Category Archives: Starwood (SPG)

Best of Million Mile Secrets – April 2016

1.   I shared the news that all 3 Southwest cards are offering 50,000 point sign-up bonuses., making it a great time to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

We don’t earn a commission for these cards, but we always share the best deals!

Best Of Million Mile Secrets - April 2016

Take a Friend or Loved One With You Wherever You Go for (Almost) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass!

2.   The Starwood and Marriott merger finally became official after a bidding war!  And now that it’s official, I let you know your Starwood points are likely safe until 2018.

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Rumor: AMEX to Make It Easier to Earn Same-Card Sign-Up Bonus Twice

Via Reddit, the rumor mill is blowing unsourced news that American Express will be scrapping its current policy to disallow you from earning the sign-up bonus on a card if you’ve ever had the card before.

I’m selective about the unsubstantiated buzz I post because it sometimes turns out to be incorrect!

In this case I’m writing about it because it makes sense that AMEX would relax their strict policy based on what else has been happening with them.

Rumor AMEX To Make It Easier To Earn Same Card Sign Up Bonus Twice

If the Rumor Is True, Folks Who Closed Cards Like the Premier Rewards Gold and Starwood AMEX Would Be Eligible to Earn the Sign-Up Bonus Again. That’d Make It Easier to Get Free Stays at Places Like the St. Regis Princeville Resort

Also, I want it to be true so very, very badly! :)

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“I Think My Wife Assumes I Have a Mild Form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”

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

Miles & Points Interview:   InsideFlyer UK

Mark and Tom write InsideFlyer UK so you can discover and share your experiences related to travel and frequent flyer programs.

You can follow InsideFlyer UK on Twitter.

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Heading Into Belarus on the Trans-Siberian Railway

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2016’s 10 Best Deals in Travel

Last year, I shared my Top 10 Deals in Travel with y’all.  And while some of those terrific deals are still available, it’s time for a 2016 update!

If you’re new to the miles and points hobby, these 10 deals are an excellent way to get started on your way to Big Travel with Small Money.

Before you start signing-up for credit cards, it’s important to consider your travel goals to decide which miles & points are best to collect for your trip!

2016's 10 Best Deals In Travel

Where Do You Want to Go? I’ll Show You My Top 10 Best Deals in Travel Right Now!

Let’s look at current top 10 best travel deals and how you can use them to get Big Travel with Small Money quickly!

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News You Can Use – Starwood Adds New Airline Transfer Partner!, Meet Minimum Spending Paying Rent, New Hyatt & Starwood Promos

1.   Transfer Your Starwood Points to Virgin America

Link:   How to Use Virgin America Miles

View From the Wing reports you can transfer Starwood points to Virgin America at a 1:1 ratio.  The option isn’t listed on the Starwood partner transfer page yet, but you can make a transfer by calling Starwood at 888-625-4990.

News You Can Use Starwood Adds New Airline Transfer Partner Meet Minimum Spending Paying Rent New Hyatt Starwood Promos

Want to Fly Virgin America or Their Airline Partners? Now It’s Even Easier With 1:1 Transfers From Starwood!

This could be handy for folks to visit Hawaii or Australia with Virgin America miles!

The representative I spoke to said the transfer would take 7 to 10 business days.  And the names on both accounts must match for the transfer to clear.  Once the transfer is complete, it can not be reversed.

The 1:1 transfer rate is double what you’ll get when you transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Virgin America.  And as with all Starwood points transfers to airlines, you’ll get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer!

Here are more ideas to use Virgin America miles, including flights on Singapore Airlines and Emirates.

2.   RadPad Will Raise Fees to 3.49%, but Plastiq Lowers to 2% for MasterCard Payments

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News You Can Use – Hilton Status Match Extended, 5,000 JetBlue Points, 20% Off Silvercar, & More

1.   Hilton Status Match Extended to March 2018

Update:   The Points Guy reports Hilton is having trouble with its status match website.  However, you may still be able to request a match through this link.  Or by emailing proof of status with a competing chain, proof of stay and Hilton HHonors account number to hhonors@hilton.com.

Via The Points Guy, Hilton has extended its status match program.

So, if you have elite status with a competing hotel chain, like Choice, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, or Starwood, Hilton will upgrade your HHonors Elite status to match.

You can submit your status match application online by June 30, 2016.  Along with something that shows your elite status with another program (like a screenshot).  And proof of a stay with that program in the past 12 months.

You’ll get Hilton HHonors elite status through March 31, 2018.  And they’ll match to Silver, Gold, or Diamond, depending on your status in another program.

News You Can Use Hilton Status Match Extended 5,000 JetBlue Points 20 Off Silvercar More

Hilton HHonors Diamond Status Offers Late Check-Out. Who Would Want to Leave a View Like This at the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri?

And remember, certain credit cards give you automatic hotel elite status.  For instance, the Chase Hyatt card gives you Hyatt Platinum status.  And folks with the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select receive automatic IHG Platinum elite status.

During Hilton’s last status match promotion, many folks reported receiving Hilton Diamond status (executive lounge access, room upgrades, late check-out when available, and free breakfast at some hotels) when they matched to IHG Platinum elite status.

So this deal is a no-brainer for folks with the Chase IHG card, which comes with automatic Platinum Elite status!

2.   5,000 JetBlue Bonus Points (Targeted)

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Your Starwood Points Are Likely Safe Through 2017

It’s now official.  Starwood is merging with Marriott.  So what does that mean for the future of your Starwood points?

Your Starwood Points Are Likely Safe Through 2017

Starwood’s Merger With Marriott Means Changes are Coming to the Loyalty Program but Probably Not This Year. (Pictured: Starwood’s The Westin Resort in Puerto Vallarta)

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