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Hotel Review: The St Regis San Francisco Metropolitan Suite

February 4, 2014

This past weekend, I decided to take a last-minute trip to San Francisco with a few friends. We had a great time eating at some of the city’s great restaurants (The Cavalier, Flour + Water and Zuni Cafe)  and went up to Santa Rosa for a wine-tasting day trip to Inman Family Vineyards, which was […]

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Hotel WiFi – Where It’s Free and What Elite Status You Need

January 30, 2014

In this day and age, having WiFi during hotel stays is essential, whether it be for business, personal use, or simply convenience. This is especially true when traveling abroad and wanting to avoid expensive data roaming charges for your personal devices. However, many hotel chains, especially the higher-end ones, still do not offer free WiFi, […]

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Reader Giveaway: Shania Twain in Vegas with SPG Moments

January 28, 2014

I was supposed to go to Las Vegas at the end of the month so I as I wrote about last week, I was looking into what events were available through SPG Moments since they often offer exclusive access to otherwise sold-out or hard-to-buy tickets as well as extra add-ons beyond the price of a […]

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Redeeming Starpoints for SPG Moments in Las Vegas

January 17, 2014

In light of the new Starwood partnership with Caesars and the opportunity to earn Starpoints and elite night/stay credit (up to 10 nights per year) at Caesars’ properties in Sin City, I wanted to take a look at what SPG Moments packages were available there since I’m going to be planning some visits myself this […]

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Starwood Amex Elite Nights Posted and My 2014 Starwood Platinum Goal

January 16, 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. On the heels of having my Delta rollover Medallion Qualifying Miles post the other day, I was checking my other points and miles balances and I noticed that the annual elite nights and stays credits I […]

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Win Free Nights and Bonus Points With Starwood’s Take A Spin Sweepstakes

January 14, 2014

Last month, Starwood and Caesars Hotel Group announced a partnership that went into effect on January 9. SPG members earn 2 points per dollar spent and can redeem Starwood Preferred Guest points for stays at participating Caesars Hotels and Resorts. Caesars Total Rewards members will be able to earn credit for Starwood stays (in addition […]

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Top 11 New Hotels To Check Out in 2014

January 14, 2014

A new year means it’s time to check out some of the newest hotels around the world, including many where you can earn and redeem your hotel points. Some are open already, some have opening dates set for the coming months, and a few will hopefully open their doors by the end of the year […]

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Saturday Recap: Double American Miles, Hyatt Endless Possibilities, Starwood Caesars Partnership and More

January 11, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Earn double American miles to Latin America: To promote its new flights to Latin America, American Airlines is offering double miles on the following routes: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Bogota, Colombia (BOG) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Roatan, Honduras (RTB) Miami (MIA) and […]

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Saturday Recap: Get 50% more miles on Points Hound, Discounts for SPG Escapes, Fly the New American Airbus A321, $25 Membership Fee For El Matmid Frequent Flyer Mile Program Waived, and More

December 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: PointsHound Is Offering A 50% Bonus On All Miles Earned For Bookings Made By January 1st: Get a 50% bonus on all miles earned when you book before January 1, 2014. The additional miles are included in the amount shown when you search for […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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Starwood and Caesars Ink Reciprocal Points Earning and Redeeming Starting January 2014

December 17, 2013

Starting January 9th, 2014 you’ll be able to earn 2 points per dollar spent and redeem Starwood Preferred Guest points for stays at participating Caesars Hotels and Resorts, and Caesars Total Rewards members will be able to earn credit for Starwood stays (in addition to the Starpoints they already earn).  The maximum amount of Starpoints […]

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Starwood Launches Guest Instagram Galleries

December 11, 2013

I’m always saying that social media is becoming more and more important every day, especially when it comes to airline and hotel loyalty programs, which use channels like Facebook, Twitter and Intagram to get out the latest news, deals and promos to their most loyal customers. Today, Starwood has taken the next step in this […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Bangkok Deluxe Room

December 10, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class and Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2, Flight Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class, and Hotel Review: Park […]

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Get 5,000 Extra Points For Referrals To The Amex Starwood Card And Premier Rewards Gold Card

December 5, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Sharing positive things with a friend is always enjoyable, especially when you get rewarded for it. Which is why I was happy to hear that the personal American Express Starwood and Premier Rewards Gold […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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SPG Confirms Changes To Suite Night Awards Program, Now Extended To April 30, 2014

December 2, 2013

There is good news for SPG Platinum Preferred Guest members as Starwood has made changes to their Suite Night Award Program. The Suite Night Award given to Platinum members who have 50 nights or more used to expire at the end of the year, but the deadline has now been extended from December 31, 2013, […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals! 40% Off Starwood, $1 Hotels.com Deals, 50% Off Marriott, $99 Hotel Tonight Rooms and More

November 29, 2013

While Black Friday is traditionally all about getting to the shops as early as possible and standing in line for hours to get grab the best deals, it also offers some great online shopping opportunities (no, you don’t have to wait till Cyber Monday!) that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your […]

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Starwood 2014 Promotion: Up to 15,000 Bonus Points

November 25, 2013

Hotel promotions have been pretty lackluster in 2013, with the occasional bonus point opportunity. Starwood just announced today that their first 2014 promotion will be an extra 2,500 bonus points for every 5 nights- up to 20 eligible nights (10,000 points). If you hit 25 nights you also get a 5,000 point bonus. Yawn. 500 […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Savings at Starwood, Free 2-Day Shipping for Amex Cardholders, 20% Off United Awards to Europe and More

November 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express Partners With ShopRunner For Free 2-Day Shipping: American Express cardmembers can now take advantage of 2 days of free shipping with over 80 online stores with a complimentary ShopRunner membership (valued at $79). You must first go to www.shoprunner.com/americanexpress and […]

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Starwood 25% Discount on Purchased Points – Worth It?

November 6, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Now through December 13, 2013, Starwood is offering discounts of up to 25% on purchased points when you buy 5,000 points or more. Here’s how it breaks down: Buy 500-4,500 Starpoints: No discount Buy 5,000-12,500 Starpoints: […]

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Which Is The Best Miami Hotel Suite To Book With Points For A Bachelorette Party?

October 27, 2013

TPG reader Eli emailed me about how to book some suites while planning her sister’s bachelorette weekend in Miami: “I’ve got a great task on my hands – to plan the ultimate bachelorette party for my younger sister. She is thinking Miami and I totally thought of you! What hotel do you recommend we could […]

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Starwood Moments By SPG Offering Madison Square Garden Packages – Knicks, Rangers, Concerts and More

October 21, 2013

Starwood allows SPG members to redeem their Starpoints for concerts, sporting events, and other experiences through SPG Moments and the program has launched some new SPG Moment packages in partnership with Madison Square Garden. Although I usually prefer to redeem my Starwood points for hotel stays since you can get some amazing values across the chain’s […]

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Saturday Recap: Save Up To 35% Off with Starwood in Hawaii, Earn Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in France, Earn 2,014 Bonus Points with Wyndham

October 19, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Tumi Vapor Carry On Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for a Tumi Vapor International Carry-On, my favorite carry on roller bag, which retails for $495. The suitcase dimensions are 21.5″ x 14″ x 9″– perfect for rolling up the aisle […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Palace Madrid Junior Suite

October 19, 2013

I’ve reviewed the Westin Palace Madrid before – and I try to stay there when I visit the city because it’s one of my favorite Starwood properties and the historic building was originally commissioned by Alfonso XIII in 1912 – so I’ll keep this one short. I recently flew to Madrid to surprise my friend […]

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