Maximizing Distance-Based Awards: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points and…

Earn 25,000 Starpoints with the SPG Amex Sign-Up Bonus

Starwood has updated its sign-up bonus offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. You’ll now receive 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $3,000 within the first three months of getting this card, with a waived annual fee the first year. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after using…

An Early Look at the Future of Starwood Hotels

From smartphone hotel room unlocking to robot butlers, we’ve already seen quite a bit of innovation when it comes to select Starwood brands. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig dropped by One Star Point (Starwood’s world headquarters) for a look at other technologies coming soon to a hotel near you. If you walk into an early adopter’s…

What’s Your Opinion on Starwood’s Make A Green Choice Program?

This past week, TPG reader Clement tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are your thoughts on Starwood’s Make a Green Choice program, where you can earn $5 or 500 points every night you decline housekeeping? Do you do it?”  Starwood offers a program called Make a Green Choice where you can earn either vouchers or…

Unlocking My Starwood Hotel Room with Apple Watch

SPG Keyless takes Apple Watch functionality to a whole new level, serving as your room (and elevator) key during a stay. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig recently tested SPG Keyless in New York City. Let’s see how it worked. Last weekend I stayed at the W New York – Downtown. I’ve frequented this W more than any other in the…

SPG Platinum Members Now Get VIP Access with Caesars

Starwood members have enjoyed select perks at Caesars properties since January 2014, including the ability to redeem and earn Starpoints, but now Starwood Platinum members can enjoy significantly more perks in Vegas by signing up for VIP Access with Caesars. New benefits include: VIP line access for hotel check-in VIP line access at participating restaurants VIP…

Earn Double SPG Points on Dining Through July 31

Starwood Preferred Guest occasionally offers members multiple points per dollar for dining at participating hotel restaurants. The latest such promotion is called “Spice It Up,” and SPG members can now earn double Starpoints at certain restaurants through July 31, 2015. Here’s how it works: Earn double Starpoints on dining, even when you’re not traveling. You’ll…

5 Reasons Why W Guangzhou Should Be the Brand Standard

After being wowed by the W Beijing Chang’an, I had very high expectations for the W Guangzhou—and it delivered. Ideally, all W Hotels would offer the consistent level of quality I experienced in Guangzhou. This hotel had it all—luxury, service, design, everything. The W Guangzhou was the first W Hotel in mainland China, but it’s still only…

9 Low-Level Starwood Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…

Can I Convert Amex Membership Rewards to AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Randy tweeted me to ask about points transfers: @thepointsguy– “How easy is it to convert American Express Membership Rewards points to American Airlines miles?” I think the American Airlines AAdvantage program has some of the most valuable frequent flyer miles out there. American has fairly low redemption thresholds (especially in first class to places like Asia),…