Marriott Rewards reached two milestones in November 2008 with a 25th Birthday and its 30 Millionth Member.

Marriott Rewards represents 2,800 hotels worldwide and the 30 Millionth (30,000,000) member, Kristen Johnson, happened to be a guest who signed up November 14, 2008 during a stay at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn.   

JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona

JW Marriott Camelback Inn – Scottsdale, AZ 


How do these things just randomly happen?  What are the odds?


The 30 millionth member didn’t sign up online or in some out of the way low level Marriott brand hotel.  Scottsdale, Arizona  Camelback Inn resort is one of only 19 JW Marriott hotels in the USA, Marriott Rewards’ most exclusive brand.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn pool


JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort – Scottsdale, AZ


I imagine the party plays a little better for executives at JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale than a grand shindig at the Fairfield Inn, Fayetteville, Arkansas.


JW Marriott Camelback Inn - Scottsdale, AZ

JW Marriott Camelback Inn – Scottsdale, AZ


A statement I agree with from the Marriott Press Release – “Marriott Rewards is about much more than just points. It’s about easing the stress of travel and making life more rewarding for members while they are on the road,” said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards.


This week I have discussed elite status for 2009. My motivation for encouraging travelers to plan for attaining hotel loyalty elite membership as a travel tool is a belief in hotel loyalty reducing much of the stress of travel.  Travel stress is walking into a crap hotel room after a 12 to 16 hour travel journey and feeling ripped off for what you paid.


A hotel loyalty program like Marriott Rewards, Hilton HHonors, Starwood Preferred Guest  narrows the choices from over one hundred hotels in most major cities and dozens in smaller cities and rural areas to provide a standardization of the guest room and hotel experience.  You may pay more here or there for a hotel room, however, you will be able to stay for free at some other time and save a lot of money here and there.


JW Marriott Camelback Inn - Scottsdale, AZ

Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, AZ

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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