being let go from managing resorts.” Recently Starwood ousted its CEO, Frits van Paasschen, who I’ve actually had…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

Hotel Elite Status Wrap-Up: Which Program Is Most Valuable?

Hotel elite status comes in all shapes and sizes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which programs offer the best value overall. Over the last several weeks, I analyzed the value of elite status with several major hotel loyalty programs: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Club Carlson. Each tier within each…

Which Hotels Follow Their Own “No Blackout Dates” Policies?

While many loyalty programs make it easy to redeem your points and miles, others make it unnecessarily difficult. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how some hotels circumvent their own policies to impede award redemptions, and explains what you can do about it. In the points and miles game, knowledge is…

Starwood Announces New Platinum Elite Choice Benefits

Earlier this month, Starwood Preferred Guest announced that a new selection of benefits was coming for 50-night Platinum elites. Those members currently receive 10 Suite Night awards for reaching the 50-night threshold; however, the new selection has been revealed, and as of March 9th, SPG members who stay 50 nights a year will have their choice of the following: 10…

Uber and Starwood Preferred Guest Launch New Partnership

In what appears to be a match made in heaven to me, Uber and Starwood today announced details of a new partnership. This comes on the heels of Starwood’s Crossover Rewards partnership with Delta Air Lines, and its more recent teaming up with Emirates on a program called Your World Rewards that offers reciprocal benefits…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…

Hotel Review: The St. Regis Deer Valley

Even though I was surrounded by the glitterati of the Sundance Film Festival during my stay at the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, the real star was the mountain scenery around the property. It seemed like every window and outdoor seating area at the hotel was created simply to enjoy the view. The hotel has 188…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…