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...]

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...]

Starwood Preferred Guest Adjusts Hotel Award Categories

Spend per Free Night

Starwood Preferred Guest announced changes yesterday to the award categories for many of its properties. Although the award chart itself is not changing (good news after last year's devaluation) properties that move up will require more points to book. Changes go into effect on March 4, … [Read more...]

Hotel Review: Le Meridien Koh Samui

All rooms at the hotel are suites!

I recently traveled to Koh Samui for a few days. Whilst there, I managed to get some great rates using my Starwood points at the Le Meridien Koh Samui. When looking for a hotel in Koh Samui, it's often hard to distinguish between what's real and what's photoshopped. Every hotel looks … [Read more...]

Honeymoon Trip Report: Westin Siray Bay Phuket


Megan and I took a two-week tour of Southeast Asia during our honeymoon in August/September of last year. Now it’s time to wrap up the trip report after a holiday break. Here’s the Trip Report Index: Booking the Honeymoon Asiana Airlines Business Class (SEA-ICN, HKG-ICN, and … [Read more...]