Switching Between Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Rewards Accounts & Promotions

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If Marriott Rewards & Ritz-Carlton Rewards accounts would be same (they actually really are) officially, it would be far easier to take advantage of the promotions that they have for Marriott family of hotels and for Ritz-Carlton ones.

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You are not supposed to have an account for Marriott Rewards and another one for Ritz-Carlton Rewards, but you can freely switch between these two by just contacting the rewards customer service. Your membership number doesn’t change.

Marriott Gift Card 10% Purchase Bonus

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Marriott is offering 10% bonus on purchase of Marriott gift cards valued from $25 to $1500 between July 1 and August 31, 2013.

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You need to use promotional code AMT at the time of purchase and Marriott will add the 10% purchase bonus on the balance of the card. There is no special web page for this promotion, buy you can access Marriott’s website for buying gift cards here.

Marriott Gift Card Purchase Bonus: Get 5 United Miles Per USD

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Marriott is about to launch a new promo for buying gift cards. You can get 5 United miles per USD for a maximum bonus of 7,500 miles for buying $1500 Marriott gift card.

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This offer is valid for purchases made between August 7 and September 7, 2013, and you can access this offer here.

J.D. Power North America 2013 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study Is Out

J.D. Power has just released their 2013 North America Hotel Guest Index Study and winning hotels have been busy sending out their press releases.

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This is the 17th year that this study has been released and it is based on 68,700 guest responses from United States & Canada between June 2012 and May 2013.

Marriott Rewards Just For You Promotion: 5,000 Bonus Points For Every Second Stay

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Marriott Rewards has a new “Just For You” targeted promotion for 5,000 bonus points for every second stay for stays between August 15 and November 15, 2013, for maximum of 50,000 bonus points after 20 stays.

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This promotion is based on STAYS and not on NIGHTS. You can access the web page for this promotion here. You can only access the page, when signed in to your Marriott Rewards account and you have been targeted for this.

Reminder To Book Hotel Stays Both Paid & Award Night By Night

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It would be a time to remind all the readers that they should consider booking paid and award stays one night at a time even for longer stays. I have again received couple of emails from the readers in the past week that have run into problems, when trying to shorten award stays.

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1. Reader booked a stay under the old Hilton HHonors award schedule

Marriott Rewards Targeted Offer: Up To 10,000 Bonus Points In Florida

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Marriott Rewards occasionally has targeted bonus offers for hotel stays and I just received one for up to 10,000 bonus points for a stay of 3 nights or longer at any of the 14 participating properties in Florida.

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The bonus is staggered per the schedule below:

RewardsPlus Partnership Between United Mileage Plus & Marriott Rewards

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Marriott and United jointly announced today a new partnership called RewardsPlus that gives Marriott Gold status for United Premier Gold/Platinum/1K/GS members and Premier Silver on United for Marriott Platinum or Platinum Premier members. You can access Marriott’s web page for this announcement here and United’s one here.

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This partnership resembles one that Starwood and Delta launched earlier this year called Crossover Rewards. You can read more about Delta/SPG partnership here.

Forbes Article About Marriott’s Transformation

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There is an interesting article this week on Forbes print edition (you can access it online here) about Marriott hotels and people behind it. I think that you should read it if you are interested in about hotels in general.

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The articles and the video touches the fact that the company only owns or holds the title for mere 5 of the 3800 or so hotels under the Marriott family of hotels. All the others are owned REIT’s (Real Estate Investment Trusts) and that 43% of Marriott’s hotel rooms are managed by Marriott and 54% are franchised.

Top Hotel Promotion July 2013

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Here’s my pick of the five most lucrative hotel promotions that you can take advantage of this month. There are rarely promotions at the Ritz-Carlton and their promo for a free night after two stays is a good one.

1. Ritz-Carlton Free Night Certificate For Every Two Stays

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Summer 2013 Promotion: Free Night Certificate For Every Two Stays

The Glasshouse Hotel (Marriott Autograph Collection), Edinburgh, Scotland – Review Of My Fantastic Stay At Talisker Studio Suite 47

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Marriott has a newly affiliated Autograph Collection hotel in Edinburgh called the Glasshouse hotel. This hotel has been open for more than 10 years, but went through refurbishment this past spring and joined Marriott in mid-June.

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The reception are of this hotel is located in an old building that used to be a church. The rooms/suites are on the top floor of the adjacent building that houses restaurants and a cinema. This is a relatively small hotel, as it only has total of 65 rooms/suites.

Hotel Promotions Update (Q3) July 2013

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Here’s the monthly update on current hotel promotions. There are very interesting promotions from IHG Rewards Club, Marriott & Ritz-Carlton. Hyatt still doesn’t have a global promotion for second month in a row, but launched targeted promotions for few stays .

There are so many different IHG Rewards Club promotions that I wrote IHG Rewards Club Summer 2013 Promotion Guide.

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 john@loyaltylobby.com.

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Radisson Blu Ambassador Hotel (Paris) Becomes Marriott One On July 1 (Last Call For Awards Using Club Carlson Points)

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Radisson chain is losing one of its Paris properties the Radisson Blu Ambassador hotel to Marriott on July 1, 2013. You still have today (June 30) to book it using Club Carlson points.

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Considering the current Marriott properties in Paris and their award categories, it is likely that Marriott Opera Ambassador hotel will open as category 8 (40,000 points per night) or category 9 (45,000) points per night.

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

Marriott made an announcement in May about the breakfast changes at their North American JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, and Autograph Collection hotels starting on June 22, 2013. Gold and Platinum members are now eligible for continental breakfast 7 days week at non-resort locations. You can read my previous articles about this change here, here, and here.

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There were some properties that were excluded from this benefits and Marriott provided me a list about them:

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