Category Archives: Starwood (SPG)

Introduction to Hotel Best Rate Guarantees

Have you ever booked a hotel room and realized later that you could have gotten a better price elsewhere?

Did you know that most major hotel chains guarantee that you’ll find the lowest price for a room on their website?  And if you find a lower rate somewhere else, they’ll match or beat the price (and sometimes give you other goodies, like a free night!).

Introduction To Hotel Best Rate Guarantees

Most Hotel Chains Guarantee They’ve Got the Best Price

I’ll be writing about each chain in depth individually, but for now, here’s a summary of the major chains’ Best Rate Guarantee policies.

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News You Can Use – 500 (~$10) Free Starwood Points & More..

 1.   500 Free Starwood Points

Via euflyer, you can get 500 free Starwood points by updating your stay preferences by December 15, 2014.


Get 500 Starwood Points Without Spending Money or Making a Reservation

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New Limited-Time Transfer Bonuses With AMEX Membership Rewards

If you collect American Express Membership Rewards points, check your account for targeted transfer bonus offers!

Until November 30, 2014, you could get a bonus of 33% to 50% when you transfer points to JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic, Starwood Preferred Guest, or Hilton.

But not everyone will get the same offers!  You have to log-in to see if you’ve been targeted.

New Limited Time Transfer Bonuses With AMEX Membership Rewards

Check Your American Express Membership Rewards Account for Targeted Transfer Bonus Offers

I wrote about the 50% bonus Starwood Preferred Guest transfer (targeted to Platinum and Centurion cardholders) and the Virgin Atlantic 40% bonus.  Let’s see if the other deals are worth it!

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Free Wi-Fi at Marriott!

You can get free Wi-Fi at every Marriott hotel if you’re a Marriott member beginning January 15, 2015.

There is no cost or obligation to stay at Marriott to sign-up for their loyalty program.  So everyone should sign-up just in case!

Free Wi-Fi At Marriott

Starting January 15, 2015, All Marriott Members Get Free Wi-Fi at Marriott Hotels but Only When They Book Directly With Marriott

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Big Travel With Small Money at Vancouver Hotels!

Via One Mile at a Time, if you’re traveling to Vancouver, Canada, this winter, you can save a lot of money on your hotel stay!

You can get a American Express gift card worth 50 to 125 Canadian dollars (~$45 to ~$112) per stay at participating hotels through the beVancouver American Express promotion.  Bookings must be made before November 16, 2014, and check-in must be on or before February 28, 2015.

With this deal, you can get some Vancouver hotels for less than $25 (before tax) per night!  The promotion includes hotels from most of the major chains and other independent hotels.

Big Travel With Small Money At Vancouver Hotels

Vancouver, Located on Canada’s Pacific Coast, Was the Site of the 2010 Winter Olympics

There are some conditions, though.  I’ll explain!

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