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Starwood Preferred Guest 25% Discount for Buying Starpoints

November 19, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a 25% discount on purchased Starpoints now through December 31, 2014. Much like the last time this promotion was offered, the discount is tiered. To get the full 25% off, you’ll need to purchase the maximum amount of 20,000 points. The tiers are set up as follows: • Buy 500–9,500 Starpoints, get 10% […]

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Westin Las Vegas: a Starwood Hotel in the Heart of Sin City

July 11, 2014

TPG Points and Miles Editor Peter Rothbart visited Las Vegas last month and stayed two nights at The Westin. Here’s his take on this Sin City Starwood property. When I visit Las Vegas, if I’m fortunate enough to be in a window seat on the approach into McCarran airport, I’m always struck by two things. First, I can’t help but […]

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How to Get the Best Value for Starwood Hotel Redemptions

June 27, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns this Friday to talk maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest promotions, just in time before the limited time 30,000 point offer on the personal and business Amex cards ends on June 30, 2104.  According to TPG’s most recent monthly valuations, Starwood points continue to be the single most valuable point or mile […]

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How to Maximize Family Friendly Hotel Rooms With SPG

June 20, 2014

One of the challenges of family travel is finding accommodations for everyone. After our first daughter was born, finding a hotel that could supply a crib or a cot was fairly easy, but now that we have two children, the task has grown much harder. Starwood properties, which include Westin, Sheraton, and several other brands, […]

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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Tampa Bay One Bedroom Suite

May 27, 2013

As I mentioned in my recent review of AirTran Business Class, I headed to Tampa for a quick business trip a few weeks ago and I booked myself a  room at the Westin Tampa Bay. Since I was in town for less than 24 hours, I needed a hotel that was relatively close to the airport […]

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Delta and Westin Launching First In-Flight Heavenly Bed

February 26, 2013

While Delta doesn’t have an international first class cabin like American or United, I’ve always found that their lie-flat BusinessElite product is one of the best business class products available. Not for just the seat, but Delta provides a large pillow and extra heavy duvet that I’ve enjoyed on many sleep heavy flights. Delta seems […]

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SRQ: Using Starpoints for a Coachella Hotel – Good Deal?

February 10, 2013

TPG reader Cory asks: “I’m looking at going to Coachella this year again (8th time…I know, I know, I’m getting too old for all these hipsters), but hotels are filling up quickly and I noticed there’s a Westin Mission Hills out in Palm Desert. My question is: the going rate is about $289 a night […]

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Long Weekend in Dublin: Tips Requested

February 24, 2012

In October I wrote about cheap flights to Dublin and since I’m Irish and all, I ended up booking a small group trip with some family and friends since we were able to get roundtrip tickets for $370 total on Delta. Since I am Diamond Medallion (at least for the next week or so), we […]

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My China Trip Wrap Up: China Eastern, Hainan Airlines and the Westin Beijing Review

February 4, 2012

This is an installment in my series on my January 2012 trip to China. Posts include: Help Me Plan My Trip To China, Flight Review: American Airlines 777 International Business Class to Beijing, Hotel Review: St. Regis Beijing, Beijing Overview: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Peking Deck, A Great Day at the Great Wall of China,  Flight Review: Air China 777 […]

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250 Free Starwood Points With Westin Charlotte Email Sign-up

January 28, 2012

Sign-up here for the Westin Charlotte’s email list and you’ll automatically get 250 Starwood points, posted to your account by March 1, 2012. There’s nowhere to enter your SPG number, but apparently the hotel will email with instructions on how to get our Starwood points. I value Starwood points at around 2.5 cents conservatively, so this […]

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