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[Rumor] SPG bonuses to get better

Yesterday, the welcome offers on both of the SPG credit cards changed, decreasing in value substantially, with each card offering a measly statement credit at the time of writing that is worth much less than the previous point-based signup bonuses. However, Miles to Memories reports receiving word from Marriott’s communications team that Amex will continue to issue both cards after August 1st and that there will be “very rich” welcome offers coming in the next few weeks.…

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Spending for miles. Best SPG alternatives.

Can you get a second Amex bonus under a second business?

The new Marriott SPG combined program due to start in August is better than expected in many ways.  But… there is one big devaluation in the works: In August, SPG cards will go from earning 1 Starpoint per dollar on base spend to 2 points per dollar.  The reason this is a devaluation is that we can currently convert Starpoints to Marriott points 1 to 3.  And when the programs combine, that conversion will be…

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35% off SPG points through 5/31

Starwood Preferred Guest is back with an offer to buy SPG points for a 35% discount now through May 31, 2018. As we now have a better idea as to what the combined program will look like going forward, some may be interested in stocking up. The Deal Buy 5,000 or more SPG points and get a 35% discount (2.275 cents per point) Direct link to this promotion (though keep in mind that you can shop through a portal to…

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Do the negatives outweigh positives in the new Marriott program?

After reading some of the rumors in advance of Monday’s Marriott announcement, I commented to Greg that I was excited about going to the Marriott event in New York to find out how they would put a positive spin on it if all of the rumors were true (going revenue based, eliminating transfers to airlines, etc). I think I went into the event with a healthy bit of skepticism. I found myself pleasantly surprised by…

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The huge wins in yesterday’s Marriott announcement

The sky didn’t fall yesterday; on the contrary, it’s the award prices at some of the most aspirational SPG properties that will fall during a brief window of opportunity later this year. Marriott’s newly announced unified program was highly anticipated, with many longtime SPG enthusiasts fraught with trepidation over the unknown future of the combined program in part due to the rumors swirling about Marriott’s intentions. In the end, most of the changes turned out to…

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My take on Marriott’s big announcement

Well, it certainly was a big deal after all.  And, thankfully, none of our worst fears were realized. No, they won’t go revenue based.  No, they won’t take away free breakfast from those who earn elite status at the 50 night per year level.  No, they won’t take away the favorable points to miles transfer rate offered by SPG.  No, they won’t add a spend requirement to any elite tiers except the very top, top…

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Our take on Marriott’s announcement. Join us live.

As we previously reported, Marriott will be making an announcement today at 4:30 about the future of the Marriott, SPG, and Ritz rewards programs.  Will this be good news, bad news, or much ado about nothing? Nick and I will be there in person, but you can view the event yourself via Facebook (here).  Also, please join us here on this blog page (see below) or on Twitter while we tweet our reactions to the…

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The Marriott / SPG rumor mill. What’s real?

I wasn’t planning to post about all the Marriott rumors circulating around, but readers keep asking me if they need to do something immediately to protect their points.  So, I figured that it would be helpful to summarize what we think we know.  I’ve listed below each of the rumors I’m aware of in order from most certain to least… #1 April 16 Announcement (fact, not rumor) On Monday afternoon, Marriott is going to make…

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Register Now: SPG & Marriott Q2 2018 Promotions

SPG Marriott Q2 2018 Promotions

The Q2 2018 promotions for SPG and Marriott have been announced and are now open for registration. Marriott MegaBonus Earn 750 points per night on every stay, starting with your third night. Registration required – direct link to register. Register by June 30, 2018 for stays from April 16, 2018 to July 20, 2018. Limit 36,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points. SPG More Nights, More Starpoints Earn 250 points per night on every stay, starting with…

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