St Regis Bora Bora – 100

Marriott Peak Awards Are Not What I Expected

This weekend Marriott's peak and off-peak award pricing went live. This is no surprise, as we've known for several weeks that this was coming. Historically when redeeming points for a hotel, the cost has been based on the category of hotel you're staying…

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St Regis Aspen

Marriott Introducing Peak Award Pricing (And More)

Over the past 12 months we've seen huge adjustments to Marriott's loyalty program: -- This started last summer, when benefits were aligned across Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest, last summer -- Then this winter Marriott…

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Four Points Nairobi Waternark

Save 10% At Four Points By Sheraton With Chase Offers

I’ve written extensively about Amex Offers, where you can earn bonus points or receive statement credits for purchases with select retailers. This is an awesome opportunity to save, and collectively I get hundreds of dollars worth of value out of the…

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Filed Under: Chase, Great Deals
W Hotel Toronto

W Hotel Toronto: Coming Summer 2020

Toronto is a city that increasingly has good hotel options, and Marriott has just announced their latest property there. Marriott has announced that they've signed an agreement to open a W Hotel in Toronto in 2020. This will be the first W Hotel in the…

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Marriott Bonvoy Logo

Bonvoy: Marriott’s Global Marketing Officer Resigns

It seems we can say bon voyage to the marketing executive behind Marriott Bonvoy. It has just been announced that Karin Timpone, Marriott's global marketing officer, will be retiring at the end of 2019 to "pursue new opportunities."  Timpone has been…

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Edition New York Hotel – 11

Awesome New Amex Offer For Luxury 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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St Regis Maldives Suite Watermark

30% Bonus On Amex Transfers 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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Marriott Toiletries

Marriott Eliminating Single-Use Toiletries Globally

In late July 2019, IHG announced that they'd eliminate single-use shower toiletries globally by 2021. While this is no doubt at least partly a cost cutting move, it is also good for the environment, so I'm a fan of it. I figured most other major hotel…

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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
Santa Marina Mykonos – 18

Review: Santa Marina, Luxury Collection, Mykonos

We had a great time in Santorini last summer, so this summer we decided to visit Mykonos. We decided to book Santa Marina, which is a Marriott Luxury Collection property, using points. Hotel rates in Mykonos are crazy-high in summer. Not because the…

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Santa Marina Watermark

Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Review (2019)

Marriott Bonvoy has quite a portfolio of credit cards, thanks to them having agreements with both American Express and Chase. So for many it can be overwhelming to decide which card makes the most sense. While there are many personal credit cards to…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Card Reviews
Marriott All Inclusive

Marriott Introducing Luxury All Inclusive Resorts

In case you were worried that Marriott didn't already have enough brands and concepts, there's good news -- there's more on the way! Marriott has announced that they're launching an all-inclusive platform, giving their 133 million Marriott Bonvoy members…

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Le Meridien Dhaka

Marriott’s Super Secret, Invitation Only Cobalt Status

Many loyalty programs have invitation-only elite tiers, like American Concierge Key, United Global Services, and Hyatt Courtesy Card. At least on the airline front, those are typically pretty widely known. What many people don't realize is that Marriott…

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Ritz Carlton Tokyo – 12

Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

We had a total of four nights in Tokyo, and decided to split our time between two popular hotels, so I could review them: -- We spent our first two nights at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, as I'm trying to review more Ritz-Carltons now that Marriott Bonvoy…

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Edition Sanya

Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card Review (2019)

With the new Marriott Bonvoy program having been launched earlier this year, 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…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
Marriott Nagoya Associa Hotel – 12

Review: Marriott Nagoya Associa Hotel

To start off our trip in Japan, we just had a quick overnight in Nagoya. That's because our first "real" stop in the country was a visit to Amanemu in Shima, and that can be accessed by a direct train from Nagoya. So we were just looking for the most…

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Edition Barcelona Watermark

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card Review (2019)

The loyalty programs of Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood combined earlier this year 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
Jw Marriott

JW Marriott Investigated Over Expensive Bananas

Uh oh. It looks like the JW Marriott Chandigarh may regret how much they charged someone for bananas. Indian actor Rahul Bose took to Twitter this week to share his outrage over the price he was charged for bananas at the JW Marriott in Chandigarh, India.…

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Le Meridien Dhaka Watermark

Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Elite Status (2019)

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
Courtyard Santiago Rooftop Seating

Review: Courtyard Marriott Santiago Las Condes

Our quick trip to Santiago presented us with a little bit of a quandary: with only one full day to see the city, but two nights at our disposal, our goal was to maximize time, tourism value, and points all in one shot. This was the only opportunity to…

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