Marriott Elite Buy Back Promotion 2013 – Buy Back Your 2012 Elite Status


Marriott is the only hotel loyalty program that allows you to buy back the status that you had the previous year for a set number of points. This Elite Buy Back Promotion has again returned. You can access this offer here (note that you first need to sign to your Marriott Rewards account).

Marriott Elite Buy Back Promotion
Marriott Elite Buy Back Promotion

You can buy back the status you had in 2012 through April 1, 2013. The number of points requires is dependent of the status level that you wish to maintain.

Super Bowl 2014 New York Hotel Award Availability

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Now, it would be the time to book your hotel awards for 2014 Super Bowl weekend in the New York City. I just went through the award availability using Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood points for the weekend of January 31 to February 3, 2014. (This was done 1PM EST)


Why book using points?

In most cases, the reservations are fully cancellable up until the day before without any penalty. Just make sure that you read the cancellation terms and conditions carefully. All the ones that I checked, allowed cancellations without any penalties.

My Hotel Program Strategy for 2013


The number of hotel nights that I have stayed at the hotels yearly hasn’t really fluctuated for close to ten years (as I have been living out of them). The hotel chains that I have frequented, however, has changed from year to year.


At the top tier level, the hotel chains are interchangeable. What matters to me most, are the quality of the promotions that the hotel chain is offering i.e. if someone is running an unlimited free night promotions, I will move all of my stays for the promotional period there.

Marriott Renewing Gold/Platinum Status Without Meeting Qualification Requirements


Marriott has always renewed the Gold or Platinum status if you have stayed at Marriott properties a lot in the past and just have been in short on nights one year.


I used to stay at Marriott hotels a lot and had couple of years with around 130 nights. My total lifetime nights are just above 500 at the present. For the most part, I stopped at staying at Marriott hotels few years ago and Marriott continued renewing my Platinum status for couple of years and then finally downgraded me Gold last year.

New Marriott Rewards Award Option – London City Cruises

Marriott Rewards just introduced a new award option in the past week – London City Cruises. You can access the Marriott’s website, where this offer is listed, here.


There is the blurb on the top stating that “premium” cruises are only available for members residing in the United States,Canada or Puerto Rico. This is likely left from the past, when Marriott was in fact offering some cruise choices for Marriott Rewards members.

Marriott Rewards Refer a Friend Bonus


Marriott Rewards has a bonus for referring new members to their program. Both the referrer and the referee will receive 2000 bonus points for the first five stays that the referee makes within 365 after joining to the program through the referrer’s link. You can read more about this program here.


How It Works

Marriott Spring 2013 MegaMiles Promotion

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Marriott Rewards has launched their Spring 2013 MegaMiles promotion that is valid for stays between February 1 and April 30, 2013. You need to have your earning preference set to miles and then you can register for this promotions here.


Note that there are two different options:

January Hotel Promotions Update

January 2013 has kicked in and all the others have already launched their promotions besides Accor, Hyatt & Ritz-Carlton.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here: Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to

Accor Hotels / Le Club Accorhotels

There are currently no global promotions for extra Le Club Accorhotels points.

You can get instants Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status:


Accor A-Club / Le Club Accorhotels Platinum Status for New Accounts (and Old Ones Too)

Summary of Pros and Cons of Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott & Starwood Preferred Guest


In the past month, I wrote extensive articles about the good and not so good things about Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group/Priority Club, Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest. I just went back and did some small changes to them based on the feedback that I have received and what else have come to my mind.


I got some requests to do similar write ups about some other programs  such as Le Club Accorhotels and Club Carlson. Unfortunately, I have not had nowhere near as many nights with these two chains as I have any of the above five of which I have spent anywhere between 300 to 700 nights each.

What do you especially LIKE or DISLIKE about any of these five hotel chains and/or their loyalty programs? Leave you comments below.

Lifetime Marriott Silver, Gold, and Platinum Requirements in 2013


Marriott has now finally published the official new lifetime Silver, Gold and Platinum requirements that I wrote about two weeks ago.


Achieve a status milestone over the course of your membership and you’ll enjoy Elite status for a lifetime. You’ll still be able to reach a higher status – but you’ll never go below your Lifetime level. You’ll have the Elite Experience, always.

We’ll track your nights and points and once you achieve a Lifetime status we will automatically send you your Lifetime membership card.


Marriott Rewards 1000 Bonus Delta or US Airways Miles per Stay

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Marriott Rewards has an offer for US Airways and Delta Air Lines frequent fliers for 1000 bonus miles per stay between November 15 and February 15, 2013, for stays that are booked by January 15, 2013.


You need to register for airline specific promotion, choose airline miles instead of Marriott rewards points as your earning preference and stay at participating property in order to receive the bonus miles that are capped at 10K (10 stays).

Marriott Rewards Elite Benefits Guarantees


One good thing about Marriott are their guarantees in case of something goes wrong; you are being walked, hotel fails to honor your bed type, or they fail to provide you with the Platinum Amenity. I as able to invoke the guarantee first time after 500 or so Marriott stays two weeks ago. But more of that later.


Marriott Ultimate Reservation Guarantee

Marriott Spring 2013 MegaMiles Promotion Returns

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Marriott just announced their spring 2013 MegaMiles promotion that is valid for stays between February 1 and April 30, 2013. Registration for this promotion open on January 10 and ends of April 30, 2013.


You can access your personalized offer at after January 10. Note that you need to have changed your earning preference to miles to be able to access the offer (at least you have had in the past).

Pros and Cons of Marriott Rewards


Marriott Rewards is one of the hotel chains that I used to frequent a lot. I have more than 500 qualified nights and probably close to 550 nights if award nights are counted as well. My patronage in the past few years have been on the low side, however.


I believe that Marriott Rewards can be a reasonable program if you can put in a lot of nights. Their MegaBonus promotions typically rewards customers that stay up to 25 nights during a three/four month period.

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