Ameritrade Holding Corporation (Nasdaq:AMTD - News) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT - News) announced a marketing partnership designed to promote Ameritrade to Starwood Preferred Guest® members and to reward existing Ameritrade clients with Starpoint offers. Starting today, Starwood Preferred Guests can earn up to 20,000 Starpoints when opening a new individual or joint Ameritrade® account. For more details, visit www.ameritrade.com/spg/. Starting later this year, all Ameritrade clients will have the opportunity to stock up on Starpoints when adding funds to existing accounts.
“This powerful marketing partnership offers even more compelling reasons for self-directed investors to choose Ameritrade,” said Anne Nelson, Ameritrade`s chief marketing officer. “By strategically aligning ourselves with the Starwood Preferred Guest program, we can now provide a special opportunity to help our clients achieve both their travel and financial goals.”
When opening an Ameritrade account, a Starwood Preferred Guest may earn(a):
* 3,000 Starpoints for an account opened with a minimum of $2,000
* 10,000 Starpoints for an account opened with a minimum of $10,000
* 20,000 Starpoints for an account opened with a minimum of $25,000
Additionally, Starwood Preferred Guest members can choose to convert Starpoints into airline miles. As a special benefit, members receive a 5,000-mile bonus when they convert 20,000 Starpoints to airline miles. That`s 25,000 miles—enough for a free domestic U.S. ticket on most major participating airlines.
Existing Ameritrade clients will also receive valuable benefits through this partnership, including:
* Opportunities to earn Starpoints by adding funds to their existing Ameritrade accounts - to be introduced later this year;
* Access to special Preferred Plus Guest status, which provides a host of benefits including: complimentary room upgrades; and
* Special offers from Starwood hotels, including discounts and amenities for Ameritrade clients.
“We`re working closely with Ameritrade to extend the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest program to new and existing members,” says Jim Berra, vice president, loyalty marketing for Starwood. “Our shared customers will win with valuable Starpoint earning opportunities and benefits.”
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 750 properties in 80 countries and 105,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. With internationally renowned brands, Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts including: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W brands, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwood.com
About Ameritrade Holding Corporation - Ameritrade Holding Corporation (www.amtd.com) has a 27-year brokerage history of providing a self-directed approach to investment services. The Company, through its Private Client and Institutional Client divisions, provides tiered levels of brokerage products and services tailored to meet the varying investing, trading and execution needs of individual investors, financial institutions and corporations.
(a) Half of the Starpoints will be awarded upon account opening and the other half six months later provided that minimum funding has been maintained.
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Ameritrade, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. are separate unaffiliated companies. Ameritrade, Inc. is not responsible for The Starwood Preferred Guest® program and policies. The Starwood Preferred Guest program and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. are not responsible for investment results or services. Starwood Preferred Guest program members are subject to the complete Program terms and conditions. Starwood may change the Program rules, awards, features and offers at any time without notice. For additional terms and conditions of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, visit www.spg.com (http://www.spg.com). (C) 2003 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.