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.

How holding a 1-hour 1-person meeting at Marriott can get you elite status

I have always struggled to get excited about Marriott Rewards.  It is probably truer to say that I have struggled to get excited about Marriott hotel brands (although, ironically, I will be in one tonight) and therefore the rewards programme has never done much for […]

Does Marriott regret buying Starwood and is hoping the Chinese kill the deal?

The acquisition of the Starwood hotel group – owner of W, Westin, Sheraton, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, aloft etc – by Marriott is running late.  The cause is Chinese competition clearance, with the Chinese authorities recently stating that they require another two months to […]

VERY interesting – Accor/Hertz status match AND 1000 Marriott or IHG points for everyone!

A couple of weeks after a non-functioning website went up, a new partnership between Hertz and Le Club AccorHotels has been officially launched. Accor has previously only worked with Europcar. Adding Hertz is a positive move and broadens your options for crediting Hertz car rentals […]

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.  Earlier articles looked at the best credit card to use abroad, the best way to earn miles when ordering foreign currency […]

Which is the most generous hotel programme for earning Avios points?

The general view of hotel loyalty programmes is that Starwood Preferred Guest is the only scheme where it is is worthwhile trading your points for airline miles. There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is that – since the conversion rate for […]

Bits: Starwood / Marriott vs Hilton for luxury, Good To Go – insurance for 65+ and ill travellers

News in brief: Why the combined Starwood and Marriott should be a focus for upmarket travellers My main article today draws on a huge analysis of the major hotel loyalty schemes from Travel Expert. One other interesting nugget from this research work sprang out. Starwood has 750 […]

25% bonus on point transfers into Etihad Guest – but with a catch this year

Etihad Guest has brought back its offer of a 25% bonus on points you transfer into their scheme.  It is 14 months since we last saw this offer. You can find full details of this offer on the Etihad website here.  The closing date is 31st July. […]

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 as well as Marriott […]

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 […]