Can I Book Marriott Hotel + Air Packages Without Set Dates?

TPG reader Kenneth sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Marriott Hotel + Air packages: “I’m thinking of booking a Marriott Hotel + Air package to get the Southwest Companion Pass, but I don’t have any upcoming stays planned. Can I buy the package, get the Companion Pass, and then redeem the hotel portion later?”…

Should I Earn SPG and Marriott Points While I Still Can?

TPG reader Kavin emailed me to ask about strategizing for the Marriott-Starwood merger: “Should I sign up for both the Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex before the two programs merge?” There’s been both a lot of excitement and anxiety over the future of SPG since Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood back in November. Marriott CEO…

Marriott’s Lesser-Known 5-Night Travel Package Option

Marriott has offered a seven-night package redemption option for some time now, letting you redeem a set number of points for a week-long hotel stay plus a certain number of airline miles. But, as TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains, an unadvertised five-night package also exists. Read on to see why this might be an even…

Work Toward the Southwest Companion Pass by Transferring Hotel Points

Now that we’re well into 2016, it’s time to really start planning out your earning and redemption strategy for the year. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen discusses one strategy for earning the most valuable benefit from Southwest: the Companion Pass. For many points and miles enthusiasts, the Southwest Companion Pass is the most…

Does Marriott Platinum Premier Status Offer Extra Benefits?

TPG reader Robert sent me a message on Facebook to ask about elite status: “I’ve had Marriott Platinum Elite status for a while, but after staying 175 nights last year, I was recently bumped up to Platinum Premier. However, no one at Marriott can tell me what this means! Can you explain?” The benefits of top-tier hotel elite status run…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

A Conversation with Marriott’s VP of Loyalty, Thom Kozik

Arguably, the biggest story from the past year for rewards enthusiasts has been the Marriott and Starwood merger. When it was announced in November, it’s safe to say that most Starwood loyalists panicked — should they be worried about the merger and what does it mean for the future SPG program? Well, here we are more than two…

Marriott’s Latest Megabonus Is Now Available for Enrollment

Marriott’s Megabonus is back for travel dates between February 1 through May 15, 2016. You can sign up for the bonus here (note that you’ll need to be logged into your Marriott account before you click). This latest deal will provide Marriott Rewards members the chance to earn bonus points as well as free nights, although the…

Can I Stack Elite Credits from Ritz and Marriott Cards?

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask about earning elite status from hotel credit cards: “Can I stack automatic Gold Elite status from the Ritz-Carlton card with the 15 elite nights from the Marriott Rewards card? I’m trying to earn Platinum status, and wanted to know if the two could be combined to give me a boost.”…

Marriott’s Letting You Redeem Points to Keep Your Elite Status

Did you end 2015 without meeting the stay requirement to re-qualify for Marriott elite status? All hope is not lost — Marriott’s now offering you an opportunity to “buy back” your elite status by redeeming a fixed number of points. To participate, simply email EliteBuyBack16@Marriott.com with your name, Rewards number and which of the options below…