Category Archives: Starwood (SPG)

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.

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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!

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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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British Airways AARP Discount Extended, Save up to $400 on Round-Trip Flights

Good news if you book paid flights on British Airways!  Via The Points Guy, the British Airways AARP discount has been extended to December 31, 2016, for travel through March 31, 2017.

If you’re an AARP member (anyone of any age can join AARP for $16 per year), you can save up to $400 on paid, round-trip, trans-Atlantic flights from the US on British Airways and certain partner airlines.

Plus, until October 1, 2016, you can get a free AARP membership by spending $15+ at Walgreens.

British Airways AARP Discount

Do You Know the Secret to Saving up to $400 on Paid British Airways Flights?

I’ll remind you of how the discount works and other perks you get with an AARP membership!

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Multi-City Around the World Flight for Under $1,400!

Via Secret Flying, you can fly around the world from New York in 13 stops for only ~$1,400!

I found flights departing Sunday, January 29, 2017, and returning Wednesday, February 15, 2017, for ~$1,330!  These fares appear to be valid for lots of travel dates beginning late January through early March 2017.

Multi-City Around The World Flight For Under 1400

Check Lots of Items Off Your Bucket List and Visit 13 Cities With this Around the World Itinerary!

Here are the details!

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