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My Top 10 Category 1 & 2 Hotels In The US

Hyatt Place Austin Round Rock

If you only get to go on vacation once or twice a year for a few days at a time, it can make sense to save up your hotel points and redeem them for luxury properties so that you can maximize your enjoyment at the destination. My wife and I take a different approach though. We’ve lived in hotels and Airbnbs for the past 2.5 years or so, so we usually only redeem points for…

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Marriott shows rates with taxes and ALL fees (price transparency checkbox)

I stumbled upon something really cool last week.  Sometime recently (I don’t know when), Marriott added a new price transparency checkbox to their web-based property search.  Checking this box changes the display to show prices with taxes and resort fees included.  This is an awesome step in the right direction. In an ideal world, all-in pricing would be the default view, but with competitors not yet matching this feature it’s understandable why Marriott has made…

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Marriott response: Extended certs, upgrades, flexible cancellations

Marriott has updated its COVID-19 / coronavirus cancellation policies and made some really positive changes for members, making new and existing bookings more flexible while also extending the shelf-life of free night certificates, suite upgrade awards, and more. Note that even existing advance purchase reservations can now be canceled, so if you’re holding a reservation you need to cancel but thought you couldn’t, you may be in luck. Flexible cancellations Marriott has made the following changes…

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Marriott Q2 2020 Promo: Earn 2,000 Bonus Points Per Stay From Second Stay (Register Now)

Marriott Q2 2020 Promotion Unlimited Bonus Points

Marriott has opened registration for its new promotion called Unlimited Bonus Points. Unsurprisingly given it’s Marriott, the promotion is distinctly lacking, although it’s worth registering for it just in case you have at least two paid stays during the promotion period. The Deal Earn 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per stay starting from your second stay. Direct link to registration. Key Terms Registration of your Marriott Bonvoy Account is required. Marriott Bonvoy members who register for…

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(EXPIRED) Marriott category changes: Bad news

Update 3/3/20: Just a quick reminder that these changes come in tomorrow (March 4), so today is your final opportunity to lock in the rates for properties going up a category. ~ Marriott Bonvoy has today announced its latest category changes that will go into effect on March 4th 2020 and the news is not good: many more properties are increasing than decreasing, continuing a devaluation pattern over the past few years that makes it…

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What are Marriott 50K certificates worth?

Two ultra-premium Marriott Bonvoy credit cards offer annual free night certificates good for any hotel that is available for 50,000 points or less.  One is the Bonvoy Brilliant Amex Card.  The other is the Ritz Card from Chase.  The Ritz card is no longer available to apply new, but it may still be possible to product change from another Chase Marriott consumer card.  Both cards cost $450 per year.  Each card offers $300 in statement…

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The Notary Hotel Philadelphia, Autograph Collection (Marriott). Bottom Line Review.

The Notary Hotel, located in Philadelphia, PA, is a Marriott category 5 hotel… for the moment.  On March 4th this hotel will bump up to category 6.  Nick and I stayed here for the latest FM to Go for 2 nights.  I checked in early and took the only already clean room (two Queen beds) and Nick later checked into his King bed room.  We booked a AAA “Hot Rate” of $145 per night. The…

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Necker vs North Island Luxury

Richard Branson

Richard Branson’s Necker Island used to sit alone as the most aspirational destination achievable with frequent flyer points. But now there’s a new contender: North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles.  At first glance, Necker and North Island have a lot in common. Each is an all-inclusive, super exclusive, and crazy expensive resort destination on a small private island.  These are places where you’re likely to find the rich and famous.  Sir Richard Branson lives…

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Bonvoy Success: Marriott Free Night Certificate Extended Another Year

Aloft Buffalo Downtown corner room

Update 2/18/20: Marriott is still extending certificates. I had a certificate from my Bonvoy Boundless card that was expiring next week and one (not-so) quick phone call to Marriott using the number listed in the original post below resulted in a certificate with an expiry date of February 18, 2021 to replace my old one. ~ You’d think that living in hotels would make it easy to use all the free night certificates my wife…

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