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Category Archive: Starwood

Sep 24

Bonus Miles For Conversions From SPG To AA

One way to get miles quickly is to convert them from hotel points. You don’t get the best value for your points, but it’s an easy way to pick up some miles if you need them quickly for a reward. Converting from Starwood Starwood points are particularly useful for converting to all airlines except United …

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Sep 18

Increased Airline Elite Status Through The Starwood/Marriott Merger (Or Vice Versa)

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Mergers are generally not viewed as favorable for consumers. By concentrating power in fewer, rather than more, suppliers, the merged companies are often able to increase pricing, since there are fewer competitors. Sometimes, though, combining benefits can work in your favor. Such is the case when it comes from earning airline elite status* through your …

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Sep 09

Two New Hotel Promos: Marriott And Starwood

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Marriott and Starwood have introduced their “not-so-fourth-quarter” promos (for the period September 12-January 15, which is four months). One is good and one is not so good. And personally, I was surprised by the good one. Regardless, don’t forget to register for the promotions or you might not get anything. Marriott’s MegaBonus Marriott wins the …

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May 18

Starwood Launches Take Three Promo (And It’s Good)

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There’s a rule with promotion descriptions: the shorter the description, the better, and this one will be short. I’ve been disappointed in some of Starwood’s previous promotions, but the Take Three bonus* looks like a pretty good one. Here are the details: Take Three — Up to Triple Base Points On a standalone basis, Starwood’s …

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May 01

American Offers Hotel Point Conversion Bonus

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American Airlines is offering you bonus points to convert your hotel points into miles. But is it worth it? 25% Bonus to Convert to American Converting hotel points to airline miles is rarely a great deal, but it can be a fast way to pick up some miles that you need for a trip.* Every …

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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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