Turn 83k Marriott Points Into 25k+ Of Almost Any Mile

When you're shut out from the majority of Chase cards, you loose access to tons of rewards and reward earning opportunities due to what everyone calls the Chase 5/24 rule. If you've opened more than five credit cards from any bank (with the exception of most business cards) in the last 24 months, then Chase will deny you for almost all of their cards (with the exception of these).

SPG 35k Offers End TODAY (April 5)

The Starwood Preferred Guest personal and business credit cards from American Express come with 35,000 bonus Starpoints for spending $5,000 and $8,000 respectively in the first six months of card membership. These offers end tomorrow, April 5, 2017.

Credit card links have been removed from posts and added to the menu bar at the top of every page of MileValue under the heading Top Travel Credit Cards.

The normal sign up bonus is 25,000 points per card.

How to Link SPG & Marriott Accounts Step-by-Step

Thanks to Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott's merger, SPG members can choose to link their account to either Marriott Rewards or Ritz Carlton Rewards.

Last September when this shift occurred, One Mile at a Time wrote a post about which account to link your SPG account to. It depends on your preferences.

Friday is Last Day To Transfer Hotel Points for Southwest Companion Pass

You have two more days (including today) to transfer hotel points to Southwest for the purposes of earning a Southwest Companion Pass. Friday, March 31 is the cutoff. After Friday, any points transferred to Southwest will not count as "qualifying" towards the Companion Pass. That includes Marriott Travel Packages.

The Southwest Companion Pass, if you're unaware, is one of the best deals in travel. If you have the Southwest Companion pass, you can designate a companion who flies for just the taxes on every Southwest flight you fly.

You Can Redeem Your Alaska Companion Certificate on Virgin America

I tend to toot Alaska MileagePlan's horn quite a bit because I myself am a big fan of Alaska miles. You get free stopovers on one way awards, Alaska has a great mix of partners from multiple alliances, and their award charts are filled with sweetspots. Their miles also aren't the hardest to come by, since Bank of America issues a personal and business co-branded Alaska card and SPG points transfer to Alaska.

One of the perks of the Alaska Airlines credit card (both the personal and business version come with one) is an annual Companion Certificate.

How Long Does it Take SPG Points to Transfer?

Since award space can be a scarce resource, it is important to note that not all transferrable points transfer to their partners instantaneously.

This is the third post of a four part series going over how long it takes each type of transferrable point to transfer to its partners.

Ends Today: SPG Primer Because of 30,000 Point Bonuses on SPG Credit Cards

The SPG cards' 30k offers end today 9/14/15. Presumably tomorrow the standard 25k offers will return.

The Starwood Preferred Guest personal and business credit cards from American Express now come with 30,000 bonus Starpoints, up from the normal sign up bonus is 25,000 points.

Asiana Miles Might Be The Cheapest Miles to Hawaii, South America

How long does it take to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints to Asiana Club Miles?

An astounding 17 days.

Why would you want to transfer Starpoints to Asiana Miles?

Starpoints transfer 1:1 to Asiana miles. As with all 1:1 Starpoints transfers, you get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.

Asiana has an incredible award chart.

New, Lower $3,000 Spending Requirement on SPG Cards

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Longtime reader Scott forwarded me an offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest personal and business credit cards that I've never seen before. Instead of the normal $5,000 minimum spending requirement in 6 months, these cards come with a $3,000 minimum spending requirement in the first 3 months.

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express

Both cards come with 25,000 bonus Starpoints after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

INCREDIBLE: 30,000 Bonus Starpoints on SPG Personal and Business Cards

Update at 11:45 PM ET on Saturday May 31: I have sent a referral to all who have requested. To spread the love, I won't send out any more. If you want a referral, contact one of the commentors offering to send referrals.

Until June 30, 2014, the Starwood Preferred Guest personal and business credit cards are offering 30,000 bonus Starpoints each to new cardholders who are referred by existing cardholders.