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Booked: St. Regis Bora Bora for 48K / night

Back in April when Greg and I attended the “new” Marriott launch event in New York, we reported that we were told that all properties would define a standard room under the new award chart, doing away with the notion of the “off-the-chart” properties in Starwood Preferred Guest. Many people doubted that this could possibly be true — and for good reason. Under the Starwood program, these properties often charged the equivalent of 270,000 Marriott…

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Return of the Marriott Platinum status challenge

Last night, Greg wrote about the updated program terms for Marriott Rewards (See: Marriott publishes the new rules re: point transfers, suite upgrades, etc.. (finally!)), and there were some positives for Platinum elites: from reservation guarantees to suite upgrades when available (and benefits we already knew about like breakfast at resorts and 4pm late checkout), Platinum status is looking great. There had long been a Marriott Platinum status challenge available, but it got shut down…

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Marriott publishes the new rules re: point transfers, suite upgrades, etc.. (finally!)

The Marriott SPG merger continues to be a disaster.  Many promised capabilities of the new program simply don’t work.  Want to apply a travel certificate to a Starwood property?  Good luck.  Want to book an all-suites property at the promised 60K per night rate for standard rooms?  You might want to wait another month or two.  Want correct information about your elite membership? …. You get the idea. Yes, merging two giant programs is a…

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(EXPIRED) New Marriott Offer (Stack with Lux benefit)

There’s an Amex offer out this morning to save $60 on your next purchase of $300 or more at Marriott properties. It’s always great to see this type of offer come around as it can be a great way to save on your next stay. If you have found this offer on your shiny new SPG Lux card, all the better as you may be able to can double dip it with the $300 annual…

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Off the Charts Luxury Update (85K mistake rate to be honored)

UPDATE 8/24/18: Marriott has confirmed to View from the Wing that the standard rate for “off the charts” properties should be 60,000 points per night for standard rooms (e.g. garden villas) and that the proper rate for St. Regis Maldives overwater villas is 170,000 points per night.  In other words, Marriott has confirmed that the 85K rate was a mistake rate, but fortunately they have pledged to honor it.  Supposedly Marriott has fixed this error…

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Marriott and SPG transfers to airline miles

Thanks to the Marriott and SPG program merger, details regarding point transfers to airline miles have changed.  Accordingly, I’ve updated our transfer guide with all of the latest and greatest information: Click here to see the updated guide: Marriott and SPG Transfer Partners Three to one, but still the same The newly combined Marriott / SPG program offers a huge number of airline transfer partners.  In most cases, the transfer ratio is 3 to 1. …

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Marriott offers 30K points to those who were travel-package hosed (Updated with Marriott Q&A)

Travel Certificate Downgrades Q&A I’ve asked Marriott the following questions about travel certificates and the ability to downgrade or cancel.  In a few cases we have answers from Marriott: Question: When will we really be able to attach certificates to reservations? It’s not working yet. Answer: “We are in the process of training thousands of associates on the new system and new policies. While most associates are fully up to speed, we expect the issues…

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Marriott Travel Packages: worst-case scenario

The Marriott Travel Package Conversion chart is out, and it isn’t very pretty. The outcome was pretty close to Greg’s worst-case scenario. While I had assumed that Marriott was refusing to tell us how the certificates would map because they intended an overly generous solution, the outcome wssn’t so generous at all: most people who didn’t attach a certificate before are actually losing value, and many could have paid less to get the same thing. It’s a…

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Betting again on top value Marriott travel packages. Analysis of the “no upgrades/downgrades” rule.

As Nick reported a few hours ago, Starwood Lurker IV, via Flyertalk, revealed new information about Marriott Travel Packages: Travel packages set to expire during the booking blackout period (you can not book unattached old Travel Packages certificates between August 18-September 18) can be extended upon request Members will still be able to cancel unused 7-night certificates and get points back at a reduced amount. After 8/18, certificates cannot be upgraded or downgraded, regardless of…

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