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…

Do Credit Card Points Stack with Loyalty Program Rewards?

TPG reader Scott sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott Rewards: “I recently got the Marriott Premier credit card. I realize I earn 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott locations, but do I also still earn 10 points per dollar through Marriott Rewards? Essentially, can I earn 15 points per dollar when I use the card to…

Marriott Isn’t Submitting a Higher Bid for Starwood Hotels

Not sick of hearing about the Starwood/Marriott/Anbang saga? Good! Because there’s more news to share… Earlier today, Starwood spilled the beans that Anbang has submitted an even higher bid to acquire the hotel chain, upping its offer from $78 to $82.75 per share. And unlike Marriott’s bid of cash and stock, Anbang is offering all cash, which…

Should I Join Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards?

TPG reader Jacob sent me a message on Facebook to ask about hotel loyalty programs: “I’ll be staying at a Ritz-Carlton property soon, and was wondering whether I should sign up for their loyalty program or Marriott Rewards. If it makes a difference, I have Gold status with Hilton and Platinum status with Hyatt.” While Marriott has owned and…

AA’s Devaluation, Costco Switching to Visa, Marriott’s Plans for SPG & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Here’s What Marriott Plans to Do with Starwood Preferred Guest

This week, the Starwood merger/acquisition saga continued when Marriott responded to Anbang’s bid with a higher offer of its own. To recap everything that’s happened to date, check out these posts below: May 1, 2015 — Rumors of IHG preparing a bid to acquire Starwood October 28, 2015 — Starwood CEO Adam Aron mentions the possibility of a sale…

Marriott Outbids Anbang with Latest Offer for Starwood

It’s clear that Marriott is in the Starwood deal for the long haul. Just last week, the future of Starwood was in the news again as the Chinese firm Anbang announced its bid to acquire Starwood — for $78 per share, or a total of $13.2 billion. It’s a deal Starwood was really considering, meaning Marriott would have…