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.

In brief: Dave Stringer passes away, Marriott Platinum Challenge surprise

News in brief: Dave Stringer passes away Regular readers may remember that, back in January, I posted a link to Dave Stringer’s travel blog. I get a lot of emails from readers who tell me of all the great places they have been able to […]

Bits: Amazon Prime Day starts today, new luxury Starwood / Marriott hotel opens in Paris

News in brief: Amazon Prime Day – big discounts from noon today and all day tomorrow Amazon Prime Day has returned for the fourth time. What started as a one off event for Amazon’s 20th birthday three years ago, is now an established annual event […]

What are the best hotel promos for July?

Welcome to our regular round-up of the best hotel promotions currently running.  Apologies that this edition is a little later than usual. All of the information in this article can also be found on our ‘Hotel Promos’ page which contains details of all of the […]

How Jason got to the World Cup semi final at 48 hours notice using his miles and points!

I had an email from reader Jason yesterday which I thought I would share.  He decided, last Saturday night, that he fancied a trip to Moscow to watch England in the World Cup semi-final.  And he wanted it for as near to free as possible. Anyone […]

Bits: £973 oneworld deal to Rio for August, Etihad F1 packages, Starwood loses four Dubai hotels

News in brief: LATAM launches a £973 business class deal to Rio for August travel LATAM has launched a very attractive business class fare to Rio, from just £973 in Business Class. In theory this fare can be booked out of Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt and […]

Bits: HFP Summer party, new SPG / Marriott O2 concerts, double Radisson Rewards points to 31 August

News in brief: Party …. Thank you to everyone who came to the HFP Summer party last night.  It was amazing to see over 200 people in one space, all sharing stories – see the photo below (click to enlarge) taken during the raffle draw.  […]

Holiday Tips 1 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

The sun is out, so  I thought it was a good time to update our ‘Holiday Tips’ series in preparation for the Summer season.   Future articles will look at earning miles from credit cards abroad, from foreign currency and when booking airport car parking. For […]

My review of the Renaissance Paris Republique hotel

This is my review of the Renaissance Paris Republique hotel, an impressive Marriott property. The official Renaissance Paris Republique website is here. I needed a hotel for one night when I was in Paris last week.  Prices were through the roof and my usual haunt, […]

Bits: 90000 Iberia Avios starting to arrrive, five UK Marriott hotels leaving, more Dubai services cut

News in brief: 90,000 Iberia Avios are starting to arrive Avios from the Iberia ‘9,000 Avios for booking any flight (up to 90,000 Avios)’ promotion last weekend started to drop into accounts last night. See the screenshot below courtesy of Flyertalk.  Now we need to […]

There are now 48 UK hotels (up from 4!) who take your SPG Amex free night voucher – but is it a good deal?

American Express has announced two changes to the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card in the run up to the merger of SPG and Marriott Rewards next month. One change is a statement of the obvious – the earning rate will move from 1 SPG […]

How to convert Marriott or SPG points into Hilton or IHG points, via Virgin

Because most frequent traveller currencies can be converted into something else, there are always odd opportunities that get thrown up. Sometimes you can do a conversion which you logically would not expect to be possible.  This is one of them. In general, a golden rule […]

Why Marriott Travel Packages are getting worse – but we don’t know by how much

Yesterday we looked at the changes to hotel award categories for the new combined Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest programme, starting in August. In summary, it nets off.  Taken across all 7,000 hotels, the average number of points required for a free night remains […]

The good and bad of the new Marriott / SPG reward chart, now revealed

Marriott published the reward chart for the combined Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest programme yesterday afternoon.  I did a short extra article on it but this is a deeper look. Travel Package pricing has also been released but I will focus on that separately […]

BREAKING: New Marriott and SPG reward chart now LIVE (Travel Package pricing added)

I am dropping this in as a ‘rough and ready’ article as I am out in Paris this afternoon.  I will take a proper look later. You can see the new combined Marriott and Starwood reward chart by clicking here.  This pricing will be active […]

Hilton drops ‘Travelling Connect’ but you can still earn points with your mobile abroad

Travelling Connect is a nifty mileage earning opportunity for – primarily – the travelling business person who uses their phone heavily outside the UK. It is, if nothing else, genius in its simplicity. All you need to do is register your mobile number and then […]

A brief review of the refurbished Marriott Manchester Airport hotel

This is my review of the refurbished Marriott Manchester Airport hotel. I have written before on HFP that it is almost always – in my opinion – worth paying the premium to stay in a hotel connected to an airport.  Messing about with unreliable shuttle […]