Marriott Rewards Summer 2013 Promotion “Unexpected Bonus”

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Marriott Rewards has just launched their 2013 summer promotion “Unexpected Bonus” for stays between May 15 and September 2, 2013. You need to register for this promotion by July 31. You can access this promotions here.

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You can find out your targeted version by logging to your Marriott Reward’s account and going to Promotion Central. The new offer should be the featured one on the left column.

Marriott Losing Plaza Hotel In Buenos Aires

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The new owner of the Plaza Hotel (Sutton Group) in Buenos Aires has paid $5 million termination penalty to Marriott to terminate the management agreement that the previous owner had. You can read more about this on Spanish website here.

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Marriott Plaza is an iconic hotel in Buenos Aires that is in desperate need of renovation. I have stayed there several times and last time in July/August in 2012.

Marriott Rewards Targeted Offer: 5000 Bonus Points For Two Stays At Fairfield Inn/SpringHill/Courtyard

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Marriott Rewards has been sending out targeted brand specific offers for 5000 bonus points after two stays at Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites or Courtyard hotels in United States or Canada between May 1 and July 31, 2013.

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There are separate targeted offers for each of these Marriott brands. You may have received an email about this offer, you may receive a post card from Marriott, or you can just log in to your Marriott Rewards and choose the Promotion Central.

How Dirty Can The In-room Hotel Glassware Be? (Apparently VERY Dirty)

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What is the dirtiest in-room hotel glassware that you have come across? Is it or can it be any dirtier than this glass in my suite at The Stone, Marriott Autograph collection hotel,  here in Bali?

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I normally like to have tea and would prefer having a proper tea mug, when I am working. I hate those tiny coffee cups that many of the hotels have. Normally, I then just use one of the drinking glasses for my tea, but definitely not at this hotel.

Marriott Rewards’ Newest Partner Iberia Avios

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Marriott Rewards just announced their latest airline partner Iberia. You can now earn Iberia Avios for your Marriott stays, although this makes very little sense.

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Iberia is part of IAG (International Airlines Group), as is British Airways. You have been able to earn BA Avios for your Marriott stays for a long time. You can freely transfer Avios between Avios, BA Avios and Iberia Avios, so there has been a way to earn Iberia Avios for your stays for a long time.

Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program

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The other month, I gave a promise that I would try to tackle the issue about the most rewarding hotel rewards program this spring. I haven’t forgotten it. I have been contemplating the best way to incorporate the number if variables to the review to get objective results. Today I will have the first hotel program evaluated: Club Carlson.

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In the next three weeks, I will tackle two programs per week; Club Carlson and Hilton HHonors this week, Hyatt Gold Passport and InterContinental Hotels Group next week, and Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest the week after that.

Top Hotel Promotions For April (2013)

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It is already spring time and hotel programs are starting to launch their summer 2013 promotions. Most of the spring promotions are on their last leg.

1. Hilton’s promotion for quadruple Virgin Atlantic miles in London & Scotland + combining it with the Daily Grand

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Quadruple Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles At Hilton Hotels In London & Scotland

It is difficult to suggest participating to Hilton’s promotions after the huge devaluation last month, but combining these two promotions for stays in London & Scotland can earn you lot of points.

Hotel Promotions Update April 2013

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Here’s monthly update on current hotel promotions. Most Priority Club one time bonus offers expired on March 31, 2013, and we will do a post about new valid one time offers next week. Club Carlson doesn’t have a global promotion right now.

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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US Airways Dividend Miles 50% Hotel Conversion Bonus

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US Airways is again offering 50% bonus on hotel points conversions to Dividend Miles between April 1 to 30th, 2013. Note that converting of SPG Starpoints to Dividend Miles is excluded from this offer unlike in 2012. You can access US Airways page for this offer here.

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The hotel conversion partners are:

JW Marquis Dubai For Two Nights + 10K Qatar Privilege Club Miles For $199

Qatar Airways just added an interesting offer up on their website that requires attending to a 90 minute timeshare presentation during the stay. You can read more about this offer here.

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You will get two nights at the brand new JW Marqui Dubai (you can read my review of this hotel here) with breakfast + 10000 Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles for $199.

Will Marriott & Hyatt Start Counting Award Nights Towards Status Qualification?

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Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group (soon) and SPG are all counting consumed award nights towards their loyalty program qualification requirements. Would it now finally be the time for Hyatt and Marriott to start counting them as well?

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Hilton has counted the award nights to yearly qualification requirement as far as I can remember. Starwood did the switch couple of years ago and IHG announced the other day that they will star count them later this year.

Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit (Thonglor – Soi 57) – Review Of My Opening Night Stay

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For the past couple of weeks I have been in Bangkok and I had the opportunity to stay at the newest Marriott branded hotel on its opening day, March 18th, 2013. The opening day of this property was moved up couple of times and I was able to book it for an opening day arrival just a couple of days before.

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I like to check out new properties when they open while, at the same time, being fully aware that it usually takes a few months to get everything going smoothly. This Marriott was still a work in progress, mainly building wise, but the service was very good however.

Marriott’s Award Night Reimbursements To Hotels

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When you stay at Marriott family of hotel as a Marriott Rewards member, the property pays certain percentage of the revenue to the program for the points that are issued to you. Then when you stay using points, the property (where you are burning your points) is reimbursed for the stay by the Marriott Rewards program.

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People are often very curious, how much are the properties reimbursed for the award stays? The answer most of the time is, very little.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai – Review of My Brief Stay

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Last month I spent half day at this property. I had a very early morning flight out on Emirates and decided to check out this brand new Marriott property that hadn’t had its grand opening at the time.

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The hotel will have two towers once it is completely ready. Only one tower is operational right now. The second tower is expected to open sometime in 2014.

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