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Marriott Now Offering Up To 30 Elite Nights From Credit Cards (15 Personal + 15 Business)

The end of the world really must be nigh. Marriott has made a change to its loyalty program and – for once – it’s a positive change. That’s because you can now earn 30 elite night credits from their credit cards, making it significantly easier to earn Platinum or Titanium status for many people (COVID-19 notwithstanding). Marriott credit cards award 15 elite night credits per year. Up until a couple of years ago, it was…

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Nick predicts: Hyatt & Marriott’s elite status plan for 2020

Yesterday, we learned that Hilton will extend elite status to 2021 or even 2022 for some. Radisson announced the day before that they are extending elite status. IHG announced two weeks ago that they are reducing 2020 elite status requirements due to the current COVID-19 situation. What about Hyatt and Marriott? Will we see an extension of elite benefits? What are they waiting for in announcing it? We don’t yet know — and in my…

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Marriott downgrades status, maybe no soft landings after all

Marriott has updated member status for 2019 activity and many of those members whose 2019 activity did not meet status requirements are finding that their status has downgraded accordingly. While some have apparently gotten soft landings, many have not. It is thus far unclear as to whether or not this is intentional as status has been somewhat glitchy, with at least one of our readers reporting an inaccurate downgrade. It’s possible that there is some…

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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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(EXPIRED) Marriott escapes: up to 25% off many properties

Marriott has released its latest list of “Escapes” properties (which include countries all around the world, though I only highlight US properties below), with cash rates discounted up to 25%. While I normally don’t put a lot of stock in these discounts because it is hard to know if “regular” rates were jacked up to compensate, I happen to have an upcoming trip to New York City and have been checking rates daily (sometimes several…

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