Starwood Cash and Points Math Mishaps: Don’t Forget the Tax Factor

Tweet When planning Starwood hotel stays, I often try and figure out if it’s best to use points outright or to use cash and points.  At one point, I concluded that cash and points is always a more valuable use of points.  I no longer think that is necessarily true, as it depends on the […]

25,000 Starwood Bonus Opportunity

Tweet Update September 5th: The 30,000 Starwood offer has expired.  The current best offer is 10,000 points after your first purchase and 15,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first six months.  To get that offer click here. I read an article yesterday by Darius at Million Mile Secrets that points out that the terms […]

Starwood 25,000 Bonus Offer is Back

Tweet Last summer, the Starwood American Express had a limited time sign up bonus where you could get up to 30,000 Starwood miles.  Update September 5th, 2012.  This offer has expired. The offer only comes around once or twice a year, so this is a great time to consider this card. I’m personally really excited […]

Enjoying the Rewards: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tweet Last week my wife and I along with our three kids enjoyed a wonderful week at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lampur in Malaysia. How did we manage to stay at ‘such a nice hotel’?  A friend who lives in Kuala Lumper was explaining to us that there is just no cheap way to stay […]

7 Convincing Reasons Why the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express Should Have a Home in Your Wallet

Tweet The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card® from American Express hasn’t got a lot of press time on this site. Certainly, it’s had less than it deserves. The reason? I’ve been focusing so much on cards with the best sign up bonuses that I haven’t given enough attention to cards that really shine when it comes to […]

Starwood Cash and Points Vs. Starwood Points| Discover the Best Value Per Point

Tweet Around our home, we’re always dreaming about (and planning) our next trip. In 2012, we’re planning on doing a lot of traveling, and of course I don’t want to pay a lot for our travels.  We’ve got a decent amount of Starwood points that we’ve earned from the Starwood American Express, but not enough […]

Save Money on Hotels with Beat the Timer

Tweet This week I discovered another money saving travel website. The website is called Beat The Timer (www.beatthetimer.com). Beat The Timer is a Starwood Hotel Brand website.  The concept is simple: for 72 hours, they offer highly discounted rates at over 250 participating hotels.  Of course, your dates of availability will be limited, but if […]

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card® from American Express Review | Why this Card Has Home in My Wallet

Tweet I’ve used, owned, and signed up for a lot of credit cards in my life.  I’ve never had a late payment on a credit card, and I’ve never paid any financing fees.  So why such a long history with credit cards?  Quite simply, credit cards are the best way to bulk up any rewards […]

I’m Enjoying A FREE Hotel This weekend

Tweet As you are reading this I am celebrating my nine year anniversary with my wonderful wife.  We are just north of Toronto in a place called Vaughan.  The best part of all?  We have a free hotel at the Vaughan-Southwest Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Had we not used our Priority Club points here […]