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Double Starwood Points at Tribute Hotels

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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 hotel (Kind of like Hamlet, without the regicide). You won’t find much branding, since each hotel is supposed to be unique, but you can still earn points.

Or, in this case, double points. Register by October 16 and you’ll earn double base points for your stay at any of the half dozen or so Tribute Hotels, Starwood’s collection of a half dozen or so boutique hotels. You may or may not ever stay at one, but you might as well register.

United: Buy Or Win Miles

I’m not normally a fan of buying miles directly from the airline. In the case of United’s current offer, conventional wisdom holds. At best, you’ll be buying miles for 2c per mile (okay, 1.9c), which is a somewhat lousy rate when you are purchasing them.

On the other hand, you could win a cool contest starting on August 1 at the United Billion site. Win up to a million miles just by using your United Chase card (one entry per purchase) or simply enter for free by filling out the form on the site. You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry has to be filled out separately. That’s a heck of a lot of keystrokes to have a chance at winning anything.

If you want to read a bit more about each of these programs, feel free to visit my article at Inside Flyer.

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