A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

Starwood Preferred Guest Cards Offering a Sign-Up Bonus of 2 Free Nights

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express tend to offer sign-up bonuses of 25,000 Starpoints (after spending $3,000 or $5,000 in the first three months, respectively). Compared to 100,000-point bonuses available on other cards, this might not seem like much — though…

The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the…

Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. Among the many mediocre and decent offers, there are some compelling travel deals that we don’t want you to miss. In this new series, I’ll be rounding up the best travel-related Amex Offers each month. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers,…

Amex Offer: $200 Back after Spending $1,000+ with Virgin Atlantic

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. Among the many mediocre and decent offers, there will sometimes be a gem that we don’t want you to miss — like $80 back when spending $500 or more at AmexTravel.com (still available through September 30), 2x Membership Rewards points on Amazon purchases and 10% off your cell phone…

Taking a Family Vacation to Ireland — 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…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? September Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for September 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to…

Get 35% Off Free Night Stays at Select Starwood Properties

Each year, Starwood Preferred Guest offers a promotion that gives travelers 35% off Free Night redemptions at select resorts. The brand has just announced that this year’s promotion is back and will be valid through February 28, 2017. It’s important to note that this promotion doesn’t include all of SPG’s properties or brands, as it’s limited to select hotels only. Here’s…

Buy United Miles For 2.26 Cents Apiece Through September 2

Now through September 2, you can earn up to 60,000 bonus miles when you purchase United miles here. Here’s how this promo breaks down: Buy 5,000-14,000 miles: Get 1,000-2,800 bonus miles Buy 15,000-29,000 miles: Get 6,000-11,600 bonus miles Buy 30,000-90,000 miles: Get 20,000-60,000 bonus miles Here’s how to take advantage of the promotion: Visit United’s…