Year End Holiday Bonuses Are Back For Buying Marriott Gift Cards.

Every year during the yearend holiday period Marriott has been running promotions for buying Marriott branded gift cards. Normally you have few choices like extra Marriott points for purchases, 10% discounts of the face value, or 10% more on the gift card that you can buy at original face value. This year is no different.

Marriott Gift Card Offer 10 Marriott Reward Points Per Dollar

All these Marriott gift card purchases earn 5 Marriott Rewards points per dollar charged when paid using Marriott Rewards Visa credit card. Also, you can earn cash back for purchasing these through online cash back websites. Currently Ebates is offering 1%, Fatwallet 2.5%, and BigCrumbs 4% for buying these by first linking to Marriott through their websites. Please refer each of the respective websites for more information about the cash back rates that may change.

Marriott Rewards Sign Up Bonus Offers – Free Night Certificate or Instant Silver Status + Bonus Miles.

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Marriott is actively courting travelers in the Asia-Pacific to join Marriott’s frequent guests program Marriott Rewards. Couple of weeks ago I wrote about Marriott’s decision to offer free internet access at their Asia-Pacific hotels for just signing up.

Marriott Rewards Sign Up Offer Stay Twice Stay FreeIn addition to free internet, Marriott is offering two different promotions for those residing/visiting, or at least having an address, at specific countries in the region. One is an instant Silver Elite status at the program and ability to earn bonus airline miles, and the other is a free one night stay certificate, which is capped at category 4 Marriot properties, just after two stays of which the first one must be in the Asia-Pacific. You need to sign up for the Marriott Rewards program at the hotel, if you want to participate to the latter promotion.

How to Find Out if Your Marriott Family of Hotels Reservation Has Been Upgraded?


Marriott’s website is quite handy and accurate when it comes to see whether you have been upgraded or not. Sometimes I use it after I have checked in to double check the room/suite category I have been assigned to.

JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro Reservation Before Upgrade Had Been AppliedLast weekend I spent a night at the JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro. I made the reservation for the most basic room category which is Deluxe Atrium View without a bed preference.

Free Internet Access for Marriott Rewards Members in all Marriott Family of Hotels in Asia Pacific

Staying at Marriott property in the Asia Pacific region? Would like to have a free internet access?

Marriott Rewards Members Free Internet Asia PacificMarriott offers free internet access for all members of Marriott rewards program, regardless of the status, in the Asia Pacific region. Just sign up for the program and the free internet access is yours.

Courtyard by Marriott-hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia


Courtyard Bali Pool Area 5-September 2011This is the only Marriott property in the entire Bali island. Unlike in the United States, the Courtyards in the Asia are more like a full service hotels, and shouldn’t be out of consideration when planning a holiday stay.

The hotel is located in the southern part of the island where quite a few of the resort like Luxury Collection Laguna, Westin, Conrad, Grand Hyatt, and St Regis are located to name just a few.

Whether you like the part of the island, is entirely dependent what you are looking for. It is perfect just for relaxing and going to the beach or pool. It is, however, 45 to 60 minute drive from the nightlife and shops of the Kuta and Seminyak area. There is a Bali Connection shopping complex nearby within walking distance. One can find there quite a few different restaurants and retail shops.

The hotel itself is about 30 minute cab ride from the airport. The going taxi rate is about  100000. The taxes outside of the terminal will probably ask triple the amount but negotiating for a while will bring the price down.

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