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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.

My review of the excellent Berlin Marriott, using my new free Marriott Gold status

This is my review of the Berlin Marriott hotel and my experience there as a new Marriott Rewards Gold member. The hotel website is here. It is now 18 months since Marriott allowed you to status match from Starwood Preferred Guest and vice versa.  This followed the […]

What are the best hotel promos for March?

Welcome to our regular 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: has Starwood given up its suite at the O2?, new Amex cashback deals inc Emirates and Avis

News in brief: Has Starwood Preferred Guest given up its O2 suite? Regular readers will know that there have been some great points opportunities over the past three years to see top musical acts at the O2 Arena in London via SPG Moments. Starwood Preferred […]

IT’S BACK: 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 page for the offer can be found here. As with the last two versions of this offer, which […]

How to get hotel elite status from UK credit and charge cards

EDIT:  with impeccable timing, the Hilton Honors Visa card was withdrawn from the market one day after this article was published! If you are just getting started with miles and points, you have probably realised by now that your travel life could be improved if […]

What’s the deal with New York hotel ‘resort fees’?

There was some discussion in the Comments section on Friday about the spread of ‘resort fees’ to New York.  We mentioned this briefly on HFP a year ago but the problem has grown substantially since then. Many readers will have been asked for so called […]

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

I receive regular emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my Marriott Rewards points from expiring?’ or ‘When do my Marriott Rewards points expire?’.  This new series looks at the major hotel loyalty programmes and shows you how to keep valuable points intact. Marriott […]

Marriott’s annual devaluation shows that SPG members should remain on alert

As the story (as told by Marriott’s CEO) goes, the company was very surprised by the lack of overlap between its existing customer base and the customers it acquired when it bought Starwood Hotels. Admittedly the average W / Aloft customer is unlikely to spend […]

Bits: odd “Virgin miles from Virgin Trains” rule, earn SPG points with Hertz, 80% bonus buying Hilton points

News in brief: Odd quirk when earning Virgin miles from Virgin Trains When you travel with Virgin Trains West Coast, you can choose to earn either Nectar points or Virgin Flying Club miles, assuming you book directly on the Virgin Trains website. Following changes last […]

What are the best hotel promos currently available?

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running, back after a Christmas and New Year break. 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, […]

Dubai Marriott Harbour – a good family redemption where a points room sleeps 5!

Marriott Rewards is one of the better hotel programmes if you have a family, or simply don’t like small hotel rooms. As well as offering standard rooms for the standard redemption price, a lot of Marriott Rewards properties let you book larger rooms or suites […]

Bits: Lady Gaga tickets, buy Avios for 1.1p via Iberia, 3000 Avios or €60 of Accor vouchers with Europcar

News in brief: See Lady Gaga with Starwood or Marriott Rewards Tickets to see Lady Gaga at the O2 in London on 4th February turned up on the Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards websites yesterday. The pricing feels very toppy to me.  The price […]

Bits: Heathrow domestic fees cut again, new Tallinn hotel option, Accor Plat status retained?

News in brief: Heathrow cuts UK domestic landing fees again As of yesterday, Heathrow Airport has reduced the passenger service charge on UK domestic flights by a further £5.  This follows an initial £10 reduction last January. This is part of a series of moves […]

New year, new credit card? The best bonuses and market gossip

It is three months since I last did a round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  The reason for the delay is that things got a little quiet. Since October, we […]