Share Your Questions for the Heads of SPG and Marriott Rewards

By this time tomorrow, Marriott will be the proud new owner of Starwood Hotels. Since the news of this acquisition first broke almost a year ago, we’ve received countless questions about the future of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards. We know that big changes will be coming to both chains’ loyalty programs — and, eventually,…

15 Questions About the Future of SPG and Marriott Rewards

With less than 48 hours to go until the scheduled Marriott acquisition of Starwood, we still have far more questions than answers. That certainly makes sense, given that the companies have yet to join forces under one umbrella, but we’re still eager to understand just what this merger means for the beloved Starwood Preferred Guest program — and Marriott…

China Approves Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood Hotels

Following a weeks-long delay with regulators in China, the Marriott/Starwood merger has finally cleared its last remaining hurdle. According to a Marriott press release, the merger will now be moving forward, and is scheduled to close before the stock market opens on Friday morning, September 23. Here’s the word from Marriott: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)…

Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets To See Demi Lovato and DNCE at LA Live

Los Angeles, get excited. This week, we’re giving away 50 tickets (25 winners with a +1) to the Demi Lovato/DNCE exclusive Marriott Rewards members-only performance on 9/22 @ LA LIVE. The tickets for this exciting music event are being provided by The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. To enter this giveaway, there are two steps:…

How Should I Convert Hotel Points Into Airline Miles?

TPG reader Santohsh sent me a message on Facebook to ask about using Marriott Rewards points: “I have some Marriott points that I don’t plan to use for hotel stays. What are the best options to convert them to airline miles?” Many hotel loyalty programs give you the option to convert points to airline miles, but you’ll generally sacrifice…

Here’s Why September is the Best Time to Book Your Trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. From extravagant parades and costumes to traditions like king cake and colorful beads (FYI: gold beads stand for power, green for faith and purple for justice), there’s nothing quite like it. As the festivities come to a head the Tuesday before Lent — which is coming up…

The 10 Most Anticipated Hotels Opening Around the World This Fall

Just because Labor Day weekend is behind us doesn’t mean it’s time to stop traveling. Whether you’re planning a fall or wintertime getaway, these 10 hot new hotel openings should be on your travel radar. While the list below is by no means exhaustive, it represents the best of the best of fall openings in destinations…

Marriott App Update Suggests You’ll Be Able to Link Your SPG Account Soon

By now, we’ve expected the Marriott/Starwood merger to be well underway, but Chinese regulators have opted to delay their approval, leaving both companies in limbo for another month or so. That doesn’t mean Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest managers haven’t already begun developing a plan to combine the two programs — if the below screenshot is…

Review: A Seaside Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

TO THE POINT: The unbeatable view, beach access and fine service make this one of the more memorable Ritz-Carlton properties. The pros: seaside location halfway between LA and San Diego, well-informed staff, top-notch in-house bars and restaurants. The cons: Not everyone gets a room with a view, the pool was small and drab and the bathrooms…

Analyzing the Value of the Refreshed Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card

As we wrote about earlier this month, Chase recently made some major (positive) changes to the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card. This included an improved sign-up bonus and a number of new or enhanced perks. Back in 2014, I reviewed the card and identified a fairly limited type of traveler for whom it would be a good fit….