Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status Upgrades (Just For Asking)


Marriott Rewards had a long tradition of extending member statuses based on some sort of rolling count, even when nights dropped below the official qualification criteria in any given year.

Hong Kong Conrad & JW Marriott

When we published a piece about Marriott’s updated COVID-19 policies (read more here), a reader noted that his status had been extended through the end of the year for merely asking due to being a member with good standing for a while.

Marriott Updates COVID-19 Cancellation Policy (April 6, 2020)


Marriott has updated its coronavirus (COVID-19) reservation policies as of April 6, 2020, that waives all cancellation fees and refunds prepayments.

Marriott Copenhagen

The update that was instituted yesterday deals with reservations that are booked into Room Block as part of meetings and events.

Compensation Clinic Mexico City Special


This week’s or should we say month’s (it is already a month from our previous CC-article) Compensation Clinic-case comes from my two stays in Mexico City late December and early January.

Compensation Clinic Mexico City

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook, or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover a Compensation Clinic case most Sundays (at least when this pandemic is over).

Suite Saturdays: Keraton Suite @ Keraton at the Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel – Jakarta.


Welcome to our weekly video review on hotel suites and rooms around the world! This week’s edition features the Keraton Suite, a 140 m2 1-bedroom suite at the Keraton at the Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Image: Marriot Bonvoy

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Marriott Bonvoy Closes Its Insiders Website With 1 Day Advance Notice


Marriott Bonvoy has operated Insiders-website/forum/blog for years where members can discuss their experiences, promotions, and post reviews of their stays.

Marriott Bonvoy Insiders

Marriott this week decided to pull the plug and gave one-day advance notice that the website would become read-only and deleted on July 1, 2020.

Marriott Updates COVID-19 Cancellation Policy (March 30, 2020)


Marriott has updated coronavirus (COVID-19) reservation policies that waive all cancellation fees and refunds prepayments for all existing reservations with any arrival date if done 24 hours before the scheduled arrival or by June 30, 2020.

JW Marriott Lima

Reservations made between March 13 – June 30, 2020, for any arrival date, can also be canceled without penalties for up to 24 hours before the scheduled arrival. Marriott will also waive points expiration, and extends Suite Night Awards and certificates.

Marriott Data Breach 5.2 Million Guests Affected


Marriott today sent out 5.2 million emails to guests whose account information with the hotel company was exposed to an unrelated third party.

Marriott Hack March 2020

Records of these estimated 5.2 million guests had been accessed using two employee credentials from a franchised property (unclear which hotel and where).

Marriott Suspends Brand Standards & Loyalty Guarantees


Marriott commented on a recent call or news release that brand standards that properties are required to adhere, and could be fined if not, have been suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Marriott Meetings Change

A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question yesterday about a walk situation at Marriott property and a reply that he had received from Marriott’s customer service.

Marriott Bonvoy Status Downgrade & Soft Landing Blunder


Marriott Bonvoy finally downgraded member statuses based on the 2019 activity week ago (read more here), although the status officially run out by the end of January.

Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador

The timing was extremely unfortunate as the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was rapidly expanding and had resulted in hundreds of hotels closed, millions of members in lockdown, and employees furloughed.

New York Marriott Marquis First Responders Rate

Hertz is offering free car rentals for healthcare sector employees in the New York City (read more here), and now New York Marriott Marquis Hotel has discounted rates for First Responders.

It is unclear for how long this rate plan is available and the exact T&Cs, as I was unable to pull them up.

Suite Saturdays: Pool Suite @ The Stones Hotel -Marriott Autograph Collection- Legian, Bali.


Welcome to our weekly video review on hotel suites and rooms around the world! This week’s edition features the Pool Suite, a 90 m2 1-bedroom suite with two private terraces at The Stones Hotel, part of Marriott Autograph Collection, in Legian Beach, Bali.

Image: Marriot Bonvoy

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Marriott Bonvoy Suspends Personalized Ambassador Service


Marriott inherited a well-liked Ambassador program from Starwood Preferred Guest. Despite fears it would go away, they decided to add a spend minimum and re-launch it as a separate status level within Bonvoy (there are invitation-only Cobalt and Ambassador 5-Star levels).

The purpose of the Ambassador program was to provide personalized service through account-specific ambassadors that were a one-stop-shop for everything Marriott related from reservations to dealing with property level requests. It seems that account specific Ambassadors are gone based on an email that Marriott sent out.

Marriott Vacation Club Properties In The Americas Closed Through April 23, 2020


Marriott Vacation Club has been sending out emails to guests with arrivals through April 23, 2020.

All rental reservations for North American (and apparently Hawaiian and the Caribbean too) resorts have been canceled.

Marriott Bonvoy Extends Free Night Certificates Through January 31, 2021


Marriott Bonvoy issues free night certificates that are capped at various number of points to members of its affiliated credit cards. These free night certificates expire throughout the year, depending on when they were issued.

Marriott Bonvoy Free Night

Hilton Honors already announced their free night certificate extensions through August 31, 2021 (read more here), and IHG currently by 6 months (read more here) for those who call in and have soon expiring ones.

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