FTU Presentation: Choosing a Hotel Loyalty Program

FTU Seattle 2014 - Hotel Loyalty Program

As promised, here's the second of two presentations I gave at Frequent Traveler University in Seattle. It's actually the first of the two talks, and unfortunately I was not as impressed with its delivery -- there were technical issues, and it was a late addition to the schedule. But hotel … [Read more...]

SPG Amex May Be Considering New Benefits

SPG Amex survey

Similar to a post I wrote last week referring to a potential loss of the Ink Bold/Plus 5X bonus at office supply stores, another unnamed reader sent me a survey he completed regarding the SPG American Express card. Fortunately, this one has some good news. It also seems far more vague … [Read more...]

Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?


This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a sort of "cheat sheet" to help … [Read more...]

Buy SPG Starpoints at 25% Discount

Starpoints discount promo

Starwood Preferred Guest runs semi-regular promotions when purchasing Starpoints -- typically 25% off for a limited period twice a year. I bought some points last year to redeem for my honeymoon at the St. Regis Bali and don't regret it. This is likely one of the lowest prices you will … [Read more...]

Earn Triple Points with SPG Summer Promo

SPG Summer Promo 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest announced today its new Earn Away, Get Away summer promo, which runs from May 1 through July 31, 2014. Registration is open now and will end on June 30, so sign up even if you're not yet sure that you'll have a qualifying stay. The rules of the promotion are … [Read more...]

Double Dip with Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards

Crossover Rewards

Given all the changes to the Delta SkyMiles loyalty program in the past year, many have questioned if the program still deserves one's loyalty. The addition of Medallion Qualifying Dollars makes it more challenging to earn elite status. The new method for earning award miles -- from one … [Read more...]