Why You Should Get the Starwood Amex Before the Merger

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card Thanks to a higher than ever sign-up bonus, now’s a great time to sign up for the SPG Amex. Still, some of you may be having second thoughts about applying due to…

Another Company Made a Bid to Purchase Starwood Hotels

Following an announcement on November 16, we’ve been progressing under the assumption that Marriott would be acquiring Starwood sometime in the middle of this year. We’ve heard from Marriott’s CEO, the chain’s VP of Loyalty, TPG himself attended a forum to discuss potential changes to Marriott’s program, and Hyatt even made a play for Starwood’s top-tier…

Can I Stack Elite Night Credits from Marriott Premier Cards?

Update: Chase wrote in to clarify its terms and conditions, letting us know that it is indeed possible to stack elite credits. Here’s what a Chase rep had to say: “A cardmember can combine the elite credit benefits from a Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card and Marriott Rewards Premier card to be eligible for the…

Marriott Rewards Members Will Get Reduced Hotel Rates

Last month, Hilton rolled out a 10% discount when HHonors members book stays directly through the chain, and now it appears that Marriott’s planning something similar. Beginning April 11, Marriott will offer special members-only rates that’ll be available to anyone with a free Marriott Rewards account. Basic members will also receive other benefits, such as…

Top Hotels Attached to Airports

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card While there are plenty of reasons to choose a centrally located hotel in your destination of choice, there are also several circumstances where staying at an airport hotel makes more sense. TPG Senior Points &…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending and More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Not everyone travels frequently enough to earn elite status with a hotel loyalty program the normal way, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, you can still reach elite tiers through…

What is Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen continues the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa, Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Another month means it’s time to reevaluate the current credit-card offers and bonuses out there to help you stay on top of your points…

Thursday Giveaway: 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points

This week’s Thursday Giveaway is another chance to win 50,000 Marriott Rewards points — enough for two nights at a Category 5 hotel, or other uses such as a transfer to get started on the Southwest Companion Pass or a transfer to United (with an extra 25% bonus). Marriott also bumped up the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Premier Rewards…

5 Ways to Use the 80,000 Points from the Marriott Rewards Premier Card

If you’ve applied for the Marriott Rewards Premier Card to get its current elevated sign-up bonus, you’ll want to come up with a plan for using all those valuable points. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shares five ways to use 80,000 points, from low-end redemptions to a night at a top-tier Ritz-Carlton…