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.

Marriott to buy Starwood for $12bn – what do I think?

Marriott surprised us all yesterday by emerging as the winner of the auction to acquire the Starwood hotel group.  Of all the names that had been linked to the transaction, Marriott had not been seen as a serious contender. The deal creates the biggest hotel […]

Bits: Tesco 20% bonus emails arrive, bonus on Flying Blue miles purchases, Marriott / Hertz bonus

News in brief: Emails arrive for the Tesco / BA 20% conversion bonus The mythical emails regarding the new 20% conversion bonus of Tesco Clubcard points to British Airways Executive Club finally arrived yesterday.  Details of this promo can be found in my original article […]

Looking at the details of Marriott’s new ‘cash and points’ rewards

Marriott Rewards announced four changes to its programme on Monday as I outlined here.  What I didn’t know at the time was how the new ‘cash and points’ option would work. Marriott has chosen to take the path of Hyatt and Starwood and make ‘cash […]

Marriott unveils four genuine improvements to Marriott Rewards

Marriott was due to announce a number of improvements – genuine improvements – to Marriott Rewards yesterday.  I say ‘due to’ because we were told the announcement was coming but, as at 10pm last night, it had not yet been made. The changes are clearly designed […]

Bits: Amex Plat getting free Hilton Gold?, 19 Thistle hotels rebranded, 20% bonus Marriott to AA

News in brief: Free Hilton HHonors Gold coming back as an Amex Platinum benefit? Until December 2013, American Express Platinum charge card holders received Hilton HHonors Gold status, albeit as a ‘one year only’ benefit.  Then, overnight, Amex pulled it – much to the anger […]

40% bonus Avios on transfers from Marriott Rewards and Melia Rewards

Two transfer promotions have been launched by Iberia Plus for anyone who wants to convert their hotel points to Avios. You will need an Iberia Plus account in order to take part.  If you don’t have one, you can open one for free at […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for October – summary of the top deals

It’s time for the return of our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  Our directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit […]

New Marriott MegaBonus promotion launches

At last, the barren dry spell of hotel promotions is coming to an end! Marriott Rewards has brought back its MegaBonus promotion for the Autumn. The promotion is for stays from September 15th to January 15th 2016 The last day for registration is November 15th […]

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 […]

Transferring hotel points to airline miles … when is it worth it?

The American Airlines promotion offering a 20% bonus on transfers from Starwood Preferred Guest is still running until August 7th.   Partly inspired by this deal, and partly by my article yesterday on the value of a Hilton HHonors point, I wanted to consider if it ever […]

When your Marriott Rewards points expire, and how to stop it

This article is another part of my new series of reference pieces for the site, focussing on hotel expiry policies.  They will be permanently linked from our ‘Hotel Promos‘ page. I receive regular emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my Marriott Rewards points from […]

Holiday Tips 4 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

This is the final part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series which I have updated and re-run this week in preparation for the Summer season. For many of us, the only time in the whole year when we may find ourselves looking to hire a car […]

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

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

(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

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

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 […]