7 Best US Starwood Hotels to Book With Points

For a limited time, you can earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points on the personal and small business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards after meet tiered minimum spending requirements.

This is a great deal because you’ll have at least 40,000 Starwood points after meeting the spending requirement.  That’s enough points for multiple free nights at excellent US Starwood hotels.

For example, you could enjoy a weekend in downtown Nashville at one of Starwood’s newest hotels.  Or soak in the sun on the Big Island at a Million Mile Secrets reader’s favorite Hawaiian Starwood hotel.

Best US Starwood Hotels

From New York to San Francisco and Beyond, You Can Redeem Starwood Points to Stay at the Best US Starwood Hotels

I’ll share 7 of the best US Starwood hotels you can book using points from the limited time AMEX sign-up bonus.

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Beware! American Airlines Now Selling VERY Restrictive Fares on Select Routes

Last month, I shared the news about American Airlines’ plan to begin selling “Basic Economy” tickets.

And now, via One Mile at a Time and View From the Wing, American Airlines is officially selling Basic Economy tickets.  And United Airlines will soon do the same!  You can now buy American Airlines Basic Economy tickets for flights after March 1, 2017.

American Airlines Basic Economy

American Airlines Is Letting You Book a Ticket Worse Than Regular Old Coach

I’ll remind you what to expect when you buy a Basic Economy ticket, and help you decide if it’s something you should do.

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Southwest Fare Sale Starting at Just $39 One-Way

Book them before they’re gone!

Via Miles to Memories, you can book Southwest flights for just $39 one-way (that’s 1,657 Southwest points!).  But there are other more expensive routes that are still a great deal.  I found a one-way flight from Atlanta to Detroit for just $94 (or 5,341 Southwest points).

But you’ll need to book by March 2, 2017, for travel through June 14, 2017.  And certain routes have different different eligible travel dates.

Southwest Fare Sale Starting At Just 39 One Way

Southwest Is Making It Easier to Get Away This Spring

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“How $6 Dropped My Credit Score 100 Points”

Daraius:   Team member Harlan told me a story about how his credit score dropped unexpectedly.  So I asked him to share his experience with Million Mile Secrets readers.  So they can avoid it happening to them!

Harlan:   Thanks, Daraius!  I clearly remember the day I got an email from Credit Sesame with a “Delinquent Account” alert.

Cancel Recurring Payment

One Small Recurring Payment Ruined My 800+ Credit Score

After I clicked through, I saw my credit score had dropped 100+ points because of a recurring charge on a canceled AMEX card!

I knew how important good credit is for earning lots of miles & points with sign-up bonuses.  So I immediately called to find out what happened.

Here’s what I learned.  I’ll also give some tips so this never happens to you!

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Vacation Longer! 7 Top Hotels Using Starwood’s “Cash & Points”

If you’re willing to forego a completely free vacation, you can get huge value from your Starwood points!

By using Starwood Cash & Points, you can save LOTS of money at incredible hotels around the world.  And now that the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express personal and small business cards come with a total of 35,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements, you can stay even longer at these great hotels!

Best Uses Of Starwood Cash Points

Starwood Has Jaw-Dropping Hotels All Over! Like The Castle Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Dalian, China

I’ll give you ideas for where to use your Starwood points for extended “Cash & Points” stays.

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Starwood AMEX Cards – No Foreign Transaction Fees!

Considering the fantastic limited-time offer on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards?  Good news!

Not only is the sign-up bonus worth LOTS of Big Travel with Small Money, but both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express don’t charge any international fees!

Making them great cards to use overseas, because they can save you a lot of money.

Starwood American Express Foreign Transaction Fees

You’ll Save Money Using Your New AMEX Starwood Card Overseas, Because It Doesn’t Charge Foreign Transaction Fees!

Let’s take a look at how much you can save by using cards, like the AMEX Starwood cards, that do NOT charge foreign transactions fees.

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My Review of Character Locator: A Website to Help You Plan Your Next Disney Vacation

Planning a trip to Disney World?  There’s an online tool called Character Locator, which promises to help you “play more” and “wait less” during your next trip to the park!

With Character Locator’s detailed park information, like character and show schedules, ride information, and more, you’ll be able to save time during your Disney World trip.

Disney Character Locator

Plan Your Trip to See Mickey and Minnie With the Disney Character Locator Website

I’ll show you how the Character Locator website works.  And help you decide whether you could benefit from using it on your next Disney vacation!

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Can You Earn More Than One Sign-Up Bonus With the Same AMEX Business Card?

A Million Mile Secrets reader emailed:

I was recently approved for a 2nd Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  My 1st card is for a different business.  Am I eligible to earn the sign-up bonus twice?

It’s possible, but very unlikely you’ll earn multiple sign-up bonuses with the same AMEX small business card.  Even if you apply using separate Employer Identification Numbers (EINs).

The general rule is AMEX restricts personal and small business card sign-up bonuses to once, per person, per lifetime.

And I spoke with an AMEX representative who confirmed sign-up bonuses are intended for new applicants only.

Multiple AMEX Starwood Card Sign Up Bonuses

Before Applying for the Same AMEX Small Business Card Again, Consider It’s Unlikely You’ll Get the Sign-Up Bonus Twice!

Instead of potentially not getting a sign-up bonus with the same AMEX card, I’ll share other ways to increase your points balances!

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How Long Will the 60,000 Point Southwest Premier Small Business Offer Last?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Victor, tweeted:

How long will the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 60,000 point offer last?

Great question!

You can earn 60,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier small business card when you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account.

That’s a 10,000-point increase from the previous offer on this card!

Chase has NOT indicated if this is a limited-time offer.  But they can change their mind at any point.

Chase Southwest Premier Small Business 60,000 Points

Use Southwest Points From the 60,000 Point Chase Premier Small Business Sign-Up Bonus to Travel to Beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for this offer.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals!

I’ll let you how long I think the Chase Southwest Premier small business 60,000 point offer will last!

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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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