• Your guide to the new Marriott Bonvoy program: status, perks and more

    Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards schemes will finally come together under the single Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program from February 13. Marking the culmination of the long-running merger between Marriott, Starwood and The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Bonvoy b...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • Marriott's new program: how many points you'll need to book a stay

    With Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards being merged into one giant hotel loyalty program from August 1, Marriott has finally revealed how many points will be needed to book a room at each hotel under the new scheme. This includes the shift from a flat rate to de...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 7 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Marriott’s new loyalty program

    UPDATE | Earlier advice and commentary provided by Marriott International to Australian Business Traveller has proven to be incorrect. Specifically, this relates to a statement from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their link...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Revealed: Marriott's new mega hotel loyalty program

    Marriott has taken the next big step to align its three hotel loyalty programs into one, revealing the details of what will become the brand’s single loyalty program, merging members from Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The new scheme still doesn’...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 26 Comments

  • Marriott plans new The Ritz-Carlton, Auckland hotel for 2019

    The Ritz-Carlton will plant its flag in New Zealand come 2019 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Auckland hotel. Located in Auckland’s CBD and nearby the Sky City entertainment precinct, the property will offer 360-degree views of the city’s twin harbours, with the nearby Waiheke ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • Marriott, Starwood hotels to launch new super-loyalty program

    The ink is barely dry on the US$12 billion mega-merger of Marriott and Starwood, but it looks like the hotel colossus will be creating an all-new ‘unified’ loyalty program under a new brand. This would see Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards subsumed i...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 3 Comments

  • Ritz-Carlton Budapest debuts: the chain

    Ritz-Carlton plants its flag in Hungary this week with the debut of The Ritz-Carlson, Budapest hotel, formerly the Elizabeth Park Hotel and bought out by the global chain: situated in the heart of the city’s cultural, historic and shopping districts and minutes away from the iconic Danube R...

    POSTED 13 Apr, 2016 1 Comment

  • Here's a hotel status match with a difference...

    Hotel status matches are a treat for business travellers and frequent flyers – and now there's a way to turn your status with some of the world's leading hotel chains into VIP standing with a cruise line! A unique promotion from the popular Mediterranean line MSC Cruises offers a free upgr...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2015 7 Comments

  • Melbourne to boast new Ritz-Carlton hotel

    Victoria will soon be home to a new Ritz-Carlton hotel with construction commencing in Melbourne later this year. Located at 250 Spencer Street, the site stands adjacent to Southern Cross Station, is a brief walk from Etihad Stadium and the Supreme Court of Victoria and also a short drive from D...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2015 8 Comments

  • Friday's frequent flyer wrap-up

    If you’re saving a stack of US Airways Dividend Miles for a rainy day, you’ll soon find these merged with your American Airlines AAdvantage balance – we’ve got what you need to know in this week’s wrap. Speaking of points, we’ve got five good reasons for busin...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Marriott, Ritz-Carlton hotels to offer free wireless Internet

    All members of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty schemes will enjoy free in-room wireless Internet access at over 3,800 hotels from January 15 next year. The deal extends right down to the programs’ entry-level tiers and even guests who sign up to either program during ...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2014 1 Comment

  • UPDATE: Hilton, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton guests exposed to hacker attack

    A hacker attack on a database used for the loyalty programs of several leading hotel groups has leaked the names and email addresses of business travellers who stay at Hilton, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels. US marketing firm Epsilon, which counts all three hotel groups among its top-tier list...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2011 0 Comments


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