Tagged: SPG

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Credit Card Review: AMEX Platinum

American Express offers many credit cards but the most elite option available to the general public without an invite is their Platinum card. It is an excellent option for the active traveler as the value of the benefits outweigh the annual fee. The current signup bonus ranges from 60,000 to...

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June 2017 Updates

USPS Informed Delivery, started on April 14th nationwide You can now receive an email each morning with scans of the envelopes that will be delivered to your address that day. It even works while your mail is on hold so you can check to see if that important piece of mail will...

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March 2017 Updates

March is always a big month with changes for the travel industry. Airlines make changes, hotel programs change, credit card changes and as always technology changes. Here are the top highlights this month! Airlines Singapore Airlines is making changes to their award chart effective March 23, 2017. They are increasing...

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SPG Ambassador Status: 100 Nights @ Starwood Hotels

Last month I achieved SPG Ambassador Status after staying 100 nights at Starwood Hotels during 2016. This year has been the most I’ve traveled in my life mainly due to increased business travel but the benefits will pay off for my upcoming leisure travel. Starwood gives you a preview of what the service...

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Marriott & Starwood Hotels Merger Complete!

Today, Marriott & Starwood have officially merged. After months of negotiations and talks about the merger might fall apart, it’s officially done. As a very loyal Starwood member (100+ nights this year), I was afraid it would mean poor award redemptions but Marriott did the right thing and is offering...

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Starwood Hotels (SPG) 75 Nights Status

It’s been a busy year of traveling in the first 6 months of 2016. I’ve surpassed 75 nights at Starwood Hotels worldwide thus far. I received the following email after hitting 75 nights and can’t wait to earn more SPG points. I can always use more SPG points so earning...

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Speculative Bookings for Holiday Travel

Everyone would rather pay a cheaper price for a trip if possible but sometimes you can’t plan too far in advance due to other limiting factors. Most people know if they will need to travel somewhere during the holidays and somewhat know their vacation days at work. Unfortunately, almost 99% of...

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November 2015 Updates

While traveling over the past 2 weeks, there have been some major developments in the travel industry. Below are the highlights… Marriott has decided to buy Starwood Hotels and the deal will close mid-2106. This is a major negative for SPG members who have seen the program to have the best redemption...

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British Airways Devalues Short Haul Award Tickets

Today, British Airways announced an increase in the required miles for short haul award flights. They will increase from 4,500 to 7,500 miles each way. This has been an excellent value which I’ve used for SFO-PDX and MLE-CMB flights. You have until February 1st, 2016 to book at the old rate...

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Keyless Room Entry

This past weekend I was able to try out SPG Keyless on my iPhone 6 at Aloft San Francisco Airport. It allows you to checkin to your hotel room from your phone and obtain a digital room key. Your phone becomes the room key and communicates with your hotel room...