Making Sense of the New Marriott Bonvoy Co-Brand Cardsby Richard Kerr
Marriott has taken another big step towards combining its rewards programs by launching a new lineup of Marriott Bonvoy co-branded cards from Chase and American Express. The new cards come with some great benefits as well as attractive, limited-time welcome bonuses. As of yesterday, several existing products were permanently retired to make room for the new cards.
SPG & Marriott: Big Changes To Award Categories in 2018by Sam Helmy
Both SPG and Marriott have announced a slew of changes to the categories of their properties. This year’s changes impact 276 SPG properties, and a stifling number of Marriott properties: over 1,300 are changing category. Although Marriott now owns Starwood, the changes to SPG hotels are relatively benign with roughly the same number of properties going up as going down in category.
How to Use Points and Miles at Hotels with No Rewards Programby Jess Farley
In theory, using points and miles for hotel stays is a straightforward affair. Determine your destination, plan out the points and miles needed, design and execute a card application and spending strategy to acquire the points, and book your free night award. But what happens if your destination has no hotels affiliated with a rewards program? Are you stuck paying cash? Or is there still a way of using rewards points to score free accommodations?
SPG & Marriott 48 Hour Cancellation Policyby Sam Helmy
Sadly, Marriott and SPG have made a change to their cancellation policy, and it is not good news. Effective June 15, 2017, the hotels will be imposing a cancellation fee on cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance. The new policy will see you charged for the first night including taxes and fees if you cancel less than 48 hours in advance.
35% off Starwood Preferred Guest Top Luxury Resortsby Sam Helmy
Last fall we reported on the Paradise Closer Promotion by SPG. The previous promotion was scheduled to run until February 28, 2017. Well, the promotion has been extended all the way through March 5, 2018. And just like the last promotion, 8 of SPG’s top luxury resorts are participating in the promotion.
Marriott and Starwood Hotel Category Changes for 2017by Sam Helmy
Marriott and Starwood recently announced category changes to their hotels for 2017. Every hotel is assigned a category level within the rewards program which dictates how many points per night it will cost to stay at a given property. The…
Hotel Deals for Cyber Monday and Black Friday 2016by Sam Helmy
These promotions have ended. Most hotels offer some great deals around this time of year, with many having announced their offers in the last couple of weeks. Here is a roundup of the best deals to be had this Holiday…
Marriott 2016 Cyber Monday Sale: First Details Releasedby Gretchen Holm
This promo has ended. Marriott has just released some early information about its upcoming Cyber Monday promotion, which gives Marriott Rewards members up to 25% off at over 2,100 locations (for context, that’s over a third of Marriott’s total hotels)…
Starwood Launches First Luxury Hotel In Downtown Tokyoby Jess Farley
A few weeks ago marked the opening of Starwood Hotels & Resorts first luxury hotel in Tokyo, Japan. The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho was unveiled by Starwood’s The Luxury Collection and joins SPG’s other Tokyo properties, The Westin Tokyo, Sheraton…