Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

Breaking: 3:1 Marriott to Starwood Points Transfer, Status Match, and Merger Details!

I have official word on the Marriott Starwood merger details and what it means for you, your points, and your elite status!  I spoke with Thom Kozik, Head of the Marriott loyalty program, and David Flueck of Starwood hotels.

Starting later today, September 23, 2016, you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks each program has to offer.

You’ll get an instant status match between programs, be able to transfer points between your Marriott and Starwood accounts at a 3:1 ratio, and have more options for award stays around the world!  I love how Marriott and Starwood let you move points between their programs from Day 1 of the merger. 🙂

As I suspected, there are NO major changes to either rewards program at this time.  So thus far, the merger only makes both your Marriott and Starwood points more flexible, because you’ll be able to use them at 5,700 hotels worldwide.

Marriott Starwood Merger Details

A Free Night at the St. Regis Rome OR 2 Free Nights at The Stones Hotel in Bali? The Choice Is Yours! Because You Can Now Transfer Points Between Your Marriott and Starwood Accounts!

I’ll show you how to combine your Marriott and Starwood accounts.  And share ideas about earning & using Marriott and Starwood points now that the merger is official!

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Starwood Adds Avianca as a New Airline Transfer Partner

Via Doctor of Credit, you can now transfer your Starwood points to Avianca miles at a 1:1 ratio.  This is great news for folks who book award flights on Star Alliance partner airlines, like Lufthansa or United Airlines!

And when you transfer Starwood points to Avianca, you’ll receive 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points you transfer!

This is also terrific news because it shows the Starwood loyalty program is still operating independently following the closing of the merger with Marriott.

Starwood Adds Avianca As A New Airline Transfer Partner

Avianca Is the Newest Starwood Airline Transfer Partner! You Can Use Avianca Miles to Book Award Flights on United and Many Other Star Alliance Airlines

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Limited-Time Offer! 2 Free Nights With the AMEX Starwood Small Business Card!

There’s a limited-time offer for the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest small business card, and you can earn 2 free nights to use at any Category 1 to 5 Starwood hotel after meeting minimum spending requirements.

To get the deal, you must apply by October 19, 2016.

Because this is an AMEX small business card, it won’t appear on your personal credit report.  So it will NOT hurt your chances of being approved for Chase cards.

But it isn’t as good as the highest-ever offer we saw on this card earlier this year.  And it usually makes more sense for folks to earn Starwood points instead of free nights.  So the regular offer for 25,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements is a better deal for most folks.

Starwood AMEX 2 Night Offer

Use the 2 Free Nights From the AMEX Starwood Small Business Card to Stay at the Beautiful Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, in Vienna. Rooms Here Cost ~$300+ per Night!

I’ll explain why.

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“We Aren’t Rich, & People Think We’re Too Young to Travel This Much”

Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Thrifty Traveler

Jared writes Thrifty Traveler along with his friend Nick.  His blog is not only about travel, and includes lot of tips and tricks for saving money.  You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thrifty Traveller - Interview With Jared

Jared in St. John, US Virgin Islands

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Register Now for Starwood’s Fall Promotion to Earn 2X or 3X Points

Via One Mile at a Time, registration is now open for Starwood’s More For You Promotion.  And you can earn 2X or 3X Starwood points at participating hotels, when you register by November 30, 2016, for stays through December 19, 2016.

Starwood Promotions 2016

Earn Bonus Points for Starwood Stays at Hotels Around the World, Like the W Washington, DC

I’ll show you how to register for this deal.  And help you decide whether it’s worth it for you.

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