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.

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 […]

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 […]

Bits: bizarre new Marriott ‘no desk’ policy, more BA Shanghai flights, IHG ‘buy points’ last day

News in brief: Is Marriott really getting rid of desks because young people don’t find them cool?! In my articles on the takeover of Starwood by Marriott, I made a couple of observations about the perceived lack of cultural fit.  The team that created ‘W’ […]

Bits: InterContinental at the O2, Marriott Rewards at Protea Hotels, Madonna with Hilton

News in brief: Bookings open for the new InterContinental London – The O2 The new InterContinental London – The O2 is now taking bookings from 19th December. This is a slightly risky hotel project but the owners have had the sense to include what they […]

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 iberia.com. […]

‘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 […]