How to Travel More and Take Your Next Trip Sooner

There is something so magical about travel. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many places around the world. And, the funny thing about travel is that the more you travel, the more you want to. Wouldn’t you agree?

If you’re like me, then you’re the type of traveler that’s trying to maximize their budget to be able to plan more travel experiences, and to make them even better experiences each time.

For places that I frequent, I have a roster of hotels that I like to stay at. Often, Starwood properties have been some of my favorites over the years, such as Le Parker Meridien New York, Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre, Westin Maui and many more.

That’s why I like the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. Combining the benefits of American Express with Starwood’s Preferred Guest points program, this card is a must–have for every savvy traveler. Cardholders earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in purchases charged to the card and after $500 worth of purchases in the first three months of cardmembership, you’ll earn 20,000 Welcome Bonus Starpoints. That’s enough for up to 5 free nights! Starpoints can be redeemed at over 1,200 Starwood properties around the world, and 150 airlines accept them as currency with no blackout dates. Starpoints can be redeemed at 10 brands of hotels including W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, and Four Points by Sheraton. Another perk with the credit card is the automatic upgrade to Starwood Gold Preferred Guest status when you reach $30,000 in purchases each year. Gold status includes benefits like 4 p.m. late checkout, a welcome gift at check-in, an enhanced room at check-in when available, and more.

In my opinion, one of the greatest features is the above-and-beyond experiences you have access to, whether you’re on the road or at home. With access to once-in-a-lifetime events with SPG Moments you are able to attend meet-and-greets with A-list artists and athletes, get backstage concert passes, attend pro golf clinics, etc. Plus, as with any American Express Card, you get to tap into advance tickets to some of the best concerts and other events with Front Of The Line. For the annual fee of $120, this card is totally the new traveler’s must-have.

Speaking of travel, I’m starting to plan my next summer trip. Montreal is on my mind and I’ve heard Starwood has a very chic W Hotel in town. So stay tuned, because I might need your help to plan my trip!

P.S. Recommend the Card to your friends and you could earn a referral bonus of 10,000 Starpoints for each approved referral – that’s enough for up to 3 free nights! And who doesn’t love free nights?

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

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  • d$

    Montreal isn’t called the “Vegas” of Canada for no reason.. Highly recommend it as a destination for you. I fell in love with the atmosphere, aura and of course, the food. Poutine is a must. Thanks for the tips!

    – Avid Canadian Traveller