The Marriott-SPG loyalty program merger brings credit card benefits

The Marriott-SPG loyalty program merger brings credit card benefits

With the merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs occurring in August, I wanted to highlight some of the practical benefits of that combination for moderate travelers like me. Specifically, there are some definite benefits coming to Marriott/SPG co-branded credit card portfolio.

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Amex Starwood Preferred Guest card Statement credit promotion

Amex Starwood Preferred Guest card Statement credit promotion

Last week, I reviewed my American Express credit card portfolio. My primary takeaway was to close my consumer Amex Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card. Ironically, yesterday, I received a spend promotion from American Express for that very card. 

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One multiple-night stay or multiple one-night stays?

For my recent trip to Miami, I had to decide between a two-night stay at one hotel or two one-night stays at two properties. The decision came down to whether immediate bonus points or SPG Gold Preferred status for 2016 was more valuable.

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Hyatt reported to be close to acquiring Starwood

Hyatt may be close to an acquisition of Starwood CNBC reported last week, saying a deal could occur as early as this week. A merger would greatly expand the Hyatt portfolio of properties, but travelers would be wise to wonder what could happen to the chains' loyalty programs.

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Just signed up for the 60,000 point Citi ThankYou Premier card

Citibank is offering 60,000 bonus Thank You points on the Citi Thank You Premier card if you spend $3,500 in the first three months of holding the card. This is higher than their normal 50,000 bonus point offer so take advantage while you can!

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