Marriott Adds In-Room Netflix to Select Hotels

The beauty of Netflix is that you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies where you want and when you want. Now, for the first time ever, this luxury is available at select Marriott Hotels. Through its partnership with Netflix, Marriott is giving guests the opportunity to either subscribe to Netflix or sign into their existing accounts by using…

6 Low-Level Marriott Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Marriott Rewards program. The top awards tend to be the most expensive, but that…

New Cathay Pacific Redemption Partner, Bonus Avios and Club Carlson Points

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Best Western 1,000 Bonus Points for Summer Stays Best Western Rewards members can earn 1,000 bonus points with every Best Western stay when travel is booked on the Best Western website. The promotion is valid for stays until September 7, 2015. Make…

7 Top Hotel Trends to Look For On Your Next Stay

With the hospitality industry ever changing to meet customers’ needs, we’ve noticed a few prevailing trends in recent years. I’ve tapped TPG Contributor Shayne Benowitz (a Miami-based hotel expert) to outline the hottest trends in hotels today. A top priority in hospitality has always been meeting and exceeding guests’ expectations, and today hotels are doing this through technology,…

Ritz-Carlton Chicago To Fully Join Brand – New Points Opportunity

The concepts of hotel ownership versus hotel management can be a bit fuzzy. One case in point is that of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, which has paid for the license to use the name Ritz-Carlton since opening in 1975, but is, in fact, a Four Seasons property at the moment. Don’t believe me? Here’s the hotel…

8 Great Hotel Awards That Just Got Cheaper

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, usually for the worse. Sometimes, however, the changes work in our favor, as TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains. Around the end of each year, it’s common for the major hotel chains to announce category reassignments for various properties. This is typically a source of much consternation and anxiety among award travelers, as…

Save 20% on Marriott Hotel eGiftCards – Today Only

Today only, you can buy discounted Marriott Hotel electronic gift cards through the Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Today’s deal goes live at 1 pm ET. Here’s what’s being offered: $100 Marriott eGiftCard for $80 — 410 available (maximum purchase limit…

9 Marriott Properties that Make Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Marriott properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially true…

Where Can I Use the IHG Rewards Club Card Free Night?

TPG reader Blake sent me this question: “Is the annual free night benefit from the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card valid for any category property?” A big trend these days with credit cards is to offer anniversary bonuses. Usually these bonuses kick in after you have to start paying the annual fee, and are an easy way…