Should You Get The New SPG Luxury AMEX Card?

AMEX has launched the SPG Luxury card. The card has a limited time offer for 100K Marriott points after spending $5,000 in 3 months if...

It’s The Last Day Of Starwood Preferred Guest! Did You Remember To…

Today is the final day of one of the best loyalty program ever created, Starwood Preferred Guest, or SPG. Marriott takes over the program tomorrow...

Here Are The Marriott Travel Packages That I Purchased

After months of speculation, I finally rolled the dice on some travel packages as we're going down to the wire. These amazing packages will...

Marriott Answers Several Travel Package Questions, But Refuses To Answer The Biggest Question

In my last post on the fascinating ongoing travel package saga I said that there were many unknowns. Starwood's official representative to Flyertalk, Starwood Lurker, has...

Last Chance! Book Hotel Awards Now Before The Starwood-Marriott Merger!

Update: Marriott's systems will be intermittently down starting tomorrow and will be down on 8/18 for the merger of the Marriott and SPG programs....

Marriott’s Remaining Travel Package Options: Will They Go With Points Or Category Based Certificates And What You Should Do Now

2 weeks ago I wrote a comprehensive guide to Marriott's travel packages explaining why they are so lucrative and what Marriott's options are. They...

Marriott Needs Another Month To Figure Out Travel Package Certificates; Will Option 3 Be The Winner?

A Starwood representative has just posted the following update on Marriott travel certificates: On 8/18, our new Travel Package offering will launch along with our...

Combine Your Household’s Starwood Points Now!

On August 18th Marriott will take the next step in their Starwood acquisition by tripling everyone's Starpoint balance and creating new unified award charts...

The Newest Starwood Hotel In Israel Is Now Bookable With Points! Roundup Of SPG/Marriott Hotels In Israel

The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa was originally supposed to open in the fall of 2015. That date has slipped many times as Starwood’s website has...

The Starwood AMEX Turns Into A Pumpkin At Midnight; Goodbye And Thanks For The Memories!

I've had a Starwood AMEX card ever since I turned 18 a decade and a half ago. Over the years the card has gone...

Reader Questions: What Makes The Marriott Travel Packages So Lucrative And Which Category Should I Buy? A Comprehensive Guide.

Related Marriott Travel Packages posts: All About Marriott’s Lucrative Miles+Nights Travel Packages; The Best Way To Spend Your Starpoints. Guesstimating Where Marriott Travel Packages...

A Timeline Of Upcoming Critical Dates For The Starwood AMEX Bloodbath And The Starwood-Marriott Merger!

Update: Marriott has confirmed that they will stop selling their lucrative travel packages on 8/17/18

Roundup Of Upcoming Cross-Bank Restrictions On All Marriott/Starwood Cards

Earlier I wrote about new restrictions on Marriott/Starwood bonuses. Marriott will be keeping track of bonuses and enforcing cross-bank restrictions on all of their cards. At...

AMEX And Chase Will Limit Marriott/Starwood Bonuses, Apply For The Chase Marriott Card Now Before New Restrictions!

For the first time ever, 2 banks will work together to limit the signup bonus offered on a co-brand card. Below is a copy of...

Marriott Announces The Launch Date For Marriott-Starwood Program Merger!

Marriott has updated their website and it now says that the merged Marriott-Starwood program will launch on August 18th. Previously it had only said "Coming...

Hunting Down The Marriott Hotels Getting More Expensive To Potentially Maximize Travel Certificates

Related Marriott Travel Packages posts: All About Marriott’s Lucrative Miles+Nights Travel Packages; The Best Way To Spend Your Starpoints. Guesstimating Where Marriott Travel Packages...

Exploring The Options For A Partial Points Refund Of The Marriott Travel Packages, Which Package Should You Buy Now?

Related Marriott Travel Packages posts: All About Marriott’s Lucrative Miles+Nights Travel Packages; The Best Way To Spend Your Starpoints. Guesstimating Where Marriott Travel Packages...

Ends Today! Final Chance For 35% Off Purchasing Starwood Starpoints; Buy Points You Need To Take Advantage Of These 7 Awesome Redemptions!

Update: This offer ends today! All Starpoints will be tripled in August when the program mergers with Marriott.

Marriott Has No Plans On Letting Us Know What They Plan On Doing With Current Travel Packages, But Don’t Let That Stop You From...

Related Marriott Travel Packages posts: All About Marriott’s Lucrative Miles+Nights Travel Packages; The Best Way To Spend Your Starpoints. Guesstimating Where Marriott Travel Packages...

Where Will You Be Able To Use Chase Marriott And Starwood Anniversary Nights?

The Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card offers 75,000 points for spending $3,000 in 3 months.  Click Here to get more details on this card and...

Another Guess At What Will Happen With Marriott’s Miles+Nights Travel Packages And Which You Should Buy Now Before It’s Too Late!

“All about” posts take an in-depth look into various topics. See all of them here. Have a topic you want to read more about? Sound off in...

Marriott Will Massively Devalue New Miles+Nights Travel Packages In August; Comparing The Value Of The Current Packages To The New Packages

Related Marriott Travel Packages posts: All About Marriott’s Lucrative Miles+Nights Travel Packages; The Best Way To Spend Your Starpoints. Guesstimating Where Marriott Travel Packages...

Breaking Down The New Marriott/Starwood Combined Cash+Points And PointSavers Award Charts

This morning I wrote about Marriott's new award charts, which offer some incredible bargains on top-tier hotels. Marriott has also released their new Cash+Points and PointSavers...

AMAZING! Marriott’s New Award Chart Is A Dream Come True For Aspirational Hotels; Roundup Of The Hotel Category Changes

Marriott has stunned the points world today with the release of their combined hotel categories. They have taken all-suite SPG hotels like the S....

The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa Now Has An Opening Date And SPG Category, But It’s No Longer Going To Be Branded As A W Hotel…

The W Tel Aviv-Jaffa was originally supposed to open in the fall of 2015. That date has slipped many times as Starwood's website has...

Use Your Starpoints For Once-In-A-Lifetime Baseball Experiences In Baltimore, NYC, Philadelphia, And Washington DC!

Last week I wrote about several amazing baseball experiences in Wrigley Field that are up for auction. Some of those have sold out, but...

2 Months Until The Starwood AMEX Is Devalued, Are You Racking Up The Starpoints?

A month ago, I wrote about the transformation of the SPG AMEX from a card that offers an excellent return on everyday spending to...

Roundup Of The SPG/Marriott Lifetime Status Rules; Will You Be Able To Hit Lifetime Status This Year Before The Lifetime Program Is Devalued?

Marriott and SPG both have lifetime elite programs, but they look very different currently. Grandfathered status: SPG requires 250 nights plus 5 years of elite...

Marriott Clarifies Contradictory SPG Gold Information

On 4/17 I made a Starwood-Marriott FAQ page and wrote that SPG Golds who matched to Marriott Gold would remain Gold when the programs...

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