Category: Hotel points

Intercontinental: One big promotion (good) and one big purchase (bad)

I’ll hit the good stuff first.  Intercontinental just launched its “set your sights” promotion, which is almost exactly the same as the Into the Nights promotion earlier this year.  In fact, the promotion is so similar that they have the same glitch on their website that makes it difficult to sign up.  Keep trying, you’ll …

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Free points at Starwood and an annual adjustment at Hyatt

Hotel day today. Starwood Hotels is offering 1,500 points, at 500 points per stay for the first three stays, if you book and complete a stay on its mobile app with an American Express card.  Free nights start at 2,000 points (Admittedly, there aren’t a lot of those, but you get the point.), so those …

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Mileage shopping: Here comes the full-court press from the airlines

Rule #2: Never buy anything on the internet without getting some sort of rebate.  Never.  Doesn’t matter if it’s miles, cash or box tops. So winter has arrived.  The bad news is that our boiler needs some repair.  The good news is that I just got a new credit card with some minimum spend requirements, …

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Airline Miles and Hotel Points Expiration Policies

One of the most frustrating facets of frequent flyer/hotel programs is that, if you have no activity in your account for a certain period of time, your points can expire.  “Activity” might be anything from a stay/flight to a simple redemption.  From the merchant’s point of view, expiration makes sense.  They have set up accounts …

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Why an airline credit card may not be your best bet (even for that airline!)

(Please note: many of the cards that I will discuss are available through the travel rewards banner found toward the bottom of the page here.  You don’t have to use these links, of course, but if you do, I really appreciate the support!) Over the weekend, we went out for dinner with some friends.  As …

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500 Free Starwood points. Seriously, totally free.

They don’t get easier than this one.  Register for the SPG More For You promotion.  Then, go into your Starwood profile (Sign in, click on your name, choose “My Profile” at the left) and make any change to your Stay Preferences, which is toward the bottom.  Starwood will give you 500 points in two to four …

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Starwood: Small hotel program, big innovation

While it’s not the largest chain, only 1/2-1/3 the size of some of its global competitors, Starwood Hotels (Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, among others) has proven itself to be among the most innovative over time.  It is my primary hotel chain (although my wife is a Hilton woman; always diversify your portfolio) and what it …

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Marriott Deep Dive Part 2 of 3: Redeeming Points

Now that you’ve accumulated your points, it’s time to spend them.  I’ll give Marriott credit: They have hotels just about everywhere you would want to go and awards that will fit any points budget.  But be careful, since there’s a lot of junk in their program, as well. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email …

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Marriott Rewards Deep Dive: Part 1 of 3

Given the increased interest in hotel programs and their complementary nature with hotel programs, I decided to do a deep-dive on Marriott, similar to the one I did on Delta starting here.  I will use the same structure, with Part I about earning points, Part II focusing on redeeming points and Part III discussing elite …

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