Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

7 Easy Ways to Meet Starwood AMEX Minimum Spending

For a limited-time, you can earn up to 35,000 Starwood points after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements on the AMEX Starwood cards, when you apply by April 5, 2017.

But to earn the full sign-up bonus, you’ll have to spend a total of $5,000 on purchases on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.  Or a total of $8,000 on purchases with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  

Remember, AMEX will only give you the sign-up bonus for each card ONCE per lifetime, with this possible exception.

How To Meet American Express Minimum Spending Requirements

Here Are Easy Ways to Meet Your New AMEX Starwood Card’s Minimum Spending Requirements, Like Using Your Card to Pay Tax, Monthly Bills, or Travel Expenses!

Let’s take a look at 7 easy ways to meet the minimum spending requirement on the AMEX Starwood cards.

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AMEX Platinum Cardholders Can Give Starwood Gold Status to Someone Else

I’ve mentioned to y’all how The Platinum Card from American Express can get you Starwood Gold elite status.

This is a terrific perk for your Starwood hotel stays.  Because you earn extra bonus points and get late check-outs and room upgrades when available.

But I recently discovered you can gift this perk to someone else.  It’s free to do and takes less than a minute!   This is useful if you already have Starwood elite status.

Starwood Gold Status With American Express Platinum Card

Giving Starwood Gold Status to Someone Else Means They’re Eligible for a Late Check-Out! So They Can Spend More Time on the Beach at Hotels Like the W Bali – Seminyak!

I’ll explain how you can gift Starwood Gold status with the AMEX Platinum card!

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Every Starwood Category 4 Hotel In One Spot!

Trying to figure out how many Starwood points you’ll need for a free night at a specific Starwood hotel?  I’ve made it easier!

Here’s a complete list of the Starwood Category 4 hotels around the world.

It will save you time, because it’s easier to use than searching for the information on Starwood’s website.

Category 4 Starwood

You’ll Save ~$375 per Night Using Your Starwood Points at The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa in Mauritius. It’s a Tropical Paradise!

I’ll share the list of all the Category 4 Starwood hotels.  And remind you how many points you’ll need for an award stay.

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Easy Way to Rack-Up Thousands of Bonus Delta Miles

Looking for more ways to earn Delta miles?  Good news!

Via Rene’s Points, through June 30, 2017, you can earn 1,000 bonus Delta miles for each new Delta partner you earn miles with.  Including partners like hotels, car rental agencies, shopping, dining, and more!

A “new” partner is considered one that you haven’t earned Delta miles with since March 24, 2016.  And you must register for the deal to qualify.

Capital One Dining Rewards

Never Used Delta’s SkyMiles Dining Program?  Sign-Up With This Deal and You’ll Earn an Extra 1,000 Delta Miles After Your First Purchase at a Qualifying Restaurant!

I’ll share the details of this promotion.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!

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35,000 Points > 100,000 Points. Here’s Why!

With the recent limited-time 35,000 Starwood point offer on the AMEX Starwood cards, and the 100,000 Hilton point (plus a first anniversary free night certificate!) AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card deal, some folks might be having a hard time choosing between cards.

Just like a nickel being twice the actual size of a dime, bigger isn’t always better!  And in our hobby, not all points are created equal.

How Much Are Starwood Points Worth

Consider Each Hotel Chain and Their Award Chart Before Assuming Their Points Are Similar!

I’ll compare the sign-up bonuses from AMEX Starwood cards and AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card, and explain why I’d much prefer one card to the other!

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New Way to Use Delta Miles for Flights to Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and More!

Via One Mile at a Time, you can now use Delta miles for WestJet award flights!

WestJet is a Canadian airline that flies within Canada, and to the US, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe.  So you’ll now have more options to use your Delta miles for flights to popular destinations in the US and abroad, like Toronto, Dublin, Cancun, the Dominican Republic, and more!

Delta Miles For WestJet Flights

It’s Now Easier to Use Your Delta Miles to Fly to Vancouver, Because You Can Use Delta Miles for Flights With WestJet!

I’ll share more about WestJet, and what this change means for you.

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Emily’s Experience Using ShopRunner for Free Shipping!

Did you know you can get free 2-day shipping from hundreds of online stores just by having an AMEX card?

Folks with an AMEX card can get a complimentary membership with ShopRunner.  So you can save money on shipping (and returns!) for lots of online purchases.

ShopRunner Review

Mazzy Posing for the Camera Next to Emily’s ShopRunner Delivery

Here’s more about ShopRunner.  And Emily’s recent experience using the service!

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Every Category 5 Starwood Hotel In One Spot!

Planning a trip with miles & points can be tricky, especially for folks new to the hobby.  Because sometimes it’s hard to figure out how many points you’ll need for a specific hotel.

So I decided to make a list of all the Category 5 Starwood hotels, organized by region and country.  And easier to search than using Starwood’s site.

Category 5 Starwood

Stay Near the Ruins of Tulum at the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexico

I’ll show you the list of Starwood Category 5 hotels.  And remind you of how many Starwood points you’ll need for a free night.

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Use This Trick and Save Miles on Domestic Tickets, Including Hawaii!

Did you know there’s a way to use your Starwood points to get cheap award flights within the US, even to Hawaii?

When you transfer Starwood points to Singapore Airlines, you can book certain award flights on United Airlines for fewer miles!  Because Singapore Airlines and United Airlines are Star Alliance partners, and have access to each other’s award seats.  And sometimes they charge different amounts for the exact same routes!

This is a great trick to know, especially given the increased sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards.  Because you can earn enough for a round-trip coach ticket to Hawaii!

Starwood Points For Domestic Flights

Through April 5, 2017, the Sign-Up Bonus on Either the Personal or Small Business Version of the AMEX Starwood Card Is Enough for a Free Round-Trip Coach Ticket to Hawaii!

I’ll show you the best deals when using your Starwood points for domestic flights.  And explain how many miles you can save!

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Every Category 6 Starwood Hotel In One Spot!

Finding a particular hotel’s category can be a pain.  But it’s important, because the category dictates how many points you need for an award night.

So I’ve made a list of all the Category 6 Starwood hotels and organized them by region and country.  Now they’re easier to track down. 😉

Category 6 Starwood

Picture Yourself at the Breathtaking Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand!

I’ll share the list, and remind you of how many points you’ll need for a free night at Category 6 Starwood hotels.

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