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Seems that the Marriott CEO Mr. Sorensen doesn’t think too highly about the SPG program members based on his thoughts publicly shared on recent forum in the New York City.

Marriott CEO SPG Members Too Rabid

Mr. Sorensen described SPG members as “rabid”. Quick look at the thesaurus gives such a synonyms as angry and maniacal that correctly describes the feelings of many SPG members when Marriott took over the company (and in their thoughts will eventually destroy the program). [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes June 21 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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W Hotels disembarked in Beijing at the end of 2014 with a new construction property located in Chang’an Avenue, a centric area of the city relatively close (by Beijing standards) to mayor city sights and some government buildings.

In a 25-floor building, W Beijing – Chang’an offers 349 guest rooms and suites,  2 restaurants, a lobby bar,  a lounge bar on the 25th floor, and event space. Recently I had an overnight long layover in Beijing and it was a great opportunity to check this property out. W Beijing – Chang’an is a Category 4 property on Starwood Preferred Guest. With prices for our dates of about USD 250, it seemed reasonable to book for 10,000 Starpoints.

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Marriott has changed an important policy in a rather customer unfriendly way, namely upping the cancellation deadline policy for standard rates from 24h to now 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

The new rule will apply to both Marriott as well as Starwood properties and even to the most expensive rates not booked under a special corporate arrangement that usually comes with more flexible conditions such as same day cancellation. [click to continue…]

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On Monday, we decided to launch a new giveaway to celebrate the 30% off SPG Starpoints sale that began earlier this month (read more here),  SPG Take Three (read more here) and Marriott Rewards Infinite (read more here) promotions that both started on May 27th.

LC 30K SPG GAW

The giveaway is soon about to and and it is your last chance to participate! Remember to get your entry in by 11:59PM ET on June 16, 2017. [click to continue…]

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SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20% 15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + they offer an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes June 14 2017

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue…]

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Just a few days after I praised the improvements that are underway at the Great Wall Sheraton Beijing I was informed by the General Manager of the property that the hotel is leaving the Starwood chain effective July 1st 2017.

Starting July 1st 2017 the Great Wall will no longer be affiliated with Starwood Hotels and as usual you’ll also be unable to collect any more SPG related benefits as well as stay/points credits even for existing reservations. [click to continue…]