A Memo to Starwood Employees from CEO Tom Mangas About the Anbang Bid

This morning, we learned that Starwood has accepted a bid from a Chinese consortium, which consists of Anbang Insurance Group, J.C. Flowers and Primavera Capital. Marriott now has until midnight on March 28 to respond. Meanwhile, in a company-wide memo this morning, Starwood CEO Tom Mangas addresses today’s news — you’ll find Tom’s note just…

Starwood Accepts Anbang’s Bid for Acquisition

A week ago, most Americans had never heard of an insurance company called Anbang — now the Chinese firm could very well be the next owner of Starwood Hotels. According to CNBC, Starwood has accepted Anbang’s bid of $78 per share, or a total of $13.2 billion (which is a hair higher than Anbang’s initial…

How Much Value Can You Get from SPG Amex Card Benefits?

In light of the current 35,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Starwood Amex and its business version, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at how much value you can get from the SPG Amex cards and their respective benefits. As you’re hopefully aware, American Express recently announced its highest-ever sign-up…

Historic Starwood Hotels in the US 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…

It Never Hurts to Ask: SPG’s Generous Response to a Disappointing Stay

Here at TPG, one of our favorite mottos is “it never hurts to ask.” When it came to an unsatisfactory stay at a Starwood property recently, TPG Contributor Akash Gupta took this advice to heart and was pleasantly surprised by SPG customer service’s response. When I first started following The Points Guy about two years…

Why You Should Get the Starwood Amex Before the Merger

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 Thanks to a higher than ever sign-up bonus, now’s a great time to sign up for the SPG Amex. Still, some of you may be having second thoughts about applying due to…

Another Company Made a Bid to Purchase Starwood Hotels

Following an announcement on November 16, we’ve been progressing under the assumption that Marriott would be acquiring Starwood sometime in the middle of this year. We’ve heard from Marriott’s CEO, the chain’s VP of Loyalty, TPG himself attended a forum to discuss potential changes to Marriott’s program, and Hyatt even made a play for Starwood’s top-tier…

Can I Combine Starpoints with Friends to Book a Room?

TPG reader AK sent me a tweet to ask about pooling Starpoints: “If my friends and I sign up for the Starwood Amex card, can we combine points to book a longer stay?” The award travel game is one where it often pays to join forces. By pooling hotel points with friends or family, you can increase your booking power, share…

Host Your MLB Fantasy Draft at Sheraton Hotels

Starwood and MLB have been working together over the past few months to bring Major League Baseball to hotel guests. The hotel chain introduced the MLB Network to Sheraton properties and recently began a baseball-themed promotion for members to win Starpoints among other prizes. Its latest offer appeals especially to baseball fans. Select Sheraton properties will be offering MLB…

What is Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen completes the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…