This week’s Marriott eBreaks has hotels in 25 of the 50 states, Panama and Venezuela. These rates are 20% off best available rates. The links below for states and countries will take you to the participating hotels.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

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Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International are natural market place competitors for USA and global hotel traffic. This post looks at the average hotel rates for Hilton and Marriott brands and compares the number of hotels in the similar market segments for competitive brands in Hilton and Marriott.

Hilton has slightly more hotels. Marriott has more hotels in a slightly lower hotel market segment by room price. Both chains offer touches of luxury and a focus on more affordable functional hotels for frequent travelers.  Each chain has a large footprint with about 4,000 hotels spanning the globe in their different hotel brands. Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf-Astoria and Conrad are the luxury market hotel brands. Upper upscale Hilton, Embassy Suites, Marriott and Renaissance are their flagship brands. Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, Embassy Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites are the stay awhile in spacious rooms brands. Hampton Inn Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard and Fairfield Inn are the workhorse brands.

The USA is the dominant market for both Hilton and Marriott by number of hotels and hotel guests. 86% of the hotels in Hilton’s primary brands are located in the USA. Hampton Inn is a massive hotel brand with nearly 2,000 properties and 95% of those hotels are in the USA. Nearly 97% of more than 200 Embassy Suites hotels are located in the USA.

SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites offer 1,900 hotels with Marriott and each of these four brands have more than 95% of their hotels in the USA. For the US traveler there is a choice between Marriott and Hilton for extensive coverage of the 50 states.

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Marriott Rewards Plus Points apparently has decided giving away 2,000 points for five minutes of time to ‘Follow’ eight hotels on Twitter was not meeting its social media promotion objectives.

The terms and conditions for Plus Points changed July 11 and the 250 points earn rate for a Facebook ‘Like’ or Twitter ‘Follow’ are no longer available. Marriott Rewards Plus Points added many more hotel properties in the Marriott and Renaissance brands, however, the terms changed July 11 reducing the 250 points per Twitter account ‘Follow’ to just 25 points and eliminating the 250 points earned for each Facebook page ‘Like’. There is now a limit of four actions per 24 hours meaning a 100 points per day earning limit.

To Repeat: The new terms for Marriott Rewards Plus Points areduced Twitter Follows from 250 points to 25 points and eliminated the 250 points per Facebook page ‘Like’. FourSquare activity has been eliminated for earning Marriott Rewards points.

Whereas members could earn 2,000 points in the past two months with a quick eight Twitter account ‘Follows’, going forward members need 80 actions over 20 days to max out the 2,000 points per 30 day period.

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The weekly Monday morning email for Marriott eBreaks now offers stories too.

This week’s email has 3 Questions with Carol Cain: Travel Blogger, Girl Gone Travel. A restaurant recommendation where there is always a three hour wait? Is that the choice I want to make on my vacation time?

Marriott eBreaks travel stories

Anyway, back to hotels and this weekend’s Marriott eBreaks offers at 20% off best available rates.

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There have been so many changes to hotel loyalty programs in the past three years that I needed to check again to see which hotel programs count award stays for elite membership.

Redeeming points for award stays while earning elite membership credit comes in handy when you are trying to reach 25 to 30 stays or 60 to 75 nights in your favorite hotel chain in a calendar year.

Hotel Stays and/or Nights completed in a calendar year qualification for high hotel loyalty program elite membership.

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AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot is a newly opened Marriott brand hotel near the La Defense section of Paris. There are 131 rooms with 18 suites in the 9-floor hotel. AC Hotel Paris is close to the Porte Maillot metro station. Eiffel Tower views are seen from the fitness center.

AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot

  • 6 rue Gustave Charpentier
  • Paris, 75017 France
AC Paris map

Map for AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot

The hotel is about 3.5 km to the Eiffel Tower, a 45-minute walk or a few metro stops to the center of the city.

AC Paris Porte Maillot Room Rates

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Marriott Rewards beats Hilton HHonors for the number of category 1 and category 2 hotels available in the USA. Marriott Rewards has 816 hotels in Category 1 and 2 awards. Hilton HHonors has only 101 hotels in the USA at the Category 1 and Category 2 award levels.

A common miles and points analysis seen in blogs is comparing the amount of spend correlated to the award night cost.

Category 1 Hotel Award Night Comparison for Hilton and Marriott

Hilton HHonors Category 1 hotel award night = 5,000 points.

Marriott Rewards Category 1 hotel award night = 7,500 points.

The analysis is HHonors members earning Points & Points earn 15 points per dollar. This means a basic HHonors member can earn 5,000 points with $334 in hotel spend. That is used as a measure to claim Hilton HHonors has the fastest earning hotel program for free nights.

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Marriott Rewards has a Refer a Friend offer that benefits member sponsors and their new member referrals with 2,000 bonus points per stay, up to five stays within one year.

How Marriott Rewards Referral Bonus Works
  • Refer up to 5 new members each calendar year.
  • Earn 2,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points for each stay your referrals make beginning with their first paid stay, up to 5 stays per referral. That’s 50,000 bonus points for you.
  • Your friends will also earn 2,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points beginning with their first paid stay, up to 5 stays. That’s 10,000 bonus points for them, in addition to the base points they’ll earn.
  • Stays at any participating hotels qualify, and must be made within 365 days of enrollment.

The basic idea is you and your friend both earn 2,000 bonus points per stay, up to 5 stays completed within one year of new member enrollment. The sponsor can earn 10,000 points from each friend after five stays within one year of enrollment in Marriott Rewards. This offer can be repeated with five friends for 50,000 bonus points in referral points.

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The Fourth of July holiday is one of the best times to stay in an upper upscale urban city hotel when rates tend to drop to summer lows. Marriott eBreaks this weekend offer reduced rates at hotels from Thursday, July 3 to Sunday, July 6.

Barbados is an option for Caribbean beach sand if you can make it there this weekend.

This week’s eBreaks 07/03 – 07/06:

California – Oakland
$87 – $151


California – San Francisco
$143


California – San Jose
$87 – $183

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Marriott eBreaks are weekly special rates across the USA offering 20% off Best Available Rates at participating hotels for the following Thursday to Sunday weekend nights. Friday or Saturday nights can be booked as one-night stays. Thursday night must include Friday night for these rates and Sunday night must include Saturday night. Make sure MEB is in the corporate/promotional box or reserve by phone — call 1–800–752–7571.

One of the best features of these weekly discount rates is Marriott eBreaks hotel bookings allow flexible cancellation with no penalty, up to 6pm day of arrival at many hotels. This is a risk-free deal compared to Hyatt 48-hour sales and Starwood’s SPG Hot Escapes which are prepaid and nonrefundable rate discounts.

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