The Best Credit Cards for Marriott Guests

If you’re looking to earn points toward hotel award stays and enjoy elite-status perks while you’re at it, credit cards should definitely be a part of your award travel strategy. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through the best options for those who frequently stay at Marriott properties. With over 4,000…

Marriott’s Integrating Some SPG Benefits Long Before the Merger

Update: Marriott has updated its Guaranteed Late Checkout policy to truly be guaranteed (at least for Gold and Platinum members): Guaranteed Late Checkout — Gold and Platinum members may checkout as late as 4pm if they ask. This benefit is guaranteed at all participating Marriott Rewards hotels, except at resort and convention hotels, where it…

Can I Get Marriott Rewards Gold Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Angela sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott status: “I stay with Marriott a lot for work, and I have a Marriott card that gives me Silver status. Is there another card that can get me Gold status (like the Business Platinum Amex for SPG and Hilton)?” Hotel loyalty programs offer quite…

Thursday Giveaway: Win a $500 Marriott Gift Card

This week’s Thursday Giveaway is a $500 Marriott gift card for your next trip to one of the chain’s properties worldwide. The gift card is valid for stays, dining and more at any participating property, including Edition, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels. You can use the $500 to book a stay with one of Marriott’s new…

Marriott Rewards Members Can Now Get Discounted Rates

Last year, Hilton announced a special fare exclusive to HHonors members for up to 10% off select stays. And earlier this month, Marriott announced that Marriott Rewards members would get a discount on their stay when they book directly through the chain. Marriott announced a start date of April 11 for this new rate, and…

Should I Transfer Points to Southwest for a Companion Pass?

TPG reader Tina sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “Is it worthwhile to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to a hotel program and then to Southwest in order to earn the Companion Pass?” The Southwest Companion Pass is perhaps the most valuable travel benefit out there, so it’s no surprise that I get a…

7 Things Every Teen Should Do in Las Vegas

After a recent trip to Las Vegas, 16-year-old TPG Teen Correspondent Aly Cerchiai, shares her favorite spots and crushes the idea that Vegas isn’t fun unless you’re over 21. Consider this your teen-friendly guide to Sin City. The day after Christmas, my family and I took a spontaneous trip from Miami to Las Vegas — we actually booked our hotel…

Marriott Sends Letter to Rewards Members in Advance of Merger

Earlier today, we wrote about the approval of the Marriott/Starwood merger — including Starwood’s email to SPG members, which discussed the future of the program. Marriott has also released a statement for Marriott Rewards members. As with SPG’s statement, Marriott doesn’t discuss too many details, but the letter does indicate that members will have access…

Starwood’s Email to SPG Members About the Approved Merger

Today’s merger news likely brought joy for Marriott Rewards members and — possibly — a bit of heartache for members of the (arguably more rewarding) Starwood Preferred Guest program. Realizing that SPG members might have some concerns about the now-approved merger, Starwood sent this note to its top customers: Nearly five months ago we shared the news…

Shareholders Approve the Marriott/Starwood Merger

More merger news! Minutes ago, Marriott announced that both Marriott and Starwood shareholders have voted to approve the merger. So it looks like no second-second thoughts from Anbang. 97% of Marriott shareholders participated in the vote, while 95% of Starwood shareholders voted. Once the deal closes, that latter group will receive 0.8 shares of Marriott…