Hotels (Reward Programs)


Gwen Stefani Performs for Loyalty Members in Dubai

Global superstar Gwen Stefani will perform her last international concert of 2017 exclusively for members of Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, SPG and VIP guests on December 4, 2017 at the brand-new Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai.

Marriott Reward Moments has 2 Ultimate Gwen Stefani Fan Experience packages on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments platforms.

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[INTERVIEW] 100,000 Trees Planted by Delta Hotel Guests

Delta Hotels by Marriott is expanding its mission to fill Canada with trees planted by hotel visitors. Launched in February 2015, Delta’s GreenSTAY program aims to combat the effects of global warming. Guests have the option to plant one tree for each night they opt out of housekeeping. With 100,000 trees planted in the province of Alberta, Delta teamed up with WEARTH in the Niagara region of the province of Ontario to plant another 100,000 trees. This region was chosen due to the destructive effects of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. On October 23, 2017, Don Cleary, President of Marriott International in Canada was in Niagara to plant the first of many trees to come. Below is my interview with him. 


[PROMOTION] Best Western 10,000 Points Per Night

Best Western Rewards is offering two amazing promotions at the same time.

Register and earn 2x the points for all stay between September 18, 2017 and November 30, 2017.
Redeem 10,000 points for an award night between November 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 at any Best Western branded hotel in North America.

Marriott Moments – David Foster Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert

Marriott Rewards Moments has teamed up with American Express Membership Rewards where you can bid for tickets at the David Foster Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert. The annual event will include an impressive list of entertainment stars including Steven Tyler, Robin Thicke, Jay Leno, the TENORS, Matteo Bocelli, and Laura Bretan.

The following day, there will be a red-carpet event at the Rogers Arena. The David Foster Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants.

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[DISCONTINUED] Chase Marriott – Discontinuation Confirmed

I wrote a post earlier today about the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa possibly discontinued. According to my contacts at Marriott International Canada, effective September 5th, 2017, no new customer applications are being accepted into the credit card program, but existing card members will continue to be serviced. Note that this only applies to applications in Canada and does not impact the US program.

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[DISCONTINUED] Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Discontinued?

I was hoping that this is just a temporary glitch, but all the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa links are broken. 

I called Chase Canada customer service to confirm what was going on and they said that they are “no longer offering the Chase Marriott credit card for the moment”. When I asked what she meant by “for the moment”, she said it may or may not come back, but I would need to ask Marriott Rewards to find out. 

Marriott #RewardsPoints and Redeem on Mobile App

Marriott Rewards changing its #MRPoints program to #RewardsPoints. I think maybe this is another move towards integrating Ritz-Carleton and SPG into one rewards program. They may not longer want to only refer to their program as Marriott Rewards?

Social Media

The good news is that you can now earn even more points through social media. In the past, the earning potential was 2,500 points per year. The new potential is 45,000 points per year for engaging on social media.

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Best Hotel Loyalty Program for Canadians to Collect

Hotel points has always been a valuable commodity for my travels, as I always prefer to use points to book hotel nights, rather than spending my hard earned cash. The challenge is, how do we earn hotel points without actually staying at hotels?

The quickest way to jump-start your account is with a credit card sign up bonus. Every day spending on that credit card may be the next best way, but it is going to be a slow process.


[INTERVIEW] Director of Loyalty for Marriott Canada about Partnership with PlacePass

Today, we feature Jennifer Bryl, Director of Loyalty for Canada, Marriott International, who would like to discuss its new partnership with PlacePass.

Jennifer Bryl, Director of Loyalty for Marriott Canada

1) Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

For Marriott International, I’m a loyalty driver who helps hotels understand the value of enrolling and recognizing new members so they can create exceptional and memorable experiences for our guests. Montreal is my favourite Canadian city (for the foodie in me) and I’m itching to visit Grand Okanagan!