Reader Comment: SPG Member’s Take On Marriott Benefits

A ufc1 reader who is a longtime SPG Platinum member recently tried few Marriott properties to check them out before the program merger looming next month.

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SPG Mobile Check In Bonuses Slowly Posting

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SPG run a Mobile App Check In promotion for stays between May 1 – June 15, 2018 (read more here) and, unlike with most other SPG offers, these bonus points didn’t post shortly after the stay had been consumed.

SPG Mobile App Bonuses Posting

Seems that SPG has now started to run batches to get these bonuses posted to member accounts. Over the past couple of hours, I have had four 250 bonuses posted and I am still missing quite a few.

Marriott Rewards & SPG Programs To Merge On August 18, 2018

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Marriott Rewards made an announcement today that the program merger that was supposed to happen in early August will now take place on August 18, 2018.

Marriott Merger August 18 2018

SPG members are converted to Marriott Rewards platform that many have found to be very unstable as of late (read more here). The current award charts are in place until August 17.

Reader Email: Lost 120,000 SPG Starpoints Due To Too Long Stay!

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A ufc1 reader sent us a message on Facebook regarding a stay he had with Starwood to which he didn’t end up earning a single Starpoint even when the folio indicated 120,000!

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SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 33% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20%15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

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The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

W LAS Vegas Is Now Grand Tower At SLS (Tribute Portfolio)

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Guests that have reservations for stays at W Las Vegas have received emails from Starwood this week informing that the brand of the hotel is changing to SLS effective July 20, 2018.

SLS Las Vegas Email

Grand Tower at SLS is still part of SPG/Marriott under Tribute Portfolio but unclear for how long. Accor just bought 50% stake in SBE (read more here) that owns SLS brand among others.

Reader Question: Does SPG Starpoint Purchase Count Towards Lifetime Marriott Point Requirement?

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A ufc1 reader sent us a question regarding SPG Starpoints purchase sale (read more here) that ends tomorrow and if points purchases from SPG will count towards the Marriott’s lifetime points requirement.

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SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 32% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20%15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

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The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

Surprise SPG Platinum For Some Amex Platinum Members

Some SPG Gold members have received a surprise email from the program today welcoming them to Platinum status through March 2019.

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Seems that some American Express Platinum members that used the complimentary SPG Gold status benefit have had their status upgraded to Platinum even without any stays! If member has linked the SPG/Marriott accounts, both accounts should have become Platinum by now.

LAST CALL: SPG Buy & Gift Starpoints 35% Off Sale Through July 20, 2018

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) launched in mid-June their very last 35% off Starpoints sale that is about to end. The last day to purchase Starpoints at a discount is June 20th.

SPG Starpoints Sale July 20 2018

You can purchase for your account or receive as a gift maximum of 30,000 Starpoints in a calendar year. The account that receives Starpoints must have been open for a minimum of 14 days.

SPG Still Sending Out Lifetime Platinum Kits?

A ufc1 reader forwarded me an email that he had just today received from SPG welcoming him to lifetime Platinum status. The email lists number of Platinum benefits with an asterisk that these benefits are valid until August 2018!

SPG Lifetime July 2018

SPG introduced lifetime status with the program in the early 2010’s and I qualified for the Platinum one last year (read more here). SPG program ceases to exist in all but name in early next month when it is merged to Marriott Rewards. Next year new name is introduced and Marriott Rewards, SPG and Ritz-Carlton Rewards are retired. 

SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 38% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20%15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

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The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

Top Hotel Promotions July 2018

Here’s look at the top 5 most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage of this month.

Radisson Rewards Double Points Summer 2018

Remember that it really pays to take advantage of bonus and promotional offers from hotel loyalty programs. You can supercharge your point earnings!

Marriott Loses St. Regis, W & Westin Hotels In Dubai Effective July 31, 2018

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Al Habtoor Group today made an announcement that their agreement with Marriott in regards to St. Regis, W and Westin hotels that all opened in the past few years will end effective July 31, 2018.

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This won’t affect (at least not yet) their contract with Marriott regarding Ritz-Carlton Budapest and Hotel Imperial in Vienna that is under Luxury Collection brand. Hilton also manages number of properties for the group such as Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah and both Hilton hotels in Beirut.

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