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Marriott Bonvoy: Weird name, confusing tiers, but the same story

Earlier this week, Marriott officially announced the previously-rumored name and elite tiers of the “new” loyalty program. I know that change often meets resistance, and I’m not sure I had a better suggestion if they really wanted to change the name from Marriott Rewards…but neither do I have a worse suggestion. C’est la vie, from February 13th, 2019, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards will cease to exist. Say “Bonvoy…” to…err, hello to…

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Why Gary is nuts not to even consider Hilton

Earlier today, Gary Leff at View from the Wing published a post titled, “To Everyone Leaving Marriott for Hilton: You’re Nuts.“. I respectfully beg to differ — while I often enjoy Gary’s take on things, I can’t agree with him here. In short, I think Gary’s nuts to consider Hilton a non-starter. Lucky at One Mile at a Time beat me to the punch as to several of the reasons why I strongly disagree with Gary,…

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Book Marriott Cat 8 for Cat 7 price until March 2019

When Marriott introduced the award chart for the merged Marriott/SPG/Ritz program, the new top tier became Category 8. Cat 8 standard awards were slated to cost 85,000 points per night. However, it was announced that Category 8 properties would be bookable for the Category 7 price of 60,000 Marriott Rewards points per night “until early 2019”. We haven’t previously had a clear indication as to when that would be, but Doctor of Credit and a…

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Booked: St. Regis Bora Bora for 48K / night

Back in April when Greg and I attended the “new” Marriott launch event in New York, we reported that we were told that all properties would define a standard room under the new award chart, doing away with the notion of the “off-the-chart” properties in Starwood Preferred Guest. Many people doubted that this could possibly be true — and for good reason. Under the Starwood program, these properties often charged the equivalent of 270,000 Marriott…

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Return of the Marriott Platinum status challenge

Last night, Greg wrote about the updated program terms for Marriott Rewards (See: Marriott publishes the new rules re: point transfers, suite upgrades, etc.. (finally!)), and there were some positives for Platinum elites: from reservation guarantees to suite upgrades when available (and benefits we already knew about like breakfast at resorts and 4pm late checkout), Platinum status is looking great. There had long been a Marriott Platinum status challenge available, but it got shut down…

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Marriott publishes the new rules re: point transfers, suite upgrades, etc.. (finally!)

The Marriott SPG merger continues to be a disaster.  Many promised capabilities of the new program simply don’t work.  Want to apply a travel certificate to a Starwood property?  Good luck.  Want to book an all-suites property at the promised 60K per night rate for standard rooms?  You might want to wait another month or two.  Want correct information about your elite membership? …. You get the idea. Yes, merging two giant programs is a…

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(EXPIRED) New Marriott Offer (Stack with Lux benefit)

There’s an Amex offer out this morning to save $60 on your next purchase of $300 or more at Marriott properties. It’s always great to see this type of offer come around as it can be a great way to save on your next stay. If you have found this offer on your shiny new SPG Lux card, all the better as you may be able to can double dip it with the $300 annual…

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Off the Charts Luxury Update (85K mistake rate to be honored)

UPDATE 8/24/18: Marriott has confirmed to View from the Wing that the standard rate for “off the charts” properties should be 60,000 points per night for standard rooms (e.g. garden villas) and that the proper rate for St. Regis Maldives overwater villas is 170,000 points per night.  In other words, Marriott has confirmed that the 85K rate was a mistake rate, but fortunately they have pledged to honor it.  Supposedly Marriott has fixed this error…

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Marriott and SPG transfers to airline miles

Thanks to the Marriott and SPG program merger, details regarding point transfers to airline miles have changed.  Accordingly, I’ve updated our transfer guide with all of the latest and greatest information: Click here to see the updated guide: Marriott and SPG Transfer Partners Three to one, but still the same The newly combined Marriott / SPG program offers a huge number of airline transfer partners.  In most cases, the transfer ratio is 3 to 1. …

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