A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

How to Link Your Marriott/SPG Accounts and Transfer Points

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. In case you missed the news overnight, Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood has now closed. Much to our surprise (and great relief), at the same time, Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points…

SPG/Marriott Rewards Status Match, Points Transfer and More Available Today

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. Update: It’s now possible to link your accounts, earn instant matched status and transfer points. The day has finally arrived: Marriott and Starwood are merging to create one of the world’s largest hotel chains, with more…

Starwood Preferred Guest Cards Offering a Sign-Up Bonus of 2 Free Nights

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express tend to offer sign-up bonuses of 25,000 Starpoints (after spending $3,000 or $5,000 in the first three months, respectively). Compared to 100,000-point bonuses available on other cards, this might not seem like much — though…

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…

Hotel Review: An Ocean View Junior Suite at the St. Regis Princeville

TO THE POINT: The St. Regis Princeville is a beautiful property on Kauai’s scenic northern shore, perfect for a relaxing vacation. The pros: great location overlooking Hanalei Bay, attentive staff, beautiful grounds. The cons: expensive redemption and cash rates, a long drive from the airport, feels somewhat outdated. The St. Regis Princeville is not only…

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)…

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…