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.

Bits: new ‘Miles and More’ meilenschnaeppchen, United ‘buy miles’ bonus and a Marriott / SPG arbitrage

News in brief: New ‘Miles and More’ meilenschnaeppchen announced It has been a while since we covered these on Head for Points, but for the benefit those who don’t know about them, Lufthansa runs a monthly list of discounted routes for collectors of Miles & More miles. […]

Bits: EXCELLENT £994 Club World fare to California, the Starwood Amex may not be on its last legs ….

News in brief: British Airways selling Oakland for £994 in Club World British Airways has quietly started selling tickets to Oakland in California for £994 return for travel in January or February. (EDIT: This fare appears to have been withdrawn early despite the 14th December […]

Why the Starwood Amex credit card is a mess – and why you should get it!

If you have never considered getting the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card, there are some good reasons why you should. Before I explain why, here is some background. Hotel credit cards in the UK are currently on a bit of a roll.  I […]

What are the best hotel promos currently available? (registrations close today)

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: Hilton Weekends sale on, good Marriott Moments events, revamped Concorde Room at T5

News in brief: Hilton 2017/18 Weekend Sale now on for Hilton Honors members Hilton has launched a week-long pre-sale event of its major ‘Weekends’ sale for Hilton Honors members. You can see full details on the Hilton website here. The main sale kicks off on […]

My great value reward stay at The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert resort in Ras Al Khaimah

This is my review of The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert resort in Ras Al Khaimah. I wrote earlier in the year about how The Ritz-Carlton, which is Marriott’s luxury arm, had taken over a Banyan Tree resort in Ras Al Khaimah, a short drive from […]

Bits: 100% IHG buy points bonus, Marriott to AA bonus, Hyatt New York deal

News in brief: (Note: parts of this article appeared on the site by accident on Friday for a few hours which is why it may sound familiar!) 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne […]

Bits: Now use Avios on Virgin America, new Marriott Amex coming?, a HFP winner

News in brief: Use Avios on Virgin America flights from April Virgin America, the US domestic airline operating primarily on the West Coast, was bought by Alaska Airlines in 2016. Integration, as always with airline mergers, has been slow.  However from 25th April 2018 all […]

Use Marriott or SPG points for VIP hospitality at England v Argentina, Barbarians v New Zealand

I’ve slotted this in as an extra article (it has not been emailed) because I doubt these tickets will stick around for long and I’d prefer Head for Points readers to get them. Marriott Rewards has just dropped VIP hospitality packages for the rugby at […]

Are the seven Amex Platinum hotel status cards worth having?

If you’re looking to get yourself some hotel status quickly, there is no easier route than getting an American Express Platinum charge card. It comes with SEVEN hotel status cards.  Five of these are given to you directly and two require you to complete a […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions

Valuing miles and points is a thankless task.  I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.4p-0.5p for IHG, […]

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 ba.com page for the offer can be found here. As with the last two versions of this offer, which […]

Which is the best hotel at Vienna Airport? NH or Moxy?

This is my review of the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel. I wasn’t actually planning to review the two nights I spent at the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel this week.  However there is a new MOXY (Marriott brand) hotel directly behind the NH […]

What are the best hotel promos at present?

Welcome to our monthly 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: BA ‘Upgrade to First’ back, SPG / Marriott merger clue, IC Ambassador 5k bonus goes

News in brief: British Airways brings back ‘Upgrade To First’ BA has brought back its regular ‘Upgrade To First’ promotion. This offer is only suitable for people travelling for business, as you are required to book a flexible or semi-flexible Club World ticket (in R, […]