Starwood Preferred Guest (Merged with Marriott Bonvoy)


Minor Improvement to the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

The American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card (Canadian version) has been slightly upgraded. Originally, there was a $50 annual fee for supplementary cardholders, which now waives its first year fee. Not an earth-shattering move, but it should make it a no-brainer to at least add the supplementary cardholder at least for the first year.

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Hotel Co-Branded Credit Cards Market Wide Open

It is very slim pickings for co-branded hotel loyalty program credit cards in Canada. These are only 4 credit cards left to choose from. This also means that the market is completely wide open. Unfortunately, the weak Canadian dollar is really not helping the potential for a hotel rewards program to want to enter the Canadian market.

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[HOTEL] Expiry Policies (updated February 18, 2016)

It has been a while since my last hotel expiry policies update. There have been a few changes ever since, so I thought I’d give my list a quick update. In deciding my preference for hotel loyalty programs, I give a lot of consideration to the expiry policy. I have been focusing my energy on 4 hotel rewards programs: Best Western Rewards, Hilton HHonors, IHG Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.


Saturday Hotel Promotions (Starwood, Club Carlson, Air Canada Surprise)

Another Saturday, another week gone by. Time does fly. But it’s always a great time to earn bonus points. If you have any upcoming hotel stays, you may want to consider these two following hotel promotions.

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Best Price Guaranteed: Booking With Third Party versus Direct

Most people believe that third party sites such as Priceline and Expedia offer the best prices in terms of hotel room rates, but is this really the case? With the Best Price Guaranteed policy offered by most hotel brands, you can easily find yourself locking in a good deal.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Deals for Canadians

It’s Black Friday and there are deals everywhere as we wish our neighbours in the United States and Happy Thanksgiving! In recent years, both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been combined into a long weekend of unbelievable discounts assisting our needs into the holiday season.