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Exceptional luxury and value on your next hotel getaway

Editor’s Note:  In an effort to raise awareness about the enhanced travel benefits available to cardholders, we are hosting a “travel madness” blog series, inviting our partners and industry experts to share perspectives and travel tips.

We know how hard you work to earn those well-deserved vacations with your family or significant other.  Regardless if that dream vacation is a long weekend driving distance from your home or on a secluded island in French Polynesia – the right hotel can give you the priceless experience you are looking for.

When selecting your preferred hotel, never underestimate the power of exceptional service, a beautifully designed property, plush rooms and, of course, those extra perks that can make you feel comfortable and pampered wherever you are away.

Knowing how to maximize your next hotel getaway is key – so here are a few tips to help you on your next trip:

Choose a preferred hotel that reflects your needs and the experience you deserve

Take a look at the variety of brands, the experience they offer and their footprint of destinations.  For example, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is a recognized luxury brand that has more than 1,000 properties in nearly 100 countries, including many in Latin America.Our strength lies in nine distinct lifestyle brands, including Sheraton®, Westin®, St. Regis®, Le Meridien®, and W Hotels® that offer exceptional quality, at more destinations for our guests. Having this level of options can be valuable to families and frequent travelers.

Reward yourself!

Guests should be rewarded for their loyalty to a hotel brand.  Make sure you are taking advantage of loyalty programs, such as our award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program to get all those benefits available to you, such as free nights or VIP perks from our SPG Moments program, where you can earn points that give you access to sporting events, culinary experiences, concerts and more.

Watch out for strategic partnerships that can multiply your benefits

Providing value to guests is important to many brands – including card brands. For this reason, we’ve partnered with brands like MasterCard to surpass guest expectations.  By using your MasterCard at select Starwood properties around the world, guests can receive perks such as free breakfast for two, late check-in/out, Club Lounge access or free premium Wi-Fi.  You might even receive an invitation to try a concierge level of assistance which has exceptional value when you are in a destination for the first time.

So remember there is a lot of value to be derived from your next hotel getaway.  If you join us at one of our Starwood properties, we will do our best to surpass your expectations. Also, if you stay with us, don’t forget to take a couple of minutes to answer those ratings surveys when asked so we can continue to meet the needs of our loyal guests.