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Hotel Review: W Santiago Marvelous Suite

June 28, 2013

Last month on my Mother’s Day excursion to Easter Island, my mom and I made pit stops in Santiago on the first night and the final night of our trip before returning back to the States. I’ve been wanting to check out the W Santiago for a while now since I’d heard such great things […]

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Saturday Recap: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers, Enter to Win 1 Million Delta SkyMiles, Bonus Elevate Points with RocketMiles, Wyndham Double Points Summer Promo, JetBlue Ends TrueBlue Point Expiration

June 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The current offer for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold is 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months. The current offer for the Ink Classic is 20,000 points after $3,000 spent in 3 months and $200 cash back for […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus on Purchased Priority Club Points, Earn 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles with Aloft, Element or Four Points, Triple Points and Double Elite Nights with Shangri-La, Free Virgin Atlantic Silver Status

June 15, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Plan Your Dream Australian Adventure with American Airlines: American Airlines has teamed up with Qantas to give away an Australian Dream Vacation. To be eligible, you must first like them on Facebook. The sweepstakes is open now through June 24, 2013. The grand prize […]

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The Best Ways to Use Hotel Points in Las Vegas

June 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to Las Vegas hotels, most of the time you can generally get some cheap deals, but with the new partnership between Hyatt and MGM announced yesterday that will open up 12 more hotels […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Tampa Bay One Bedroom Suite

May 27, 2013

As I mentioned in my recent review of AirTran Business Class, I headed to Tampa for a quick business trip a few weeks ago and I booked myself a  room at the Westin Tampa Bay. Since I was in town for less than 24 hours, I needed a hotel that was relatively close to the airport […]

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Saturday Recap: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts, Delta’s Terminal 4 at JFK is Now Open, Bonus Starpoints and Elite Qualifying Nights on SPG Group Bookings, Triple Iberia Points with Marriott, Bonus on British Airways Purchased Avios

May 25, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts: Earlier this week, a massive tornado struck Oklahoma where thousands of lives and numerous communities have been devastated by this disaster. Hyatt is encouraging your support to help this cause by donating $50,000 […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Florence Junior Suite and Premium Deluxe Room

May 23, 2013

After arriving in Milan last week on Delta’s 767-400, my friend and I took the train from Malpensa Airport to Milano Centrale railway station so we could then connect to the high-speed train to Florence. Our plan there was to spend two nights there before returning to Milan. The airport train to Milano Centrale airport […]

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Marriott Expands Breakfast Benefits for Gold and Platinum Elites

May 21, 2013

Marriott just officially announced today that starting June 22, Gold and Platinum elites will receive complimentary continental breakfast seven days a week at participating JW Marriott, Autograph Collection , Renaissance and Marriott Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. In the past, breakfast at hotels in the U.S. and Canada was only available during the week, […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles with Hertz, Triple HawaiianMiles with Starwood, Emirates and JetBlue Expand Codesharing, Southwest Double Points from Select Cities, 50% Mileage Bonus with Air Canada

May 18, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Triple HawaiianMiles with Starwood in Hawaii: Hawaiian Airlines and Starwood have teamed up to offer HawaiianMiles members triple miles when staying at Starwood properties in Hawaii from now through December 20, 2013. In addition, customers can also save 30% off their […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Things I’m Looking Forward to in Italy

May 14, 2013

Later this week, I am taking off for a trip to Italy that I’m pretty jazzed about. I’ve been to Rome a couple times before, but never outside the city. This time I’ll be making stops in Milan, Florence and Rome. I’ll be using one of my remaining Hyatt Visa free Suite nights and…oh, yea, […]

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My SPG Platinum Requalification Gift Choice: Double Starpoints or 35% Award Discount

May 7, 2013

Starwood offers elites who requalify for their tier in 2013 a choice of elite gifts. Golds who requalify (10 stays/25 nights) get the choice of a 25% discount on one award stay or double points for a month, and Platinums (25 stays/50 nights) get the choice of a 35% discount on one award stay or […]

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Hotel Review: W Washington DC Wonderful Room

April 30, 2013

This weekend while I was in the DC area to attend the Freddie Awards and present at Frequent Traveler University, I decided to stay at the W Washington DC. I was originally going to stay at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner like most attendees of the conference but I wanted to bring Miles along with me […]

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Registration Now Open for Starwood’s Double Take Promotion

April 25, 2013

Starwood announced its summer Double Take Promo a few weeks ago, and registration is now open. From May 1 through July 31, 2013, you can earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays at over 1,000 properties as well as 500 bonus Starpoints for booking through the chain’s mobile site or app. Here are the details of the promotion: […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: Getting to Australia Using AA Miles or SPG Points

April 21, 2013

TPG reader Margo has both American Airlines miles and Starwood Preferred Guest points but is unsure how she should use them to get to Australia: “I signed up for Award Nexus to search for flights for a trip we are taking to Australia in mid September. Although we have plenty of American AAdvantage miles, we […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Riverfront Resort at Beaver Creek One-Bedroom Suite

April 18, 2013

TPG Intern Ryan spent his spring break skiing the slopes of Beaver Creek, Colorado, so we asked him to write up a review of the Westin Riverfront Resort. Here’s what he had to say. For spring break, my family decided to head to the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, Colorado. We chose to fly […]

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Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

April 18, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the most lucrative credit cards in your wallet. Pros and Cons: Hotel Websites vs. Online Travel Agencies Booking hotel stays is another […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood’s Hear the Music Promotion, Changes to Hyatt Diamond Amenities Internationally, 7,500 Bonus TrueBlue Points for New Members; Marriott and Iberia Partnership

April 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: TPG Spring Cleaning Contest And National Survey Results: Earlier this week, I announced the results from a national survey that I commissioned The Princeton Group to conduct to find out how much people know about and are using their miles. It turns out that 73% of Americans […]

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Mendoza

April 13, 2013

During his month-long trip to Argentina, TPG Managing Editor Eric hit a few hotspot tourist destinations around the country including Iguazu Falls and Mendoza, where he stayed at the Sheraton. Here’s his review of the hotel. I’m into wine, so of course when deciding where to visit in Argentina besides Buenos Aires, I knew I’d […]

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SRQ: Which American Express Cards Give Starwood Gold Status

April 7, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG follower Andy tweeted a question about Starwood Gold status: “‪@thepointsguy which Amex plat gives SPG gold status? Biz, Personal or Benz?” Although it isn’t marketed well, all three American Express Platinum Cards: Personal, Mercedes-Benz Personal and […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn 2,013 Bonus SkyMiles from Hilton, Virgin America Extending Elevate Status Match Offer, American Admirals Clubs Raising Membership Fees, Earn up to 500 Bonus HawaiianMiles

April 6, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Virgin America Extending Elevate Status Match Offer: Virgin America has just extended their status match program now through June 30, 2013 for new applications. To take part in the status match, if you haven’t already, join Elevate, then email [email protected] with your Elevate number and either a copy or screenshot […]

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Starwood’s YOUR24 Platinum Elite Benefit Is More Like 50/50

April 4, 2013

When Starwood Preferred Guest enhanced its elite benefits last year, one of the perks was the benefit awarded to Platinum members who reach 75 nights or more called YOUR24. YOUR 24 is the ability to check in any time you want and check out 24 hours later (or at the same time on your check-out date). […]

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SPG Announces New Summer Promotion: Double Take, Double Points

April 2, 2013

Starwood just announced the details of their new summer promotion, Double Take, which will run from May 1 through July 31, 2013. Registration is not open yet, but you can sign up for a text message reminder on their site for when it does (I will also put a reminder post when it does). Here are the details […]

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Update on the Amazing $30 Rate at The Phoenician

March 29, 2013

On Tuesday I wrote about an amazing deal at The Phoenician Hotel where you could book a stay for $30 per night between December 11th and 31st through spg.com. As of today it seems that Starwood has sent out a batch of emails to those who booked: “I am contacting you today in regards to […]

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