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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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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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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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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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
St Regis Hong Kong 4

Marriott Bonvoy Extending Status For Those In Greater China

The coronavirus situation has had a huge impact on travel to & from Asia, and we’ve seen all kinds of travel brands issue waivers. A few days ago World of Hyatt announced that they'd proactively extend status for those in Asia Pacific, and now Marriott…

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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
Ritz Carlton Kyoto Suite

Saving Points With Marriott’s Dynamic Award Pricing

In September 2019, Marriott Bonvoy introduced peak and off-peak award pricing, and it wasn't exactly what I expected. I have a couple of observations regarding upcoming award stays, which point to just how dynamic award pricing is under the new system.…

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Park Hyatt Kyoto

My Hotel Status Strategy For 2020

I've been thinking lately about my hotel loyalty strategy for 2020. I think the reason this has been on my radar is because my Marriott Ambassador status expires as of the end of this month, and I'll be dropping down to Titanium. How will that impact…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotels
Bodrum Edition 3

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With 50% Bonus

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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Marriott Suite

Conclusion To My Marriott Upgrade Denial & Room Invasion

Yesterday I wrote about my experiencing staying at a new Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, The Ben, where I had quite a check-in experience, followed by my room being invaded by two hotel employees and a little kid. If you haven't checked out that…

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The Ben West Palm Beach

Well This Marriott Stay Is Going Great So Far…

I'm still a top tier Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador member, though I'll be dropping down to Titanium as of next month, as I didn't requalify. The truth is that I've voted with my wallet, and I've largely stopped staying at Marriotts. I've done everything…

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Ritz Carlton Berlin Watermark

Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card Review (2020)

Marriott Bonvoy has credit cards issued by both American Express and Chase. Marriott has essentially split out the market: Chase issues the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card (review), which is the no annual fee personal card Chase issues the Marriott…

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Filed Under: Credit Card Reviews, Credit Cards
Marriott Edition Thong

Marriott Is Now Email Marketing Thongs

On the one hand, this is so minor. On the other hand... Yesterday some major changes were announced to the Marriott Bonvoy program, including overwhelmingly negative award redemption category shifts for hotels, as well as the introduction of capacity…

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St Regis Bora Bora – 86

Marriott Bonvoy Adds Capacity Controls At More Hotels

Want to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for a hotel stay? Well, the number of properties with capacity controls on award stays has just been increased significantly. Marriott Bonvoy advertises "no blackout dates" when redeeming points, but that doesn't…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Sheraton Frankfurt Airport

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Being Split Into Two Hotels

...St. Regis. No, I'm just kidding. But what they're doing is almost equally strange. I've probably spent more nights over the years at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport than any other airport hotel in the world. The Sheraton is absolutely massive, with…

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