Comparing Starwood’s Swan and Dolphin Disney World Resorts

The Swan and Dolphin resorts are great options for Walt Disney World visitors, as they’re both SPG properties located inside the park. However, the two hotels offer guests very different experiences. Today, TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett discusses the benefits of each and the differences between them. While there are hundreds of hotel options in Orlando, Walt Disney World…

Starwood Unveils New Top-Tier Sheraton Grand Brand

Back in June, Starwood announced a 10-point plan called “Sheraton 2020” that includes plans to revitalize its down-at-the-heels brand by launching a $100-million marketing campaign, opening 150 new hotels by 2020, improving Sheraton Clubs, instituting better service standards, reclaiming the meetings-travel market share and launching a new Sheraton Grand tier of hotels, among other steps. According…

Hotel Review: Sheraton on the Park – Sydney

During a recent trip to Sydney, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert stayed at Sheraton on the Park, the city’s priciest Starwood hotel. (All photos by Zach Honig.) Sydney is one of few markets where the Sheraton hotel is often priced higher than the Westin — both for cash stays and points redemptions (on occasion). I’ve only…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

What’s the Best Hotel Upgrade You’ve Ever Received?

TPG reader Sara messaged me to ask about my experience with hotel upgrades: “What’s the best suite you’ve ever received as a complimentary upgrade? I got upgraded to the Presidential Suite at the Sheraton San Diego last week, and was wondering if you’ve had similar upgrades in the past?” I’ve had elite status from many…

Registration Now Open for Sheraton’s Free Weekend Promo

As previously mentioned, you can now earn a free Sheraton weekend night for every five Sheraton nights you stay from now through September 30. Registration is now open for this offer, meaning you’ll be able to earn up to three free weekend nights good at any Sheraton property. Here’s how this promotion works: Stay any five nights at Sheraton through…

The Most Pet-Friendly Points Hotels in America

Stumped about the best spots for summer stays with your pets in tow? TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has done the research to highlight eight hotel brands — and individual properties within them — that welcome you, your loyalty points and your furry friends. Kimpton Hotels Surfcomber South Beach — Miami, Florida At Kimpton‘s 60-plus hotels throughout the US, pets are welcomed free of charge, no matter what size,…

Starwood Plans to Improve Sheraton, Add 150 Hotels by 2020

Starwood has a lot of fantastic properties around the world, but for every gorgeous new W or industry-leading St. Regis, there’s a Sheraton that’s in desperate need of a refresh — and as of today, this appears to be a top priority for Starwood. As part of its 10-point Sheraton 2020 plan, the chain plans to…

SPG’s Make It Count and Sheraton Free Weekends Promos

Starwood is launching its Make It Count promotion today, which we wrote about earlier this month. As a reminder, this promotion is valid for stays from June 1-August 31. As a SPG member, you’ll earn 1,000 bonus points per weekend stay of 2+ nights at all Starwood properties. With Make It Count, at most, that means you can earn 500…

Which Miami Starwood Hotel is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Carlana tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “I saw your post last Sunday about which NYC Starwood hotel is best for award nights, and was wondering what are the best options for redeeming SPG points in Miami Beach?” Even though I’m a resident of Miami Beach, I’ve still managed to stay at most…