Starwood not going with Marriott

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Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby [email protected] » Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:27 am

According to Travel & Leisure.com, Starwood is going with a higher bid from a China based group instead of with Marriott.
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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby lobbythis » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:08 pm

yup Anbang. not only higher but all cash unlike Marriot offer.

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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:47 pm

I'm glad that Starwood isn't going to merge with Marriott. Anbang does have a few (mostly high-end) hotels in the US, but it's not as anticompetitive a takeover as Marriott would entail.

As far as the card and rewards program, I'm going to pass on the 35k offer.
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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby dickey1331 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:28 pm

Oh wow. That was surprising.
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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby lobbythis » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:15 pm

marriot upped their offer. bid war is on

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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby [email protected] » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:08 am

lobbythis wrote:marriot upped their offer. bid war is on


Cool...Thanks
Discover it $3.5K
BOA CR Visa Sig. $25K
Chase Freedom Visa $2K
Chase MRP Visa Sig. $5K
Cap 1 Vent Visa Sig. $13K
Citi HH Visa Sig. $10.1K
AMEX Plat NPSL
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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:56 pm

Now I want one...not as another major transferable point currency or for ongoing travel, but just for a big fat hotel bonus sometime before the nerfs/merger. Maybe I can hope for an Amex semi-targeted offer later just from being in the program.

Still, I want to try the Amex Platinum perks more, so that comes first.
Warranties and sketchy merchants: Schwab Platinum
Price rewind: Costco
Travel insurance: Prestige, CSP
Perks: IHG, Hyatt
Rewards/Offers: Discover, Freedom, ED, BCE
Taxes/Misc: SPG

Limited value, might close: Arrival

Might add: First Tech, proper business card, Delta Gold, Aviator Red, BofA Travel

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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby Tubpbs » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:21 am

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Now I want one...not as another major transferable point currency or for ongoing travel, but just for a big fat hotel bonus sometime before the nerfs/merger. Maybe I can hope for an Amex semi-targeted offer later just from being in the program.

Still, I want to try the Amex Platinum perks more, so that comes first.


What is the "one" here? SPG card?
I'd recommend trying the Platinum over another card with limitations to a specific brand. Obviously there are many things to be considered on both sides, but that's the light I'm choosing to look at it in on your behalf...
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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:16 pm

Tubpbs wrote:
CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Now I want one...not as another major transferable point currency or for ongoing travel, but just for a big fat hotel bonus sometime before the nerfs/merger. Maybe I can hope for an Amex semi-targeted offer later just from being in the program.

Still, I want to try the Amex Platinum perks more, so that comes first.


What is the "one" here? SPG card?
I'd recommend trying the Platinum over another card with limitations to a specific brand. Obviously there are many things to be considered on both sides, but that's the light I'm choosing to look at it in on your behalf...

Yeah, "one" being an SPG card...or, rather, the associated 35k bonus.

I don't mind getting cards with brand-specific perks - I have several already. It's just a question of the SPG bonus currently providing a lower marginal benefit at a time when I'm lacking airline lounge access and other premium perks, but have two great alternatives for award hotel stays (IHG and Hyatt).
Warranties and sketchy merchants: Schwab Platinum
Price rewind: Costco
Travel insurance: Prestige, CSP
Perks: IHG, Hyatt
Rewards/Offers: Discover, Freedom, ED, BCE
Taxes/Misc: SPG

Limited value, might close: Arrival

Might add: First Tech, proper business card, Delta Gold, Aviator Red, BofA Travel

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Re: Starwood not going with Marriott

Postby Tubpbs » Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:06 pm

That was mostly my point. You have a bunch of brand specific cards already so you can wait on more, but the perks on the premium travel cards are very nice.
Amex - BCP, Platinum, Business Gold
BoA - BankAmericard Cash Rewards
Chase - Freedom, CSP, RC, Ink Plus
Citi - DC, Prestige
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