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How To: Transfer SPG Points to Marriott Rewards Points

Visit Marriott's website to transfer points from Marriott to SPG

With the approval of Chinese regulators, Marriott has completed their buyout of Starwood today. The two loyalty programs willl likely remain independent at least until 2018. However, effective immediately, you can transfer SPG Starpoints into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio, and vice versa. Linking the Accounts You must link your SPG and Marriott Rewards accounts before…

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Marriott/Starwood Merger Clears Final Hurdle, Marriott World’s Largest Hotelier by Friday

Marriott has cleared the final hurdle for their merger with Starwood, winning approval from Chinese regulators for the $13.6 billion takeover of Starwood. Marriott will officially become the world’s largest hotelier by Friday with more than 5,500 properties, 1.1 million rooms in 100+ countries, $20B in annual revenue, and 30 brands. As I said last January,…

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Marriott’s “Buyer’s Remorse” over Starwood, Loyalty Compatibility Concerns

Wow, very interesting article from the NY Post this morning regarding Marriott’s buyer’s remorse over the Starwood transaction. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said last week that it needed up to 60 more days to review the deal, and one source quoted in the article said that “not gaining Chinese approval would be a good…

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New Pictures from Marriott’s Moxy Brand Hotel in New Orleans – French Quarter

Moxy Hotels is Marriott’s new “millennial-focused” brand that debuted in September 2014 in Milan. The company calls it a boutique-hotel concept for the budget-savvy traveler. Moxy is a fresh and innovative brand combining stylish design and approachable service at an affordable price point. With tech-enabled rooms, vibrant lobby spaces and warm, modern service, Moxy aims to…

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EU to Clear Marriott/Starwood Deal, Starwood Opening New Sydney Hotel, 8 Properties Coming to Australia

Marriott will win approval for its Starwood merger from EU antitrust authorities without any concessions according to Business Insider. In other Starwood news, a new Four Points by Sheration will open near Sydney’s Central Station in 2018. The hotel will have 297 guest rooms and sit next to the University of Technology Sydney.  The news comes after Starwood recently lost management of…

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Marriott/Starwood Merger Challenged in Suit by Hotel Owners in NY & Chicago

Marriott’s merger with Starwood is being challenged by hotel owners in New York and Chicago who say the combination would violate their exclusivity agreements with Starwood. Owners of the Westin Times Square and Sheraton Grand Chicago filed suit Tuesday, arguing the merger would unfairly eat into their business. They are seeking to block Marriott from taking…

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Marriott “Zero Buyer’s Remorse”, Anbang Got Too High Profile” for Chinese Govmt

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said on Friday morning that the company has zero buyer’s remorse…though they of course would have loved to acquire Starwood for $1 billion less. “We have the only binding deal with Starwood, we have zero buyer’s remorse. We continue to believe that what we can create by pulling these two companies together…

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Bloomberg: No Way for Marriott to Make Starwood Work Unless They Sell Property, Starwood CEO – We’re on a Wild Ride

Bloomberg has a few interesting quotes in their latest coverage of the on-going Marriott / Starwood merger saga. Would Marriott need to sell real estate in order to upstage Anbang’s offer? Would investors sacrifice upside for a guaranteed merger close? Meanwhile, Starwood’s CEO told employees in a message to prepare for a wild ride as…

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