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A few weeks ago, my family and I spent a long weekend in Toronto, ON. There are several premium hotels to choose from in Toronto, but we chose to stay at the Thompson due to an excellent offer from American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts benefit from the American Express Platinum Card. Location The Thompson…

Located inside of a National Landmark the St. Louis Union Station Hotel is unlike any hotel I have stayed at previously. In 1985, with the first major renovation of Union Station, the “headhouse” was converted into a 539-room hotel which at the time was operated by Omni Hotels. Over the years, the hotel has transitioned…
Earn 155,000 Marriott Points While You Still Can

Late last night news broke about what the new combined Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards program will look like. Many SPG members were relieved to hear their SPG points would transfer to Marriott Rewards at a 3:1 ratio. It was fairly clear the points would not transfer at 1:1, but 3:1 also seemed unlikely.…
Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Living in Chicago I rarely spend the night in hotels in the city, but recently I attended a wedding downtown and turned the event into a lovely staycation. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago is conveniently located in the Water Tower building attached to the Water Tower Place mall. The hotel is perfect for anyone visiting the city looking…

Marriott Lifetime Status is a lucrative offer from Marriott to retain status for life if you frequently stay at Marriott properties. Marriott offers lifetime silver elite status to members who have stayed at a Marriott Property for 250 nights and have earned at least 1.2 million points, Marriott lifetime gold elite status is earned after…