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: free Marriott breakfast with Visa, triple Nectar points with Expedia, HFP in the Express

News in brief: Free breakfast at Marriott properties when you pay with Visa Marriott has launched a new promotion with Visa offering free breakfast at 250 hotels across Europe, including the new JW Marriott Venice below.  Many Marriott-owned brands are covered apart from Marriott itself. […]

Is it worth buying hotel points to transfer to Avios for the 35% bonus?

Until 5th July, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios – click for my article from yesterday. Since most of the hotel programmes allow you to buy points – and some currently have special offers – […]

Is a 35% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios 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. This year, the bonus is the biggest ever.  It is […]

Bits: 500 free Marriott Rewards points, €20 off an airberlin flight

News in brief: 500 free Marriott Rewards points for following them on Instagram Marriott is offering 500 free Marriott Rewards points if you follow them on Instagram before 21st June. The good news is that you don’t need to have a smartphone to do this. […]

Marriott Rewards launches Summer promotion – better than nothing, but only just!

I am a little late in writing about the Marriott Rewards Summer promotion.  This was purely due to a lack of excitement on my part, to be honest! It is a very simple one, although not letting you earn the bonus until your second stay during […]

Marriott Rewards launches ‘The Experiences Marketplace’ – and it’s rubbish

As part of its acquisition of Starwood Hotels, Marriott Rewards rushed out a series of announcements.  These were designed to persuade Starwood loyalists not to walk away immediately, by promising them that the (fairly rubbish) Marriott Rewards scheme would become more like Starwood Preferred Guest. […]

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 […]