The breakfast situation is one of the biggest disappointments of Marriott’s new program. Rather than taking the opportunity to streamline the program and include a competitive breakfast benefit, Marriott has stuck with a complex and limited breakfast program.  High-level, the approach Marriott seems to be taking is that Platinum elites and up get lounge access, where there should be breakfast....
SPG and Marriott's programs were officially merged on August 18. I know I was supposed to report this to you earlier but it was all over the international media.  I will create a mega post that would explain every upcoming change and what to expect with the change.  The terms and conditions are still not final and are subject to...
In the last post,  we went over things that are being removed from the program. Now we are on to the part that is getting added to the program. One of the best thing is Award chart pricing   The basics of Marriott’s new award chart In August Marriott will introduce a new award chart valid for members of all three programs. At that point...
SPG/ Marriott has just announced a cool new promotion to encourage members to use the SPG mobile app to check-in for their stays. Specifically, through June 15, 2018, SPG members canearn 250 bonus Starpoints for checking in online using the SPG mobile app at over 1,100 hotels. The promotion is valid for stays at seven brands, including St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton,...
Any change that happens doesn't come without a painful transition. Marriott tried to keep the program as best case scenario for both the programs but SPG was the stronger program of both and ofcourse it is where the most leakage of benefits happened. 50-Night Gift Changes Earlier when SPG member reached 50 nights - the member was allowed to choose from...
There is an intense amount of information coming out with Marriott lately. There are so many opportunities Marriott is providing to new members and old members alike to get most of upcoming merger.  This includes the identical offer Marriott had last year where new members could get a free stay at 1 to 5 category hotel for 2 stays at...
As I mentioned in the earlier post that there are sweeping changes coming to SPG/Marriott Program. However, there are minor changes that haven't been highlighted but definitely affects us a lot of us. They are in no way I would consider minor changes. I am sort of horrified that the changes are coming on August 1, 2018 vs January 1...
There has been an acknowledgment of sweeping changes coming to SPG program when Marriott bought them. It looked even more on the horizon when SPG and Marriott literally had a same global promotion this summer. Well, there is a final announcement that Program is getting merged and would get a new name in 2019. However, till then all programs would...
Traditionally all the offers launched by SPG usually provided more benefits for short-term stays or weekend stays when their occupancy is little lower as businessmen tend to head home.  SPG More Nights, More Starpoints With SPG’s More Nights, More Starpoints promotion, members will earn 250 bonus Starpoints on every night of every stay at participating properties, starting with their third night. Members...
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has released its list of hotels that will be changing categories effective March 6, 2018. The category adjustments give an insight into projected occupancy and the average daily rate forecasts into these hotels. Hotels that are expected to earn higher revenue will usually move upwards and become more expensive in points, and the ones they foresee with...
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