Reward Programs

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|

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|

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|

Program Sweet Spot: Marriott Rewards Hotel And Air Packages

Marriott Rewards Hotel And Air Packages Before Marriott acquired Starwood hotels, I didn't have much interest in the Marriott Rewards program mainly due to the lack of earning opportunities in Canada. However, since the merger, Starwood has allowed points transfers between the two programs, with SPG points transferring to Marriott at a generous 1:3 ratio. This opened my eyes to [...]

By | 2018-04-20T11:46:40+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Hot Deals!, Hotel Loyalty Programs, Marriott, News, Reward Programs|

Bad News: Fairmont President’s Club Is Ending Next Year

Le Club AccorHotels Program Replacing The Fairmont President's Club In 2018 Fairmont President's Club has long been one of my favourite hotel loyalty programs for Canadians, and unfortunately it's just been announced that Le Club AccorHotels will replace the Fairmont program as of July 2, 2018. I've had Platinum status with Fairmont for a number of years and have really [...]

By | 2017-12-13T22:25:16+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

Review: Marriott Rewards Program

Introduction: Late last year Marriott finalized the takeover of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and with that, became really relevant for Canadian travellers, as well as the largest hotel company in the world. As an individual program, I never found it all that enticing, as I don't find the Marriott brand 'aspirational' (with the exception of some Ritz Carlton properties), earning [...]

By | 2017-11-18T19:49:12+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Reviews|
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