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Breaking: Marriott to Acquire Starwood Hotels in $12.2B Deal w/ 5,500 Combined Properties

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Well, we thought it was going to be Hyatt, IHG, or a Chinese investment firm, but in a surprise this morning, we learn that Marriott will acquire Starwood in a $12.2B deal. Their combined footprint will include 5,500 properties (1,270 Starwood / 4,300 Marriott) with 1.1M rooms in 100+ countries across 30 brands. The deal is…

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Trip Report – United 777 Business Class Review


Recently, when United opened up some last-minute premium cabin saver level award seats, I had the opportunity to fly United’s business class on a flight from San Francisco to Chicago. Even though it was a domestic flight, the plane in use was United’s 777-200, one of their flagship long-haul international planes. Since View From the…

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Explore Latin America with 25% off Club Carlson in the Caribbean and South America


Club Carlson is currently running their “Explore Latin America” promotion where they are offering 25% off select hotels in the Caribbean and South America. You can read all about it here. There are definitely a few interesting locations here. One of particular note is the beachfront Aquatica resort in Barbados, which is a Category 5…

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