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8 Reasons to Get the Marriott Visa

Since Marriott successfully acquired Starwood, the biggest news and action in hotel loyalty has been Marriott Rewards and figuring out the direction the program will go. After some early bumps they've been adding benefits like 4pm checkout and experiential redemptions that Starwood offered. Show More Summary

The Psychedelic New W Hotel Dubai

Dubai is the city in the world with the second most Starwood hotels (after New York), and their portfolio keeps growing. Starwood is heavily developing the Al Habtoor City area of Dubai, which at the moment is a massive construction pit with three Starwood hotels. Show More Summary

Review: Keraton At The Plaza Jakarta

As a Hyatt and Starwood loyalist, there are quite a few hotels to choose from in Jakarta. Beyond that, given how cheap luxury hotels are in Jakarta, it's even tempting to stay at other properties, like the Four Seasons. However, after much consideration I decided to book the Keraton at the Plaza, which is a Starwood Luxury Collection property. Show More Summary

Staying at an SPG Tribute Property, The Magnolia St. Louis

The Magnolia St. Louis, an SPG Tribute Property St. Louis, MO | 8th and St. Charles St. | Hotel Review | December 2016 “Stay Independent”, that’s the slogan for Starwood Hotel’s Tribute Portfolio of hotels.  Until my stay at The Magnolia in St. Louis, Missouri, I’d never stayed at an SPG Tribute property nor did […]

Now That Marriott Acquired Starwood, Should You Get a Marriott or Starwood Credit Card?

Since Marriott successfully acquired Starwood, the biggest news and action in hotel loyalty has been Marriott Rewards and figuring out the direction the program will go. After some early bumps they've been adding benefits like 4pm checkout and experiential redemptions that Starwood offered. Show More Summary

Here’s What Starwood Does for You When You Stay 200 Nights in a Year: Nothing?

3 weeks agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

As there are only 365 days in most years, 200 nights comprises almost 55 percent of the entire year — and that is not counting stays at hotel and resort properties of other lodging companies. That is a significant amount of time away...Show More Summary

Norman Bates 2.0: Starwood and Wynn are excited to hide a camera and microphone in your hotel room

3 weeks agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Hello from London! I’m back in my homeland for the first time in two years, visiting family and renewing my European passport before the end of the world. I’m pleased to report that little has changed since my last visit, Brexit notwithstanding. Show More Summary

Starwood Ending Caesars Partnership December 31

Three years ago — six months after Hyatt and MGM launched what practical amounts to hotel codesharing, with reciprocal earn and burn and elite status matching (that’s being somewhat diluted with the new World of Hyatt program) — Starwood...Show More Summary

Better Together: SPG-Marriott-Ritz Run Concurrent Q1 2017 Promo

Marriott’s purchase of Starwood Hotels was one of the biggest travel news items in 2015 and 2016. The saga continued for nearly a year, as Anbang and Marriott entered a bidding war, culminating in Marriott’s $13 billion purchase of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. While there has been some trepidation among SPG loyalists as to how the merger […]

Review: The Mira Hotel Hong Kong

The same weekend The Mira Hotel in Hong Kong joined Starwood Preferred Guest, they invited me to stay with them for a night to show what this Design Hotels member had to offer. The Mira is a SPG Category 5 hotel, meaning a free night in a standard room costs 12,000 Starpoints. Show More Summary

Starwood Does Better Version of the Marriott Promo

The 2017 hotel bonus points promos are trickling out, and for the first time SPG, Marriott, and Ritz Carlton have all aligned their bonus points promotions…sort of. All three loyalty programs have different names for the promotions including:...Show More Summary

My New Favorite Starwood Club Lounge In The World

I'm a big fan of hotel club lounges, and access to them is one of the elite hotel perks I value most. What do I like most about club lounges? -- I work "full time" from the road, and it's great to be able to work from somewhere other...Show More Summary

Everything You Need To Know About Marriott Hotel + Air Packages

While Marriott's takeover of Starwood is officially complete, they're continuing to run individual loyalty programs for the time being. However, since the day the takeover closed, Marriott has offered tier matching and points transfers...Show More Summary

New hotels: W – Vegas, Conrad – Chicago, Hilton – New York, DoubleTree – Hawaii + more

In U.S. hotel news, Marriott/Starwood opens a new W in Las Vegas; the Conrad Chicago makes its debut; Hilton adds a location in downtown Brooklyn and an affiliate in Manhattan, as well as a DoubleTree in Hawaii; and there’s a new boutique property in the Twin Cities. Show More Summary

8 Things I Love About the Marriott Visa

Since Marriott successfully acquired Starwood, the biggest news and action in hotel loyalty has been Marriott Rewards and figuring out the direction the program will go. After some early bumps they've been adding benefits like 4pm checkout and experiential redemptions that Starwood offered. Show More Summary

The Sweet Spot Of Redeeming Starpoints At Marriott Hotels

Marriott's takeover of Starwood closed a bit over two months ago, and since that date it has been possible to link accounts between programs, allowing members to match status and transfer points. For the time being, Starpoints can be...Show More Summary

Buy Hotel Points Deals and why December is when I buy

I bet 2016 would be an industry record if data were analyzed for amount of weeks hotel points were on sale at discount rates. Hilton HHonors, IHG Rewards Club, Starwood Preferred Guest and Choice Privileges all have points purchase discount promotions running today. Show More Summary

Trying To Justify NOT Booking A Four Seasons Suite…

As many of you know, I'm pretty loyal to Hyatt and Starwood. Generally when I'm headed to a city I check whether either brand has a hotel in the city, and if there are multiple options, I compare them and choose the one that seems best regarded. Show More Summary

Starwood’s Cyber Monday offers upto 35% Discount for Stays until September 2017

SPG is currently running their Cyber Monday Sale where you can get up to 35% discount on booking Starwood hotels worldwide for stays until September next year. If you have travel plans in the coming next year then it's may be worth your...Show More Summary

Marriott Begins to Implement Strategy for Making Sense of 30 Hotel Brands and My Head is Starting to Hurt

When Marriott acquired Starwood, plenty of commentators started to wonder about the future of several of Starwood's brands. After all, many of them are small -- Starwood wasn't growing as quickly as investors would have liked, hence the selloff in the first place. And clearly many of the brands are duplicative with Marriott's brands. Show More Summary

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