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 [...]

Review: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Executive King Room

2018-04-18T12:22:41+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Introduction Singapore is one of my favourite places in the world, but it's super expensive. It's not uncommon to see luxury hotels price out at $500+/night, so redeeming points for free-night stays can represent really decent value, and free up a lot of money for other activites, such as eating at the legendary hawker markets [...]

Review: Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui Ocean View Room

2018-04-12T02:39:50+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui Introduction Let me preface this review by saying that I really wanted to love The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui. Since Fairmont announced the end of the Fairmont President's Club, I've been a bit of a free agent for loyalty, with Marriott being the natural choice given the Gold status I receive with my American [...]

First Impressions Of The Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui

2018-03-21T13:07:04+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Maui Introduction Aloha from Hawaii! This is mainly a vacation for me, so I won't be posting regular content while here, but I did want to take an opportunity to share my initial impressions of the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort, where we're staying for our 7-night vacation. For those who don't know, I was able to [...]

Review: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel Deluxe King Room

2018-03-15T14:09:18+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel Deluxe King Room Introduction Brad and I are leaving for Maui next week, and as such, this week has been dragging, so we decided very last minute to use one of our 2018 Fairmont President's Club certificates for a free-night stay at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel! I had to call the Fairmont President's Club number [...]

Review: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Executive Junior Suite

2018-03-13T13:21:43+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Four Seasons, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Executive Junior Suite Introduction Brad and I were attending a function at the Vancouver Art Gallery with friends from his undergrad, so rather than worrying about taxiing home to the suburbs (can be seriously tough from Vancouver without Uber) we decided to book the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Executive Junior Suite. American Express travel (just a [...]

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 [...]

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Review

2018-03-08T14:24:29+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Hotels, JW Marriott, Trip Reports|

JW Marriott Beijing Executive Level Room Introduction When planning my first class trip to Beijing I had originally considered staying in one of the many luxury hotels available through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts. Luxury hotels in Asia are so much cheaper than North America and Europe, and having stayed at the Fairmont Peace Hotel and Four Seasons Pudong [...]

Fairmont Pacific Rim Stanley Park Suite In 10 Photos

2018-03-05T20:56:47+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Introduction A full review will follow soon, but for now I wanted to share my initial impressions of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Stanley Park Suite. Brad and I decided to spend a night out after our Fairmont President's Club Platinum certificates posted to our account, and chose the Pacific Rim to use one of our free-night stays. To be completely [...]

2018 Fairmont Certificates And Platinum Benefits Available Now

2018-03-02T10:48:24+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, News|

Premier and Platinum 2018 Fairmont Certificates Available Now As of March 1, Fairmont President's Club members should see their 2018 Fairmont Certificates available online through their member profile. Certificates are valid until February, 2019, although the Fairmont President's Club will end as of July 2, 2018 at which point it will be replaced with Le Club AccorsHotels and property benefits [...]