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Some Starwood Preferred Guest properties offer their guests to redeem SPG points for so called “Instant Awards” ranging from F&B, Spa Treatments to Limousine Services but do they make sense?

We looked at a couple of the redemption options that are usually displayed through a special list in the guestroom or a personalized letter such in this case, showing the current point balance of the guest. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Gust (SPG) doesn’t have never ending Starpoints sales (unlike Hilton & IHG) and the discount tends to max at 30%. SPG launched a sale on March 1 that ends today (April 30th)!

Why I Purchase Starpoints (Again)

Last year, SPG had an one-time sale where the discount was 35% off (read more here) and later in the year “Mystery Sale” with up to 50% off (read more here). I, however, decided that the 30% off is good enough and made a purchase last month. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes April 26 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Gust (SPG) doesn’t have never ending Starpoints sales (unlike Hilton & IHG) and the discount tends to max at 30%. SPG launched a sale on March 1 that ends on this coming Sunday (April 30th).

Why I Purchase Starpoints (Again)

Last year, SPG had an one-time sale where the discount was 35% off (read more here) and later in the year “Mystery Sale” with up to 50% off (read more here). I, however, decided that the 30% off is good enough and made a purchase last month. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes April 19 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has lifetime Gold and Platinum programs as long as the program stays around (something should happen in 2018).

SPG Lifetime Platinum Five More Stays

When I started with SPG 10 years ago (later than with Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott & IHG), I had no idea that one day I would make lifetime Platinum with the program. As a matter of fact, SPG didn’t even have formalized lifetime program back in 2007. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has offered Gold & Platinum status challenges for the past few years (status matched previously) and has for the first time launched a dedicated webpage explaining the process and rules

SPG Gold & Platinum Status Match 2017

Now that the hotel company is part of Marriott it is a good time to take advantage of this challenge for the last time. You can request the “Gold Challenge” or “Platinum Challenge” (never hurts to try registering for both) that require 9 or 18 paid nights during a 90-day window. This challenge doesn’t require you to have any status with other hotel chains. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes April 12 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date [click to continue…]

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This week the Compensation Clinic-case comes from my stay last week at the fairly new Le Meridien Putrajaya in Malaysia (close to Kuala Lumpur).

Compensation Clinic Le Meridien Putrajaya (Knocking At The Door When DND Is On)

Remember that our readers can also always email us, send us a Facebook message or Tweet about the issues you have with hotels, airlines and other travel providers. We’ll feature one new Compensation Clinic each week. [click to continue…]