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Marriott Introduces Summer Bonus Points Promotion

Marriott Introduces Summer Bonus Points Promotion

Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced the launch of its Summer Bonus Points promotion.
The new offer allows members of the hotel company’s Marriott Rewards loyalty program to earn up to 10,000 bonus points.
Members may register for the promotion online. Once registered, members will earn 2,000 bonus points on every paid stay, starting with their second stay, up to 10,000 points.
The promotion will run through September 5 of this year.
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Hotel Owners Challenge Marriott-Starwood Merger

Hotel Owners Challenge Marriott-Starwood Merger

The owners of hotels in New York and Chicago are challenging Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in court.
Cityfront Hotel Associates Limited Partners, which owns the Sheraton Grand Chicago, and Dream Team Hotel Associates, which owns the Westin Times Square in Manhattan, went to court Tuesday saying that the planned merger would violate their exclusivity arrangements. The suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan …

Lobby Bar – April 22: Professional Kazoo Artists, Free Tickets to Hamilton, and Trees Learn to Drive

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Ancient entertainment. American Airlines celebrated its 90th birthday last week by playing party games from 1926 – the year the airline was born. Join us for some rousing rounds of roll-the-wooden-hoop-down-the-street-with-a-stick while we use T9 texting with turn-of-the-century Nokia phones.
Boa constrictors. Here are five tips for traveling to Europe amidst the fog of recent terror attacks. Avoid standing out. …

Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel Opens in Florida

Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel Opens in Florida

Marriott International announced the official opening of the Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Florida. The property is the first Delta hotel to be located in the United States.
The hotel has 241 guestrooms, each with an LED TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property also has an outdoor pool, an outdoor fire pit, a 24-hour fitness center, and a game room for children.
D-Flats, the hotel’s restaurant, D-Flats, offers American cuisine and …

Marriott Rewards Adds New Benefits As Merger with Starwood Draws Near

Marriott Rewards Adds New Benefits As Merger with Starwood Draws Near

Marriott International, which is slated to merge with Starwood Hotels and Resorts later this year, announced the addition of new benefits to its Marriott Rewards loyalty program.
The move appears to harmonize its offerings with those of its merger partner.
Starting in late May, all members of both the Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs will be able to access an experiences marketplace. The hotelier says the experiences will include tickets to …

Lobby Bar – April 8: Set Fire to the Air, Traveling with Collectibles, and How to Buy an Airline

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Airborne danger. Paul Riegler stumbles across an American Airlines “Welcome Aboard” pamphlet from 1959. The pamphlet warns against the dangers of operating personal radios onboard the aircraft. Oh, and please feel free to smoke at any point throughout the flight.
My fair warning. Jonathan Spira heads to City Center to catch a rousing performance of “1776.” To …

Marriott and Starwood Stockholders Approve Merger Forming World’s Largest Hotel Group

Marriott and Starwood  Stockholders Approve Merger Forming World’s Largest Hotel Group

Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced that their respective stockholders approved the merger of the two hoteliers at separate special stockholder meetings Friday morning.
The combined entity will be the world’s largest hotel company.
At the Marriott meeting, over 97% of shares present voted in favor, while 95% voted in favor of the transaction at the Starwood meeting.
The transaction, which has already cleared a pre-merger antitrust review in both Canada …