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Marriott’s Luxury Collection Appears Poised for Global Growth

Marriott’s Luxury Collection of hotels, a portfolio that dates back over a century to 1906 and the founding of the Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi, or Italian Grand Hotel Company, is a global group of hotels and resorts world that that encompasses some of the world’s most historic and storied properties.
At the time of its founding, CIGA owned some of the finest hotels in Italy and later expanded to Austria, Sardinia, …

Marriott and Starwood Announce Promotions for Early 2018

Marriott and Starwood Announce Promotions for Early 2018

The Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs announced two special promotions.
The SPG Great Weeks, Great Weekends promotion will allow members to earn double Starpoints for each stay, plus a bonus of 500 Starpoints, without any cap on earnings. The Marriott Rewards MegaBonus allows members to earn 2,000 bonus points with their second stay, plus 1,000 bonus points for a stay over a weekend night, with a limit of …

Marriott to Continue Partnership with American Express and JPMorgan Chase

Marriott to Continue Partnership with American Express and JPMorgan Chase

Marriott International announced plans to continue its relationships with both American Express and JPMorgan Chase for co-branded credit cards associated with its three loyalty programs.
The hotelier said it has signed new agreements with the two credit card issuers covering Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards with Visa credit cards from JPMorgan Chase and Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards from American Express.
The relationship between Marriott, Starwood, and American Express dates back over …

Marriott to End SPG Pro, Announces Changes to SPG and Marriott Rewards for 2018

Marriott to End SPG Pro, Announces Changes to SPG and Marriott Rewards for 2018

Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts officially merged in September 2016, and the hotelier has since made changes to make two of its three guest loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards, more similar while providing reciprocity between the two,
Right before Thanksgiving, Marriott announced it would eliminate Starwood’s SPG program for travel agents, moving them over to Marriott’s Fam-Tastic program and discount rates.
The move, according to the hotelier, …

Aloft Raleigh, North Carolina – Hotel Review

If I hadn’t known the Aloft Raleigh is located on a college campus, my arrival there surely would have confirmed it. Throngs of red graduation-robe wearing graduates of North Carolina State University were posing for photos beneath the school’s famed bell tower, which is located directly across the street from the hotel.
Resisting my urge to travel back in time and join them, I entered the hotel’s ay its lower level …

Marriott Introduces More Restrictive Cancellation Policy

Marriott Introduces More Restrictive Cancellation Policy

Marriott Hotels and Resorts made a dramatic change on Friday to its cancellation policy at all Marriott and former Starwood properties in the Americas.
Effective immediately, cancellations for all properties except for Design Hotels must be made by midnight 48 hours prior to arrival. The hotelier is making the change to allow it “to make rooms available to guests that would have otherwise gone unoccupied due” it said in a statement. …

Marriott to Merge Guest Loyalty Programs in 2018

Marriott to Merge Guest Loyalty Programs in 2018

Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced it plans to combine its two guest loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, in late 2018.
The plans were announced on Tuesday by the hotelier’s CFO, Leeny Oberg, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Lodging, Gaming, Restaurant, & Leisure conference.
Oberg said that the goal is to have a single guest loyalty program “by the end of ’18,” although that date could be delayed should the …