Can I tell you how excited I was to read this post on Hack My Trip talking about the possibility that the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card may be getting some new benefits? I just got through presenting at Frequent Traveler University on Hyatt and Starwood Preferred Guest. One of the things I commented on was just how hard it is to earn large amounts of Starpoints.
Unless you travel quite a bit and pay higher rates, the only other option is the SPG AMEX. And it only earns 1 point per dollar spent, regardless of category. Now, it has a pretty cool annual benefit of 2 stays and 5 nights credit towards elite status, and you can double that up by getting both the personal and business version of the cards. But, cards like the Chase Ink Bold card have numerous bonus categories to leverage larger points earning.
That might be coming, according to a survey and an inside source that Scott has. As it stands now, I really want to use my SPG Amex to accrue more points. But, if I get 5X on a category if I charge on my Ink Bold, I’m not willing to give up that kind of reward. I’m really hoping for some category bonuses out of the SPG Amex in the future. It would absolutely skew my spending back to Starwood in a big way.
How about a residence at 35,000 feet? View From The Wing has the scoop. Try a double bed, couches, dining room table, private shower and a dedicated butler. If you can’t afford what will likely be a ticket about the same price as an affordable car, you can always opt for the smaller apartment Etihad will be offering. Awesome. Just awesome.
Can I tell you how jealous I was when I saw Wandering Aramean’s post on his seaplane voyage? I was especially jealous about it because I was in Seattle at the same conference with him. Hey, Seth! Can I get a shout-out next time? Those views are awesome.
Seth wasn’t the only one in Seattle to forget my phone number when it came time for a fun trip. The Heels First girls had a great day at Bainbridge Island. This is another thing to add to your to-do list if you’re headed to Seattle when the weather is nice.
Hope it’s a great week of travel for you. Where are you headed to next?