Marriott Rewards Legacy SPG Brands Free Nights Offers For Middle East & Africa Through December 31, 2018

Marriott Rewards has now brought back the popular third, fourth and two nights free on a six night stay-offers in the Middle East and Africa (no longer available in Europe) for stays at legacy Starwood brands through December 31, 2018.

Marriott Rewards Legacy SPG Brands Free Nights Offers For Middle East & Africa For Stays Through December 31, 2018

The offer offer is theoretically only valid for Mastercard holders but this has never been enforced (based on my own experienced) by the properties (just carry one in case).

Marriott Third Quarter Disappointing Results & Lower Fourth Quarter Guidance

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Marriott International today released their third quarter results and the markets were not impressed. The stock was down 6% in after-hours trading at the time of writing this piece. It seems that hotel customers were not booking with Marriott at the level Mr. Sorenson was hoping for while the Marriott platform was being “stabilized” (read more here).

Marriott Revenue Falling & Stock Falling

Marriott did not meet their revenue target and lowered their guidance for the fourth quarter. Profit for the quarter was up however. Basically fewer people were booking Marriott rooms in the quarter (did this come as a surprise to anyone?).

Reader Email: Shambolic Marriott Rewards Customer Service

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us an email about an issue that many Marriott Rewards & SPG members are currently facing – customer service that has basically collapsed.

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LAST WEEK: Marriott Rewards & SPG 29 Ways Sweepstakes With More than 2,000,000 Instant Win Prizes!

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Marriott Rewards & SPG’s launched 29 Ways sweepstakes three weeks ago to celebrate all the brands brought together and is now on its last week.

Marriott SPG 29 Ways Last Week

The sweepstakes that have more than two million instant win prizes from 50 points to 4-night stay at Ritz-Carlton will end on November 8, 2018. After T&Cs change, you can win daily instead of only once.

Marriott Rewards (SPG) & “Emirates & China Eastern Miles” Mystery Deepens

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Yesterday, I wrote a piece (access here) about weird deposits made to my Marriott Rewards account under “Emirates & China Eastern Miles” headline over the weekend.

Marriott Rewards Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Emirates Your World Rewards

SPG had airline partnerships with Delta, Emirates and China Eastern of which the latter two survived the Marriott takeover. A reader noted that these lines on the account statement were actually mile deposits to the airline and he was correct..

Marriott Rewards (SPG) Points & Stay History Gone For A Week?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped us a screenshot of his Marriott Rewards/SPG account with a note that his stay and points history had been now gone for a week?

Reader Email SPG History Gone

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Mystery Emirates & China Eastern Miles Deposited To Marriott Rewards & SPG Accounts?

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Starwood Preferred Guest had airline partnerships with Delta, Emirates and China Eastern of which the latter two survived the Marriott takeover (merger officially – I know).

SPG Weird Activity

My SPG account was register with both Delta and Emirates (and Uber too). Over the weekend, I had some mystery points deposited to my account and I have no idea what for?

Reader Question: SPG Lifetime Issue After 25 Stays And/Or 50 nights?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question by email about an issue with SPG Lifetime status after reaching the required 10 years of Platinum status with the program.

Marriott Rewards Lifetime Status

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Marriott CEO Sorenson: “(Program Merger) Little Bit More Bumpy Than We Anticipated”

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Marriott CEO Sorenson has been on a tour in the Middle East and had opened up about losing the former Starwood flagship properties to Hilton in Dubai (read more here) and the state of program merger.

Marriott CEO SPG Bumpy

This is the same CEO that called SPG members (read more here) rabid (too fanatical about their program) and most recently asked members to stick around while they try to stabilize the platform (read more here).

UPDATE: St. Regis Princeville Resort Exits Marriott System On November 16, 2018

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Starwood Capital purchased St. Regis Princeville and nearby resort in Hawaii and the hotel employees were already telling guests early this month that they are exiting Marriott system in mid-November. Marriott has now confirmed this.

St. Regis Princeville Resorts Exits Marriott System In November 2018

There is nothing yet on Marriott’s website indicating that the hotel is soon gone and they are happily allowing guests to book stays through November 15, 2018 the last date the hotel is under St. Regis branding. 

Reservation Management Function On SPG App & Website (Marriott Skin) Now Entirely Useless

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In the last couple of days Marriott has tweaked the SPG App as well as the Marriott website when logged in under the SPG account even more and managing your reservations (especially same day ones) became pretty much impossible.

It’s now also impossible to enter any additional information during the booking process such as preferences or messages to the hotel when using the SPG App.

What Have You Won From Marriott’s 29 Ways Sweepstakes?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped us an email about his luck with Marriott Rewards & SPG 29 Ways Sweepstakes that now allow you to win daily after recent T&Cs update (read more here).

Marriott Rewards & SPG 29 Ways Sweepstakes 10K

There are more than two million instant win prizes that members can win through November 8 from 50 points to 4-night stay at Ritz-Carlton. The reader had just won 10,000 points (50 per day) after winning previously 50 points thrice.

Marriott Rewards Email Alert: Points Expiring In 23 MONTHS!

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Marriott Rewards “stabilized” (far from it) platform has been sending out reminders about points expiry to members this weekend that a LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded to us.

Marriott Rewards Points Are About To Expire

Marriott Rewards points expire if you don’t earn (see below what qualifies) or redeem any of them within 24 months. The problem with these emails is that they went out to members whose points are about to expire in 23 months in 2020!

Marriott Rewards Updates T&Cs Of Its 29 Ways Sweepstakes (Now You Can Win DAILY)

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Marriott Rewards launched its 29 Ways sweepstakes on Thursday last week after delaying them for a week for “technical” reasons (read more here, here, here and here).

Marriott Rewards 29 Ways U

The sweepstakes have more than two million instant win prizes that members could try winning daily over the four-week period. The only problem was that per the sweepstakes T&Cs each member could win “INSTANT WIN” once during the promotional period.

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