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Marriott & Starwood Merge. SPG & Marriott Rewards now interoperable

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Marriott & Starwood are closing a merger today. With that, it becomes about who in the family wants to stay at which hotel. Marriott Rewards & Starwood Preferred Guest are making it easy. You get the best status out of the two on both your accounts. You can also move points across your accounts from day one.

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Earn hotel stays at Starwood while riding with Uber

There was a great new association announced in the loyalty marketing space yesterday. Starwood’s loyalty program SPG tied up with Uber to offer SPG and Uber members the potential to earn SPG loyalty points for their Uber rides. On the face of it, this is great news for regular Uber users who may also be frequent guests of Starwood hotels. Here is the lowdown: You earn 1 StarPoints every time you spend USD 1 on an Uber ride, approximately INR 63. You earn for Uber rides around the world When you are staying at a SPG property, between those dates, you earn between 2-4 StarPoints depending on your status with SPG (2 points for base members, 3 for Gold and…

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I finally get my first Best Rate Guarantee claim. Yay!

With the penetration of the Internet, one of the enabling factors for the various travel providers such as hotels is their ability to cut out the middle-men, i.e., the travel agents. The only way the can afford to do this, or they claim to do this, is by promising that they are putting out the best available rates on their websites, and no one else is going to be lower. The hotel business does have a lot more commissions as compared to the airline business, which works on wafer thin margins for the agents now. Hence, the ability to discount for a travel agency is much more, and they do it all the time. What do I stand to lose,…

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SPG offering credit / double points for India stays

Starwood is offering upto $50 credit for booking a stay in the Indian properties, along with the Maldives and Bangladesh ones. You need to reserve using the code CREBAR to be able to enjoy the promotion. Reservations using this booking code can be made till August 10, 2014 while the stays have to be completed by December 31, 2014. The room credit will be not applicable for adjusting against the room rate, but against services at the hotel, such as dining and spa. I checked up the rates, and the promotion is valid on flexible rates. For instance, the ITC Rajputana is offering rates of INR 8500 per night, and offering USD 25 credit, which could be good for a…

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Get hitched at a Starwood hotel in India/APAC, get upto 150K SPG points

Starwood released a promotion earlier this month targeting couples who are getting married, offering them 3 points per US$ spent up to 150,000 SPG points for booking their wedding celebrations at a participating Starwood property by July 1, 2014 and getting hitched before March 31, 2015. Promotion is valid across the Asia Pacific, with few hotels as exceptions. In India, all Starwood properties apart from ITC Mughal, ITC Kakatiya, Le Meredien New Delhi, The Westin Gurgaon and The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa are excluded. There are two ways of getting SPG points in this promotion: Wedding banquet (food, beverage and function room rental) contract must be signed with the hotel between 1 March and 1 July 2014, and wedding…

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Starwood offering unlimited bonus points for referrals via LinkedIn

Starwood just put out an promotion where they are offering a 1000 SPG points for new signups to the Starwood Preferred Guest program referred by an existing SPG member. The existing members will have to sign up for the promotion here, and then send out references to people they know via LinkedIn. (If you want a referral, please get in touch with me at aj at livefromalounge dot com and I will be happy to connect with you.) This promotion is only valid for those with a resident address in India. The referrer gets 1000 SPG points for every new referral they give out, who sign up for the SPG program before March 25, 2014 and make their first stay…

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SPG offering sweepstakes for 250K Starpoints

SPG has just unveiled their “Take a spin with SPG” sweepstakes which seems to bring quite some serious points on the table for participating. Out here, participating would lead to an entry in the sweepstakes, apart from instant prizes for 46 of the participants daily as well. All you got to do is to spin a virtual globe and land on a Starwood destination. If you are the first to play the game at a randomly selected winning time or if no one plays at such time and you are the first to play thereafter, the screen will immediately open and a winning message will be displayed indicating that you are a potential Instant Win Prize winner. Here are the…

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SPG offering discounts & benefits for Starwood restaurants around India

One of the lesser known aspects of being a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program is that you usually get a 15% discount at most restaurants in SPG properties for dining in. You also get points for your dining at these SPG properties. However, SPG has recently launched a promotion, with 29 participating restaurants in India, which takes it to a whole new level. With the SPG Triple Benefits being offered from July through September, at the 29 participating restaurants, you get the 15% off on your dining bill anyways. On top of that, each restaurant has individual offers as well. For instance, at the Prego (Westin Gurgaon), you get a complimentary cheese platter and complimentary entrees as well.…

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