“Marriott has helped me over last 2 - 3 years to have family vacations (even with my grand parents) at places which I never heard about before Lake Tahoe, California, Surfers Paradise, Australia, Half Moon Bay, California USA, Mai Khao, Phuket Thailand, Lihue, Hawaii and so on. Additionally I am all set to try new places in 2017 with Marriott at Kruger Gate Hazyview, South Africa, Absecon New Jersey, USA, Singer Island Florida, USA, Orlando, FL, USA, Marbella, Spain and many more as and when the year will pass by. SPG just adds the options which I could never plan (as I am loyal to Marriott) before like Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Fiji, Bora Bora, Greece and more. Keep it up.” Read full post
It’s exciting to read about all the places mayankvc has been — and all the places he hopes to visit now that he’s linked his Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) accounts.
Haven’t yet linked your account? We invite you to do it now. You’ll receive an instant match for your higher status, the ability to transfer points across accounts and a choice of Starwood brands like St. Regis, W and Westin in addition to Marriott brands — a total of 5,700+ hotels across 30 brands in 110+ countries.
A big thank-you to our featured Insiders. This topic had the most comments ever, so it was even harder to decide than usual. The three Insiders below will win 1,000 points:
1. “The status matching really does provide some excellent benefits at a whole host of new hotels. I will predominantly be staying at Marriott as I continue to work towards Lifetime Status, however one of my first stays for the year is actually a week at the beautiful St. Regis Deer Valley. Without the status matching, I wouldn't be receiving any of the benefits there as well as less points. I also plan to redeem points for a 7 night travel package at the Renaissance Amsterdam this summer and can't wait for the trip!” – droma Platinum member.
2. “It's been years since the last time me and my wife traveled together. Both of us spent way too much time fighting for a brighter future, yet ironically, ignored what was the reason why we worked so hard - each other. We just had our first baby this year. We were so excited, and guess what? Now, it's a whole fresh new start. Our new family is going to the Europe in March for 11 days. I'm already a gold member of Marriott, and I'm so happy that now I can enjoy my privileges at both Marriott and SPG. So I'm confident that wherever we go, our trip will definitely be a memorable one for all of us. Thank you Marriott.” – sneakyrabbit, Gold member
3. “Newbie here! I recently used my reward points for a 3 night stay in NYC during the holidays. My partner and I were able to bring her son and his two cousins along. The Fairfield Inn in Chinatown was very accommodating and upgraded us to allow for the extra kiddos tagging along. Everyone had a blast and we look forward to possibly reaching the Gold Status for more future adventures!” – indytors, Silver member.
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