Marriott Rewards Newest Airline Partner Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines)

Marriott Rewards has just added a new airline partner in the Middle East: Saudia that is also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines that is a member of the SkyTeam alliance.


You can now earn Saudia’s Alfursan miles for all your Marriott family of hotels stays. You can read more about this partnership on Marriott’s website here.

Marriott Rewards American Airlines Offer: 500 Bonus Miles Per Stay Between July 15-August 15


Marriott Rewards and American Airlines announced reintroduction of their partnership, which ended abruptly few years ago, earlier this month. You can read my piece about it here.


Marriott is now offering 500 bonus airline miles for stays that are credited to American Airlines for stays between July 15 and August 15, 2013. You can earn this bonus unlimited times and there doesn’t seem to be a requirement to register for it.

Compensation Clinic: Marriott Platinum Arrival Gift Woe$


One of the benefits of being Marriott Platinum is the Platinum Arrival Gift. This is usually a F&B (food and beverage) amenity such as cheese plate & wine bottle or 500 bonus points. There are some coming changes to this that I wrote about recently (you can access that post here). The F&B choice is likely going away and replaced by $10 credit.


Now, I have spent more than 500 nights at Marriott properties in the past 10 years and I have NEVER been able to collect the Marriott Platinum Arrival Gift guarantee previously (you can read my article about the Marriott guarantees here). Employees seem to be usually rather well trained about this and for a rea$on.

American Airlines Back As Marriott Rewards Partner


Marriott and American Airlines put up a press release yesterday by announcing this “new” partnership that would allow Marriott Rewards members to earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles and convert Marriott Rewards points to miles.


But this partnership is not a new one. Marriott and American must have run into some contractual disputes back in 2010, as they announced back in April that year that their partnership would come to an end on June 30, 2010.

Nonworking Hotel Internet – Would You Stay Or Leave?


Would you stay or leave, if the hotel has a nonworking or unstable internet connection? I was faced with this question last week, when I was staying at the Glasgow Marriott hotel.


I checked in the morning, as I was coming from a transatlantic flight, and went straight to the executive lounge to have a breakfast. I already had problems logging in to the system that kept rejecting my room number and last name combo. Manager on Duty had to bring me a onetime use code.

Eden Roc’s Marriott Affiliation Coming To An End On July 11

Last year, the owner of the Eden Roc hotel in Miami’s South Beach tried to take over the hotel and oust the Marriott’s on property management. This didn’t go to the plan and Marriott continued managing the property (you can read my piece here).


There was a piece on Bloomberg (you can read it here) that a New York court had made a decision that the owners of Eden Roc could remove Marriott as the manager of the property. Also, the piece states that the Marriott would have mismanaged the property after $300 million dollar investment that the owners had done.

Top Hotel Promotion June 2013


Here’s my pick of the five most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage this month. I really like the IHG, Marriott and Hilton/Virgin Atlantic promotions:

1. IHG Rewards Club Double Points Promotion Combined With All The Other Promotions


I will have a comprehensive “IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide” article up here on LoyaltyLobby on Monday. You can earn bundle of points from your InterContinental Hotels Group stays this summer and get rebates in the process as well. You can access the list of current promotions here.

Hotel Promotions Update June 2013


Here’s the monthly update on current hotel promotions. Most of the IHG Rewards Club one time bonus offers that expired on March 31 are now back (and better than ever). I will have a separate “IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide” post up on Monday. Accor doesn’t have global promotions, but there are many hotel/region based ones, however.

Hyatt and Wyndham don’t have promotions at the moment. Ritz-Carlton has a very good one starting on July 1.

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 or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to

Accor – Le Club Accorhotels

Compensation Clinic: Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Mega Kuningan


This is a new Sunday series called Compensation Clinic. You can drop me an email about what problems you have encountered during your travels (hotels, airlines, car rentals etc.), how you gave feedback (complained) and what the problem resolution was. I will publish the best ones in the coming weeks.


Let’s open the Clinic with one of my recent stays at a Ritz-Carlton property. Now, you would expect that if you choose to stay at a Ritz-Carlton that you would be in for a smooth ride?

Wrong! My example below illustrates.

U.S. Travel Association Daily Getaways Out For The First Two Weeks


The U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways has just released the list for available items for the first two weeks; June 10 to 14 and June 17 to 21.


As usually, you can save extra 10% by paying using an American Express credit card. You can access U.S. Travel Association’s website fr Daily Getaways here.

Marriott Rewards Promotion: 1000 Bonus United Miles At Select Properties Between May 30 – August 30


Marriott Rewards has a new promotion for those that collect United Airlines Mileage Plus miles. You can earn 1000 bonus miles per stay for up to 10,000 bonus miles for stays between May 30 and August 30, 2013, that are booked by July 15.


Note that you need to choose United Mileage Plus as you preferred earning preference instead of Marriott points and register for this promotion. You can access Marriott’s web page for this promotion here.

The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali (Marriott Autograph Collection) – Review Of My Stay


This was my first ever stay at Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. I am not 100% sure what this hotel brand stands for, but I would imagine it to be  something too different and bold to be branded as Marriott or Renaissance.


There is another Marriott chain hotel in Bali – Courtyard that is located in the most southern part of the island called Nusa Dua.

Marriott Platinum Arrival Gift Changes: 500 Points Or $10 F&B Voucher


Marriott has made a subtle change to its Platinum Arrival Gift of 500 points or food and beverage amenity.


Now, Marriott properties must offer, at the minimum, the choice of between 500 points OR $10 food and beverage coupon.

Marriott Properties Excluded From The Weekend Breakfast Benefit (1000 Points Instead)

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Marriott made an announcement earlier this week about the breakfast changes at their North American JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, and Autograph Collection hotels. Gold and Platinum members are now eligible for continental breakfast 7 days week at non-resort locations.


You can access Marriott web page for this change here. I have already written about this twice (here and here).

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