Category Archives: Marriott

New (Better!) Way to Use Starwood Points to Fly United Airlines

With the new way to transfer points between Starwood and Marriott accounts, folks can get a better ratio converting Starwood points to United Airlines miles by first transferring to Marriott points.

For example, if you transfer 10,000 Starwood points directly to United Airlines, you’ll only get 5,000 United Airlines miles because there’s a 2:1 ratio.

Instead, you could convert 10,000 Starwood points to 30,000 Marriott points (1:3 ratio).  Then, transfer the Marriott points to United Airlines and you’ll get a much better deal for your points.

Transfer Starwood Points To United Airlines

Now You Can Get a Better Ratio Converting Starwood Points to United Airlines Miles!

I’ll explain the math behind the points conversion and why United Airlines miles are great for Big Travel!

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How to Link Your Marriott & Starwood Accounts to Get an Instant Status Match

Yesterday, I shared exciting news for folks with points or elite status at Marriott or Starwood.

You can now link your loyalty accounts to get instant elite status match between programs.  And you can transfer points between your Marriott and Starwood accounts at a 3:1 ratio.

Although this is a BIG change following the merger, each of the hotel brands will still continue to operate their own loyalty programs through the end of 2017.

Link Starwood Marriott Accounts

Folks Can Now Link Their Starwood & Marriott Accounts to Enjoy Elite Status Perks at Each Chain and Transfer Points Between Accounts

I’ll explain how quick and easy it is to link your accounts!

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Making the Most of Your Marriott and Starwood Points After the Merger

Now that I’ve shared the details of the Marriott – Starwood merger, I have a few ideas about how to make the most of your Marriott and Starwood points going forward!

When you link your Marriott and Starwood accounts, you’ll be able to transfer points between your Marriott and Starwood accounts at a 3:1 ratio and get an instant status match between programs.  Meaning you’ll have more options for award stays with 5,700+ hotels around the world!

Marriott Starwood Merger Benefits

Emily Enjoying the Modern Lobby at the Courtyard Austin Downtown / Convention Center

Here are a few fun ways to take advantage of the perks of linking your Marriott and Starwood accounts!

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Breaking: 3:1 Marriott to Starwood Points Transfer, Status Match, and Merger Details!

I have official word on the Marriott Starwood merger details and what it means for you, your points, and your elite status!  I spoke with Thom Kozik, Head of the Marriott loyalty program, and David Flueck of Starwood hotels.

Starting later today, September 23, 2016, you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks each program has to offer.

You’ll get an instant status match between programs, be able to transfer points between your Marriott and Starwood accounts at a 3:1 ratio, and have more options for award stays around the world!  I love how Marriott and Starwood let you move points between their programs from Day 1 of the merger. 🙂

As I suspected, there are NO major changes to either rewards program at this time.  So thus far, the merger only makes both your Marriott and Starwood points more flexible, because you’ll be able to use them at 5,700 hotels worldwide.

Marriott Starwood Merger Details

A Free Night at the St. Regis Rome OR 2 Free Nights at The Stones Hotel in Bali? The Choice Is Yours! Because You Can Now Transfer Points Between Your Marriott and Starwood Accounts!

I’ll show you how to combine your Marriott and Starwood accounts.  And share ideas about earning & using Marriott and Starwood points now that the merger is official!

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Limited-Time Offer! 2 Free Nights With the AMEX Starwood Small Business Card!

There’s a limited-time offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, and you can earn 2 free nights to use at any Category 1 to 5 Starwood hotel after meeting minimum spending requirements.

To get the deal, you must apply by October 19, 2016.

Because this is an AMEX small business card, it won’t appear on your personal credit report.  So it will NOT hurt your chances of being approved for Chase cards.

But it isn’t as good as the highest-ever offer we saw on this card earlier this year.  And it usually makes more sense for folks to earn Starwood points instead of free nights.  So the regular offer for 25,000 Starwood points after meeting minimum spending requirements is a better deal for most folks.

Starwood AMEX 2 Night Offer

Use the 2 Free Nights From the AMEX Starwood Small Business Card to Stay at the Beautiful Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, in Vienna. Rooms Here Cost ~$300+ per Night!

I’ll explain why.

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