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…

Earn 2,015 Starpoints on Your Next SPG Stay in 2015

Starwood just launched another points promotion for guests. The hotel chain often awards its guests bonus points for completing certain tasks, ranging from trying out SPG Keyless to staying at a new Tribute Portfolio property. This latest promotion is a bit simpler than most – through the end of the year, SPG members can earn 2,015 Starpoints for simply registering online before your…

Review: The Great Northern Hotel, London

During a recent trip to London, TPG Contributor Adam Kotkin and his partner stayed at one of Starwood’s newest properties, the Great Northern Hotel — here is his review. (All photos by the author.) Set in the King’s Cross neighborhood of London, The Great Northern Hotel is near three train/Tube stations — King’s Cross, St. Pancras and Euston,…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals from Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood

Happy Black Friday! As you emerge from yesterday’s turkey-induced coma, you’ll find that plenty of hotel-related details are up and running online. Keep reading for a rundown on the offers from each major brand, all of which will be available through Cyber Monday. And be sure to check out Nick Ewen’s post on the best…

Get 2,500 Free Starpoints for Trying SPG Keyless

Around this time last year, Starwood began rolling out SPG Keyless, which lets you skip the front desk and unlock your room door at select hotels using your smartphone or Apple Watch. Now, to help drum up interest for the new service, the chain is offering 2,500 bonus Starpoints when you book a stay at a participating…

Winter 2015 Buy Points and Miles Promotions Wrap-Up: Are They Worth It?

The approaching holiday season typically brings a plethora of limited-time offers and special deals on a variety of purchases. Fortunately this also includes the points and miles universe. Some of these involve shopping portals (like United’s current promotion), but many others have been announced this month that involve purchasing or gifting points or miles. Today…

How Can I Use Transferable Points for Flights to Hawaii?

TPG reader Sharon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking award flights: “Newbie here … I have 19,000 Amex points, 28,000 SPG points, 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points and no airline miles. What’s the best way to redeem for a flight from Portland to Kona, Hawaii?” Hawaii is a popular destination for award travelers, and while…

50k Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus, AAdvantage Program Changes & 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:…

Marriott’s CEO on the Future of Marriott Rewards and SPG

What will happen to the Starwood Preferred Guest program after Marriott’s planned acquisition in 2016? It’s a question on everyone’s mind this week, as two of the largest hotel chains in the world are set to combine in the middle of next year. While the new hotel giant won’t merge the Marriott Rewards and Starwood…

Get Up to a 25% Discount When You Purchase SPG Points

Earning points and miles via the traditional method (actually flying or staying in hotels) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, travel providers make it relatively easy to accrue points and miles without traveling, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals. You can also purchase miles directly, and…