The new JW Marriott in Venice – a potentially great use for Marriott Rewards points

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Marriott Rewards is a loyalty scheme which fails to ignite much passion amongst its members.  It is partly due to the crazy number of nights required to obtain Platinum status (75 per year, in return for benefits which can only be described as ‘acceptable’) and […]

Hilton and Marriott scrapping ‘same day’ cancellation for Best Flexible rates

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Both Hilton and Marriott have failed to officially announce the fact that, from January 1st, they are scrapping the ‘cancel by 6pm on day of arrival’ room guarantee for Best Flexible rates. From the New Year, the vast majority of both Hilton and Marriott family […]

Marriott to offer free wi-fi in all hotels from January

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Marriott has joined the growing number of hotel chains which are throwing in the towel as far as charging for wi-fi goes. From January 15th 2015, all Marriott Rewards members will receive free internet access when staying at any hotel in the Marriott family.  This includes […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 2: on-going earning rates)


Yesterday I did my best to begin answering the question commonly asked by beginners to this hobby – ‘What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?’. Because you can earn Avios points both directly and indirectly (eg via Tesco Clubcard or Amex Membership Rewards), the […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 1: comparing sign-up bonuses)


(EDIT:  This article was updated on November 6th to reflect the increased bonus on the British Airways American Express cards) What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?  This is not as easy an answer as you might think and beginners to this […]

Which loyalty credit cards are worth keeping for their benefits even if you don’t use them?

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(EDIT:  This article was updated in December 2014) Typically there are three different types of travel loyalty credit cards you can apply for: Cards you get just for the sign-up bonus Cards you get primarily for the strong on-going earnings rate Cards you get but […]

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By coincidence, two surveys from market research companies have crossed my desk in the last couple of days.  Both imply that changes may be coming to popular reward schemes. and Welcome Rewards The most interesting relates to and its Welcome Rewards loyalty scheme.  […]

Marriott Megabonus – a pretty weak September to January promo

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Marriott Rewards has unveiled its promotion for the Autumn. It is called Marriott Megabonus, which gives the impression that it is a repeat of the offer of that name which has run on a regular basis in recent years.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  […]

Earn £8 per Marriott stay via Etihad (and a Viceroy Hotels deal)

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I mentioned in an article on Saturday that Marriott Rewards is now an Etihad Guest partner.  This means that you can convert Marriott Rewards points to Etihad and credit future stays directly into Etihad miles. What I had not seen when I wrote that piece is that Etihad […]

Etihad x 4 – double miles, A380 to Heathrow, Alitalia and Marriott link-ups

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Four interesting bits of Etihad news have popped up in recent days which I have popped together in this post. Double A380 service to Heathrow from March Etihad has 10 A380’s on order.  Earlier in the year they announced that the first one, due in […]

Marriott Rewards guts its social media points-earning scheme

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Back in May I wrote about ‘Plus Points’.  This was an easy way to earn 2,000 Marriott Rewards points per month by simply following eight Marriott hotels on Twitter or Facebook. It seems that, for Marriott, it was far too easy – and too expensive. […]

Last chance for 25% bonus on hotel transfers to Avios

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This is your final reminder that July 13th is the last day to instigate a transfer of hotel loyalty points to British Airways Executive Club in order to receive a 25% Avios bonus. The promotion is not mentioned on The link in the BA […]

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 2)

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This is the 2nd part of my analysis into which of the UK hotel-branded credit cards are worth keeping for the long-term.  If you missed Part 1 yesterday, I recommend that you click here to read it before carrying on. Today I looking at which […]

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 1)

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Today and tomorrow, I am going to take a look at the four major hotel credit cards – Hilton, Starwood, Marriott and IHG Rewards Club – to see if any of them are worth keeping in your wallet for the long term. This analysis ignores […]