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New Orleans Food and Wine Festival and Other Events with SPG Moments

Starwood has long offered the opportunity to redeem Starpoints for SPG Moments.  These are various unique experiences curated specially for Starwood Preferred Guest members. The experiences are often one-time events – tickets to concerts, sporting or culinary events, or unique experiences arranged specially for Starwood and often part of their marketing partnerships.  They can include insider…

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High-End Hotel Heist

hotel heist

File this hotel heist under made-for-Hollywood plot lines.  Thieves in the know make their way into a five-star hotel room while guests are occupied at dinner and make off with six figures worth of cash and jewelry. While this was a fictitious storyline last season on ABC’s The Catch, it played out in real life last…

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When to Call it Quits – World of Hyatt Replaces Gold Passport

Sometimes you face the inevitable. Either a situation takes a turn for the worse or continues on a downhill slide. Eventually you find yourself wondering if what you want is realistic. Or facing the reality that the goal you’ve been working toward is perhaps not worth the hassle. That’s when you have to figure out…

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“Sorry I’m Not Sorry” – Two Days of Shakeups in the Points and Miles World

American

It has been a tough couple of days in the points and miles world for hobbyists (those who collect points and miles with airlines, hotels, and other travel providers) and low-fare leisure travelers. On Monday the announcement came that frequent traveler darling Starwood was being acquired by Marriott.  And then yesterday American was changing almost all the rules of…

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SPG Lifetime Platinum

Yesterday I was starting on my second martini, lazily setting my fantasy football draft rankings while watching the sail away from Livorno (I am on vacation – 1/3rd of the way into my Grand Mediterranean adventure) when I received the most delightful of frequent travel emails – I finally achieved SPG Lifetime Platinum Status! I consider this…

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