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Marriott’s purchase of Starwood closed yesterday and the merging of the loyalty programs begun. I covered the deal on three separate pieces that you can access here, here, and here.

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Starwood could have been clearer on the email they sent to members that also hold Gold or Platinum lifetime status on their programs and how this will map to Marriott’s one. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards & Starwood Preferred Guest programs now match each others status after linking the accounts due to Starwood now being part of Marriott.

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The way how status match is handled between Marriott and SPG status levels opens up opportunities for both loyalty program members. If you have elite status with either or both chains, you should link the accounts immediately. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

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In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines. [click to continue…]

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Here’s a comprehensive look at the current promotions from all major hotel loyalty programs. Remember to forward me offers by email that you receive from airline and hotel loyalty programs.

Hotel Promotions Update September 2016

All the major programs have now announced their promotions until the end of 2016. Still waiting for Best Western and Wyndham to release their point ones (both have airline promotions going on). [click to continue…]