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25% Starwood Points Discount and 30% United Miles Discount – Should You Buy Points and Miles?

April 16, 2014

There are two buy miles/points promos out there at the moment – one from Starwood and one from United – so I thought I’d cover in case you are thinking of using them to top up your accounts at a discount. Starwood 25% Discount Now through May 31, 2014, you can buy Starpoints at up […]

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Is it Better to Focus on Collecting Hotel Points or Airline Miles?

April 13, 2014

Joining Delta, United, Southwest and Air Canada‘s recent devaluations of their mileage programs, this past week saw big, sudden changes from American Airlines, including new fees and the raising of several different award levels. With the current mileage landscape in mind, TPG reader Katrina tweeted me the following timely question: “@thepointsguy In light of recent airline mileage program devaluations, does it make […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Tickets to the New SPG Hear The Music Series

April 3, 2014

Starwood has a strong history of weaving music into their guests experiences, including the partnership with W Hotels Global Music Director Michaelangelo L’Acqua and the release of the multiple albums including Symmetry. Today, Starwood Preferred Guest announced an interesting new music series with Live Nation Entertainment called  Hear The Music, See The World. This year-long initiative will launch June […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Launches International WiFi, Double Alaska Miles Between Seattle/London, Bonus Points On Best Western Stays And More

March 29, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta Launches International WiFi On 747-400 Aircraft: Delta is launching international WiFi service on flights 283 and 295 from LAX and ATL to Tokyo Narita aboard Boeing 747-400 aircraft . Introductory pricing options include one-hour passes for laptops  at $14 and mobile users at […]

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Double SkyMiles For April Sheraton Stays With SPG Delta Crossover Rewards

March 29, 2014

Delta and Starwood launched a partnership last year called Crossover Rewards where elite members of both loyalty programs reciprocal benefits. SPG Gold and Platinum members will receive bonus Starpoints on purchased Delta fares. As an SPG elite member, when you book a Delta-marketed and operated flight will receive one Starpoint for every one US dollar. SPG […]

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Hotel Review: W Downtown New York City Cool Corner Room

March 18, 2014

TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen recently stayed at the W Downtown New York City over the weekend I was appearing at the New York Times Travel Show. Here’s his review of the experience. A couple weeks before the New York Times Travel Show when TPG and I decided I should come to the Big Apple […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Melbourne Standard King Room

February 24, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, and a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate […]

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Saturday Recap: Get 5,000 Bonus Points At Wyndham, 5,000 Bonus Points With Copa Airlines, Save 30% This Spring On IHG Hotels & More

February 22, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Take Three Trips On Amtrak’s Acela And Get One Free: If you take three qualifying roundtrips on the Acela train by March 14, 2014, you will earn one free roundtrip for travel July 1 – August 31, 2014. A minimum $90 spent per one-way […]

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Starwood Hotel Category Changes for 2014 Announced

February 21, 2014

Starwood adjusts the list of hotels in each of its seven categories annually, and it’s rarely good news for loyalty program members since more hotels tend to go up in category than down. In a post on Milepoint yesterday, Starwood Social Media Specialist Christopher Carman announced the changes for 2014, which will go into effect […]

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Saturday Recap: Award Ticket Discounts On American Airlines, 35% Off Starwood Rates for SPG Members, 15% Off Gogo Inflight Wifi, Hilton HHonors Promotions, Bonus Miles On Emirate’s New Boston Route & More

February 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: American Airlines Offers 2,500 Mile Discounts On Award Tickets From Los Angeles and Las Vegas: American Airlines has an economy award discount of 2,500 miles for one-way awards or 5,000 miles roundtrip awards from/to Los Angeles and Las Vegas for flights within the […]

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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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