Two Hotel Owners Suing Marriott and Starwood Over Upcoming Merger

The Marriott and Starwood saga continues — this time, though, it’s not a Chinese insurance firm that’s trying to outbid Marriott. Now, the owners of hotels in Chicago and New York are suing Marriott and Starwood on the grounds that the merger would violate exclusivity agreements. Cityfront Hotel Associates Limited Partners, the owner of the…

Earn Up to 3X Starpoints with SPG Triple Up

Update: Registration is now open. With Starwood’s current promotion now coming to an end, the chain just teased its next bonus-earning opp: SPG Triple Up. Starwood’s early 2016 promo gave SPG members an opportunity to earn 10,000 bonus Starpoints after meeting certain stay requirements — similar to the excellent promotion that Hyatt just announced a few…

It Never Hurts to Ask: SPG’s Generous Response to a Disappointing Stay

Here at TPG, one of our favorite mottos is “it never hurts to ask.” When it came to an unsatisfactory stay at a Starwood property recently, TPG Contributor Akash Gupta took this advice to heart and was pleasantly surprised by SPG customer service’s response. When I first started following The Points Guy about two years…

Host Your MLB Fantasy Draft at Sheraton Hotels

Starwood and MLB have been working together over the past few months to bring Major League Baseball to hotel guests. The hotel chain introduced the MLB Network to Sheraton properties and recently began a baseball-themed promotion for members to win Starpoints among other prizes. Its latest offer appeals especially to baseball fans. Select Sheraton properties will be offering MLB…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Los Angeles

In the latest installment of our Points and Miles Destination Guide series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles is one of the most iconic American destinations; a melting pot of different cultures and backgrounds that all combine into something uniquely Californian. Having spent my own college…

Starwood Adds 5 More Design Hotels Around the World

Starwood added a few more properties to its collection of Design Hotels this week. Earlier this year, the chain announced that its would be partnering up with unique hotels around the world, initially adding 5 new properties to Starwood’s portfolio, including the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City; the C-Hotel in Lake Como, Italy; the Nira Montana in La Thuile, Italy; the Ten Bompas…

Should You Be Expected to Tip in a Hotel Club Lounge?

Hotel club lounges often have tip jars for guests to thank lounge employees for their service, but TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett recently discovered a more overt request for tips in the Club Lounge at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. As a long-time Starwood Platinum, I’ve stayed in a lot of SPG hotels. Recently, I had an…

World’s Most Unusual Hotels: Hotel de Glace — Quebec, Canada

Our new monthly series from TPG Contributor Lori Zaino, “World’s Most Unusual Hotels,” features some of the world’s craziest, most original hotels around the world, perfect for adventurous travelers who are ready for a little something different. (Except where noted, all photos are courtesy of the hotel.) Ice hotels are a hot trend in cold, Nordic spots like Sweden,…

Earn 2,015 Starpoints on Your Next SPG Stay in 2015

Starwood just launched another points promotion for guests. The hotel chain often awards its guests bonus points for completing certain tasks, ranging from trying out SPG Keyless to staying at a new Tribute Portfolio property. This latest promotion is a bit simpler than most – through the end of the year, SPG members can earn 2,015 Starpoints for simply registering online before your…

Get 2,500 Free Starpoints for Trying SPG Keyless

Around this time last year, Starwood began rolling out SPG Keyless, which lets you skip the front desk and unlock your room door at select hotels using your smartphone or Apple Watch. Now, to help drum up interest for the new service, the chain is offering 2,500 bonus Starpoints when you book a stay at a participating…