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…

A Day at the 2016 US Open With SPG — and Andy Roddick

SPG Moments are one of the most unique aspects — and best parts — of the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The option to spend your Starpoints on amazing experiences instead of flights or free hotel nights is what helps to set the SPG program apart from its competitors. And one of the hottest tickets in the SPG…

More Cheap Europe Flights, Top Cards for September, All About Priority Pass and 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:…

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…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for September 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to…

75,000 Bonus Hyatt Points, Discounted SPG Awards, New Airline Routes and 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:…

Get 35% Off Free Night Stays at Select Starwood Properties

Each year, Starwood Preferred Guest offers a promotion that gives travelers 35% off Free Night redemptions at select resorts. The brand has just announced that this year’s promotion is back and will be valid through February 28, 2017. It’s important to note that this promotion doesn’t include all of SPG’s properties or brands, as it’s limited to select hotels only. Here’s…