Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards is the loyalty scheme for Marriott, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, AC and Courtyard hotels amongst others.  It merged with Starwood Preferred Guest in August 2018.


You earn points which can be used for free nights or transferred into frequent flyer miles including Avios points.


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.

FREE hotel night for new Marriott Rewards members who do just two stays

With the integration of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest now behind them – although there are still some issues to fix, including the restarting of Amex transfers – Marriott Rewards has launched a generous new offer for anyone who is not currently a member. […]

How I tried to outwit the St Regis New York $50 ‘Daily Destination Fee’

I spent three nights last week at St Regis New York.  Whilst I used 60,000 Marriott Rewards points per night, the hotel was selling for $1,100 + tax per night for a standard room.  This seems to be their normal peak rate looking at busy […]

Which Marriott Rewards hotels should you book before January when Category 8 launches?

In early 2019, Marriott Rewards will add Category 8 to their current reward chart.  This is what you should do before it happens. Selected hotels which have been temporarily placed in Category 7 will be moved up to Category 8.  As you can see from […]

REGISTER NOW: Marriott’s new Autumn bonus points promotion is here

Marriott Rewards (and Starwood Preferred Guest, since they are technically the same programme now) have launched their first ‘bonus points’ promotion since their 18th August merger. You can register here. Here are the key points: The promotion is called ““MegaBonus in More Places” It runs […]

Bits: BA ‘Buy on Board’ coffee goes up!, Iberia rolls out Premium Economy, see a concert in Berlin with Marriott

News in brief: British Airways ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee prices up! British Airways has put through some inflation-busting price increases for its ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee. The new menu is online here.  The January 2017 menu is in this HFP article […]

Review: Why the JW Marriott resort in Venice continues to frustrate me, and why we return (Part 1)

This is my review of the JW Marriott hotel and resort in Venice.  I have reviewed the JW Marriott in Venice before, two years ago to be exact.  We were there again over the August Bank Holiday for what was our fourth consecutive annual three […]

Review: Why the JW Marriott resort in Venice continues to frustrate me, and why we return (Part 2)

This is the second part of my review of the JW Marriott hotel in Venice.   Part 1, which covers the location, rooms, kids club and pool, can be found here. Up on the roof The JW Marriott Venice roof terrace in the main building is […]

How to use the SPG American Express card to earn miles with 44 different airlines

One aspect of the Marriott / Starwood Preferred Guest programme merger we haven’t looked at yet is the increased ability to earn airline miles with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card. Marriott Rewards had some airline partners which Starwood Preferred Guest did not […]

Your cut-out-and-keep guide to the new Marriott Rewards free breakfast benefit

There is nothing like simplicity when designing a loyalty scheme, and the new free breakfast benefit for Platinum Elite members of Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest is nothing like simple! I thought I would put together a guide to what breakfast benefits you will […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions closing soon, see NFL at Wembley with Marriott, free Manchester Fast Track

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions ending soon The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped us a line about a new wave of its travel auctions that are closing within the next 48 hours. Most of the items offered tend to go for far less than the […]

Bits: New BA Rome route, do a McLaren track day with Hilton points, Marriott West India Quay refurbishment

News in brief: British Airways launches London City to Rome British Airways has announced a new route from London City to Rome, starting from 11th November. Flights operate from Monday to Friday, departing London City at 10.50 (arriving 14.20) and returning from Rome at 15.05 […]

How to do a hotel mattress run – and what can go wrong

This is one of a few ‘introductory’ articles we have been running during August on areas which we often mention in articles but never properly explain! I thought I would take a look at the concept of ‘mattress runs’ today.  A ‘mattress run’ involves booking a hotel […]

Bits: 10% off Virgin Flight & Hotel, Marriott Platinum Challenge, Garuda suspends Heathrow

News in brief: 10% off Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ packages until Monday night Virgin Atlantic is offering 10% off its ‘flight and hotel’ packages over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Full details are here. This is far less flexible than the BA Holidays service, because […]

Bits: BA Tehran suspension, University Arms Cambridge joins Marriott, Singapore Airlines sale

News in brief: British Airways suspends Tehran flights British Airways has announced the suspension of services between London Heathrow and Tehran. The final flight will operate on 22nd September.  No alternative routings for ticket holders have been announced yet although BA has said that it […]

Bits: American Airlines to add new UK routes, Marriott / SPG account merger working and what I booked

News in brief: Changes to American Airlines’ international destinations American Airlines has announced changes to its international network with new destinations in Europe coupled with a number of route cancellations. The newly added routes to the UK and Ireland are: Phoenix to London Heathrow, seasonal […]

Bits: New BA 241 First Class deal to China, Marriott backtracks on Travel Packages

News in brief: British Airways launches another First Class 241 ‘Dream Tickets’ offer – to China Last month British Airways launched ‘Dream Tickets’.  This is a new 2-4-1 promotion for First Class cash tickets. The opening offer was for Cape Town.  It was hugely successful, […]

Top name SPG and Marriott Moments concert tickets for the O2 added

Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards have released a new batch of tickets for O2 concerts in London. All of these are for the SPG Suite, and include all you can drink and a very decent hot buffet.  You can read my review of my visit […]