It was only in April this year that Marriott launched its first ever discount on the sale of its currency and now the hotelier is back with a slightly improved offer which runs through 18 October 2019.
The introduction of seasonal pricing finally came into effect at Marriott Bonvoy over the weekend but, now that we can see how it's going to work, it's safe to say that what we've been given isn't what most people were expecting.
American Express Membership Rewards offers transfers to just three hotel loyalty programs and one of these is Marriott Bonvoy. Right now AMEX is offering a 30% bonus on all Membership Rewards points transferred over to Marriott by 31 October 2019 but this is a "deal" that almost everyone should be ignoring.
Yesterday I highlighted the fact that the JW Marriott Los Angeles has joined the growing number of properties that charge guests a rip-off "Destination Fee", and I lamented the fact that the property is claiming that the new fee is in place (in part) to cover the cost of internet access (an amenity which a lot of Marriott elites are supposed to get for free).
Ok, let's get one thing very clear before I continue: I know full well that there's a LOT wrong with Marriott Bonvoy right now but this post isn't about fixing the whole program in one go (that's not actually possible) - this is about a couple of changes which should be possible to implement and which would make Bonvoy a noticeably better program overnight.
Last month Marriott finally got around to setting a date for the introduction of a number of changes to the Bonvoy program that we've been expecting for some time. Judging by some of the online reaction (parts of which where unnecessarily hysterical) you would have thought that everything Marriott announced in August was brand new information (which it wasn't) - most of the information was old news and, in practice, still doesn't really let us know how damaging some of the changes to the Bonvoy program will be.
Last Thursday Thursday Marriott finally got around to announcing that some long-expected changes to its Bonvoy loyalty program will be coming in to effect from 14 September 2019, and it announced a few small unexpected tweaks to the program to – this is what you need to know about the changes ahead.
I’ve held a Chase/Marriott co-branded credit card for years, and when Chase refreshed its Marriott credit card offering my card (the Marriott Rewards Premier card) was closed to new applicants and renamed the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Card. Chase also released the new Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card.
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One of the few aspects of SPG that Marriott Bonvoy appears to have adopted is the idea of targeted promotions which appear in members' accounts ever now and again - there doesn't seem to be any pattern to when they're loaded. Right now a new set of Marriott Bonvoy targeted promotions appear to have been loaded and, from what I've seen so far, there are at least three different offers doing the rounds.