Marriott is currently running a sale in which it's offering up to 40% off its standard rates on weekend stays in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The sale runs through 30 November so there are still a few days in which to do some research and to book but don't leave things too late as there are a limited number of rooms available at the promotional rates.
Marriott has followed in Hyatt's footsteps and is now offering guests the chance to book three new rate options which will allow them to use select Marriott properties as a "home office", either for a day or as part of a stay of one or more nights. In theory, this sounds like a nice idea, but is what Marriott is offering a good deal or not?
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Marriott has launched a 7-day set of promotions which when bundled together it's calling its "Week of Wonders". The deals on offer include discounted awards nights, discounts on Marriott's boutique (amenity) ranges, free nights for Homes & Villas bookings, and more.
Service Properties Trust, a company that owns over a hundred properties that are currently operating under various Marriott brands, has announced that it is terminating all of its agreements with Marriott effective 31 January 2021. There doesn't look to be any going back so from 1 February next year, Marriott's North America portfolio will have noticeably fewer properties in it than it did the day before.
Of late, we've been seeing an incredible number of hotel offers from American Express (there are offers available for Hilton, IHG, Best Western, and even FHR right now) and now Amex is targeting cardholders for savings at Marriott Bonvoy properties in North America and the Caribbean. As a standalone offer, this is pretty impressive but it gets even better if you can combine it with another offer that's currently in play.
Marriott has announced a new offering which it's calling "Escape to Luxury" and in which guests can make the most of "singular experiences" at a variety of luxury properties in North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America which celebrate each unique destination and which can be paid for (in part or in full) by up to $300 in credits that the properties are offering.
Marriott has built a website that is designed to show travelers what services and amenities its properties are offering during the current crisis. The site isn't yet official and its contents are not yet complete, but with in-house offerings varying wildly from property to property (even for properties in the same town or city), this can still be an invaluable resource for anyone trying to decide what Marriott to book for their next trip.
Marriott has joined forces with high-end concierge company Quintessentially, to pull together a series of road trip options for travelers that may prefer to vacation closer to home or for those who would still like to travel but who would like to see more of the regions they're visiting. Each of the curated itineraries includes stays at some of Marriott's top properties in the US and Europe.
IHG and Marriott are the first major hotel chains to confirm that they're ending their flexible cancellation policies which have been available on all bookings since the beginning of the current crisis. At the time of writing, Hilton, Hyatt, and Radisson have not yet followed suit, but with their current policies expiring at the same time as the Marriott and IHG policies expire, there's scope for these three chains to go down the same path.