Marriott Hotel + Air Awards vs. Starwood Nights & Flights: Which Provides More Value?

Airplane Flying Over Eiffel Tower Paris

The Marriott takeover of Starwood is off to a great start, with generous status match offers and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG point transfers to Marriott and Ritz Carlton. I’ve already covered how much value members can get by… Continue Reading


Why You Need to Load Up on SPG Points AND Transfer Them to Marriott

Transfer SPG to Marriott to book Domes Noruz Chania Resort

The first steps in the Starwood-Marriott merger were taken last week, when reciprocal benefits were announced for members for both programs. This was a positive step, with generous elite status matches and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG: Marriott transfers.… Continue Reading


3 Positive Developments in the Marriott-Starwood Merger

Starwood Marriott Merger Reciprocal Benefits

Remember when the Marriott-Ritz Carlton takeover of Starwood hotels was announced last year and I wrote about how the news wasn’t so bad? Well, my point of view has been validated today, because all three programs have taken the first… Continue Reading


Marriott Rewards vs. Starwood Preferred Guest: Is the Acquisition Really That Bad?

IHG is about to get dethroned as the world’s largest hotel company (talk about Priceless Surprises – and not in a good way). I woke up to a flurry of tweets yesterday about SPG. By the tone of  things, it… Continue Reading


Marriott Rewards Implements New Point Expiration Policy

Marriott wants you to know you’re a valued member (according to their email) and as such, they’re going to start imposing expiration dates on your hard earned points. Starting February 1, 2016 Marriott and Ritz Carlton Rewards members with no… Continue Reading


Marriott and Ritz Carlton Hotels You Can’t Book with a Free Night Certificate After March 19, 2015

Yesterday, Marriott announced its annual category changes, which will go into effect on March 20, 2015. Over 1,300 hotels will be affected. I got pretty dizzy scrolling through the list, so my count may be slightly off, but it looks… Continue Reading


Short on Time? Take a Virtual Vacation with Marriott

In partnership with virtual effects firm Framestore, Marriott recently introduced The Teleporter, a machine equipped to offer travelers a glimpse of certain destinations before they commit to traveling. A Wired reporter shared his experience using the machine on a virtual… Continue Reading