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Earn 1,500 Marriott Rewards Points By Linking Your Social Media Accounts

Earlier this morning, Marriott sent an email to all Marriott Membership Rewards account members outlining their upcoming holiday promotions. This week (November 7-13th), members can earn an additional 1,500 points just by connecting their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to Marriott Rewards (500 points for each social media platform)! They will even give you the option to follow Marriott Rewards...

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The Marriott and Starwood Merger Is Complete: What You Need to Know

At the end of September, Marriott International officially completed their acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, creating the largest hotel chain in the world. The newly merged company will operate more than 5,700 properties with 1.1 million rooms under 30 different brands in over 110 countries. This certainly wasn’t unexpected, as news of this merger originally broke back in November of...

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[Breaking News] Starwood Accepts Offer from Chinese Firm

Hotel chain Starwood will be acquired by Chinese insurer Anbang for $78 per share in cash, or about $13.2 billion in total. The new offer exceeds Marriott’s $12.2 billion offer. The announcement that Anbang had approached Starwood with an offer became public earlier this week. Anbang has been building a portfolio of hotels over the last couple years including NYC’s...

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[BREAKING NEWS] Starwood receives Unsolicited Acquisition Offer from Chinese Company

Game changer everyone! Starwood announced this morning that they received an unsolicited bid from a Chinese company at $76 per share ($12.8 billion). This is a huge shake up in the assumed acquisition of Starwood by Marriott announced last November. The travel community in general was devastated that Marriott was purchasing Starwood, including everyone here at Thrifty Traveler. It was assumed...

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5 Reasons to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred 50k Offer

Chase recently increased the offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card from 40k to 50k Ultimate Rewards points. This is the largest bonus for the card in over four years! Ultimate Rewards points have also become especially valuable recently with recent the shakeups in the points game. For awhile I didn't put much value in the card but things have definitely...
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Marriott to Purchase Starwood for $12.2 Billion

In a surprising turn of events, Marriott International is buying rival hotel chain Starwood for $12.2 billion in a deal that will result in the largest hotel chain in the world. The stock and cash deal, will add 50 percent more rooms to Marriott’s portfolio, and help Marriott to better appeal to a younger audience. The purchase by Marriott is...