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.

Bits: oneworld branding, Delta Hotels now partly in Marriott Rewards, was your £780 BA HK ticket cancelled?

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News in brief: oneworld alliance launches new ‘Priority’ logo Take a look at the logo below.  You will be seeing a lot more of it: The oneworld airline alliance, which includes British Airways, will be rolling out this logo over the next 12 months.  It […]

Free Heathrow Express First Class upgrade over the Summer for Marriott Rewards Elite members

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(EDIT:  I have edited this article as it appears that the required link does not display if you are not an elite Marriott Rewards member.  Apologies for any confusion.) Hotel group Marriott and Heathrow Express have teamed up to offer a free First Class upgrade […]

A Marriott Rewards feature I had forgotten – you can book rewards without having the points

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I have just booked a couple of nights at the new JW Marriott in Venice on the back of peer pressure after my kids read ‘Olivia Goes To Venice’! Whilst I ended up using cash, when researching my options I was reminded of a quirk of Marriott Rewards […]

2,000 bonus Avios on Marriott weekend stays across Europe

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Marriott Rewards has launched a new promotion offering 2,000 bonus Avios (or other airline miles) at 250 hotels across Europe this Summer. There are 250 hotels taking part which are featured on this webpage.   The new JW Marriott in Venice, pictured below, is included. You […]

Is it worth buying hotel points to transfer to Avios or Etihad for the 25% bonus?

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Until 13th July, British Airways is offering a 25% bonus (10% with Starwood) if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios. Etihad Guest is offering a similar deal until 6th June. Since most of the hotel programmes allow you to buy points […]

What is the best hotel promotion currently available?

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A lot of good hotel promotions ended on April 30th with no obvious replacements.  As we are now into May, I thought it was worth doing a quick recap of the best hotel promotions currently available. Club Carlson The standout promotion for me at the moment […]

25% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios is back!

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It’s back, on the fairly regular ‘every nine months’ timetable. I’m talking about the ‘25% bonus when you transfer your hotel points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion! Full details can be found on ba.com here. When you transfer hotel loyalty points to British Airways, you […]

Where to buy airline and hotel points

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This page contains links to the ‘buy miles’ or ‘buy points’ sections of the major airline and hotel schemes. Click on the link to be taken directly to the ‘buy’ page. Airlines: American AAdvantage British Airways Executive Club Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) Iberia […]

Can ‘The Autograph Collection’ finally make Marriott Rewards exciting?!

Habtoor Grand Dubai

When we were down in Dubai last week, I noticed that there is a new Marriott Rewards redemption option.  Having a collection of Marriott Rewards points did not previously serve you well in Dubai if you wanted a beach resort.  There is, of course, the […]

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

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In my article yesterday, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Marriott Rewards loyalty scheme. This article 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 […]

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 on consecutive days. One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other will be my subjective view of what is of […]

What is the best hotel loyalty scheme? – an introduction

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Starting tomorrow and continuing over Easter, I am running updated versions of our overviews of the major hotel loyalty schemes. Each programme will be covered in two posts on consecutive days: The first will look at ‘the facts’, such as the number of nights required […]

Why hotel credit cards became more important – except the SPG Amex

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My friend Andy was in a British Airways lounge in the US last week when he got talking to a fellow passenger who turned out to be a senior UK Amex employee.  The conversation turned to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card and its pros […]

Free night after two stays when you join Marriott Rewards

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Marriott Rewards is currently offering a very interesting deal for new members – a free night after just two stays. The good news is that you have up to 150 days to complete the two stays.   You have all of the month you enrol plus […]

Why transferring hotel points to a friend or partner is good (but airline miles are bad)

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Most frequent flyer schemes allow you to pay to transfer miles to a friend.  It is usually a terrible deal.  The price is often only modestly cheaper than buying miles outright but no new miles are being created – you are paying a high fee simply for […]

Bits: new BA seat design patent filed, new Jumeirah openings, Marriott starts expiring points, £500 to Oz

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Here is some news in brief: British Airways files another patent for next-generation seats Skift reports on the latest patent filing by British Airways in relation to new seating.  We have been here before, of course, with a more revolutionary design that was filed last […]