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Marriott And Starwood Merge Programs. It’s Not Terrible.

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A few days ago, Marriott and Starwood announced what the new combined program will look like and, for the most part, it’s not terrible. I know that’s not a ringing endorsement but, compared to what they could have done, they kept many of the best attributes of each. That’s not to stop them from decimating …

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Quarterly Promos: Marriott And SPG

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Well, Starwood adopted one policy from Marriott awfully quickly: Lousy quarterly promos. We recently learned what they will be for the first quarter of 2018, and I’m unimpressed. For those of you new to the world of hotel points, the lodging companies tend to run a lot of promotions. They run frequent smaller promotions, but …

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Tidbits From Around The Industry

As we head into Friday, here are a few non-Earth shattering pieces from around the travel industry. Enjoy your weekend. Delta Is Hiring Airlines are growing again. Delta is in need of over 1,000 flight attendants for a job that appears harder to get than admission to a top university. For a job that seems to …

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Bonus Miles For Conversions From SPG To AA

One way to get miles quickly is to convert them from hotel points. You don’t get the best value for your points, but it’s an easy way to pick up some miles if you need them quickly for a reward. Converting from Starwood Starwood points are particularly useful for converting to all airlines except United …

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Increased Airline Elite Status Through The Starwood/Marriott Merger (Or Vice Versa)

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Mergers are generally not viewed as favorable for consumers. By concentrating power in fewer, rather than more, suppliers, the merged companies are often able to increase pricing, since there are fewer competitors. Sometimes, though, combining benefits can work in your favor. Such is the case when it comes from earning airline elite status* through your …

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Two New Hotel Promos: Marriott And Starwood

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Marriott and Starwood have introduced their “not-so-fourth-quarter” promos (for the period September 12-January 15, which is four months). One is good and one is not so good. And personally, I was surprised by the good one. Regardless, don’t forget to register for the promotions or you might not get anything. Marriott’s MegaBonus Marriott wins the …

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Starwood Launches Take Three Promo (And It’s Good)

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There’s a rule with promotion descriptions: the shorter the description, the better, and this one will be short. I’ve been disappointed in some of Starwood’s previous promotions, but the Take Three bonus* looks like a pretty good one. Here are the details: Take Three — Up to Triple Base Points On a standalone basis, Starwood’s …

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SPG Cardholders: Take Advantage of Your Friends

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Got a Starwood Preferred Guest credit card? Want a friend to get one? Here’s a little chance to pick up something extra. 5,000 SPG Points to Refer A Friend Banks know that their best advocates are often their current cardholders. That’s why they are often willing to refer you for referring a friend. Starwood will …

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SPG And Uber Underwhelm

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SPG and Uber have modified their points-earning agreement and, as modifications usually go, it’s a downgrade. You’ll Earn Fewer Points Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be ‘whelmed’?Bianca: I think you can in Europe. -From the movie Ten Things I Hate About You Whelming …

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When Good Wyndhams Go Bad…

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Today may have seen the oddest story of the year. It was on and off even faster than I had a chance to write about it. Wyndham And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Wyndham was riding high. Money Magazine had recently named them the best hotel loyalty program and their unique rewards program, …

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