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.
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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I recently shared 7 fun travel goals for folks who earn the limited time AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus, which ends April 5, 2017.
But you can set your goals even higher if you combine the AMEX Starwood sign-up bonus with the limited time Chase Marriott card offer. With the 2 sign-up bonuses, you can earn a total of 75,000 Starwood points after meeting spending requirements.
Then, use the versatile Starwood points to book a once-in-a-lifetime stay at top Starwood hotels. Or transfer points to airline partners for free flights!
With the AMEX Starwood and Chase Marriott Card Sign-Up Bonuses, You’ll Have Enough Points for 2 Free Nights at the Luxurious Gritti Palace Hotel in Venice, Italy!
I’ll share how you can use 75,000 Starwood points for free hotel stays, flights, and more!
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Through April 5, 2017, you can earn up to 35,000 Starwood points with the personal and small business AMEX Starwood cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.
That’s a fantastic sign-up bonus. And because Starwood has beautiful hotels located near top-rated beaches right here in the US, like Waikiki and Miami Beach, you won’t have to trek overseas for a spectacular Starwood stay!
The St. Regis Princeville Resort Is Considered One of the Best Hotels in Kauai. And You Can Stay There for Free Using Starwood Points!
I’ll show you 5 terrific hotels near beautiful US beaches for award stays with Starwood points!
If you prefer Marriott hotels, you can do well with the limited time AMEX Starwood sign-up bonuses. Because you can convert your Starwood points to stay at ANY Marriott hotel!
With the 1:3 transfer ratio, the best-ever 35,000 Starwood point sign-up bonuses on both the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards are worth 105,000 Marriott points! That’s enough for 3 free nights at top rated hotels like the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in California.
That’s why I recommend the AMEX Starwood card over the Chase Marriott card. Because the current AMEX Starwood offers get you more Big Travel with Small Money!
The Best-Ever AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonuses Can Get You Big Travel at Fantastic Marriott Hotels Like California’s Renaissance Indian Wells Resort
I’ll share 5 highly rated Marriott hotels in the US you can stay at by converting Starwood points.
Million Mile Secrets reader, Bonnie, commented:
I used hotel points to book a Marriott Hotel + Air package and get the Southwest Companion Pass. Perhaps a post about getting the best value with the 7-night Marriott certificate would be helpful and give some ideas of where to book!
Great suggestion, Bonnie!
It sounds like Bonnie took advantage of a deal that won’t be around much longer! Until March 31, 2017, you can use 270,000 Marriott points to book a Southwest Hotel + Air package.
This gets you a 7-night stay at a Category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel and 120,000 Southwest points, which is more than enough to earn the Companion Pass!
You have at least 12 months to redeem the 7-night hotel certificate. So you’ll have time to decide if you want to witness beautiful views of the Andes with a stay at the Courtyard Santiago Las Condes. Or leaf peep this autumn in beautiful Vermont with 7 nights at the Courtyard Middlebury.
Use Your Marriott 7-Night Certificate to Check Out the Wonderful Foliage in Vermont and Stay at the Courtyard Middlebury
I’ll share a few examples of Marriott hotels you can book with the 7-night certificate!
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Fantastic news for folks who use Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood points!
You can now earn 100,000 Marriott points with the increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card after completing minimum spending requirements. That’s 20,000 more points than the previous offer!
And if you recently applied or are planning to apply for the limited time AMEX Starwood offer (available until April 5, 2017), you could have a total of 225,000 Marriott points! That’s enough for 5 award nights at the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection.
Emily Had an Amazing Time at the Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands! You Can Stay There Too Using Points From the Limited Time Chase Marriott Sign-Up Bonus
I’ll share details of the improved sign-up bonus. And help you decide if you should apply!
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The Marriott – Starwood merger officially closed in September 2016. And you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks of both programs.
But you might be wondering, what’s the future of Starwood’s loyalty program?
Lots of Folks Are Wondering About the Future of the Starwood Loyalty Program Now That the Marriott – Starwood Merger Is Complete. I’ll Share What We Know So Far
While I don’t have all the details yet, I’ll share what I know. And give you ideas about earning and using Starwood points going forward!
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The 35,000 point sign-up bonuses that come with the AMEX Starwood cards have never been higher, so now is an excellent time to apply! But did you know you might be able to get even MORE Starwood points?
AMEX Starwood cardholders will get 5,000 Starwood points when they refer a friend to an AMEX Starwood personal or small business card, and the friend is approved. So you can apply for the card, and then refer your friends to this great deal. When your friends get it too you’ll earn extra points!
Help Your Friends Get Big Travel – And Earn 5,000 Starwood Points in the Process!
Emily and I obviously won’t get a commission if you refer your friend to the AMEX Starwood cards. But that’s okay, because our readers getting Big Travel is the most important thing to us!
I’ll show you how the Starwood American Express refer-a-friend program works!
If you prefer online shopping like I do, you likely make lots of purchases at Amazon.
If so, there are many excellent credit cards to use, which earn miles toward travel or cash back.
And some cards have bonus perks, like Citi Price Rewind, which refunds your money when prices go down on certain items you’ve bought!
Mazzy and Emily Don’t Want You to Miss Earning Extra Miles or Cash Back When You Shop at Amazon
I’ll share 6 of the best credit cards to use at Amazon!
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Starwood points are some of my favorite points to collect because I can usually get incredible value when I redeem them. And they’re extremely versatile!
You can do so many things with Starwood points, from booking free flights to reserving free hotels to earning backstage passes at concerts.
You Can Use Starwood Points at Excellent Hotels, Like the Le Meridien Tahiti. But There Are Lots of Other Things You Can Do, Too!
I’ll give you some fun ideas for spending your Starwood points!
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