One of the best values for this year’s Daily Getaways travel offers are Marriott gift cards 20% off at Daily Getaways today. These are straight cash discounts without buying points. Starting price is $80 for a $100 Marriott gift card. There are also $500 cards for $400 and $1000 cards for $800.

These eGiftCards go on sale at 1:00 pm eastern time, 10:00 am Pacific.

Marriott eGiftCard

  • Marriott eGiftCards can be used like cash at over 4,000 participating properties, including any JW Marriott®, EDITIONSM, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® Hotels, AC by MarriottSM, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard® by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott, SpringHill Suites® by Marriott, Residence Inn® by Marriott, TownePlace Suites® by Marriott, and Marriott Vacation ClubSM (rentals only), worldwide.
  • Marriott eGiftCards may also be used at participating Ritz-Carlton® Hotels.
  • eGiftCards do not expire.

$100 Marriott eGiftCard

  • 410 available
  • Purchase limit = 5.

$500 Marriott eGiftCard

  • 308 available
  • Purchase limit = 2

$1,000 Marriott eGiftCard

  • 75 available
  • Purchase limit = 1

Good luck.

J.D. Power 2015 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report was released last week.

Report Rankings

  • Delta Privilege and Hilton HHonors rank highest in a tie among hotel loyalty/rewards programs with an overall satisfaction score of 727 each.
  • Delta Privilege performs particularly well in the ease of redeeming points/miles, variety of benefits and reward program terms factors.
  • Hilton HHonors performs particularly well with ease of redeeming points/miles and ease of earning points/miles factors.
  • Following Delta Privilege and Hilton HHonors in the rankings are Best Western Rewards (722) and IHG Rewards Club (721)

Delta Privilege and Hilton HHonors rank highest among hotel loyalty programs. Delta Hotels, a Canadian hotel brand, was acquired by Marriott International this year.

Loyalty Traveler – Marriott acquires 38 Delta Hotels in Canada (Jan 27)

I assume Delta Privileges will be discontinued, in favor of placing the hotel brand within Marriott Rewards.

JD Power 2015 Hotel Loyalty Satisfaction Report

J.D. Power 2015 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report

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Save 20% for rooms and villas at Marriott Vacation Club properties around the world from April 12 to June 11. There are more than 40 Marriott Vacation Club properties participating. One of the locations flush with Marriott Vacation Club properties is Orlando, Florida with seven MVC hotels. Marriott Vacation Club properties are time share units where there are different size units from studios to three and four bedroom villas.

Marriott Vacation Club offer

I plan to be in Orlando during this promotion and checked out a few MVC offers.

Promotion Code: M11

Marriott's Royal Palms 2bd villa

Marriott Vacation Club locations

Aruba

France

Spain

Thailand

United States

AAA rate only provided a 10% discount on rates for MVC properties I checked. This looks like a good deal in some locations at 20% off if you are traveling with family and friends and a larger space is desirable.

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Kameha Grand Zurich Autograph Collection is a new build hotel and the first hotel member of Autograph Collection in Switzerland. The hotel joins Marriott Rewards as a category 7 hotel at 35,000 points per reward night. The hotel is in a new development named Glattpark in Opfikon, located between Zurich Airport (closer) and central Zurich (farther).

Hotel reviews on TripAdvisor are highly favorable with many guests commenting on the unique interior design. Also, the tram stop outside the hotel provides easy access to Zurich city center.

Kameha Grand Zurich bar

Interior designer Marcel Wanders says this about his Kameha Grand Zurich designs,

As Marcel says about the project: “Others deliver an interior design, but we offer a reason for a visit, we create a destination.”

http://www.marcelwanders.com/news/the-kameha-grand-zurich-experience!/

Kameha Grand Zurich features 245 guest rooms including 11 themed suites, six business suites, King Kameha Suite and the top floor Space Suite.

Restaurants include L’Unico focused on Italian food and upscale Japanese restaurant Yu Nijyo offering sushi.

Marriott seems to be adding a new Autograph Collection Hotel or two every week. There are 91 Autograph Collection Hotels on Marriott’s list today.

Marriott adds Boscolo Exedra Nice, France to its Autograph Collection at category 9 for a hotel reward night at 45,000 points. Four Boscolo Hotels joined the Autograph Collection by Marriott in 2011, followed by Boscolo Milano and Boscolo Exedra Roma in late 2013. Boscolo Hotels are a luxury hotel brand in Europe founded in 1978 by the family Boscolo of Venice.

Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection fills a luxury gap on the French Riviera in Nice city with only an AC hotel prior to this point in time.

Boscolo Nice

Boscolo Exedra Nice is a fully restored 1913 hotel on the French Riviera by architect Charles Dalmas in the Belle Epoque style. The hotel features 112 guest rooms with six junior suites and three specialty suites.

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Marriott Rewards members staying in Canada have an opportunity to earn up to 5,000 points per stay at 74 participating hotels. That is 84% of the 88 Marriott brand hotels in Canada.

Marriott Rewards Promotion Offer: Earn 1,000 points per night at 74 Canada Marriott brand hotels, up to 5,000 points per stay, for stays through June 1, 2015. Promotion Code: M12. Promotion link (in French).

Update: March 19 – http://www.marriott.com/rewards/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=927982 (English)

French Lesson

The funny aspect of this promotion is the Marriott press release widely published in online trade news yesterday does not have the correct link to the promotion in English. The embedded link is for Marriott Rewards MegaMiles registration. Note: deadline to register is March 31 for either MegaMiles or MegaBonus points promotions running through April 30.

The French-language link in the press release works and includes the list of 74 Marriott-brand participating hotels in Canada.

Marriott Canada 2015 promo French

MarriottCanadaFrancais.ca

To compound the wrong link for the English language version of the promotion, if your Marriott Rewards account is set for points, you might only see an error page.

Marriott Promotion Error page

Fortunately, there is Google Translate for those of us less than fluent in our French lessons.

 

Earn up to 5,000 points in 74 hotels across Canada

Spring is in the air.

Book a stay at hotels in Canada and earn points.
From 15 March to 1 June 2015 , members of the Marriott Rewards program can take advantage of an exclusive offer includes:

– Accommodation in a room or a deluxe suite
– 1000 Marriott Rewards points per night , up to 5,000 points per stay.

This offer is valid 7 days a week in more than 70 participating hotels in Canada.

This offer is for a limited time. Book today.
Reservations are subject to availability. See below for the terms and conditions and the list of participating hotels.

To book:
Click ‘ Check’ to make the reservation online or call US 1-888-236-2427 or our toll-free numbers outside the US and quote the promotional code of this offer.

Google Translate

Canada Participating Hotels

  1. Courtyard Toronto Brampton
  2. Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Brampton
  3. Courtyard Calgary Airport
  4. Residence Inn Calgary Airport
  5. Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
  6. Courtyard Edmonton West
  7. Courtyard Edmonton Downtown
  8. Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel
  9. Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort
  10. Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf
  11. Fairfield Inn & Suites Guelph
  12. Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
  13. Courtyard Halifax Downtown
  14. Courtyard Hamilton
  15. Fairfield Inn & Suites Kelowna
  16. Courtyard Kingston Highway 401/Division Street
  17. Residence Inn Kingston Water’s Edge
  18. Courtyard London
  19. Residence Inn London Downtown
  20. TownePlace Suites London
  21. Residence Inn Toronto Markham
  22. Courtyard Toronto Markham
  23. Courtyard Toronto Northeast/Markham
  24. TownePlace Suites Toronto Northeast/Markham
  25. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
  26. Residence Inn Toronto Mississauga/Meadowvale
  27. Courtyard Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West
  28. Courtyard Toronto Mississauga/Meadowvale
  29. Residence Inn Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre West
  30. TownePlace Suites Mississauga-Airport Corporate Centre
  31. Fairfield Inn & Suites Toronto Mississauga
  32. Fairfield Inn & Suites Moncton
  33. Residence Inn Moncton
  34. Courtyard Montreal Airport
  35. Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain
  36. Residence Inn Montreal Airport
  37. Courtyard Montreal Downtown
  38. Residence Inn Montreal Downtown
  39. SpringHill Suites Old Montreal
  40. Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway on the Falls
  41. Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa
  42. Fairfield Inn Toronto Oakville
  43. Courtyard Ottawa Downtown
  44. Ottawa Marriott Hotel
  45. Courtyard Ottawa East
  46. Residence Inn Ottawa Downtown
  47. Residence Inn Ottawa Airport
  48. Quebec City Marriott Downtown
  49. TownePlace Suites Red Deer
  50. Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, Richmond, BC
  51. The Algonquin Resort St. Andrews by-the-Sea, Autograph Collection
  52. Fairfield Inn & Suites St. John’s Newfoundland
  53. Courtyard St. John’s Newfoundland
  54. Fairfield Inn & Suites Sudbury
  55. TownePlace Suites Sudbury
  56. TownePlace Suites Thunder Bay
  57. Courtyard Toronto Airport
  58. Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel
  59. Courtyard Toronto Downtown
  60. Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
  61. Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
  62. Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel
  63. Residence Inn Toronto Airport
  64. Residence Inn Toronto Downtown/Entertainment District
  65. Courtyard Toronto Vaughan
  66. Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
  67. Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown
  68. SpringHill Suites Toronto Vaughan
  69. Residence Inn Toronto Vaughan
  70. Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
  71. Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs
  72. Residence Inn Whitby
  73. Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg
  74. Courtyard Winnipeg Airport
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This week’s hotels on Marriott eBreaks March 19-22, 2015 include St. Kitts and Chile, in addition to hotels in 26 states. Marriott eBreaks hotel discounts are sent to Marriott Rewards members each Monday for email subscribers.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Illinois

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Maine

Missouri

Montana

Nevada

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Vermont

Washington

Wisconsin

Outside of U.S.

Canada

Chile

St. Kitts

Rates are per night. Thursday requires a Friday night stay. Sunday requires a Saturday night stay.

Marriott St Kitts

Marriott International seems to add an Autograph Collection hotel member every week. There are three new hotel members of Autograph Collection making news this week. Autograph Collection Hotels add Dubai, Palm Springs and Portland, Maine.

Triada Palm Springs has a 75-year history as a desert resort getaway for the Hollywood set. The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of the property was known as the Ambassador Hotel from 1948 to 1972 when the widow of actor Alan Ladd purchased the hotel and renamed it Alan Ladd’s Spanish Inn. In 1982 the name was shortened to The Spanish Inn after Sue Carol Ladd died.

In 2012 the hotel was purchased and remodeled by Pacifica Host Hotels. Each of the 56 guest rooms in three hotel wings is unique and many offer kitchens. Beds with 300 thread-count linens, 42-inch TVs, free Wi-Fi and Keurig coffee makers bring the hotel to 21st century comfort.

Autograph Triada Palm Springs

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai

The first Autograph Collection property in the Middle East is Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai. The hotel offers private beach access in its location next to the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach. The 446-room 5-star hotel is Marriott Rewards category 8 at 40,000 points per reward night.

Autograph Dubai

 

The Press Hotel, Portland Maine

The Press Hotel will open May 2015 in the former Portland Press Herald building. The interior design is focused on print and words with newspaper content incorporated into various aspects of the design. 110 guest rooms are inspired by a 1920s writer’s office including a vintage-style journalist desk and playful newsroom references. The lobby bar is called The Inkwell.

Room rates starting at $299 seems ambitious to me. It has been almost 20 years since I lived in Maine, but I doubt the main tourist season from Independence Day to Labor Day has changed. I will be interested to see what the room rates are next March 2016. I’ll bet they are well below $300 per night.

Autograph Press Hotel PWM

Marriott is growing Autograph Collection quickly with 80 hotels and expanding. Last week there was a city council meeting in Menlo Park where details of a $100 million new build 11-story 250-room luxury hotel beside Highway 101 in the San Francisco Bay Area was described as an Autograph Collection hotel member with rooms starting at $400 per night. This is a development proposal that is still months away from ground breaking.

The city council liked the proposal and the projected hotel tax revenue. I can see Menlo Park fetching $400 per night, even for a hotel by Highway 101. Four Seasons Palo Alto makes the freeway location work for a luxury hotel.

Of course, being California, development hurdles are immense.

Council members said they were impressed with the proposal but encouraged Bohannon’s team to explore a design that won’t endanger birds from flying into glass buildings.

Menlo Gateway project gets council’s enthusiastic blessing – March 11, 2015 – San Jose Mercury News

Sources:

Triada Palm Springs

The Press Hotel Portland Maine

Facebook – Autograph Collection

Marriott Autograph Collection

Hotel News Now has insight from the 18th International Hotel Investment Forum with expert critiques of four new hotel brands geared for millennial guests. Marriott Moxy, Radisson Red, Jumeirah Group’s Venu and Mangalis Hotel Group Yaas are four new hotel brands being offered to hotel investors.

I attended a hotel investment conference at JW Marriott LA Live Los Angeles two years ago and gained some insight to the hotel industry brand development process. Hotel chains offer sessions and sales booths for potential hotel investors with details on the cost to build hotels and management contract fees. Securing hotel construction finance loans from the banks is made easier when the project is aligned with a major hotel chain like Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Marriott and Jumeirah.

Marriott Moxy Hotels

Moxy Hotels by Marriott currently has one hotel property at Milan Airport MXP Italy. Moxy Milan is Marriott Rewards category 2 at 10,000 points per night and dropping to category 1 for 7,500 points on March 19, 2015.

This is how the Moxy Hotel Milan is advertised on the website:

We’ve got this:
• Laid-back lounge
• Meeting spaces
• 24/7 food and drinks
• A stocked bar

Welcome to your room. Kick off your heels (or whatever), slip into something comfortable, and tuck into the softest bed with front row seats to your 42” TV. It connects to just about any device, so go ahead and stream away. Oh, and there’s free Wi-Fi. Yep, free.

The website for Moxy Milan only shows one photo of a standard room.

Moxy Milan room photo

The room looks like a basic bed with large TV and several easily accessible electrical outlets on the wall.

There appears to be very little differentiating this room from a standard room in Starwood’s Aloft Hotels, except for a less vibrant color scheme.

The experts said this brand will likely succeed with hotel industry giant Marriott’s backing, but the design lacks hipness.

Marriott plans significant growth for Moxy Hotels in Europe by 2020.

Loyalty TravelerMarriott to Moxy and Courtyard Europe (March 3, 2015)

Radisson Red by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carslon Rezidor Hotel Group announced Radisson Red at their February 2014 annual Radisson conference. The idea is the same as Moxy, offer a relatively low cost hotel for investors with a design geared for millennials.

Radisson Red will be the new upscale, lifestyle brand launching in 2015. Think something on the lines of Starwood’s Aloft where the lobby is a place to play and hear music and the room is designed for function.

The hotel industry is gearing its growth for the millennial market. Radisson Red is the brand entry for Club Carlson members.

Loyalty Traveler Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection to be two new Carlson Rezidor hotel brands Feb 19, 2014

There are no Radisson Red hotels open yet, so the website is simply design mark-ups and marketing speak.

The hotel industry experts liked the Radisson Red concept for its character that allows it to stand out from the myriad of lifestyle hotel brands launched in recent years.

This is how Radisson Red is described on their website

WE ARE

RED IS MORE THAN AN IDEA. SOME WOULD SAY WE ARE RE-INTERPRETING THE GUEST EXPERIENCE, AND WE START IT WITH A WOW: THE SENSE OF ARRIVAL IS A GALLERY, IN THOSE EYES IT’S ARTISTIC, ENERGETIC AND PROACTIVE, IN OUR EYES IT IS NATURAL, HUMBLE, WELCOMING AND JUST FEELS RIGHT. THERE’S A GREAT BAR AND DELI JUST BEYOND, SIMPLE FOOD AND DRINK DONE REALLY WELL, ALL TRULY CONNECTED. SPACE TO WORK, SPACE TO PLAY, SPACE TO BE SOCIAL, IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT, SHOP, BROWSE, ADMIRE, WATCH, MINGLE, MEET, SPACE TO SIMPLY BE WHOMEVER YOU WANT TO BE. AND THE ROOMS MATCH – STYLISH AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL – DESIGNED FOR WHAT YOU NEED FROM A HOTEL, HOW YOU WANT TO USE A HOTEL, HOW YOU WANT TO LIVE IN A HOTEL, WHERE THE WALLS ARE A CANVAS FOR MOVIES, FOR ART, FORWORK, FOR HOW YOU WANT THEM TO BE, HOW YOU WANT TO BE, HOW YOU WANT YOUR SPACE TO BE. INCLUDING A PRETTY SERIOUS PLACE TO WORK OUT TOO, IF THATS YOUR GIG. WELCOME TO RADISSON RED. 24/7.

Radisson Red

The room design shown on the website is a mock-up. There are no photos of actual hotel rooms yet. Carlson’s first Radisson Red hotel is scheduled to open with 300-room Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan in 2016. Carlson plans to open 60 Radisson Red hotels by 2020 with half in Asia Pacific market.

Radisson Red room design

Venu by Jumeriah Group

Venu is probably the most interesting new hotel brand of these. The design is marketed for the affluent millennial seeking a modern Starwood W-like hotel experience. Hotel industry experts liked the concept as something fresh and appealing.

VENU is inspired by the spirit of Dubai: bold, ambitious, energetic and cosmopolitan, infused with a can-do attitude and a powerful blend of style and substance. This is reflected in the design of the new brand’s logo. It is simple and unpretentious, modern and creative, offering a sense that everyone who visits, stays at or works within a VENU space has the freedom to write their own story, create their own narrative, build their own scene.
The essence of the new brand is that of a ‘social catalyst’ – a social place where good things happen, where people feel welcome and at ease, surrounded by a crowd they love, a smooth machine that offers everything they need and nothing they don’t.

Jumeirah Group – Venu brand announcement

The first property planned for Dubai is Venu Bluewaters Island Hotel, scheduled to open in 2017. Venu was originally announced in 2010 and then put on hold for four years due to global financial crisis.

I did not find any room design images for Venu.

Yaas by Mangalis Hotel Group

Yaas by Mangalis Hotel Group is a budget hotel design for Africa. The company is seeking to penetrate Africa with branded hotels on a continent where only 6% of hotels are branded. Mangalis Hotel Group has 16 hotel projects with 2,400 rooms in 13 African countries. The focus of Yaas will be basic accommodation initially focused on East Africa countries.

Created with the budget traveler in mind, the hotels will be located near city centers, airports, train stations and main highways, Jacquin said.

Hotel News Now – Mangalis on a mission to blanket Africa

Oct 14, 2014.

The experts gave Yaas a thumbs down. The rooms were too small and public spaces too institutional, in need of better design.

Do millennial travelers need hotel babysitters?

A couple of weeks ago I thought about writing an article on Marriott Moxy and Hyatt Centric to pose the question, “Do millennials need babysitters?”

The hotel industry trending design concept is based around attracting millennials to major hotel chains through new upscale small basic room hotels with large public social spaces. The concept seems to be that millennials do not need personal space within the hotel room. Provide a bed, bathroom and TV with lots of electrical outlets around the room and the millennial will be content with their personal electronic device pleasures.

Hotel public spaces are for socializing and meeting people or perhaps simply a place to be seated around other people while you pursue your own self-interests in public. The focus on the public space suggests to me a hotel industry marketing ploy to generate more revenue per stay from hotel guests through purchases at the hotel store, restaurant and bar.

PEW Research Center survey cites millennials state use of technology as the greatest differentiator for millennials from other generational cohorts.

Cell phone check-in and key entry with the ability to order food and drinks by phone or a bar counter iPad are hotel trends that have emerged in the past couple of years.

Moxy, Radisson Red, Hyatt Centric, Venu, Even, Aloft, Hyatt Place. Create upper midscale hotel brands and market them as hip, fun and social places to stay.

Is there truly a significant difference between new hotel brands and old hotel brands? Besides more electrical outlets.

Courtyard by Marriott is opening its 1,000th hotel this month in Walla Walla, Washington on March 31, 2015. There will be an estimated Marriott Rewards 50 million points giveaway on March 31 to celebrate the Courtyard brand milestone.

50,000,000 points would buy about 1,500 to 2,000 nights in the upper category hotels. You could even pack in a few million airline miles with Marriott’s Travel Packages for 7-night stays and 120,000 miles or even 132,000 miles with United MileagePlus.

Don’t get too excited though about a lifetime of free points travel.

On March 31, the opening day of the 1,000th Courtyard by Marriott, all guests worldwide staying at a Courtyard who are Marriott Rewards members will receive 1,000 bonus points. This is estimated to be 50 million points.

What confuses me though is Courtyard had almost 25,000 rooms worldwide on December 31, 2014. Assume every Courtyard room worldwide is occupied on March 31 by a Marriott Rewards member and all rooms earned 1,000 points. This is only 25 million points.

How did they come up with 50 million points?

Source: incentivetravel.com

Courtyard DTW

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