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…

Hotel Review: The St. Regis Beijing (Diplomat Deluxe Room)

On his most recent trip to Asia, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen stayed at The St. Regis Beijing for three nights. Here is his review of the experience. While my main destination on a recent trip to Asia was to be Sri Lanka, I had to find the right connections from my flight on Hainan…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for April 2016

It’s time for my monthly roundup of the best travel credit card offers currently available, and April is turning out to be an exciting month! American Express announced a limited-time historically high sign-up bonus on its Hilton Surpass card, while Barclaycard launched its new JetBlue cards and the Starwood-Marriott merger appears to back on again….

Anbang Won’t Be Acquiring Starwood After All

Update (5:47pm): Anbang has confirmed that it has decided not to move forward with the acquisition. The consortium provided the following statement to TPG: We were attracted to the opportunity presented by Starwood because of its high-quality, leading global hotel brands, which met many of our acquisition criteria, including the ability to generate consistent, long-term…

Thursday Giveaway: Win 22,500 Starpoints

Now’s a great time to be earning Starpoints. Although the future of the company and its beloved SPG program is up in the air as Marriott and Anbang continue their bidding war, Starpoints are still an extremely valuable currency. Earlier this month, SPG also announced the brand was launching a refer-a-friend promotion in which members could…

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…

SPG Amex 35,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus Ending Soon

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Time is running out to take advantage of an incredible limited-time offer from Amex. Earlier this month, American Express announced increased sign-up bonuses on both the…

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:…

Historic Starwood Hotels in Europe That You Can Book With Points

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 While many hotels affiliated with major loyalty programs can seem cookie-cutter, not all properties were cast from the same mold. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a look at…