Category Archives: Starwood (SPG)

Starting Today: Combine Your Hilton Points With Friends and Family Members for Free!

I let you know about the changes Hilton recently made to their awards program.  And via The Gate, Hilton launched their new points pooling option today!

With points pooling, you can combine Hilton points with friends or loved ones for free.  That’s great news, because Hilton used to charge $2.50 for every 1,000 points you transferred to another Hilton member.  

Hilton Points Pooling

Need More Points for a Stay at a Beautiful Hotel Like the Hilton Barcelona? Ask a Friend or Loved One to Pool Points With You!

Let’s look at how you can transfer your Hilton points to another Hilton member!

Continue reading

2 Nights of Absolute Luxury From 1 Card Bonus!

Want to splurge for a special occasion and spend a couple of nights at luxury hotel?  You can with the limited-time offer on the Chase Marriott Premier card for 100,000 Marriott points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

So I’ve put together a list of 7 amazing Category 9 Marriott hotels around the world.  Using 100,000 Marriott points or 35,000 Starwood points, you can get 2 free nights in spots like Rome, Paris, Hawaii, and more! 

Free Luxury Hotels With Points

100,000 Marriott Points Is More Than Enough for 2 Free Nights at the Stunning Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Waimea, Hawaii

Let’s take a look at my list of luxurious Marriott hotels that would be perfect for your next big getaway.

Continue reading

Does This Trick Reset the Expiration Date for Your Hotel Points?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Kris, commented:

My hotel points expire in April 2017.  If I use them to book an award stay for February 2018, can I cancel the stay in January 2018 and get the points back?

Points in most hotel loyalty programs expire after 12 to 24 months of no earning or redemption activity.  Although there are a few exceptions.

But reader Kris suggested a way to keep hotel points from expiring that works with some hotel chains.  But I’d caution folks to read the cancellation policy before using this trick.  Because you don’t want to risk losing your points!

Hotel Points Expiration

The Best Way to Keep Points From Expiring Is by Booking Award Stays at Hotels Like the Hyatt Centric Chicago!

I’ll explain which chains work to use the book and cancel trick.  And remind y’all some easy ways you can generate activity in your hotel loyalty account to keep points alive!

Continue reading

Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free at Disney to Save Big Money!

Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking Walt Disney World resorts with the Citi Prestige card to get the 4th night free benefit!

Ken and Emily:  You can book Walt Disney World stays with Starwood points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, but some folks choose to save their points for other trips and instead put their Disney stay on a credit card.

For the 3 stays we’ve booked at Walt Disney World in the past year, we’ve used the Citi Prestige.  When you book a hotel stay of 4+ nights through the Citi Prestige Concierge, you’ll get a statement credit for the 4th night.  However, starting July 23, 2017, the 4th night free credit will be based on the average nightly cost of your stay, excluding taxes.

This a great perk, and a terrific way to save money on Walt Disney World resort stays.  We saved $1,165 on a split stay between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club on a recent trip to Disney from this benefit alone!

Disney World Hotel Discounts 2017

A Free Night at Walt Disney World Means More Magical Views for Less!

Let’s see how to book Walt Disney World resorts using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit.

Continue reading

This Promotion Might Be Worth Switching Your Hotel Stays!

Heading east this spring?  Here’s an easy way to save a LOT of money at Starwood hotels!

Via Points, Miles & Martinis, Starwood is having a fantastic promotion at many of their hotels in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, through June 1, 2017.  You can get up to 2 free nights at participating Starwood hotels just by typing in a promotion code and using a MasterCard!

This Promotion Might Be Worth Switching Your Hotel Stays

Heading to the UK? Stay at 1 of the 9 Participating Starwood Hotels That Are Offering Free Nights for a Stay of 3 Nights or More

I’ll give you the details of this promotion!

Continue reading

New Way to Earn Starwood Elite Status Faster!

Via View From the Wing, Starwood is offering an elite status challenge for its loyalty members.

Through December 31, 2017, if you have enough paid stays, you can earn Starwood elite status much faster than usual!

For example, you usually need to stay at least 25 nights in a calendar year to earn Starwood Gold status.  But through the challenge, you only need to stay 9 nights in a 3-month period!

Starwood Elite Status Challenge

With Starwood Gold or Platinum Elite Status, You’ll Have the Benefit of Late Check-Out, so You Can Relax Just a Little While Longer! The Beautiful Pool at the Hotel Paracas in Peru Is Certainly Inviting!

I’ll explain the details of Starwood’s elite status challenge.  And help you decide whether it’s worth it for you.

Continue reading

Do You Know the Difference Between Marriott Hotel Brands?

If you don’t know all 20 of Marriott’s hotel brands, you could be missing out on redeeming your points at some great hotels!

That’s because several brands, like Protea or Autograph Collection, don’t come with the Marriott name.  So some folks might see a hotel with an unfamiliar name, and miss a chance to redeem their points!

And now that the Chase Marriott card comes with 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, there’s even more reason to become familiar with Marriott’s hotel brands.

Marriott Hotel Brands

You Can Redeem Your Marriott Points for Great Stays at Fancy Ritz-Carlton Hotels

I’ll give you a quick summary for each of the Marriott hotel brands!

Continue reading

This Family of 4 Got a 2-Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With Miles & Points!

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!

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

This Family Of 4 Got A 2 Week Adventure Across 6 European Countries With Miles Points

Our Family Loved Seeing the Swiss Alps From the Mountaintops

A big thank you to Julie for sharing her story!

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

Continue reading

“The Trick to Travel Is to Treat People Well, and Take a Genuine Interest in Them”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   Brian McAdam

Brian writes Brian McAdam to share his techniques to help readers have more time and money for what matters most to them.  You can connect with him through Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to his newsletter.

Brian McAdam

A Passing Photographer Just Happened to Catch My Family Standing in a Field Like This

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

Continue reading

7 US Hotels Perfect for Food Tourism and Free With Limited-Time 100,000-Point Offer

As ya’ll know, I love to eat!  Whether it’s cheap, authentic Thai food in Queens or a memorable tasting menu in Rome at a 1-star Michelin restaurant.

If you enjoy dining out in different cities, you can do well with the limited-time Chase Marriott 100,000-point sign-up bonus.

Because you can redeem points for free stays in neighborhoods close to fantastic restaurants, including Austin, New York City, and Santa Monica!  And saving money on your hotel stay means you might want to splurge on a fancy meal!

Best US Food Cities 2017

Use Marriott Points to Stay Within a ~5 Minute Walk of Jean-Georges in New York City Where You Can Try This Decadent Tasting Menu Dessert

I’ll share how you can use Marriott points to stay in the best US food cities!

Continue reading