Marriott Rewards devalues again via category creep

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Marriott Rewards has announced, via its members blog, that the annual re(de)valuation of its reward categories will happen on 8th April. Marriott undertook a brutal shake-up of its programme last year, with the introduction of a new Category 9 costing 45,000 points per night.  At […]

10% off UK Marriott weekend breaks, plus 1,000 bonus points

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Marriott has launched a weekend breaks promotion for the UK, running until April 28th. There are 50 participating hotels.  You will receive a 10% discount on the standard rate as well as receiving 1,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points.  You need to stay at least two […]

25% bonus when you convert hotel points to American Airlines miles

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American Airlines has copied BA’s popular promotion and is offering a 25% bonus when you convert your hotel points into American Airlines miles. You can find full details of this promotion here. The important thing to note is that not all hotel schemes are included.  […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Marriott Rewards – The Facts

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This is the sixth of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes.  Each scheme will be covered over two posts.  One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other will be my subjective view of what is of particular merit. Marriott Rewards […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Marriott Rewards – The Opinion

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In my other post today, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Marriott Rewards loyalty scheme.  This post is my personal opinion, highlighting areas where I think you might want to focus. The 10-second summary: Strong points – big global network, decent benefits for Gold and Platinum members, […]

The top UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

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(EDIT:  This article was updated in April 2014, the numbers are current as of 1 April) It is almost a year since I last looked at this topic.  There have been a lot of changes and new launches since then, so I thought it was […]

Which is the best hotel loyalty scheme? – an introduction

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Starting tomorrow, I am launching a series of posts on the seven major hotel loyalty schemes.  Each programme will be covered in two posts, to be run on the same day. The first will look at ‘the facts’, such as the number of nights required […]

Earn 5,000 Avios points for 2 Marriott stays!


The Marriott hotels group (which includes Ritz-Carlson, Marriott, Courtyard, AC Hotels, Autograph, Renaissance and other brands) has launched a very generous promotion for new members – 5,000 Avios points for every two stays, up to a maximum of 50,000 Avios! The promotion is called MegaMiles […]

10,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points in London and Edinburgh

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I rarely run posts on offers at specific hotels, but this one is generous and the properties are well regarded. Marriott Rewards is offering 10,000 bonus points when you stay at any of its three boutique ‘Autograph Collection’ properties in the UK: Threadneedles in The City […]

Which hotel chains let me collect Avios points?

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I first ran this analysis back in July 2013.  However, there have been some major changes since then.  This is an updated list. Whilst British Airways has its own partner hotels, Iberia has its own, different, list.  And, with the number of different hotel groupings, […]

Marriott brings back MegaBonus for Spring 2014 – buy 2 stays, get a free night

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Marriott has launched its major promotion for Spring, which will be (yet) another outing for MegaBonus. This promotion is active across all Marriott brands, including Renaissance, Courtyard, Autograph, Edition, JW Marriott, Gaylord and the various US ‘extended stay’ chains. In a negative move, the ‘free […]

2013 in review – Part 2 – ‘The Year of Devaluations’


This is the second part of my look back at 2013.  Last year I touched on some of my personal travel highlights and looked back at some of the biggest promotions.  Today I want to look at the (unwelcome) trend of the year – devaluations. […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 1 (Hotels)

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I posted last week about the new option to cash out small amounts of SAS EuroBonus miles via an iTunes gift card.  It is not the greatest value redemption of all time, but if you’ve got some SAS miles gathering dust then you will now […]