St Regis Cairo

Whoa: The St. Regis Cairo Opened?!?

If one good thing comes out of 2020, it's that the St. Regis Cairo has finally opened... seemingly out of nowhere? If you're wondering why I have such an interest in this hotel, let me explain... St. Regis is one of my favorite hotel brands, and Cairo…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Bodrum Edition 3

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With 60% Bonus (Extended)

There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points, which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions. Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points,…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Hyatt Place Breakfast

How Has Coronavirus Changed Hotel Breakfast?

It goes without saying that hotel protocols have changed as a result of coronavirus. One of the things I was curious to observe during my trip was how hotels have adjusted their breakfast offerings, especially at limited service hotels that have free…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotels
Four Points Havana

Marriott Forced To Pull Out Of Cuba

The only US-managed hotel in Cuba will be closing its doors... The Miami Herald reports that the Trump administration is forcing Marriott to discontinue its management contract for the Four Points by Sheraton Havana, the only US-managed hotel in Cuba.…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Jw Marriott La

Marriott Offering Free Night After Two Stays For New Members

I've written in the past about how Marriott is one of the only major hotel groups 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…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotel Deals
Edition Times Square

EDITION Times Square Closing Permanently

COVID-19 has obviously had a terrible impact on the hotel industry, and there's no doubt that a lot of hotels will be forced to close permanently because of this. That's especially true for hotels that were already having financial problems coming into…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Ritz Carlton Maldives

Ritz-Carlton Resort Coming To The Maldives

I like to stay up to date on all the coolest luxury points hotels that are in the pipeline, but somehow I missed this one (I guess because of everything going on). Marriott has signed an agreement to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to the Maldives. The…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
St Regis Maldives

Marriott Selling Gift Cards For 20% Off (Last Chance)

I’ve written before about how I think many travel brands could be doing a better job creatively generating revenue. With so many companies having liquidity issues, I didn't understand why we weren't seeing more promotions from travel brands incentivizing…

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

Marriott Raises $920 Million From Amex And Chase

A few weeks ago it was announced that Hilton raised about a billion dollars by pre-selling points to American Express, and now Marriott has done the same, more or less. Marriott has announced that they've raised $920 million in cash through amendments…

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Langley Hotel Luxury Collection – 50

Marriott Credit Cards Offering 6x Points On Groceries

Given how much consumer behavior has changed in the past several weeks, suffice to say that many credit card bonus categories aren’t as useful as they used to be. For example, at this point I think many of us would trade in bonus points on airfare and hotels for…

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Filed Under: Credit Cards, Marriott
Jw Marriott

Marriott Bonvoy Extending Elite Status

Marriott Bonvoy has just become the latest program to announce plans to extend elite status, and more. Let's take a look at the details. Marriott Bonvoy will be extending status earned in 2019 by 12 months. Rather than your current status expiring in…

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St Regis Bora Bora – 86

Marriott Suspends Ambassador Elite Service

Marriott has temporarily cut the biggest perk for their top tier elite members, and I guess I can't blame them? Ambassador Elite is Marriott Bonvoy's top tier status, which requires earning 100 elite nights plus spending $20,000 "qualifying" dollars…

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W Hotel Aspen – 10

Marriott Finally Gets Around To Downgrading Status

Marriott Bonvoy has finally downgraded members who didn't requalify for elite status last year. Ordinarily, Marriott Bonvoy status is supposed to expire at the end of February. In other words, if you were a Platinum member last year (earned based on…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Marriott Frankfurt Airport

Marriott To Furlough Two Thirds Of Corporate Staff

While much of my focus the past couple of weeks has been on airlines, the hotel industry is obviously struggling as well, and has asked for $250 billion in government aid. We've seen many hotels around the world close temporarily, and those that remain…

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Filed Under: Marriott
St Regis Maldives Suite

Marriott Introduces Flexible Cancelation Policy

Following the lead of most other global hotel brands, Marriott has today announced a more flexible booking policy, as well as some positive news for Bonvoy members. Marriott is allowing reservations to be changed for free up until 24 hours before arrival,…

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W Verbier – 12

New Marriott Bonvoy Promo: Register Now

Marriott Bonvoy has just opened registration for their latest global promotion. This comes after their previous promotion ended in mid-January. Here's what you need to know about the new promotion: Marriott Bonvoy "Unlimited Bonus Points" is the Marriott…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Bodrum Edition 3

OUCH: Marriott Hotel Category Changes 2020 (Last Chance)

It's normal for the major hotel programs to shift award categories annually (for example, World of Hyatt has announced category changes for 2020). Well, Marriott Bonvoy has just announced their category changes for 2020, and they're the worst I recall…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Le Meridien Dhaka Watermark

Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Elite Status (2020)

I've written about the best hotel credit cards offering free nights, either as an annual benefit, or as a reward for reaching certain spending thresholds. In many cases these anniversary free night certificates can more than justify the annual fees on…

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Filed Under: American Express, Chase