Making Sense of the New Marriott Bonvoy Co-Brand Cards

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 2018

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 Program

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 Policy

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 Resorts

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.