Category Archive: Starwood

Mar 14

SPG Cardholders: Take Advantage of Your Friends

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Got a Starwood Preferred Guest credit card? Want a friend to get one? Here’s a little chance to pick up something extra. 5,000 SPG Points to Refer A Friend Banks know that their best advocates are often their current cardholders. That’s why they are often willing to refer you for referring a friend. Starwood will …

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Jan 26

Everything We Know about Valuing Points Is Wrong

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One of my favorite topics is discussing how much individual points are worth. I have X points in program Y and an award costs Z points. Find enough instances of Z and you can come up with a pretty good idea of how much points are worth in a system. If I find 10 hotel …

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Jan 23

SPG And Uber Underwhelm

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SPG and Uber have modified their points-earning agreement and, as modifications usually go, it’s a downgrade. You’ll Earn Fewer Points Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be ‘whelmed’?Bianca: I think you can in Europe. -From the movie Ten Things I Hate About You Whelming …

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Oct 11

When Good Wyndhams Go Bad…

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Today may have seen the oddest story of the year. It was on and off even faster than I had a chance to write about it. Wyndham And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Wyndham was riding high. Money Magazine had recently named them the best hotel loyalty program and their unique rewards program, …

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Sep 24

You Can Now Link Your Marriott And Starwood Accounts

With final approval having been granted, Marriott and Starwood have started the integration process. And now, you can link your accounts. Benefits Of Linking Linking your accounts will let you move points back and forth between the Marriott Rewards (MR) program and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). You can also match elite status between the program. …

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Sep 14

Register Now for SPG More For You

SPG More For You SPG has opened registration for its fourth quarterish promotion, More For You. The bonus is will give you double base points during the week and triple on weekend stays that include a Friday or Saturday night. But be sure to check out the fine print: There is a lengthy list of …

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Sep 08

Two Fun Hotel Contests

The World Series with Starwood Contest #1: Win a trip to the first game of the 2016 World Series. Either enter at the contest site or by staying in a Sheraton hotel between now and October 4. One entry per night, with a couple of entries per night at selected properties. You’ll receive 100,000 points, …

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Aug 23

Two New Promos: JetBlue and Starwood

Part of the fun of this game is finding all of the promos that are out there. Today, I saw two new ones, including one that doesn’t require any stays, flights or dollars spent on your part. JetBlue “Go All Over” Before we get started, I’d like to remind my readers of one thing: I …

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Aug 10

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part One

Travelers, including myself, often put a lot of emphasis on airline elite status. Let’s face it: The gap between bottom tier and top tier can make a huge difference in how comfortably you fly and the fees you pay. Not as many people spend time thinking about hotel elite status. The reason, I suspect, is that …

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Jul 26

Bits And Pieces from around The Industry

Double Starwood Points at Tribute Hotels So the cool new thing for hotel chains to do these days is to pretend that they aren’t chains. Of course, given the nature of the product, that’s not always an easy thing to do. So many of the major chains are creating “sub-brands,” or boutique hotels within a …

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