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Ammo for the secret weapon: Up to 45K annually

This morning, Greg announced the addition of a new resource page: Starwood Transfers: Best, Rest, and the Secret Weapon. Spoiler alert! The Secret Weapon is Marriott and Beyond – which heralds the strength of SPG points with regard to booking Marriott stays and the strength of Marriott Rewards points when used towards Marriott Travel Packages. If you’re building towards either, you may be interested in the latest from Marriott’s social media team: the chance to…

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Starwood Transfers: Best, Rest, and the Secret Weapon

Amex Transfer Partners

Yesterday I added a new resource page to this site: SPG Transfer Partners. This new page has several (hopefully) useful sections: Tips This section has suggestions for when to transfer points, who’s accounts you can transfer to, and more. I expect this section will grow over time in response to reader questions and suggestions. The Secret Weapon: Marriott and Beyond This section briefly discusses the value in transferring SPG points at a 1 to 3…

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Up to 5K Starpoints with Delta flights [Targeted]

Starwood is out with a targeted offer to earn up to 5,000 bonus Starpoints for flying with Delta. The Deal Earn 1,000 bonus Starpoints for each qualifying Delta flight booked and flown by July 31st, 2017 up to a max of 5,000 points. Targeted offer for Starwood elite members You may be able to sign in here to see if you were targeted, though check your email for a link. Key Terms Must register for Crossover Rewards…

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Get more mileage from hotel points with Aeroplan 30% conversion bonus

One Mile at a Time reports that Air Canada’s Aeroplan is offering a 30% mileage bonus on conversions from hotel partners. The Offer What: Earn up to a 30% bonus if you convert hotel points in Aeroplan miles When: Between March 13 and April 17, 2017 How much: 20% bonus when converting hotel points into 2500-99,000 miles 25% bonus when converting hotel points into 100,000-199,000 miles 30% bonus when converting hotel points into 200,000+ miles Which…

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Bring your favorite passenger: Last chance to buy a Southwest Companion Pass

One of the best deals in domestic travel has long been the Southwest Companion Pass. This benefit is hands-down my favorite airline loyalty program benefit because it allows you to bring a companion with you for free any time you fly, whether your ticket was paid for with money or points. For a very limited time, there is a roundabout way to buy the companion pass and have a companion fly with you for free for…

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Hours left to book Marriott / SPG before rates go up

  A quick reminder that Marriott and Starwood’s category changes go into effect at midnight hotel time tonight.  Some parts of the world have already passed midnight and are into March 7th. As such, hotels in those time zones should have switched categories (or will shortly). Recently, I reviewed the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Dorpshuis & Spa outside of Capetown, South Africa (pictured above).  That hotels is moving from Category 1 (7,500 points per night) to…

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[EXPIRED] Increased Amex SPG sign-up bonuses: 35K on both business and personal!

This offer is expired. American Express has increased the signup bonuses on both the SPG personal and SPG business cards to 35k bonus points for completing the total required spend. We have only seen a 35k signup bonus once before on these cards. While the required spend was lower on the previous offer, these sign up bonuses are still excellent. Starpoints have historically been highly valuable due to their versatility, and the merger with Marriott has…

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SPG point owners win again thanks to the Alaska Virgin America merger

Yesterday, Virgin America spilled the conversion ratio beans.  Thanks to the upcoming Alaska merger, as of January 9th 2017, Virgin America customers will be able to convert Elevate points into Mileage Plan miles at a rate of 1 to 1.3.  So, 1,000 Virgin America Elevate points will convert to 1,300 Alaska Airline MileagePlan miles. Boy was I wrong. In April, I had predicted that points would convert 1 to 2 (see: How to play the…

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Attempting to buy SPG points for 1.15 cents each

buy SPG points

In June I was looking for alternative ways to earn or cheaply buy SPG points, and so I browsed to SPG on Broadway.  This is a website that lets you use SPG points to purchase play tickets or earn SPG points when buying tickets.  I’ve written before about the former (see: Redeeming points for Broadway tickets. Amazing value possible with Delta, SPG.).  However, I’ve never played around with earning points this way.  It was time…

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