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Upgrading Marriott Travel Packages

A couple of readers have recently reported problems with trying to upgrade their Marriott Travel Packages.  This is a quick post just to affirm that it can still be done.  I just did it.  And, as expected, upgrading or downgrading has the benefit of extending the expiration date of the certificate. If you’d like background on Marriott Travel Packages, please see: 12 things you need to know about Marriott Travel Packages. Starting from Category 1-5…

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Registration open for SPG / Ritz / Marriott Q3 Promotions

Marriott, Ritz-Calrton, and Starwood are out with new promotions that begin later this month. Registration is now open for all three with links and details below. Marriott Megabonus The Offer 2,000 points for each stay starting with your 2nd stay of the promotional period 2,000 points for each new brand with which you stay during the promotion Direct link to the promotion here Key Terms Register by August 30, 2017 Valid for stays between May 27, 2017 and September 4, 2017 Quick…

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Marriott promo: 30% off room & food and beverage in Africa and Middle East

Marriott has a nice offer with some very attractive rates in Africa and the Middle East — with 30% off room rates and 30% off food and non-alcoholic beverages. Note that the food & beverage discount applies to “participating restaurants & lounges only” and does not include room service. Still, the list of participating properties is pretty extensive — if you have an upcoming trip to the Middle East or Africa, this promo is worth a look. The…

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Reminder: 20% off Marriott gift cards @ 1pm Eastern with Daily Getaways

Just a quick reminder that today’s Daily Getaways deal for 20% off of Marriott eGift Cards will go live in approximately 1 hour at 1pm Eastern time today. This is a great way to save some money on your Marriott stays as eGift cards can be used at over 4,000 properties within the Marriott portfolio as well as at Ritz-Carlton properties. I don’t know of any plans for them to be accepted at Starwood properties,…

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Marriott Mobile Check In: Does it help or hurt upgrade chances?

During a recent trip to Austin, I had the chance to try out Marriott’s new mobile app.  My family of three had booked a four night stay in a single room at the JW Marriott using a conference rate.  Since we would be there a reasonably long time, an upgrade was important to us. Previously, I’ve always avoided using Marriott’s mobile check-in since I worried that it might mean losing out on upgrades that are…

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Targeted Chase Marriott and Hyatt offers

Chase is currently out with a couple of interesting targeted offers on both the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit card and the Hyatt Visa. Targeted members of each program should receive an email offer to apply. Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card — 100,000 point offer The Offer: 100,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months 7,500 bonus points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first…

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Can you convert a Marriott 7 Night Travel Package to a 5 Night Package?

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Short answer: No, you probably cannot convert a 7 night travel package to a 5 night package. Yesterday we wrote that multiple people have recently had success booking Marriott 5 Night Travel Packages.  This is a big deal because 5 night packages are supposed to be only for Marriott Vacation Club owners.  The rest of us are supposed to get the 7 Night Packages.  5 Night Packages are cheaper, so those of us who are…

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Is it still possible to book Marriott 5-night Travel Packages?

We have written quite a bit lately on the value of Marriott Travel Packages, whereby Marriott Rewards members can use points for a package that includes a number of airline miles and a certificate for a stay in a Marriott hotel. There are packages with a number of different airlines, but here is an example that applies to a handful of airline partners: One of the more popular airline partners for these packages has been…

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Investing in change: Marriott / SPG / Ritz new program opportunities

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Airline and hotel mergers are often bad for consumers since they result in less competition.  That said, mergers also create lots of change.  And with change comes opportunity… We saw this recently with the American Airlines / US Airways merger.  There was a short term opportunity to earn top tier US Airways status through a challenge.  And we knew that we would then get top tier AA status, along with 8 international upgrade certificates, when…

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