My Recent Difficulties With SPG

Not what I was hoping to see!

I love the Starwood Preferred Guest Program. I've been a Platinum for the last few years and have always been treated well as a top-tier elite. Their points are the most valuable points currency that … [Read more...]

SPG Announces Annual 2014 Hotel Award Category Adjustments

This image is from The Laguna Resort and Spa Bali hotel website, and this is one of the hotels going DOWN a Category. Good deal!

When an individual hotel becomes more expensive, it becomes more expensive for the hotel chain (Starwood, Hilton Hotels, etc.) to pay the individual hotel for that room when someone books it on … [Read more...]

The Basics of Best Rate Guarantees

The "beach" at the Conrad.

This post was originally written by Travel Summary for (and still appears on) Hack My Trip. I've decided to re-post it here for my audience as well. A hotel Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) is one of my … [Read more...]

Starwood American Express Bonus Now at 30K Points! [Expired]

30K points is as good as it gets with this card.

  The Starwood American Express card is one of my favorite cards. I use it for almost all non-bonus spending since I value an SPG point higher than any other point currency (my value is … [Read more...]

The Bluebird/SPG Reward Night Cost Chart

SPG Reward Chart

I got a lot of positive (and some negative) feedback for my Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Chart post, so I decided to do it again for one of my other favorite cards - the SPG Amex card. The Amex … [Read more...]

How I’m Taking Advantage of a Fortunate Situation

Le Meridien Promo

For those of you that don't know, I have a corporate job. Traveling is rarely required in my position, but sometimes a project demands that I be on-site as opposed to working remotely. In general, I'm … [Read more...]

Hotel Review: Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre

The King room's entry on the 8th floor.

I took a quick trip to Toronto a while back and took the opportunity to try out a couple of hotels. The Westin I reviewed gave me a pretty interesting upgrade, so I was hoping for something similar at … [Read more...]

How I Would Improve: The SPG Amex Credit Card

Chase's Ultimate Rewards Mall is one of the best shopping portals!

This is part of my new "How I Would Improve..." series in which I will discuss points- and travel-related items/programs that could be improved to the consumer's benefit. Why? Because maybe if we … [Read more...]

Discounted SPG Hotel Rates? Maybe…At Your Own Risk.

FTU this year is at the Sheraton Gateway in Los Angeles. Is this the best rate possible?

I'm an SPG Platinum member thanks to taking their Platinum Challenge earlier this year. I called in and asked for the challenge, and after 18 nights I earned their top tier status (it used to be 15 … [Read more...]

Hotel Review: The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport

I could see the hotel from the post marked "F5" (the red building).

A few weeks back I took a quick weekend trip to Toronto and took the opportunity to stay at a couple of hotels. My first night was spent at The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport. My flight to … [Read more...]