Category Archives: AMEX Starwood (SPG)

This Couple Lived in Europe for 5 Months and Visited 16 Countries!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Rob is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

This Couple Lived In Europe For 5 Months And Visited 16 Countries

Pure Bliss at the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands

A big thank you to Rob for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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Which Starwood Card: Personal or Small Business?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Toshio, commented:

I am interested in applying for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.  But I’m not sure of the difference in perks between the personal and small business versions.  Can you compare both cards?

Both versions of the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest card come with a 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus through April 5, 2017.

But the AMEX Starwood small business card has a larger tiered minimum spending requirement.

That’s because it comes with a few added perks and benefits that are NOT available on the personal version.

AMEX Starwood Personal Or Small Business

Only 1 Version of the AMEX Starwood Card Gets You Access to Sheraton Club Lounges!

I’ll explain the differences between both.  And help you decide which card is right for you!

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This Card Has a Best-Ever Sign-Up Bonus and Does NOT Count Against Chase’s 5/24 Rule

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 Starwood points on both the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express personal and small business cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

I’ve written why this is a great offer.  But did you know that applying for the small business version of the AMEX Starwood card will NOT hurt you chances of being approved for Chase cards in the future?

That’s important, because Chase has some of the best travel rewards cards.  And the easiest and fastest way to get Big Travel with Small Money is to sign-up for credit cards with big bonuses.

This Card Has A Best Ever Sign Up Bonus And Does NOT Count Against Chases 524 Rule

The Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Starwood Small Business Card Is Enough for a Free Night at the Stunning St. Regis Princeville Resort. And It Will NOT Count Against Chase’s 5/24 Rule

I’ll share the details of the AMEX Starwood small business card offer.  And help you decide whether it might make sense for you!

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Limited Time: Best-Ever 35,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus With AMEX Starwood Cards Returns!

The highest-ever 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood cards is back!

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 Starwood points on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.

That’s an excellent deal!  Because 35,000 Starwood points is enough for an award night at the most luxurious Category 7 Starwood hotels, like The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico.  Rooms there can easily cost $800+ per night!

Starwood American Express

Million Mile Secrets Team Member Keith Used Starwood Points to Stay at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Using Starwood Points and Had an Unforgettable Experience!

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide if you should consider applying!

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“Traveling Makes You a Conscious, Contributing Member of Our Society”

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

Miles & Points Interview:  Not Your Average Gal

Caroline writes Not Your Average Gal about travel, health and occasional soapbox moments.  Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, TwitterPinterest, or Snap her @notaveragegal.

Not Your Average Gal

Our Wedding Ceremony – Old Wardour Castle, Whiltshire, England

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

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Marriott and Starwood Announce 2017 Hotel Category Changes

If you have an upcoming stay at a Marriott or Starwood hotel, this news may affect you!

Via View From the Wing, Marriott and Starwood have released their lists of 2017 category changes.  And there are many hotels going up (or down) in price.

Marriott And Starwood Category Changes 2017

More Than 1,600 Starwood and Marriott Hotels Are Changing Categories!

I’ll tell you what this means for you, and how to make sure you get the most for your points!

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Targeted: Earn Bonus Starwood Points After Qualifying Stays

The hotel promotions keep coming!

Earlier today I told you Hilton introduced a new promotion.  And now, via One Mile at a Time, certain folks can earn bonus Starwood points points for completing a unique amount of stays.  You can check to see if you’ve been targeted by entering your Starwood number here.

Starwood Member Promotion 2017

If You Plan to Stay at Starwood Before May 15, 2017, Check to See If You’ve Been Targeted for This Promotion!

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I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 2 – Flights to London

Emily:   I love to travel, and my mom does, too!

When I was growing up in Ohio, we could only afford road trips to local amusement parks.  But collecting miles and points has opened up a whole new world of travel neither of us thought possible!

She and I decided to go to London and Paris for a mother-daughter getaway.  We flew Business Class and stayed in 5-star hotels.  I paid for this trip for a fraction of the retail cost by using airline miles and hotel points.

I’ve never traveled so long with my mom before, and at the end of the trip, I felt like I had a new best friend!  Without the miles & points hobby, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joy of traveling with my mom.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 2 Flights To London

Flying to England Like Royalty

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Personal Experience Earning Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan recently earned a Southwest Companion Pass.  I’ll let him tell you about his experience!

Harlan:  Thank you Daraius!  I’m happy to report it all went very smoothly!

If you want to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with hotel points, you only have until March 31, 2017, before this method is gone forever.

But, you’ll be able to fly Southwest with a companion for only the cost of taxes & fees through December 31, 2018 – almost 2 full years!

I chose to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with points transferred from Marriott.

My Experience Getting The Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Points

Have Someone You Want to Fly With? Here’s Your Last Chance to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass With Hotel Point Transfers!

I’ll share my experience.  Here’s how I did it!

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Success! A Miles & Points Visit to Mexico City, Mayan Ruins, and Beautiful Cenotes!

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Ronnie is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

Success A Miles Points Visit To Mexico City Mayan Ruins And Beautiful Cenotes

Ronnie and His Wife With Chichen Itza in the Backdrop

A big thank you to Ronnie for sharing his story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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