Tag: Marriott

Since Frequent Miler’s beginning, we’ve written hundreds of posts about Marriott. That can be a lot to dig through! To help you get started, we’ve created Complete Guides about popular topics like this. Here’s an excerpt from our Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide for example:

Marriott Bonvoy is the all-in-one rewards program which replaced Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards.  Compared to other programs, in my opinion, Marriott Bonvoy offers better than average rewards for paid stays, a strong elite program (but not best overall), best-in-class options for point transfers to airline miles, a huge selection of hotels that run from very low end to ultra-luxury, and credit cards that offer good value for their annual free nights but relatively poor value for credit card spend.  This post is designed to include everything you need to know.

While the Complete Guide may be the best place to start learning, the posts below can help you dig deeper, answer specific questions, or stay up-to-date on Marriott-related news.

Here’s some of what you might find:

  • Posts about “sweet spots”
  • Posts about specific promotions
  • News, updates, and how-to’s for booking award stays
  • Posts about Amex Offers
  • Best Rate Guarantee policy
  • News, updates, and how-to’s for earning elite status
  • Posts about related credit cards
  • Posts about status benefits

Marriott mattress running: Valuable elite status for nearly 2 years

Marriott is offering several overlapping promotions which, when taken together, can make mattress running worthwhile.  A mattress run involves checking into a hotel for...

Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (Special 2021 edition)

This post has been updated with Marriott's recently announced promotions that will make it easier than ever to earn meaningful Marriott elite status in...

Bet You Didn’t Know: Maximizing Marriott’s 5th Night Free on longer stays

  Note from Nick: We're re-publishing this old post because the methodology is more relevant than ever given that we've been told that the Marriott...
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The year of the mattress run: top-tier status in 6 programs in 48 nights

In a bizarre state of irony, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the mattress run. Hyatt kicked things off with their ludicrously...

Marriott’s elite benefits guarantee is back

During the pandemic, Marriott had previously suspended their elite benefit guarantees, but as of today (January 11, 2021), the guarantees are back!  Here is...

Marriott launches easy elite status for 2021 and cheaper saver awards

Marriott has announced a huge boost for members interested in qualifying/re-qualifying for elite status this year. They have also reduced redemption rates at many...

Marriott Choice Benefit Valuations. Which to pick?

Update 1/11/21: The window for selecting 2020 Choice Benefits ended on 1/8/21. If you have earned 50 elite qualifying nights with Marriott within a calendar...

COVID Credit Card Enhancements Ultimate Guide: 2021 Edition

This post has been updated with January 2021 credit card enhancements. Travel rewards credit cards don't have the same appeal during a pandemic.  To keep...

Use your expiring IHG free night for status match opportunities

Thanks to having either the IHG Rewards Club Premier card or the no longer available IHG Rewards Club Select card many of us have...

Best Marriott Resorts in the USA for your 50K Free Night Certs

A perfect storm is brewing. This summer, there will be huge competition for hotels & resorts in the United States. And, on the Marriott...

Best Marriott Resorts in the USA for your 35K Free Night Certs

A perfect storm is brewing. This summer, there will be huge competition for hotels & resorts in the United States. And, on the Marriott...

Best value Marriott hotels for your 35K free night certs expiring Aug 1

I predict that travel within the United States is going to explode in popularity in the summer of 2021.  Just in time for summer...

Targeted Marriott Bonvoy promotions for bonus points / free night certs

Targeted Marriott Bonvoy promotions have been rolling out to earn additional bonus points and/or free night certificates with paid stays. I got one in...

Marriott devalues Homes & Villas point redemptions #Bonvoyed

In a master stroke of bad timing, Marriott has reduced the value of points when redeemed for Homes & Villas stays.  Previously, points were...

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