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Hotel Review: The Westin Excelsior, Florence, Italy. A Great SPG Point Value.

By | October 19, 2016| Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful five-day getaway to Tuscany, including three nights in beautiful Florence. I knew that the potential use of Starwood Preferred Guest Points would be ideal, and looked into category 6 Starwood hotels The Westin Excelsior and The St. Regis.

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Linking My Starwood Account to Marriott Took 3 Seconds

By | September 23, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Starwood Preferred Guest program and Marriott merger is now closed and Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points between SPG and Marriott Rewards. I decided to take the plunge and link my SPG and Marriott accounts together.

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What the Marriott-Starwood merger means for Starpoints – 2 FREE nights in a category 1-5

By | September 22, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Marriott-Starwood merger closing Friday could make SPG as you know it a ticking time bomb. The merge is making us wonder, “What will happen to our beloved Starpoints?”

Late news today is The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is changing from a 25,000 sign-up bonus to a 2 FREE nights offer in a category 1-5 hotel…

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When SPG Platinum Status Falls Short…By One Stay

By | September 15, 2016| Credit Cards, Everyday Loyalty Program, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

At the beginning of 2016, one of our savviest of peeps opened her email from Starwood Preferred Guest to find that she had been awarded Gold Status for this calendar year. Most people would be ecstatic. But for a person who is on a first name basis with front desk managers at Starwood hotels up and down the eastern seaboard, and counts SPG points in her sleep – Gold Status was not an option. Our girl carefully crafted every vacation and business trip to make every single one of her 25 stays and 50 nights count in 2015. But they only counted 24 stays and 47 nights.

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Free Just Got Even More FREE! Starwood Luxury at 35% Off

By | September 12, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

It’s promotion time again with the Starwood Preferred Guest program. SPG is currently offering a limited-time offer that gives travelers 35% off Free Night redemptions at select resorts. This promotion is available at only 8 of Starwood’s most sought after luxury properties, and is valid through February 28, 2017. The resorts included normally start at a 40,000 point redemption per night and goes up to 90,000. Now you can take advantage of a night free for as little as 26,000 at some of the brand’s most coveted and exclusive hotels.

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Get $1,500 Toward FREE Travel With The Chase Sapphire Reserve

By | September 9, 2016| Airline Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Platinum Card from American Express are now contending for top position of the luxury card category in the U.S. Both come with high annual fees and appear to be similar. What you need to do is determine which card is worth paying the $450 annual fee. There are many less expensive choices, so let us help you narrow down which is a better choice.

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How to Save a Bundle on ATM Fees When Traveling Abroad

By | September 8, 2016| Airline Cards, Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Be careful the next time that you leave the country. Without a few key insights, that handbag that you bargained over in Florence could end up costing you more than you ever thought, and with every swipe of your credit card or ATM cash withdrawal your travel budget could easily get out of hand. But it doesn’t have to. We’ve identified the best ways to avoid banking fees while traveling, and have hopefully made it easier for you to travel knowing about all of those annoying fees.

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Move Over Platinum Card from American Express – Chase Sapphire Reserve Has Arrived

By | August 24, 2016| Airline Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

In our opinion, the Platinum Card from American Express has firmly held the position as the exclusive travel benefits and rewards fixture for almost 3 decades. For the person that carries the card, it conveys a sense of financial accomplishment coupled with the expectations of premium service and travel savvy- until maybe now. Enter Chase Sapphire Reserve.

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Best Credit Card For Wedding Purchases That Get You A Free Honeymoon

By | August 12, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

If you’re planning an event, do it at a Marriott for the absolute best rewards. We, at Point Savvy, are currently in the process of helping plan my sister-in-law’s Connecticut wedding by maximizing points so to offer her and her husband-to-be a variety of options for a free honeymoon that they will remember.

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Get a Free Night with Starwood. No Cash. No Points. No Kidding.

By | August 8, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

I have been a loyal guest at Starwood Hotels and a diehard user of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints for over a decade. I have spent more time dragging my family from Sheraton to Four Points to every W Hotel in the continental U.S. to rack up hotel stays to achieve Platinum Status, which just happened last week for the ninth time! Needless to say, I’m excited. But you don’t need to achieve Platinum Status to take advantage of one of the best Starwood offers – their fifth night free benefit.

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Starwood Birth Year Promotion: The Older You Are The Less You Pay

By | July 29, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Here at Point Savvy we talk about the aging process more than we would like to admit. But with Starwood’s Birth Year Promotion we are happy to shout how old we are from the rooftop of any 5 star hotel under the Starwood umbrella. If you’re not quite sure where your next quick getaway may be, this program may help you to narrow your search while saving you some real money on your hotel stay.

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Fare Alert! Norwegian Air Flies Direct to Martinique and Guadeloupe Starting at $198 RT from Baltimore

By | July 21, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Once again, Norwegian Airlines is offering great fares direct from BWI to both islands giving you a great jumpstart to a vacation when you really need starting in early November. Best of all, these fares start in November and run through March so that you can take advantage of them from Thanksgiving through Spring Break.

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Redeem SPG Starpoints for a Tennis Lesson with Andy Roddick or Other Incredible 2016 U.S. Open Experiences

By | July 20, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

True, some loyalty points only get you discounted plane tickets or hotel upgrades. But Starwood’s Preferred Customer program gets you tennis superstar Andy Roddick. Today, Starwood makes available one of its most popular SPG Moments by giving members the opportunity to redeem Starpoints for once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences at the 2016 U.S. Open, including access to media tours, courtside seats to the finals and the aforementioned Andy Roddick (via a personalized tennis lesson).

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Fare Alert! Direct Flights to San Juan Starting at $246 RT and Bags Fly Free!

By | March 24, 2016| Airline Cards, Hotel Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Take advantage of these super low fares to San Juan on Southwest Airlines. Fares start as low as $123 one way from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to San Juan, PR (SJU) and you can leave as early as April 6. For a limited time you can earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points.

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How Do You Reach Platinum Level in the SPG Program? By Staying at the St. Regis of Course.

By | January 18, 2016| Hotel Cards, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | One Comment

One of my favorite loyalty programs is the Starwood Preferred Guest program. Over the years I have made it my mission to reach Platinum level in the SPG program no matter how much I torture my family in the process of getting there. This past December, I was in need of three stays to reach my Platinum status.

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Savvy Sum-Up of our Top Points, Discounts and Travel Stories this Week

By | January 4, 2016| Debt Consolidation, Discounts, Hotel Cards, Retail Credit Card, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Loyalty Program | One Comment

Here are a few highlights from this week’s top stories including strategies for planning you dream vacation using points, a person story of how e0c.4f5.myftpupload.com founder Barbara Jones gifted an exotic honeymoon to her cousin using points, and articles on top grocery store cards, AARP discounts, debt consolidation loans and airline loyalty programs.

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Best Credit Card for Reimbursable Employee Business Expenses

By | December 2, 2015| Business Credit Cards Article, Hotel Cards, Loyalty, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards | No Comments

Last weekend while I was grabbing a quick bite at the airport and waiting for my Southwest flight, I met a gentleman who was traveling for business. As we were standing in line at the food kiosk, we began to chat about where we were both headed and why. It was an enjoyable exchange that led to our sharing a table while eating our meals.

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What’s the Best Hotel Rewards Credit Card for Free Nights? SPG Credit Card from American Express is offering 35,000 Bonus Starpoints!

By | December 2, 2015| Featured Article, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

We’ve narrowed down a handful of our favorite hotel rewards credit cards that offer some of the best rewards, free lodging and extra perks for loyal cardholders. Hotel-branded cards can offer you great benefits, one being free nights from the start as long as you meet the necessary spend in the first few months. Frequent loyal guests will discover benefits that both lower your rates and add another dimension of luxury to the hotel experience.

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How Can I Get More in Return From My Credit Card Spending?

By | November 23, 2015| Airline Cards, Cash Back Credit Card, Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Loyalty, Reward Credit Card, Rewards Credit Cards Article | No Comments

A friend asked if I could help her choose a credit card that rewards her for all the purchases she makes every month. I just had to laugh when she confessed that currently, the only return she gets for her spending is a good argument with her husband every time the credit card statement arrives.

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