Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014


I've finally found time to finish creating my comparison tables of hotel elite status in 2014. These things always get ripped to shreds in the first draft, so I won't do much analysis in this post; I'll wait until later this week. But do feel free to comment. I will try to get a corrected … [Read more...]

How Much Does It Cost to Earn a Free Night?

Hyatt SPG Weighted Average

I'm in the process of updating my hotel elite status comparison chart, and as part of that process I need to collect information on the different award tiers and the points earned with each stay. That allows me to do what I consider a very useful analysis of the relative cost of earning an … [Read more...]

Save Up To 40% at Select Starwood Resorts

SPG Villas Promo

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is offering discounts of up to 40% off and a bonus 1,000 Starpoints when you book a villa at select properties by April 1. Most of these destinations appear to be in the continental U.S., including Orlando, Vail, Scottsdale, Palm Desert, and Myrtle Beach. … [Read more...]

Booking a miles and points trip to Angkor Wat

My outbound trip, maximizing United miles best I could before the devaluation

In November, 2013, Asiana opened up award space in First Class on almost every flight possible.  Of interest was their new First Suite Class on their 77W (actually a 777-200), which only operated between New York-JFK and Seoul-Incheon. The United devaluation had just been announced … [Read more...]

How to Get a Starwood Platinum Challenge


I discussed how to get a Hyatt Diamond trial on Monday, a status that I've held for a few years. But in 2013 I decided to go for Platinum status with Starwood Preferred Guest, as well. Both programs have good benefits but relatively few properties (Hyatt especially so). It had started to … [Read more...]

Using SPG Points to book Bangkok Airways (via JAL)

jmb pg promo

A quick reminder for those of you who need local flights within Thailand or to surrounding countries that Bangkok Airways is partners with Japan Airlines (JAL), which is in turn a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).  There's currently a promotion for redeeming JAL points … [Read more...]