Marriott 30% Off United States & Canada Cyber Monday Sale

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Marriott is offering 30% off rates at over 300 participating properties for stays between December 20, 2013, and March, 31, 2014, on Monday December 2 only.


You can book using the links that you can find on Marriott’s website here or using promotional code 16C. Note that the discounted rates are not enabled yet.

Marriott “No Blackout Dates” Property Update


Marriott has made a change to the “No Blackout Dates” property list by adding all the Boscolo hotels that are part of the Autograph Collection.


I have never quite understood Marriott’s “No Blackout Dates”policy and I do think that it is highly misleading.

Hertz Marriott Rewards Offer Of 2000 To 5000 Points Per Rental (Extended)

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Hertz has extended the promotion for 5000 Marriott Rewards points per rental of five days or longer. Shorter rentals of more than two days are eligible for 2000 Marriott Rewards points. This offer is valid for pick up through February 28, 2014, at participating Hertz locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Puerto Rico, Australia and the New Zealand.


These car rental promotions are often tricky. I normally rent from Hertz using rates that are only eligible for points on Hertz’s own rewards program and not eligible for partner miles or points.

Top Hotel Promotions November 2013


The 2013 is soon coming to an end and we should start learning about the first quarter 2014 promotions. The hotel promotions haven’t been this good for a while. Here are my top five for this month.

1. InterContinental Hotels Group Big Win or China Dream (Greater China) + Other Promos


IHG Rewards Club “Big Win” Fall 2013 Promotion Default Option

Marriott Acquires South African Protea Hotel Chain


Marriott made an announcement last week that it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Cape Town, South Africa, based Protea-hotel chain.


This acquisition would give Marriott total of 116 properties of which most are located in South Africa and some in Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards (List Update)

Marriott Rewards launched Seasonal Awards year ago (read more here). There hasn’t been much change in the list of participating hotels until now.


Seasonal awards are offered at least 25% fewer points per night compared to regular awards.

Hotel Promotions Update (Q4) November 2013

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Here’s the November hotel promotions update. All the major chains have promotions going on right now except the Club Carlson. Hope that they soon have something to incentivise frequent travelers to stay at their brands.


Accorhotels – Le Club Accorhotels

Whine Wednesdays: Currency Conversion Fraud At Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Mega Kuningan


Marriott’s website displays all the hotel prices in USD for their hotels in Jakarta and Bali (haven’t checked the other cities) and many other hotel chains do the same.


When the exchange rate of the country fluctuates a lot and the hotel may have loans or other liabilities set in harder currency such as Euro or USD dollar, one way to hedge the possible fluctuation is to display the hotel prices on some other than the official currency.

United MileagePlus 25% Points To Miles Conversion Bonus (Max 20K)


United Airlines is again offering a conversion bonus from select programs to miles between October 18 and November 30, 2013.

The converted points must post to MileagePlus by November 30, 2013, and the conversion bonus will post separately by January 31, 2014.


United is offering 25% conversion bonus (last year 30%), but has upped the maximum bonus to 20,000 miles from 15,000 in 2012.

Evicted After 9-Year Stay At Racine Marriott Hotel


Racine Marriott, Wisconsin, is evicting a disabled woman that has been staying at the hotel for nine years, but is now $29,000 late in payments to the hotel.

You can read more about this on The Journal Times website here.


Depending of the length of your stay at a hotel, you may have become a tenant and the hotel must use the eviction procedures to get the guest out. This often takes quite some time.

Marriott Crisis Management Guide


LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a link to Marriott’s Crisis Management Guide from 2001 that is available for download on Wikileaks website here.


This guide is an interesting read to what properties and their personnel are supposed to do in man made disasters (bombs etc.) and natural ones (hurricanes etc.).

Top Hotel Promotions October 2013


We have entered the last quarter of 2013 (where did the year go?) and everyone is trying to ensure meeting the elite status requirements in their preferred programs (myself included).

The hotel promotions haven’t been this good for a while. Here are my top five for this month.

1. InterContinental Hotels Group Big Win or China Dream (Greater China) + Other Promos


IHG Rewards Club “Big Win” Fall 2013 Promotion Default Option

Hotel Promotions Update (Q4) October 2013


Here’s the October hotel promotions update. Hilton just launched their “More Nights, More Points”  promotion for up to quadruple points that is valid until January 31, 2014.

Club Carlson is completely missing on the promotion field. Anyone still remembers the promotion they had in 2012?


There are unbelievable number of combinable IHG Rewards Club promotions that everybody should take advantage of. You would earn bundle of points by doing four stays and getting 50K+ points from their Big Win + at least another 50K from other promotions. You can find these all from the IHG Rewards Club Fall 2013 Promotion Guide that I wrote.

Marriott Changing Bathroom Amenity Lines: THANN & Acca Kappa Replace Aromatherapy


There was something positive coming from Marriott last week. Marriott has finally decided to ditch the current line of bathroom amenities.

You can read Marriott’s press release about this change here.


Marriott hotels in the Americas and in the Asia Pacific region will have a new THANN line of bathroom products by the end of the year. Hotels in Europe and Middle East will carry Acca Kappa Green Mandarin line of products.

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