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500 Free Starwood Preferred Guest Points By Updating Your Account Preferences

Starwood hotels loyalty program, the Starwood Preferred Guest, has launched a “More For You” promotion, through which you can earn double or triple Starpoints on stays at their hotel if you stay a certain amount of nights. The More For You” offer  is worthwhile to sign up if you have a Starwood hotel stay before 15 December 2014.

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The “More For You” double/triple points promotion requires an actual stay. There is another promo the  “My Stay Preferences” bonus, where you’ll get 500 points for simply updating your “My Stay Preferences” in your SPG account.

You will also need to register for the “More For You” promotion to benefit from these 500 bonus Starpoints. You can register here.

When will this expire?

You must register before November 30, 2014 for the “More For You” promotion. You can update your “My Stay Preferences” until December 15, 2014.

Here is a copy of the Terms

My Stay Preferences bonus: Registered members are eligible to receive 500 bonus Starpoints when updating the members spg.com profile online between October 15, 2014 and December 15, 2014. Updates made prior to registration are eligible, but only if the update falls within October 15 to December 15, 2014. The bonus will post to the registered member’s account 2-4 weeks after the end of the promotion period. All members who are registered for the More For You promotion are eligible for the My Stay Preferences bonus regardless of whether they have an eligible booking in the promotion.

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In Summary:

Get 500 Free Starwood Preferred Guest Points By signing up for the newest promotion and Updating Your Account Preferences
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BRG Best Rate Guarantee: Free Hotel Stays

BRG an acronym for Best Rate Guarantee is a diamond in the rough.  Imagine sleeping in a hotel in the city in a $500 room, or some resort in the Caribbeans for free! Very few people take advantage of it, but the results can be well worth while. Everyone enjoys something for free, and that is exactly what some Best Rate Guarantees are! There are different rules for different hotel chains, so before you do a BRG make sure you know what you are doing. Read on so we can lead you with some pointers.

What is a BRG?

BRG stands for Best Rate Guarantee. It is in reference to free or reduced/ matched hotel rooms.

Why do They Offer BRG?

Hotels want you to “think” you are getting the best deal. And usually you are. As a reverse physiology game they display a “guarantee” that you got the best price, You will feel confident in booking a room much faster.

BRG’s are the cheapest option for free hotel rooms. Although they might not be so easy to find, they sure are worth your time. Staying in hotels are more fun when they are free!

What hotels Offer FREE rooms

Although many hotels offer BRG claims, many are not worthwhile. Some match the price, others match and give 10%, and Expedia give you the difference and a $50 voucher.

Currently there are 2 hotel groups that offer completely free nights

Choice Hotels


Yes, you can find other brands with BRG but they don’t compare. Take Starwood for example:

Find a lower rate and we’ll give you a 10% discount or 2,000 Starpoints.

Yes, that is nice and generous, but measly compared to a free night

New York – GEM Hotel – Chelsea, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

$389 a night value

As a matter of fact this hotel is currently available to book for FREE!

A special HT: To the best BRG Blog.

The current Rate Variation is:

Priceline – $369.00 vs ChoiceHotels.com – $389.00

How do you make a claim?

  • Find a lower price ofthe same properties on a website other teh the main booking site
  • Make sure the room types are exactly the same
  • Double check that the dates are the same
  • Book the room on the hotel properties site
  • Fill out the BRG form
  • Await for the conformation of the free room

What else is there to know?

  1. Always book a refundable room, you don’t want to be stuck with a room that the BRG isn’t honored
  2. If it doesn’t work, cancel and try again
  3. You will be told no sometimes, move on
  4. The hotel owes you nothing
  5. Use, don’t abuse
  6. Some programs have rules like only 1 night per person per area, don’t book your entire family on your account for the same place!

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In Summary

Best Rate Guarantee AKA BRG can amount to Free Hotel Stays!

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30K SPG American Express Card Is Back Again This Summer!

Just this passed Thursday the Annual Fee on my SPG card has came up. I called in to get the fee waived, and successfully got a $45 credit. The $20 is well worth the cost of the card given all the benefits the card encompasses. Additionally, the card gets the Amex sync offers, Small Business Saturday, and other offers.  I will be keeping my Starwood Preferred Guest Card open.

But, when the fee hit it got me thinking, hey it is this time of the year again. After all only 12 months ago the Starwood Card offered the extended bonus of 30,000 points instead of 25k. And then Today I get a memo that the American Express June promo is back! The sign up bonus on the SPG card is now 30,000 points after spending $5000!

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30K – Starwood Prefered Guest

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What are the card benefits?

  • Starpoints® bonus: earn up to 35,000 bonus points: 10,000 after your first purchase and another 20,000 after you spend $5,000 within the first 6 months of Card membership
  • That’s enough for a weekend getaway to a Category 4 Hotel.
  • Free Hotel Nights: redeem Starpoints at over 1,100 hotels in nearly 100 countries worldwide – with no blackout dates. Some hotels may have mandatory service and resort charges.
  • Free Flights: redeem Starpoints on over 350 airlines with SPG Flights – with no blackout dates
  • No limits on the number of Starpoints you can earn
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65
  • Terms and Restrictions apply.

What other perks does this card have?

  • Earn Starwood Gold status after spending $30,000 on the card annually.
  • American Express special offers (Sync and save, twitter, Small business Saturday etc.)
  • Purchase Protection
  • Extended Warranty
  • Receive credit for 5 nights and 2 stays towards SPG elite status each year

American Express has limited the sign up bonuses to once in a life time. Therefore, if you had this card in the past, you will not be able to get it again with the full bonus. Rumor has it that you can get a smaller bonus, but it is not worth the credit pull.

American Express has brought back the 30K offer of the SPG card this summer. This card is only available until the end on June, so hurry if you want to get it. If you had the card in the past, don’t bother applying.

We will not be applying for this card, as we already have both in our wallet. If you do not have the SPG card and you are planning on applying for one, this is the biggest bonus we have seen on this card in quite a few years. Now is as good time to take advantage of it. This card will decrease to the 25k at the end of June.

Other limited time offers

100k - Citi AAdvantage  Executive card

  • 100k miles after spending $10,000 in 90 days
  • $200 Statement credit after first purchase
  • $450 annual fee
  • First Checked Bag Free
  • Admirals Club® Membership Privileges
  • Enhanced Airport Experience
  • 25% Savings on Eligible In-Flight Purchases
  • Elite Qualifying Miles
  • Earn Double AAdvantage® Miles on Eligible American Airlines Purchases
  • No Mileage Cap
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on Purchases
  • Expert Concierge Service

Read our review here


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In Summary:

The Starwood American Express card is back with it’s 30k offer, it is only good for those that never had the SPG credit card before.

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