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Combining your Marriott Rewards/The Ritz Carlton and Starwood SPG loyalty program

As you may have heard Marriott and Starwood have merged, and there is no longer a need for separate loyalty numbers.   You can combine your accounts to have one single account log-in. If you have already linked your accounts, you will still need to combine your accounts.

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Five Reasons Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Is The New A-List Hotel To Beat In Los Angeles

Beverly Hills has a gorgeous new icon in its midst. After ten years of planning and construction at a reported cost of around $200 million, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opened this summer overlooking the so-called Golden Triangle district that includes Rodeo Drive and some of the world’s priciest shops and real estate. As luxury entities go, it’s a game changer.

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Marriott Now Requires 48 Hours for Cancellations

Back in 2015, TravelPulse’s Pat Clarke reported that Marriott Hotels, along with Hilton International, were toughening their cancellation policies.

At the time, the two global hoteliers were making the revolutionary move to dial back travelers’ ability to make same-day cancellations with no penalty. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, customers who couldn’t give at least 24-hours notice for a room cancellation would be charged the equivalent of one night’s room rate.

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Lackluster Q1 GDP growth could stymie hoteliers from raising rates

U.S. gross domestic product rose only 0.7 percent in the first quarter, with torpid consumer spending pointed to as the main culprit. The rate marked the economy’s weakest quarter since early 2014.

Consumer spending grew at a 0.3-percent rate, the smallest increase since the fourth quarter of 2009.

Americans reduced their purchases of big-ticket items, such as automobiles and home appliances; meanwhile, responsibility for sluggish GDP growth rate is also blamed on rising inflation, which has dinged paychecks.

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