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. The 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.

Use Marriott or SPG points for VIP hospitality at England v Argentina, Barbarians v New Zealand

I’ve slotted this in as an extra article (it has not been emailed) because I doubt these tickets will stick around for long and I’d prefer Head for Points readers to get them. Marriott Rewards has just dropped VIP hospitality packages for the rugby at […]

Are the seven Amex Platinum hotel status cards worth having?

If you’re looking to get yourself some hotel status quickly, there is no easier route than getting an American Express Platinum charge card. It comes with SEVEN hotel status cards.  Five of these are given to you directly and two require you to complete a […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions

Valuing miles and points is a thankless task.  I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.4p-0.5p for IHG, […]

Get a 35% bonus on hotel transfers to Avios – but is it a good deal?

It was due a return and now it is back.  I’m talking about the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. As with the last two versions of this offer, which […]

Which is the best hotel at Vienna Airport? NH or Moxy?

This is my review of the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel. I wasn’t actually planning to review the two nights I spent at the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel this week.  However there is a new MOXY (Marriott brand) hotel directly behind the NH […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

Bits: BA ‘Upgrade to First’ back, SPG / Marriott merger clue, IC Ambassador 5k bonus goes

News in brief: British Airways brings back ‘Upgrade To First’ BA has brought back its regular ‘Upgrade To First’ promotion. This offer is only suitable for people travelling for business, as you are required to book a flexible or semi-flexible Club World ticket (in R, […]

Get a free night after two stays with the new Marriott promo

We looked at the new Starwood Preferred Guest promotion yesterday.  It is OK but a lot of hotels are not taking part. Marriott, which now owns but has not integrated Starwood, has now unveiled this Autumn’s MegaBonus for its own hotels.  This is more interesting. […]

Bits: 1000 free Marriott points, Euston hotel closures, Qatar food pre-orders

News in brief: 1000 free Marriott Rewards points for linking social media accounts Marriott Rewards is giving another push to its promotion which tries to get to you to follow Marriott on social media. Via this page, you can earn: 250 points for connecting your […]

A great Marriott family redemption – Domes of Elounda, Crete

Back in January, I wrote about the Al Wadi desert resort in Ral Al-Khaimah, a short drive from Dubai.  This is now a luxury The Ritz-Carlton resort, having been taken over from Banyan Tree. The resort consists of 101 individual pool villas.  Yes, every villa has its […]

Don’t get caught – IHG, Hilton and Marriott change their cancellation rules

The last few months have seen a number of, in some cases, underhand moves to change – for the worse – the cancellation policies for flexible hotel bookings. These moves have generally been restricted to North America which is why I haven’t covered them.  However, […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the current offers, together with links to our major articles on […]

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

I thought it was about time to revise and update the lists I first published in 2012 about the best way to use up small amounts of miles and points. What I want to explore is ‘What is the smallest or most optimum small reward, and […]

Bits: 1000 Avios from Marriott posting, British Airways to launch Nashville soon?

News in brief: 1,000 Avios for joining Marriott Rewards posting Two months ago I published an article, see here, showing how you could get 1,000 Avios points simply for joining Marriott Rewards – no stay required. This was obviously very generous, and if you had a […]

Which hotel at Heathrow has the best swimming pool?

You may well have spent many hours awake at night wondering which Heathrow Airport hotel has the best swimming pool.  Good news – I’ve done the work for you! For reasons too complex to explain, we decided to spend Friday at a hotel at the […]