Deep Dive: Marriott’s New Loyalty Program

Marriott is combining Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG into one big loyalty program in August 2018.

Marriott completed their buyout of SPG back in September 2016, and the company has been working to integrate the different loyalty programs. With 6,500+ hotels across 29 brands in over 120 countries and territories, Marriott is now larger than ever. As many of you know, Marriott today held an event to announce changes to the…

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InterContinental Hong Kong Pushes Back Renovation, Will Rebrand as Regent Hong Kong

Regent Hotels & Resorts currently operates 6 hotels worldwide. Pictured is Regent Taipei. Source: Regent Taipei

Earlier this year, I reported that the InterContinental Hong Kong will be undergoing a major renovation soon. The project is estimated to take 12 – 16 months; other than Yan Toh Heen, the 2-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, the hotel will basically be closed for reservations and other functions. I think the hotel is sorely in…

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Chase’s New IHG Credit Cards Now Available – How They Stack Up

Chase's new IHG credit cards: the Premier and Traveler cards.

Man, this week has been one filled with disappointing card launches. Adam wrote about the Barclays Arrival Premier card yesterday, which carries a $150 annual fee with mediocre benefits and no sign-up bonus. Today, Chase has officially launched two new IHG credit cards: the IHG Premier and the IHG Traveler cards. These two new cards essentially…

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(Updated) Full List: The 198 IHG Hotels Where You Can’t Use The Anniversary Free Night

The InterContinental hotels in Bora Bora will now cost 70,000 points a night. Source: IHG

Update (4/6): The list previously contained 330 hotels and included some hotels that cost 40,000 points, which are redeemable with the free night certificate. IHG has since updated their list of excluded hotels and this post has been updated to reflect that. It remains uncertain why some 40,000-point hotels were included in the list IHG…

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Business Class Deal: Cathay Pacific Chicago to Maldives for ~$2400

Maldives tends to be a destination that has pretty heavy premium traffic, so fare “sales” to Maldives are pretty rare, and award space can be hard to come by. Currently, though, Cathay Pacific is having some great fares available throughout Summer 2018. Specifically, you can fly round-trip from Chicago (ORD) to Maldives (MLE) for around $2,430. The…

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