Westin is promoting the healthy benefits of taking a vacation from work with its “Travel and Be Well” Sweepstakes.

200 prizes of 48,000 points will be awarded to SPG members who pledge to take a vacation before the end of the year.

Entries will be accepted between September 15 and October 15, 2010. Restricted to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. and Canada, excluding Quebec.

The prizes are advertised as a four-night stay at a Westin Hotel in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean. The drawing will be held October 18, 2010. Points must be used within 12 months of deposit in your account. I am not clear from the promotion rules if they will really restrict the use of the 48,000 points to Westin Hotels.

The sweepstakes is simple enough to enter.

My minor complaint about the vacation promotion information webpage www.travelandbewell.com/wellness is the article “The Importance of Vacations” from About.com by Elizabeth Scott, M.S. provides no link to her original article.  She references several other about.com travel articles in the text on the page but there are no links embedded in the Westin promotion copy. The article link I included above takes you to the about.com page with links to the other articles she references.

Westin Travel and Be Well Sweepstakes

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The good news for Marriott Rewards members is the one-night rate has gone down for all but three Ritz-Carlton hotels. The bad news is the new Ritz-Carlton hotel reward tiers have increased the cost for the majority of hotel rewards on multiple night stays compared to the old Ritz-Carlton hotel partner rewards available through Marriott Rewards.

Ritz Carlton Hotel rewards changed to a five tier system of hotels today.

Yesterday, before the changes, the partner hotel rewards for Ritz-Carlton Hotels only used two tiers. Hotels formerly in Tier 1 are now in the new Tiers 1 and 2 with the exception of Ritz Carlton Sanya China, a beach resort and Abama Golf & Spa Resort in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain both going from Tier 1 in the old chart to Tier 3 in the new rewards chart. Seven night stays at these two hotels have increased by 71% in points cost.

Award cost changes for two hotels in Spain rising from old Tier 1 to new Tier 3.

The good news is the cost of hotels in the new Tier 1 have dropped for reward stays of one to six nights. The bad news is the hotels in the new Tier 2 have gone up in cost for any stay longer than one night.

Ritz-Carlton Hotels formerly in Tier 2 yesterday are now redistributed in the new Tiers 3, 4, and 5. The good news is hotels in the old Tier 2 Marriott Rewards now in the new Ritz-Carlton Rewards Tier 3 have only increased in cost for 7-night stays compared to the former reward cost.

There are also at least 5 hotels that were Tier 2 in the old rewards chart and are now in Tier 1 or Tier 2 in the new rewards. You will find much cheaper rewards now for Ritz Carlton Doha, Qatar and RC Shenzhen, China in the new Tier 1.


Ritz Carlton Bahrain, Ritz Carlton Istanbul and Ritz Carlton Osaka in the new Tier 2 were in the old tier 2.



The Tier 1 and Tier 3 hotels are the best points deals in this new system compared to the old rewards.

Here is the list of current tiers for Ritz-Carlton Hotels from the Marriott Rewards site. I added the former Tier 1 or Tier 2 designation in parentheses next to each hotel. Unfortunately I did not copy the old Ritz Carlton Hotels tier list yesterday, so I am working off a list from six months ago. If anyone has a recent copy of the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Ritz-Carlton hotels before the changes, please send me a copy. The old tiers information is now gone from the Marriott Rewards site.

Ritz Carlton Hotel Reward Tiers

Tier 1    30,000 points per night  (20 hotels)


Tier 2   40,000 points per night  (26 hotels)


Tier 3   50,000 points per night  (18 hotels)


Tier 4    60,000 points per night  (7 hotels)


Tier 5    70,000 points per night  (1 hotel)


How long do you think the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park will remain the lone hotel in Tier 5? 

Here is the complete list of Ritz-Carlton Hotels globally and organized by geographic region, including hotels that are not participating in Ritz Carlton Rewards.

Below are tables showing the impact of the new Ritz-Carlton Hotel reward tiers today compared to the former Marriott Rewards partner hotel rewards for Ritz-Carlton discontinued on September 14, 2010.

Points Effect for New Ritz Carlton Hotel Stay Rewards


Links: Ritz Carlton Rewards new tiers and points cost for reward stays.

PointSavers for Ritz-Carlton reward stays reduce the nightly cost by 10,000 points per night and are eligible for 5th night free reward stays.


Ritz-Carlton Hotels partner hotel rewards old chart (discontinued September 14, 2010) provided lower per night point rates for longer stays:


Loyalty Traveler related post: Ritz Carlton Rewards Loyalty Program Launching Sep 15 

Barbara De Lollis,  Hotel Check-In, USA Today Sep 13, 2010 Marriott Customers can now earn Ritz-Carlton points for free stays, experiences

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