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How To: Transfer SPG Points to Marriott Rewards Points, FAQs Answered

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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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

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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

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

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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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Starwood Sells St. Regis Florence & Westin Excelsior Florence after Recent Gritti Palace Venice Sale

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Wow, Starwood is really keeping their word on the “asset light” strategy they shared as part of their plans to prepare for the Marriott merger. The good news is that both of these hotels will continue to be operated by Starwood under “long-term management agreements” and presumably that means that their participation in the SPG program…

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

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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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How I got 10,000 courtesy Starpoints from American Express

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With the (probable) upcoming merger between Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott, nobody really knows what will happen to the programs, the points, or award availability. It is common that every year around late summer, SPG raises the standard bonus on their American Express personal and business cards from 25,000 points up to 30,000 points.  Not wanting…

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