Category Archives: Ritz-Carlton

News You Can Use – Marriott Adds Perks, New Promos for Hilton, Wyndham, Club Carlson

1.   Marriott Adds Late Check-Out

Marriott announced new membership benefits including:

  • The Experiences Marketplace
  • Elite Concierge Service
  • Guaranteed Late Check-Out

The Experiences Marketplace will be available to all Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Rewards members in late May 2016.  You’ll be able to use your points for things like Broadway shows, cooking lessons, and even to hang out with your favorite sports team!

News You Can Use Marriott Adds Perks New Promos For Hilton Wyndham Club Carlson

Marriott Rewards Elite Members Can Get a Dedicated Concierge During Their Stay

The Elite Concierge Service will at first be available ONLY to a select group of Marriott Rewards Elite members but will be expanded.  You’ll get a dedicated concierge to help with anything you need during your stay, like on-site restaurant reservations, spa appointments, and special requests.

The Guaranteed Late Check-Out perk will be available to Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards Gold & Platinum Elite members starting May 16, 2016.  You’ll be able to check-out as late as 4:00 pm at participating hotels

But you must request late check-out.  And it is NOT available at Marriott Resort Hotels, convention hotels, or Marriott Vacation Club hotels.

And don’t forget about the increased sign-bonus for the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier card.  You can earn 80,000 Marriott points when you complete the minimum spending.

2.   $100 in Wyndham Gift Cards, $10 Off Admission to Six Flags

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How to Save Money With Marriott’s New Cash + Points Option

You can use Marriott’s new Cash + Points option to stretch your points to stay more award nights!

This 1 of Marriott’s positive changes to its loyalty program.  But so far, Cash + Points is limited to certain hotels.  And while it’s sometimes a great deal, other times it’s not!

How To Save Money With Marriotts New Cash Points Option

Stay Twice as Long With the Same Amount of Points at Marriott Category 2 Hotels, Like the JW Marriott Hotel Ankara in Turkey. Not All Hotels Offer Cash + Points. And It’s Not Always a Great Deal!

I’ll share the details.  And help you decide when to use it!

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You Told Me Where You’re Going, I’ll Suggest Where to Stay With Points!

You shared amazing trip ideas during our most recent blog giveaway!  I love hearing about how you use miles & points to make memories and share your love of travel with the folks closest to you!

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Where Will Your Miles & Points Take You Next?

In the giveaway, we asked, “Where are you planning to fly next using miles & points?”

We received over 1,000 entries!  We really appreciate your enthusiasm and love interacting with y’all!

Remember, we’ll announce the winner this Saturday, March 26, 2016.  Good luck!

In the meantime, it sounds like many of you have awesome trips planned using your miles.  So here are some suggestions on where to stay with your points!

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$159 1-Way to 7 European Cities, $99 to Iceland, From Baltimore & Boston!

You can fly WOW Air from Baltimore to Reykjavik for $99 1-way in October, November, or December 2016.  I had a very good experience flying WOW Air to Iceland.

The promotion also includes Boston to Reykjavik for the same price from September to December, 2016.

Other European cities, like Amsterdam, Bristol, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, and Paris are on sale starting at $159 1-way for travel dates this spring and fall.

159 1 Way To 7 European Cities 99 To Iceland From Baltimore Boston

Soak Your Stresses Away at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland for Cheap! Fly WOW Air for $99 1-Way From Baltimore or Boston

Return flights to the US are more expensive, but start at a reasonable $139.

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$159 1-Way to 8 European Cities, $99 to Iceland, From Baltimore & Boston!

I’ve flown on WOW Air, the low-cost no-frills airline that flies to Iceland and Europe.  And I had a good, comfortable experience!

Now WOW Air is having a sale to Iceland and Europe for flights departing from Baltimore and Boston.

You’ll pay just $99 1-way to Reykjavik.  And $159 1-way to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Paris, and more.

159 1 Way To 8 European Cities 99 To Iceland From Baltimore Boston

See London This Spring With Cheap Flights on WOW Air (Emily Snapped This Photo on Her Latest Trip!)

Return flights to the US cost more, but they’re still very reasonable.

I’ll share the details!

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Captivating Croatia: Part 1 – Croatia Introduction and Planning

Emily:  I’ve wanted to go to Croatia for the last several years.  I heard wonderful things about the country and how beautiful (and relatively affordable) it was compared to the rest of Europe.  It’s located in Eastern Europe and is just a few hours from Venice, Italy, making it a great side trip.

Last year, my friends and I organized a group trip to visit Rovinj, a small coastal town on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.  It’s a gorgeous town full of romance.  Everything is stunning there, from the streets to the houses.  The food is also excellent.

We went for a kizomba dance festival.  Later in the trip report series, I will introduce you to kizomba and describe what an incredible dance it is!  The dance festival was amazing and Croatia is definitely a place I want to return and spend more time exploring!  The trip’s retail cost was ~$17,000 but I paid ~$900.

Croatia Introduction And Planning

Adventures Are More Fun With Friends! We Had a Blast Visiting Croatia and Experiencing an Amazing Dance Festival!

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5 Top Hotels in Australia & South Asia You Can Book With the Marriott Card’s 80,000 Point Bonus

With the new bonus offer on the Chase Marriott Premier card, you can get free award stays at top Marriott hotels in Australia and South Asia worth ~$700 or more!

I’ll show you where to stay to see delicious beautiful sea creatures, surf, experience big city life, try your luck in the casinos, and more!

5 Top Hotels In Australia South Asia You Can Book With The Marriott Cards 80,000 Point Bonus

Get Award Stays With Your Marriott Points in Australia’s Gold Coast, Singapore, Thailand, or the Philippines. The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Is on the List!

I’ll show you 5 hotels in Australia and South Asia where you can stay with Marriott points!

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