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…

Here’s What Marriott Plans to Do with Starwood Preferred Guest

This week, the Starwood merger/acquisition saga continued when Marriott responded to Anbang’s bid with a higher offer of its own. To recap everything that’s happened to date, check out these posts below: May 1, 2015 — Rumors of IHG preparing a bid to acquire Starwood October 28, 2015 — Starwood CEO Adam Aron mentions the possibility of a sale…

Starwood Inks Deal to Open Properties in Cuba

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 Although the future of Starwood and its beloved SPG program is still unknown as the bidding war between Marriott and Anbang continues, the company is continuing to expand its portfolio. Starwood recently added…

Marriott Outbids Anbang with Latest Offer for Starwood

It’s clear that Marriott is in the Starwood deal for the long haul. Just last week, the future of Starwood was in the news again as the Chinese firm Anbang announced its bid to acquire Starwood — for $78 per share, or a total of $13.2 billion. It’s a deal Starwood was really considering, meaning Marriott would have…

Can I Earn Hotel Points for Booking More than One Room?

TPG reader Kar Min sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Starpoints: “Can I book rooms at two different Starwood hotels at the same time and earn points for both stays? Does it matter if I’m the one checking in/out, or if my card is used to pay for each room?” While you generally can’t accrue frequent…

Should I Get the SPG Amex or Marriott Rewards Premier Card?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express TPG reader Colin sent me a tweet to ask about a few limited-time credit card offers: “Which sign-up bonus do you like better, 35,000 Starpoints or 80,000 Marriott Rewards points?” Credit card sign-up…