Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11 Update: New Starbucks program starts tomorrow, Marriott & Starwood deal finalized, Toronto flight bonuses!

News, Tips & Tricks
Just a reminder that the new Starbucks Rewards launches tomorrow. You will no longer earn stars per transaction but rather on how much you spend. Read all the details on our post from February.

Last last week Starwood Hotels shareholders approved the takeover by Marriott. I'm sure you've all seen the email from SPG and/or Marriott. If not essentially the major news is that Starwood Preferred Guest will more than likely cease to exist in its current form sometime in 2018. So you don't really have to panic now and can continue to earn/burn and enjoy SPG benefits for nearly two more years. When SPG and Marriott Rewards get combined into a new program that according to Marriott and Starwood will provide the best of both programs.

Excerpt from SPG:

Since the original announcement, our members have asked many questions about the future of Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®). Soon we will begin the long journey to integrate the very best of SPG and Marriott Rewards®. Through this process, your perspective will help guide these discussions as we consider the following:
  • How do we continue to deliver the unique experiences, benefits and rewards you’ve come to expect both in and out of our hotels and resorts?
  • How do we take full advantage of the extraordinary new range of hotels, resorts and destinations that will be the hallmark of a combined Starwood and Marriott to add new recognition and benefits for you?
  • How do we protect the value of your currency and status, whether your Starpoints® balance, lifetime status or membership level?
Getting answers to these complicated, important questions will take time. In fact, we don’t anticipate launching a newly combined program until 2018. This means SPG will continue to run separately until then. In the meantime, we're actively exploring ways to build bridges between the two programs to further enhance your experience.
You can keep up to date on the integration process here.

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers
Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles for each flight on Alitalia between Toronto and Rome. More... Until May 17, 16

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Quadruple Asia Miles for stays at Anantara, AVANI and PER AQUUM hotels Worldwide.More... Book by Apr 30 for stays until May 31, 16
- Triple Asia Miles when you rent a car at participating Europcar locations Worldwide (except in Canada, Japan and the US) More... Until May 18, 16

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles (on only)
- Double Garuda Miles for stays at participating Meritus Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 16

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on only)
- 1,000 Bonus HawaiianMiles for stays at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii. More... Until Dec 17, 16

Marriott Rewards
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points per NIGHT for stays at any one of 14 Marriott Hotels in Paris. More... Until May 13, 16
- 500 Bonus Rewards Points per NIGHT for stays at the JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. More... Until May 8, 16
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Courtyard Little Rock West. More... Until May 11, 16
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points per NIGHT for stays at the Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Lloyd Center. More... Until May 8, 16
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the at the Courtyard Shippensburg. More... Until May 12, 16
- Earn up to 5,000 Rewards Points on rentals at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Jul 31, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Starpoints when you book a group at a participating Starwood hotel or resort in Asia Pacific. Plus, earn a signing bonus of 1,000 Starpoints for every 10 room nights booked. More... Book by Oct 31 for completion by Dec 31, 16
- 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11.  More... Until Jun 30, 16
- 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays in a Suite at the Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11. More... Until Dec 31, 16

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- Earn 25% Bonus Status Miles&Smiles Miles when you fly Turkish Airlines between Toronto & Istanbul. More... Until Dec 31, 16
- Receive a 25% Miles&Smiles discount when you redeem miles to fly Turkish Airlines between Toronto and Turkey. More... Until Dec 31, 16
- 3,000 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Jun 30, 16

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