Marriott Hotel + Air Awards vs. Starwood Nights & Flights: Which Provides More Value?

Airplane Flying Over Eiffel Tower Paris

The Marriott takeover of Starwood is off to a great start, with generous status match offers and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG point transfers to Marriott and Ritz Carlton. I’ve already covered how much value members can get by… Continue Reading


Why You Need to Load Up on SPG Points AND Transfer Them to Marriott

Transfer SPG to Marriott to book Domes Noruz Chania Resort

The first steps in the Starwood-Marriott merger were taken last week, when reciprocal benefits were announced for members for both programs. This was a positive step, with generous elite status matches and the 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG to Marriott… Continue Reading


3 Positive Developments in the Marriott-Starwood Merger

Starwood Marriott Merger Reciprocal Benefits

Remember when the Marriott-Ritz Carlton takeover of Starwood hotels was announced last year and I wrote about how the news wasn’t so bad? Well, my point of view has been validated today, because all three programs have taken the first… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 6

Best Category 6 SPG Hotel St. Regis Washington, D.C.

Starwood’s Category 6 Hotel list is an impressive collection of properties with amazing locations that can offer great value when redeemed during peak travel dates. A free night at a Category 6 Starwood Hotel will set you back 20,000 –… Continue Reading


Met Hotel Thessaloniki Review

Suite at The Met Hotel Thessaloniki

The Met Hotel Thessaloniki is one of the best hotels you’ll find in the city. The place is very modern and immaculately clean – the fact that I’m pointing this out means it was that noticeable. Rates are reasonable –… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 5

Best SPG Hotel Category 5 Keraton at The Plaza Jakarta

It’s been a year and a half since my last post in the Best Starwood Hotel Redemption series. These posts take a long time to research and write, so I kind of half-assed the last one by not including any… Continue Reading


Is This One of the Best or Worst Uses of Starpoints?

I was browsing through the SPG Moments website when I came across a recently ended auction that caught my attention. Someone spent 230,500 Starpoints on an AUDITION to sing the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets game. And… Continue Reading


Marriott Rewards vs. Starwood Preferred Guest: Is the Acquisition Really That Bad?

IHG is about to get dethroned as the world’s largest hotel company (talk about Priceless Surprises – and not in a good way). I woke up to a flurry of tweets yesterday about SPG and by the tone of  things,… Continue Reading


Earn Free Weekend Nights with Sheraton

Here’s my attempt at posting about a promoting in a timely manner. I just received an email from Starwood, announcing a promotion that isn’t half bad for those who frequently stay at Sheraton hotels. Through September 30, 2015 members will… Continue Reading


A (Better) List of Starwood Hotels Changing Categories in 2015

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its annual category changes, which will affect a total of 255 properties that will either move up or down one category. These changes will go into effect on March 10, 2015, so if a hotel… Continue Reading