Marriott’s Integrating Some SPG Benefits Long Before the Merger

Update: Marriott has updated its Guaranteed Late Checkout policy to truly be guaranteed (at least for Gold and Platinum members): Guaranteed Late Checkout — Gold and Platinum members may checkout as late as 4pm if they ask. This benefit is guaranteed at all participating Marriott Rewards hotels, except at resort and convention hotels, where it…

Is Chase Freedom Unlimited Good for Non-Bonus Spending?

TPG reader Jack sent me a tweet to ask about how to maximize everyday spending: “Which card do you prefer for non-bonus spending: the new Chase Freedom Unlimited or the SPG Amex?” Last month, Chase introduced a new rewards card with an intriguing bonus structure. The Chase Freedom Unlimited Card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases with no monthly…

$225 Fares to New Zealand, Free Starbucks Gold Status, Chase Ink Perks & 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:…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in New York

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in New York City using points and miles.  Hotels in New York City are such an integral part of the city’s culture that they frequently serve as the backdrop for films, televisions shows and books. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then,…

Earn Up to 3X Starpoints with SPG Triple Up

Update: Registration is now open. With Starwood’s current promotion now coming to an end, the chain just teased its next bonus-earning opp: SPG Triple Up. Starwood’s early 2016 promo gave SPG members an opportunity to earn 10,000 bonus Starpoints after meeting certain stay requirements — similar to the excellent promotion that Hyatt just announced a few…

How Long Do Starwood Preferred Guest Points Take to Transfer?

The future of Starwood (and its popular SPG program) has been up in the air since the acquisition battle between Anbang and Marriott unfolded over the last few months. Now that a merger with Marriott’s been approved, award-travel enthusiasts can make some educated guesses about what the move will mean for Starwood Preferred Guest —…

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…