Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 4

While researching the best Starwood hotel redemptions for Category 4, I came across quite a few gems. Unlike most other chains, low-category hotels in Starwoods portfolio are well located and offer decent accommodations. No hole-in-the-wall airport hotels here – especially… Continue Reading


Hotel Boasting the World’s Largest Suite to Join SPG Luxury Collection

Which city do you think boasts the world’s largest hotel suite? Dubai? Vegas? According to the Guinness Book of World Records that honor goes to the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Broumana, Lebanon. Broumana is about 30 minutes outside… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 3

Within Starwood’s Category 3, several Luxury Collection properties start showing up. Oddly enough, many of them aren’t in the best shape and don’t measure up with lower-end brands like Four Points and Sheraton. However, there is still a great deal… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 2

Unlike other hotel chains I’ve covered in this series (Club Carlson, IHG Rewards Club, Hyatt Gold Passport), the number of Starwood hotels in the lower categories is surprisingly low. There wasn’t a horde of run down airport hotels to get… Continue Reading


SPG 50% Mile Transfer Bonus Ending Tonight + Discounted SPG Redemptions

Earlier this month, I wrote about the 20 % transfer bonus promotion SPG was running, which is ending today. Typically, SPG members earn a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points transferred to airline miles (essentially a 25% bonus). During… Continue Reading


Best Starwood Preferred Guest Hotels: Category 1

Starwood’s Preferred Guest program is popular for a reason: In addition to having over 1,100 hotels worldwide in excellent locations, the program has a reasonable award chart. The program’s Category 1 hotel list certainly proves that, offering incredible value at… Continue Reading


Get Value out of SPG Points with the 20% Airline Transfer Bonus

If you haven’t banked enough AAdvantage points thanks to the churnable Citi Executive AAdvantage card or that 40,000 point bonus from the US Airways Mastercard isn’t enough to cover your luxury travel aspirations, you’ll like this promotion: Through July 31,… Continue Reading


Westin St. Francis Special Twitter Rate: $100/NT, Free Wifi + 2 Cable Car Passes

Westin St. Francis Twitter Deal

Usually it’s the bloggers tweeting out low hotel rates, but now the hotels are getting in on the fun. The Westin St. Francis (San Francisco) just sent out a tweet for a low $100 nightly rate. The Rate includes free… Continue Reading


Starwood Beat The Timer: Mystique Santorini on Sale!

Mystique Santorini Vibrant Suite

If you’ve been salivating over Point Me to the Plane’s review of Mystique, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel, here’s your chance to get a “bargain” on the property. I use that term loosely because when you’ve got a hotel going… Continue Reading