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SPG Category Changes

By on Mar 3, 2015 in Starwood | 0 comments

Every year Starwood makes changes to what hotels are in what categories.  Generally the changes affect a small portion of the hotels and in this case, for 2015, it’s a total of 22% that are changing categories.  This year about 10% of the hotels are moving up and about 12% of hotels are moving down.  The entire list of changes can be viewed here. There really...

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Review: Westin Times Square

By on Jan 28, 2015 in Starwood, Trip Reports | 0 comments

After my stay at the Borgata on a recent Friday night, I decided to head to the city and stay at the Westin Times Square.  The Westin here is usually a $200+ hotel or 25,000 points so I try not to stay here too often even though it is very conveniently located. The hotel itself is very nice with an indoor entrance to the Regal theater and across the street from the...

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SPG Best Rate Guarantee Changes

By on Jan 12, 2015 in FFP update, Starwood | 0 comments

Most major hotel chains have some sort of Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) policy which says that if you find a better rate elsewhere, they will match the rate and give you a discount. Currently one of the best policies is at Hyatt which offers a 25% discount on the lowest rate. In this case, you do not have to book the hotel before requesting the BRG. Starwood, up until...

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SPG 2015 Q1 Promo

By on Jan 5, 2015 in Promotions, Starwood | 0 comments

Starwood’s promotion for Q1 of 2015 is Double Play.  With this promotion you get double points on eligible nights at participating properties for stays of 2 nights or more.  Even though this promotion isn’t incredibly generous, the good thing is the small number of exclusions.  Generally the exclusion list for SPG promos is quite long.  You can view the...

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Review: Sheraton Times Square

By on Nov 18, 2014 in Starwood, Trip Reports | 0 comments

On a recent weekend I had the opportunity to stay at the Sheraton Times Square.  The hotel is a category 5 hotel so it costs 12,000 points or 6,000 points and $110.  The normal cost of the hotel is anywhere between $250 – $300.  This is my third different SPG hotel in the city after Element Times Square and W New York Times Square. The check in process at the...

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SPG – Emirates Partenership

By on Nov 11, 2014 in Starwood | 0 comments

In line with the Crossover Rewards in partnership with Delta, SPG has partnered with Emirates to offer Your World Rewards.  Registration opens on November 19, 2014 and offers elite members of both programs benefits with the other. For SPG members: SPG Gold and Platinum members earn 1 Starpoint per US dollar spent on all eligible Emirates flights SPG Platinum members...

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