Posts Tagged With: Marriott Rewards

Power of Three Promotion for Marriott, SPG and Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Unlock the power of three.

Marriott Rewards®, SPG® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® are linked to provide you with even more earning opportunities, including our newest promotions: Marriott Rewards MegaBonus®, SPG Double Take and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Rewarding Adventures.

  • Register separately for each by March 15, 2017.
  • Double your earnings on your first three stays with each program from January 16 through April 15, 2017.

You can register each account here:



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Marriott 2016 Summer Global Promotion

Register to earn bonus points and be entered in our sweepstakes

Marriott has a new summer promotion that earns bonus points starting with your second stay after registering.

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Marriott Megabonus

Earn a free night — and unlock your new bonus points offer. Let your winnings begin.

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It’s a win-win-win:

    • Register by April 15, 2016
    • Stay at participating properties between February 1 – May 15, 2016
    • Win #1: Earn a free night after two stays
    • Win #2: Unlock your new bonus points offer – and register when it appears in your online account
    • Win #3: Every stay counts at 4,000+ hotels worldwide

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You win some, you win some more with MegaBonus.

Earn a free night – and unlock your new bonus points offer

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Residence Inn Alamo Place

We spent our one night in San Antonio at the Residence Inn Downtown/Alamo Plaza.  We had many Marriott choices when picking where we wanted to stay.  Husband had his free anniversary stay certificate to use for our trip so we needed a category 5 or lower Marriott.  We could have done the Fairfield Inn across the street, Sprinhill Suites or Towneplace Suites all in the same area.  Residence Inn had a one bedroom suite available so they won by default.

The hotel is a five minute walk from the riverwalk.  Its so close!  Even closer is the Alamo!

Our one bedroom looked just like any other Residence Inn so I must not have taken a picture of our room.  Daughter was pleased to take over the couch and her own tv.  We were a bit worn from our hike earlier so Daughter elected not to visit the pool with Husband and I .  The pool are was empty at 4pm and we had the hot tub to ourselves.

                                             (photo Marriott website)

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Night in Round Rock

We took our annual Christmas vacation last week.  I guess its annual now that we were discussing where we were going next year on Christmas night.  This years destination was middle Texas.  Husband wanted seafood and beach. I wanted BBQ and the kid is along for the trip.

We flew in Saturday afternoon to Austin.  I had two night reserved in Austin starting Sunday that could not be adjusted since they were booked in April under the second night free policy.  I really needed a place to sleep and did not want to use many points for it.

I used the hotel reward mapper site and found a Residence Inn in Round Rock that is only 15,000 points a night for a one bedroom.  A little leg work on Tripadvisor showed me there was enough to do in the area for 24 hours before moving onto Austin.

Residence Inn Round Rock

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Marriott New Mega Bonus Promotion for Early 2015

Marriott Rewards Mega Bonus Promotion

As usual this promo is targeted, with there being several versions of the offer. For example:

  • Register by March 31, 2015
  • Stay at participating properties between February 1 and April 30, 2015
  • Earn 2,500 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points

Log in here to register:

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Check if Hotel Reservation Price has Lowered to Save

IF I have time prior to my trip I reprice my hotel reservation.  Meaning I go to the hotel website and pretend to make a reservation.  I had the Country Inn and Suites Washington Dulles booked for one night at the AAA rate of $81.  I was happy enough at that price.  But I just made another reservation for the same room style and date for $10 less.  $70.34 plus tax.

Always make sure you can cancel the higher cost reservation with no penalty. (I book refundable rates because I lose nothing if my plans change.)  Then I finish out the lower priced reservation and get a confirmation number before I go back in and cancel the higher priced reservation.

You do not always find a lower rate, sometimes you get lucky like I did today.  And I will check it one more time before I leave because it takes me less than five minutes to save some money.

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Marriott hotels with waterpark for the kids

I usually travel with a child who likes a pool but loves a water park! We have some Marriott rewards nights to burn so I was trying to figure out what my Marriott water park type hotel options were.

Fairfield Inn and Suites in Gillette Wyoming is a category 2 with several large water slides that go through the building and several pools.

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Marriot Fall Promo 2014

Marriott is out with their new fall promo for 2014 and it run through the rest of the year.


Imagination can only get you so far; let MegaBonus take you the rest of the way.

To earn up to 25,000 bonus points:

  • Register by November 15, 2014
  • Stay at participating properties between September 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015
  • Earn double points with every paid stay*, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points

*A ‘stay’ is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.


Here are the regular earnings rates for Marriotts:


JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts - Luxury Hotel ResortsAutograph Collection - Luxury Boutique HotelsRenaissance Hotels - Stylish HotelsMarriott Hotels and Resorts - Marriott Flagship HotelMarriott Vacation Club


EDITION Hotels - Contemporary HotelsAC Hotels by Marriott - Urban Design HotelsCourtyard by Marriott - Business HotelsSpringHill Suites by Marriott - Hotel SuitesFairfield Inn and Suites by MarriottGaylord HotelsMoxy Hotels


The Ritz-Carlton - Luxury Travel


Residence Inn by Marriott - Extended Stay HotelsTownePlace Suites by Marriott - Long Term Stay Hotels


I had hoped the stay two get one promotion would be back so I am unsure if I will keep the Marriott rooms I had reserved for this fall. Double points really isn’t getting me much on a hotel that is under $100 a night.  I will wait to see what other hotel programs offer.

Here is the registration link:

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Marriott Credit Card Signup 70,000 points

Marriott is out with a new credit card offer of 70,000 bonus points after a $2,000 spend in three months.  Also 1 free night to start in a category 1-4 hotel and a 1 free night in a category 1-5 on your account anniversary.

You earn 5 points for every $1 at Marriott hotels, 2 points per $1 on airline tickets and car rentals. And 1 point per $1 on everything else.

The hotel category one redemption is 7,500 points up to hotel category nine which is 45,000 points.

A category one hotel is Fairfield Inn and Suite McAllen Airport in Texas. A category nine is the Bohemian hotel in Savannah.   A category five hotel is the Courtyard Grand Rapids at 25,000 points a night.

The word is that Marriott has purchased the Atlantis in the Bahamas.  This would be a great way to stay on points! Not sure when they will allow you to start booking but this could be a very sweet redemption!

More information and signup located here:

This link shows a $1,000 minimum spend which is even better….


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