Reader Question: Has Marriott Made SPG Best Rate Guarantee Useless?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a Twitter message about the change in SPG’s Best Rate Guarantee policy and how it is practically impossible to do successful claims anymore.

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Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Marriott Rewards & SPG Platinum Member Lounge Access And Welcome Gift Options Effective August 2018

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Marriott Rewards has now released two documents trying to help understand Platinum member lounge access and welcome gift options come August 2018 for both legacy Marriott and SPG program members.

Marriott Rewards & SPG Platinum Member Lounge Access And Welcome Gift Options Effective August 2018

Marriott Rewards and SPG programs will merge in early August and will have standardized award chart for all hotels too. Combined program will have its new name announced in early 2019.

SPG Promotions Update June 2018

Here’s comprehensive look at Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) promotions that you can take advantage of this month.

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Remember to forward us promotional offers by email that you receive from both hotels and airlines. You can send questions and comments too!

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 35% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

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) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

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

SPG Asia-Pacific Up To 25% Off Sale For Stays June 7 – July 31, 2018 (Book June 4 – 10)

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SPG has launched new sale for stays at participating hotels in Asia-Pacific between June 7 – July 31, 2018.

SPG Asia-Pacific Seven Say Sale For Stays June 7 - July 31 2018

The sale is for up to 20% off and members can save up to 5% off. The valid booking dates are June 4 – 10.

SPG Best Rate Guarantee Case: St. George Design Hotels Helsinki

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Marriott updated its and SPG Best Rate Guarantee terms and conditions last week to be identical (read more here) by combining the worst aspects from both programs and calling it “one of the best”.

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I decided to (yet again) use the SPG’s Best Price Guarantee to see how the most recent T&Cs update has affected the processing time (should be less than 24 hours) and if they follow the new rules.

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 30% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

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) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

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

LAST CALL: SPG Buy & Gift Starpoints 35% Off Sale Through May 31, 2018 (Converts To 90,000 Marriott Rewards)

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) launched back in April their very last 35% off Starpoints sale that ends this Thursday (May 31, 2018).

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You can purchase for your account or receive as a gift maximum of 30,000 Starpoints in a calendar year. The account that receives Starpoints must have been open for a minimum of 14 days.

SPG Ambassador Gifts From Starwood?

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A LoyaltyLobby member send me an email over the weekend about a gift (second ever) that Starwood had sent her due to Ambassador status.

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The gift had arrived to her office address and came with hand written note from the Ambassador program.

Marriott Look No Further & SPG Best Rate Guarantee Program Update May 25, 2018

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Marriott has updated the Best Rate Guarantee terms of its Look No Further (applies to Marriott properties) and SPG Best Rate Guarantee-programs effective May 25, 2018.

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These programs are now brought under the same set of rules mainly from the Marriott side and requiring that the claims are done minimum of 24 hours before of hotel’s standard check in time (Marriott allowed 10PM local time day of checking in) and within 24 hours of making the reservation.

SPG Canada Up 15% Off Summer Escapes For Stays Through July 31, 2018

SPG has launched up to 15% off Summer Escapes for stays in Canada through July 31, 2018.

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The discount for non-members is capped at 10% and members are eligible for an additional 5% off. There is 14 day advance purchase requirement.

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 35% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

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) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

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

The Winner Of The 30,000 SPG Starpoints (90,000 Marriott Rewards) Giveaway Is?

We (Rafflecopter widget) randomly chose the winner of the 30,000 SPG Starpoints points (90,000 Marriott Rewards) giveaway that ended on Friday night.

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The person whose name is displayed below will receive an email from us on Monday with instructions how to redeem the prize.

LAST CALL: 30,000 SPG Starpoints / 90,000 Marriott Rewards Points Giveaway! (Enter By 11:59PM EDT On May 18, 2018)

On Monday, we launched a giveaway to celebrate likely the very last SPG buy Starpoints sale ever (read more here) that ends on May 31st and SPG More Nights, More Starpoints (read more here) and Marriott Rewards MegaBonus (read more here) promotions. The giveaway is about to end!

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The giveaway is for 30,000 Starpoints that you can convert to 90,000 Marriott Rewards points by linking your accounts (can do it here) and moving your points over. The giveaway closes at 11:59PM EDT on Friday (May 18, 2018).

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