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Keeping Promises – Marriott Premier Rewards Visa CLOSED

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post on my declining interest in continuing to carry the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa. While I could still use the annual category 5 certificate that it provides, the truth is that with devaluation over time, that certificate is no longer a compelling value to me. Once upon a time, I could use it for one of my favorite pre-cruise hotels, the JW Marriott Miami, but no more. While the $85 annual fee isn’t horrendous, I’ve been looking for a reason to cull my credit card inventory, and this card was at the top of the list. Just a little while ago I called to close the account. The account was closed and the credit…

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Why I’m Dumping My Marriott Rewards Visa Card

My handful of credit cards (somewhere between 10 and 20 ) makes me a neophyte in the miles and points bloggerverse. Nonetheless, I evaluate the cards that are in my wallet from time to time, and occasionally decide it’s time to purge. At the top of my goodbye list for 2015 is the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa. I spend an above average number of nights at Marriott hotels compared to your typical blogger, and that’s probably not going to change even if I am spending more nights at Kimpton properties this year. It’s been real and it’s been valuable here and there, but my Marriott Premier Rewards Visa is on its way out. It bailed me out when my (then EMV chipless)…

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Marriott Rewards – Your Elite Membership Card is Now Your Phone

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 me to view my mobile Elite membership card on the Marriott® Mobile app. Granted, that’s something I’ve been doing for a while in the off chance that I couldn’t remember my Marriott Rewards number when I needed it. So, there you have it. If you were in the habit of looking forward to your new membership card each year from Marriott, fret no more. It’s…

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Free Internet for Marriott Rewards Members Worldwide!

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 to connect at over 3,800 hotels across 70 countries worldwide.” Golds and Platinums will continue to receive free “enhanced” wi-fi where available. Marriott has posted an FAQ on the topic as well as a list of non-participating hotels. MJ’s Take This is a real enhancement for the Marriott Rewards program and for the Marriott brand. Wi-fi charges at full-service hotels are a common complaint of…

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Marriott Rewards to Soon Offer Location-Based Deals

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 based on their location within participating hotel properties. While it gives me a feeling of “big brother” watching, younger travelers are a little more wedded to their smartphones. Likely a fantastic idea for forward thinking marketers, and who am I kidding? I’m as wedded to my smartphone as anyone. It appears that this initial effort is aimed at Apple customers and their “i devices.” Yeah,…

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A Marriott Trial Balloon?

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 increased by at least 5,000 points per night across all levels and the 5th night free will disappear.  Category 10 will be added and require 60,000 points per night (read mass devaluation), A new level will be announced above Platinum and the requirements will be formally revealed. (i.e. everyone will know how to achieve PP, if that is what it is called) New benefits for…

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