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It looks like for 2018, the two programs are going to continue to stay separate, and today, Marriott announced that they will continue their relationships with both JP Morgan Chase (for the Ritz Carlton and Marriott card) as well as American Express (for the SPG...

It's that time of year when hotels announce any changes in category rankings within their current portfolio. Category rankings are determined by numerous factors, such as location, renovations, and on-site amenities. Hotel category rankings impact guests since it influences the number of points or cash...

Currently, the only hotel chain that you can earn lifetime status on without any kind of spend requirement is SPG - which requires 250 nights and 5 years elite status for Lifetime Gold and 500 nights and 10 years Platinum status for Lifetime Platinum. That...

We all apply for different credit cards for different reasons given the ancillary benefits offered by the card and how it dovetails with our own lifestyles - spending patterns, travel schedules and perhaps where we live. Some cards might work for you where at the...

Hyatt Hotels, though one of the smaller players in the big league - with only 700+ hotels worldwide - has announced the development of a Park Hyatt in downtown Los Angeles. The property will be developed as part of Oceanside Plaza, a multi-billion commercial development...

Though the Marriott-SPG merger was finalized a few weeks ago, with both websites redesigned to reflect all 30 participating brands, both loyalty programs will run separately through 2018. SPG is currently running the More For You program, where guests earn double Starpoints on weekday stays of...

As mentioned previously, the Marriott International, Inc. acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc was finalized today, September 23, 2016, and we're seeing changes in effect immediately.   The merge of the two hotel companies means a portfolio of 30 hotel brands with more than 5,700 hotels in...

  After a holdup in the long-drawn Marriott International, Inc. acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, Marriott today announced that they are expecting to be fully merged by September 23, 2016. Since mid 2015, there had been chatter about a Starwood buyout from one of its competitors,...