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Will it be sun and beach, or snow and ski?

(NC) No matter what your vacation style, remember that just the right loyalty program can give you far more for your money, including flexibility.

“When you travel as much as I do, a rewards program can infuse a little luxury into my life,” says Julian Brass of “For example, there's nothing like the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. I'm earning 'starpoints' on every dollar I spend, which means I can escape more often.” Julian says he redeems points for a flight to any destination around the world and better still, he can choose a luxurious hotel stay at any one of 1,100 Starwood properties in those destinations.

Whether you're dreaming of white sand beaches or hitting the slopes, here are the Julian Brass picks for a getaway this winter:

W Retreat & Spa – Vieque, Puerto Rico

Dream of catching a glimpse of wild horses on the beach, kayaking through the gorgeous Bioluminescent Bay or simply experiencing some serious R&R? Then look no further than this idyllic Caribbean island. For those wanting to escape the everyday and see Puerto Rico the W way, look no further than The W Retreat & Spa, named one of “Travel + Leisure's Top 500 hotels around the World”.

The Westin Resort & Spa – Whistler, British Columbia

For a truly luxurious experience, explore this mountain haven. Fine-tune your ski or snowboard skills at Whistler Blackcomb before heading down to the ski valet tent. After a soak in a hot tub, embark on a culinary expedition with Whistler Tasting Tours, which will weave a gastronomic path through four of the best restaurants Whistler has to offer. Then surrender to a soothing Swedish massage at the Scandinave Spa, a traditional Finnish spa tucked away in a spruce and cedar forest just north of Whistler.

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