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SPG’s Newest Partner is Uber – A New Way to Earn Valuable SPG Points

SPG Uber

  Updates to TravelCon OC, which is this Saturday 2/28/15, will be posted soon! Be sure to buy tickets now if you’re interested. There will be an emphasis on manufactured spending topics.     SPG Points might be my absolute favorite currency because of the value and flexibility they present. Unfortunately, as you probably recognized…

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I Won a Starwood Cyber Monday Promotion…in February?!

My DM conversation with SPG.

Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet?   I assume everyone has heard of Cyber Monday, a day of online deals the Monday following Thanksgiving day to kick start the Christmas shopping season. Many airlines/hotels offered Cyber Monday promotions that included discounted airfares/hotels and a few, including Starwood, offered other promotions to win prizes.…

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Starwood Program Updates

SPG Double Play

Starwood Hotels’ SPG program is one of my favorite hotel programs, and I’ve had top-tier Platinum status the last few years because of that. Although I’ve had some difficulties with them in the past, their valuable points program and the number of hotels worldwide has kept me loyal for now. They’ve also made some improvements…

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Le Meridien Fairway Dubai Review

Le Meridien Fairway Dubai Review

Trip Report: UAE in the Summer Review: Star Alliance First Class Lounge LAX Etihad First Class Review LAX-AUH (Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi) Review: Ajman Saray, A Luxury Collection Resort Le Meridien Fairway Dubai Review Review: Sheraton Deira Review: Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi Review: Hilton Al Ain Review: Crown Plaza Sohar Review: Le Meridien…

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Ajman Saray Review – An SPG Luxury Collection Resort in the UAE

Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet? Trip Report: UAE in the Summer Review: Star Alliance First Class Lounge LAX Etihad First Class Review LAX-AUH (Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi) Review: Ajman Saray, A Luxury Collection Resort Review: Le Meridien Fairway Dubai Review: Sheraton Deira Review: Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi Review: Hilton Al…

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Manufacture Hotel Elite Status

Park Hyatt Sydney View

Two years ago, almost exactly to this day, I wrote a post titled “Don’t Abuse Bluebird, but…” in which I described how cheap it actually was to attain elite status in various programs. That post is quite dated now considering I talked about things like the Amex Prepaid cards (brings back memories) and Vanilla Reloads…

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Amex Transfer Bonuses to SPG and Virgin Atlantic

SPG Transfer Bonus

American Express has become less valuable in my opinion over the last couple of months due to changes to credit card bonuses and limits on transferring points. That combined with the fact that Amex hasn’t run any meaningful transfer bonuses recently made me want to mostly avoid racking up Membership Rewards points. Currently, however, Amex…

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Complete Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

Starwood Preferred Guest

Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet? Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Much like the Hyatt Gold Passport program, the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program is a favorite…

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Now You Can Book Suites and Upgraded Rooms with SPG Cash & Points

New SPG Award Chart

In my opinion the SPG program is best for redeeming for low- and mid-tier properties, up to their Category 5 hotels. Their points are hard to come by since their credit card earns one point per dollar on all non-SPG spend, and even on SPG hotels you don’t always want to use the card because…

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Four Points Vancouver Airport Review

Four Points Vancouver Airport Review

The Four Points Vancouver airport is a convenient and relatively cheap hotel for quick overnight stays in Vancouver. The location isn’t as convenient as many other airport hotels are, but there’s a free shuttle that’s provided that makes it a bit easier. I reviewed my Cathay Pacific First Class flight from JFK-YVR recently, and this…

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