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Current Marriott Bonus Points Offers

Winter may feel cold for some of us in Canada. Some people enjoy it, some people cannot wait till the spring/summer time. Either way, Valentine’s Day is deep into winter, which can range from being a dreaded time or one of the most fun day of the year. Either way, if you have not yet figured out what you are doing yet, Marriott has some bonus promotion options if you are making some online purchases.

If you are looking to make purchases on Marriott’s shopping portal, Marriott Rewards More, there are two bonus offers to watch for:

Earn 1,000 bonus points after completing the first purchase (minimum of $25USD, $25CAD, or £25GBP)
Earn 25% bonus points when using your co-branded Marriott Rewards credit card

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Exclusive Canadian SPG Credit Card offer to Chase Marriott Cardholders

You may have seen this offer already, but the official email just came in today. American Express Canada is offering an exclusive Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card to existing Chase Marriott Rewards credit card customers. As you know, the co-branded, grandfathered, Chase Marriott credit card are being terminated on March 15, 2018.

Chase offered a few parting tokens of appreciation

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[HOTEL] Expiry Policies (updated January 24, 2018)

It has been almost 2 years since I last update the hotel hotel expiry policies. There have been a few changes ever since, so I thought I’d give my list a quick update.

For the list below, I have grouped the hotels into three different categories: (1) Never expire; (2) Never expire with activity; and (3) Strict Expiry Policy.

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Current State of Co-branded Hotel Credit Cards in Canada

The situation continues to deteriorate with the recent closure of grandfathered Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa. Last year, I wrote a post about the Best Hotel Loyalty Program for Canadians to Collect, but with another shift in the industry, it looks like that post was due for an update. 

In the past few years, I have exclusively redeem hotels points for all my stays. Rarely have I had to pay for a hotel night. However, as hotel partnerships continue to terminate with credit card companies in Canada, this trend will be very difficult to continue in the near future. 

Below are the top ways to earn hotel points without actually staying at the hotels to accumulate points. 


Marriott’s Cyber Monday Sale

Marriott’s is jumping on the Cyber Monday Sale ahead of time. Between November 23, 2017 and November 27, 2017, you will be able to book exclusive low rates at over 3,500 Marriott hotels across the Americas, which includes Canada, Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

You will be able to find member rates starting at $89 at:

Marriott’s Renaissance Hotels Hosting “Diner En Couleur”

The Renaissance Montreal downtown hotel is set to host an exciting event as part of the global brand’s week-long dinner series that gives guests access to brag-worthy culinary experiences. 

WHO: Anne-Marie Withenshaw, a Canadian television and radio personality, hosts “Dîner en Couleur,”, a twist on a “Dîner en Blanc.”


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. 

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.