Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Marriott Rewards is the loyalty scheme for Marriott, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, AC and Courtyard hotels amongst others. You earn points which can be used for free nights or transferred into frequent flyer miles including Avios points. Ritz-Carlton Rewards is the same scheme but with a different membership card and different branding on its website!

I published an extensive two-part review of Marriott Rewards which can be found here and here. The latest promotions can be found on our 'Hotel Promos' page.

Up to 35,000 Avios for NEW Marriott Rewards members

British Airways and Marriott Rewards have teamed up to offer a potentially attractive Avios promotion to anyone who is not already a Marriott Rewards member. (I accept that this is not necessarily a lot of HFP members, but if you are travelling with your partner […]

Marriott Rewards starts to turn into Starwood Preferred Guest with new benefits

Marriott Rewards announced three new features yesterday which do, genuinely, represent improvements to the programme. They are, clearly, cloning some of the most attractive parts of Starwood Preferred Guest.  It is not clear if these ideas were in motion before the Marriott / Starwood merger […]

Bits: Finnair Edinburgh service launched, I get a good value Marriott redemption, Euro 2016 travel guide

News in brief: Finnair’s Edinburgh service launched yesterday The new Finnair service from Edinburgh started yesterday.  This joins their recently added Dublin service as well as the established Manchester and London routes.  It will operate three times per week, stepping up to four times over […]

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

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 don’t use because they come with generous perks […]

So, Marriott has bought Starwood …. what should your points strategy be?

Like it or not, and 90% of HFP readers who are impacted would probably choose ‘not’, Marriott has bought Starwood.  Game over. It is time to move on and to start thinking about how you will be impacted by this.  You may already want to start […]

10 UK travel credit cards hike their interest rates sharply

I was updating the credit card database page on Head for Points yesterday and noticed some shocking changes to the interest rates charged on many popular travel credit cards. Since the EU capped credit card interchange fees at 0.3% in December, it has become hugely […]

Big news – HMRC cuts credit card fee to 0.4% which means VERY cheap points!

One of the biggest jokes, since the EU cap on Visa and MasterCard fees came into effect in December, was that the Government itself was ignoring them.  The fee for paying your tax with a credit card actually rose in January to 1.5%. The great news […]

Bits: BA changes date for New York promo, Marriott ‘cash and points’ awards launched

News in brief: BA changes the closing date for its New York promotion Yesterday I wrote about a new British Airways promotion for double Avios points on flight to New York. This offer was initially advertised as closing on 13th March 2017.  This seemed a […]

Bits: new Pullman hotel in Liverpool, Marriott / Starwood takeover latest

News in brief: Accor opens Pullman hotel in Liverpool Accor has opened its upmarket business hotel brand Pullman in Liverpool.  This is a new-build hotel situated next to the Arena & Convention Centre. It is only the 2nd Pullman property in the UK but a […]

Bits: £20 off £400 Opodo flight, Marriott / Starwood off, new book on EU261

News in brief: £20 off a £400 Opodo flight booking Until midnight on Tuesday, Opodo is offering £20 off a £400 flight booking with discount code 642EEXDD. The discount is on the total booking price, not per person.  It is not valid on multi-stop flights (it […]

Bits: Chinese to break up Marriott’s Starwood bid?, Expedia 72 hour sale, BA drops Baku

News in brief: Chinese threaten to disrupt the Starwood / Marriott merger, frequent flyer community celebrates There was potentially good news for anyone concerned about consolidation in the hotel loyalty space yesterday. A Chinese-led consortium has submitted an all-cash offer for Starwood, the St Regis […]

Bits: last day to book Hilton Flash Sale, new Marriott pricing policy announced

News in brief: Last day to book the Hilton Flash Sale A quick reminder that today is the last day to book rooms in the Hilton seven day ‘flash sale’ which runs until midnight tonight (Sunday). It is offering special deals at 300 hotels across Europe (including […]

Bits: Marriott UK weekends flash sale, BA scrapping ‘unaccompanied minors’ service

News in brief: Marriott launches a UK flash sale Marriott has launched a flash sale which is running until 5pm next Monday 29th. It covers 50 hotels across the UK for weekend stays before 10th April. The headline entry price is £49 but its not […]

Bits: new SPG hotel in London, Marriott Rewards devalues but adds ‘cash and points’

News in brief: Town Hall Hotel now an SPG property I have written before about how Starwood is slowly integrating certain Design Hotels into Starwood Preferred Guest. This week, the acclaimed Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in Bethnal Green (yes, Bethnal Green) went live.  You […]

Check the exchange rate carefully when your hotel points post

The majority of the major hotel loyalty schemes work on the basis of how many $ you spent on your trip.  The main outlier is Accor which is € driven. This means that, for the majority of your stays, the value of your stay will […]

New Marriott promo starts tomorrow – one free night with just two Marriott stays

Marriott Rewards has brought back its MegaBonus promotion for the Spring.  This time it is a little more generous than we have seen recently. This promotion is active across all Marriott brands, including Renaissance, Courtyard, Autograph, Edition, JW Marriott, Gaylord, AC Hotels, Protea and the […]

For Sale: hotel brands (Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza), good condition, offers invited

We have already seen Marriott take over Starwood, although that deal may yet collapse. Accor is taking over Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel. The latest news is that Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza group, is up for sale. Carlson has a big European […]

Bits: IAG and LATAM sign new price fixing deal, Ramada loses two of its best UK hotels to Marriott

Even more news in brief: British Airways and Iberia announce price fixing deal with LATAM to South America IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, announced last week that it has applied for permission to operate price fixing with LATAM (owner of LAN […]

Lost your Marriott Rewards status this year? Buy it back with points

One of the interesting quirks of the Marriott Rewards programme is that you can use your points to ‘buy back’ your status if you fail to requalify. If you would otherwise have been forced into mattress run stays at the end of the year in […]