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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Filed Under: Marriott
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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Filed Under: Marriott
Marriott Suite

Conclusion To My Marriott Upgrade Denial & Room Invasion

Yesterday I wrote about my experiencing staying at a new Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, 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 post yet,…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
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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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
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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Filed Under: Marriott
Bodrum Edition 3

OUCH: Marriott Hotel Category Changes 2020

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
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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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Langley Watermark

Great 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
St Regis Chengdu Watermark

How To Redeem Marriott Anniversary Free Night Awards

With the formation of the Marriott Bonvoy program at the beginning of 2019, and with so many changes having been made to the loyalty program and co-branded credit cards, I wanted to provide a rundown of how to redeem Marriott anniversary free night awards.…

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Filed Under: Credit Cards, Marriott
Langley Hotel Luxury Collection – 55

Review: The Langley, Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel

I had a roughly 24 hour layover at Heathrow, as I was arriving from Munich in the evening, and was flying to Tokyo the following evening. In a post shortly before the trip I talked about my thought process when it came to booking a hotel for this layover:…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Marriott
Edition Sanya

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card Review (2020)

With the new Marriott Bonvoy program having been launched in early 2019, Marriott has a new suite of credit cards that are being issued by both American Express and Chase. While the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card is Marriott's $95 annual…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
Edition Barcelona Watermark

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card Review (2020)

The loyalty programs of Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood were combined in early 2019, to form Marriott Bonvoy. As part of this agreement, both American Express and Chase are issuing co-branded credit cards. We've even seen some changes made to these…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
W Hotels Toiletries

W Hotels Drops Bliss In Favor Of Davines

This doesn't come as much of a surprise, since this change has already slowly been implemented at some properties, though it's now official. For years W Hotels has had a partnership with Bliss, both to provide their toiletries at hotels, and also to…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Marriott Chase Watermark

Limited Time Bonuses On Chase Marriott Cards

Today Chase has rolled out new limited time bonuses on their two co-branded Marriott cards. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card and Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card are offering welcome bonuses of 100K and 50K points, respectively.…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards