Sneak Peak At Marriott Rewards New Hotel Categories

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

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 [...]

Strategy For Starwood Points Since The Marriott Announcement

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

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 [...]

Changes To Marriott Rewards – Much Better Than Expected!

2018-04-16T15:30:01+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

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, [...]

Is It Good Value Transferring American Express Membership Rewards To SPG?

2018-04-20T11:43:25+00:00 March 14th, 2018|American Express, Credit Cards, Hotel Loyalty Programs, News, Reward Programs|

Transferring American Express Membership Rewards To Starwood American Express is my favourite credit card issuer in Canada. Not only do they offer great cards for everyday spend, they are generally the leader when it comes to welcome bonuses. Right now they are offering a card with the highest available sign-up bonus in Canada, and another with the highest sign-up bonus [...]

Program Sweet Spot: Marriott Rewards Hotel And Air Packages

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

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 [...]

More Bad News: American Express Cancels Fairmont Benefit Effective January 1, 2018

2017-12-15T17:24:35+00:00 December 15th, 2017|American Express, Fairmont, Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

American Express Cancels Fairmont Benefit Well I guess this comes as no surprise given the recent announcement that Le Club AccorHotels will be replacing the Fairmont President's Club as of July 2, 2018, but American Express has now sent official notice that the accelerated status benefit offered by The American Express Platinum Card and The American Express Business Platinum Card [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Review: Marriott Rewards Program

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

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 [...]

Review: Fairmont President’s Club

2017-12-15T22:05:21+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Reviews|

Updated 2017-12-15: Important News Regarding The Fairmont President's Club There have been two recent and major announcements concerning the Fairmont President's Club. You can read more about them here: The Fairmont President's Club will come to an end, July 2, 2018 and be replaced by Le Club AccorHotels.. To make matters worse, American Express Platinum members will no longer receive [...]