My 2015 Marriott Reward Gold Elite packet arrived today. It was similar to every other one I’ve had listing the benefits of being a Gold member such as: Guaranteed lounge access/breakfast Complimentary room upgrade Complementary Wi-Fi Guaranteed room type Notably, missing from this year’s packet – a new elite membership card. Instead, Mr. Marriott has invited… Read full article

Marriott International has announced a major enhancement for its guests who are members of the Marriott Rewards program. Beginning January 15, 2015, Marriott will “offer free in-room Wi-Fi to all (emphasis mine) Marriott Rewards members who book directly on, Marriott’s mobile app, 1-800 MARRIOTT, or through a Marriott hotel. As a member, you’ll be able… Read full article

Marriott Rewards to pay for a cruise shore excursion? That depends.

Marriott is changing its cancellation policy on January 1, 2015. It will impact some of my hotel decisions.

My third attempt at Marriott mobile check-in wins, but there’s still room to improve.

The beautiful Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas will join the Marriott Autograph Collection in the fall. In this post, I speculate on the possibility of using Marriott Rewards to pay for a popular shore excursion on your next cruise.

I subscribe to a lot of email services, and one in particular, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) SmartBrief, caught my eye today. It referenced a USA Today article about a new offering from Marriott Rewards, LocalPerks. LocalPerks will be a part of the Marriott Guest Services app, and will offer a traveler particular services… Read full article

Loyalty Traveler posted some news today that I found interesting. To be clear, this isn’t confirmed, but I think it’s worth noting for the sake of discussion. As Ric notes, a thread on Marriott Rewards Insiders contains some interesting info. The highlights of these rumored changes include: The points required for award stays will be… Read full article

The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC is a longtime favorite of mine. Though the lobby was renovated not too long ago, the place has an old school DC feel about it that I like. The fact that I’ve never had anything but great service there keeps me coming back. I’ve reviewed the hotel before, so… Read full article

This is a mini-review of a short hotel stay. There’s nothing fabulous about most any airport hotel, but having spent one night here before a flight, I thought it was worth a quick post. The back story – I was in New Jersey on business, and the most suitable airport was Philadelphia. I flew in… Read full article

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