Tokyo

Introduction: Falling In Love With Japan

Welcome to my next trip report, covering travel in ANA first class to Japan using an incredible mileage deal, as well as stays at several hotels that I've been wanting to stay at for a while. Ford had never been to Japan before (other than connecting…

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Filed Under: ANA, Hotels
Emirates First Class A380 – 1

Emirates & Marriott “Your World Rewards” Partnership

Back in the day, Starwood Preferred Guest had some awesome partnerships with Delta, Emirates, and China Eastern. With Marriott and SPG combining their loyalty programs, some of these partnerships have been discontinued or put on hold, as they figured…

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Filed Under: Emirates, Marriott
Marriott Marquis

Here’s How Marriott’s CEO Defends Resort Fees

This past week, DC's Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Marriott regarding their resort fees. This is something that many consumers have been pleased about, given the frustration largely associated with the spread of these fees (known as resort…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
St Regis New York – 12

Attorney General Sues Marriott Over Resort Fees

One of the most annoying trends in the hotel industry is resort fees, destination fees, facility fees… whatever you’d like to call them. Essentially these are added mandatory charges that hotels tack on to the room rate. Hotels charge these fees for…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Jw Marriott Maldives 4

Marriott Faces MASSIVE Fine Over Data Breach

Just yesterday I wrote about how British Airways is facing a massive fine over the data breach that happened last year. Under the UK's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which were implemented last year, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Jw Marriott La

Marriott Offering Free Night After Two Stays For New Members

I've written in the past about how Marriott is the only major hotel group to offer a lucrative bonus for new members who join their loyalty program and complete qualifying stays. This promotion has been around for quite a while, but Marriott keeps extending…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Marriott
Park Hyatt Siem Reap Restaurants 15

My 2019 Mid-Year Status Qualification Update

We're now over halfway into 2019 (I'd say "where has time gone?" but I feel like I'm always wondering that), so I wanted to provide an update on how 2019 is looking for me status-wise at the halfway point. At the very beginning of 2019 I wrote a post…

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Filed Under: Alaska, American
W Verbier – 12

Now Live: Marriott Bonvoy “Endless Earning” Promo

In mid-June, Marriott Bonvoy revealed the details of their newest promotion. Marriott's previous promotion ran from March 19 through June 4, and offered double points on all stays, starting with your second stay. While registration for this upcoming…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Marriott
St Regis Bora Bora – 100

Marriott Offering Awesome Targeted Promotions

Marriott recently announced the details of their next global promotion, which is valid for stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019. The promotion isn't very exciting at all -- Marriott is offering 1,500 bonus points when you stay two or more nights,…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Marriott
Ritz Carlton Portland

Portland Getting A Ritz-Carlton In 2023

While there are plenty of Ritz-Carlton properties in the pipeline, I find this development to be especially interesting. It has just been announced that Marriott has signed a contract with BPM Real Estate Group to open a Ritz-Carlton in Portland, Oregon.…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Ritz Carlton Tokyo

Marriott’s New STARS & Luminous Programs

We've seen Marriott and Starwood align many aspects of their guest experience over the past year, including the formation of the Marriott Bonvoy program. Shortly Marriott will finally be aligning some of their major programs for select travel agents,…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Courtyard London Gatwick – 17

Review: Courtyard London Gatwick Airport

I had just under 24 hours in London, as I was arriving from Calgary at around 11AM, and departing the next morning to Madrid around 10AM. While I would have loved to go into London and spend the day walking around, I decided to just book an airport hotel…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Marriott
Jw Marriott Maldives 1

New JW Marriott Maldives: Book Overwater Villa With Points

The Maldives is a bucket list vacation destination for many, though historically there have been a limited number of options for redeeming points. Lately we've seen a significant improvement in the opportunities to redeem points for hotels in the Maldives:…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Edition New York Hotel – 11

Awesome New Amex Offer For Marriott Stays

For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on…

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Filed Under: American Express, Marriott
Westjet 787 Business Class – 5

Introduction: WestJetting To Gatwick

Welcome to my next trip report, covering travel in WestJet's new 787 business class, Air Europa's 787 business class, and more. The motivation for this trip was really simple. This spring WestJet started service with the 787-9, which represents an exciting…

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Filed Under: Marriott, Other Airlines
Ritz Carlton Watermark

Marriott’s New No Annual Fee Credit Card

Today applications have opened for the no annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card, which is Marriott's newest co-brand credit card, and also their only credit card without an annual fee. Here's what you need to know about the Marriott Bonvoy…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
St Regis Maldives Suite Watermark

Targeted Amex Transfer Bonus To Marriott Bonvoy

One of the things that I love about American Express Membership Rewards is that they offer bonuses on points transfers to their partners fairly often. We don't see these to all partners (for example, it's rare to see transfer bonuses to Delta SkyMiles…

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Filed Under: American Express, Marriott
Edition Abu Dhabi – 8

Review: EDITION Abu Dhabi

We had about 28 hours in Abu Dhabi, as we were arriving around 10PM and departing around 2AM two days later. Abu Dhabi has lots of hotels to choose from, and on this trip I was looking forward to trying the EDITION Abu Dhabi, one of Marriott's newest…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Lufthansa A320 Business Class – 10

What’s Going On With Marriott To Lufthansa Transfers?

Well, this doesn't look good. For the past week or so we've been hearing about issues with Marriott Bonvoy points getting "stuck" when members have initiated transfers to Lufthansa Miles&More. This isn't entirely unusual, as post-merger many Marriott…

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Filed Under: Awards, Lufthansa
W Dubai The Palm – 5

Today Only: Buy Marriott Gift Cards For 20% Off

We’re in the fourth week of Daily Getaways, which is an opportunity to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages. Daily Getaways go live at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast,…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Marriott