Hotel Review: Watermark Beach Resort (2 Bedroom Suite), Osoyoos, BC

´╗┐Booking Our Room at the Watermark I decided to use my $200 annual travel credit from American Express towards a one night stay at the Osoyoos Watermark Beach Resort in a two bedroom suite for my birthday weekend. My boyfriend Johnny, and our three dogs, Trevor, Stacy and Hemi would be coming along for the ride, since the Watermark is [...]

By | 2018-12-07T18:06:46+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Hotels, Reviews, Trip Reports, Watermark Beach Resort|

Fairmont And Le Club AccorHotels Merger Complete…. Kind Of

Fairmont And Le Club AccorHotels Merger Complete Back in December we learned that Le Club AccorHotels would replace the Fairmont President's Club effective July 2, 2018. I didn't take this news particularly well, since the Fairmont President's Club provided a lot of opportunities for arbitrage (similar to what's happening between August and the end of the year with Marriott), whereas [...]

By | 2018-07-04T11:36:43+00:00 July 4th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

Exciting: New Marriott Award Pricing, And How You Can Book Before August 1st!

New Marriott Award Pricing The wait is finally over! After what felt like an eternity, we finally have details on the new Marriott Award pricing, including (not so good) changes to one of my favourite travel hacks - the hotel and air packages. This news came all at once yesterday, including some info on the changes to the SPG Amex [...]

By | 2018-06-29T09:12:41+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Hot Deals!, Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

New Details About Changes To The American Express SPG Cards In Canada

Changes To The American Express SPG Cards Introduction First, let me say it took Amex long enough to announce the changes to the American Express SPG Cards in Canada. While our American counterparts have known how their cards would change with the merger of Marriott and Starwood, we were left in the dark to speculate. The changes are.... ok, kind [...]

By | 2018-11-27T11:08:00+00:00 June 28th, 2018|American Express News, Credit Card News, Credit Cards, Reviews|

Le Club AccorHotels Review – Just How Bad Is It?

Le Club AccorHotels Review - Introduction Back in December Fairmont President's Club members learned the fate of their beloved program with the news that Le Club AccorHotels would replace FPC beginning July 2, 2018. Unlike other programs, such as Starwood and Marriott, where management decided to take features from both programs when merging, Accor decided to just outright replace The [...]

By | 2018-05-29T18:15:48+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Reviews, Reward Programs|

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance For A Bonus Set Of Fairmont Certificates

Last Chance For A Second Set Of Fairmont Certificates For Elite Members Just a quick reminder, Fairmont elite members (Platinum and Premier) have until July 1, 2018 to get two qualifying stays to be eligible for a second set of Fairmont certificates, which will be issued on July 2, when Le Club AccorHotels replaces the Fairmont President's Club. For me, [...]

By | 2018-09-14T14:56:55+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Fairmont, Hot Deals!, Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News|

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel Executive Lounge Review

JW Marriott Vancouver Executive Lounge for Marriott Rewards Members While staying at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel, we decided to check out the executive lounge. You can read my review of our standard room water view here! Marriott Rewards - Huge Changes Ahead Marriott recently announced some huge changes coming to the program as of August 1st which will [...]

By | 2018-09-13T19:09:41+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Hotels, JW Marriott, Reviews, Trip Reports|

Sneak Peak At Marriott Rewards New Hotel Categories

A Glimpse Into Marriott Rewards New Hotel Categories Marriott recently released a list of select properties across five distinct region as a sample of what to expect with Marriott Rewards new hotel categories. Overall, I'm not really shocked by any of the new rates, though I do suspect these properties were 'cherry-picked' a bit to highlight some of the better [...]

By | 2018-04-23T11:36:50+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

Strategy For Starwood Points Since The Marriott Announcement

Strategy For Starwood Points Since The Marriott Announcement We've had a lot of news this week about upcoming changes to the Marriott Rewards program, with both Marriott and Starwood becoming one program as of August 1, 2018. We also saw a change to the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card in Canada, where the welcome bonus (and referral program) where greatly [...]

By | 2018-04-20T12:27:02+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

Changes To Marriott Rewards – Much Better Than Expected!

Changes To The Marriott Rewards Introduction The wait is finally over. Today Marriott announced all of the changes to Marriott Rewards and SPG, and I must say I'm relieved. Generally when we see programs merge, there's some give and take on both sides to keep all loyalists (or as many as possible) happy. I was really nervous for this announcement, [...]

By | 2018-06-04T11:25:28+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|
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