35% Discount On SPG Points Purchases Through December 29, 2017
SPG is running a promotion where you can get 35% off Starpoints purchases of 5,000 points or more. When you consider the versatility and value of Starpoints, this promotion might be worthy of consideration.
Get the SPG Amex Cards Before the Marriott Merger Is Finalized
While the Marriott/Starwood merger is old news, the full effect it will have on the award travel scene is yet to be felt by points and miles fans. SPG points are still the most valuable currency out there — make sure you don’t miss out on picking them up.
Reciprocal Earning on Marriott, Ritz, and SPG Credit Cards
Since the close of the Marriott Starwood merger last month, Marriott has been moving at a rapid clip building bridges between Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.
Marriott Gold or Platinum Status the Old Fashion Way No Longer Makes Sense
With both Marriott and Starwood, the mid-level elite status is known as Gold Elite, while the high-level elite status is known as Platinum Elite. The Gold status level benefits with both are similar, although as we have recently explained, Marriott Gold Elite status is a somewhat more valuable than Starwood Preferred Guest Gold. The reasoning is that Marriott provides complimentary breakfast and lounge access to Gold Elites and Starwood does not.
How to Get Instant Gold Status with Both SPG and Marriott from One Credit Card
One of the significant benefits of the Marriott-Starwood merger is the ability to status match between Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. In other words, any elite status you hold with either Marriott or Starwood can now be instantly matched to the other. To reach elite status levels with either of these programs, you typically have to meet some nights or stays requirements per year. However, there are a couple of shortcuts to these stay or night conditions that can instantly grant you Gold Elite status across both programs.
Sweet Spots with Marriott & Starwood Merger for SPG Members
Whenever there is a merger in the travel industry that allows you to transfer points between two separate rewards programs, it is common to find new sweet spots with one of these programs suddenly. The Marriott-Starwood merger is no exception….