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Congratulations to hiker163, the winner of our Friends Day Sweepstakes! We drew hiker163's name from 200+ members who entered the contest during Friends Day week. He and the friend he referred will each win a $500 Marriott gift card. See the Friends Day post.

Remember – if you referred friends who enrolled in Marriott Rewards, your friends will receive 2,000 bonus points for their first five stays over the next year – and you will too, up to 10,000 points per friend.

Want to get a friend in on the rewards? The sweeps is over, but the bonus offer is still open. You can invite a friend to earn extra points with you anytime at Reward a Friend.

Congrats again to hiker163 and his friend – and thanks to all who entered!

ENTRY Spark 2013 Ritchard Allaway.jpgShare your Insider stories about travel to York by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


“Illuminating York” is one of York’s biggest annual events, attracting more than 50,000 visitors to this area of the U.K. In the UNESCO International Year of Light, this Festival (October 26 - 29, 2016) celebrates light and the illumination it can bring to this beautiful historic city. Over the past nine years the festival has presented specially commissioned digital artworks on several of the city’s historic buildings including York Minster, the Yorkshire Museum and the Bar Walls. The festival celebrates York’s unique architecture and brings internationally renowned artists to the city center for thousands of people to enjoy. The festival was recently named among The Guardian’s Top Ten European Light Festivals.


While visiting the Festival, don’t forget to also take in some of York’s exquisite sights. Marvel at the magnificent architecture, meander around the tangle of quaint cobbled streets, or visit York’s iconic Minster and take in breath-taking views from the top of the Minster tower. If sightseeing is not your thing, delve into the city’s vibrant cafe culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country’s most talented street entertainers, or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river.


We invite you to stay with us at the York Marriott Hotel which is within walking distance of York city center and its many attractions. The hotel offers secure WIFI internet access in public areas, and our Leisure Club features a heated pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, gymnasium and a private tennis court. You can enjoy unrivaled views of York Racecourse from the sun terrace of The Chase Bar & Grill, which serves a varied menu and offers a wide choice of refreshments. The York Marriott Hotel is well-located for you to make the most of the UK’s favorite city - we hope you will stay with us soon!


David R.

York Marriott Hotel


Ready for adventure? Let your points take you new places with the Experiences Marketplace. A celebrity AC Hotel opening in Guadalajara, an intimate concert in D.C., high-octane endurance races in Austin, a design makeover in your own home … these are just a few of your latest choices. Here’s the scoop:


See Steven Tyler perform songs from his new solo country album, We’re All Just Somebody from Somewhere, from your orchestra seat in the historic Warner Theatre. – Tuesday, August 23rd in Washington, D.C.

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Celebrate the opening of AC Hotel Guadalajara with Nigel Barker, famed photographer and host of The Face.  Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Nigel, plus a complimentary two-night stay to explore the town’s cultural attractions. – Thursday, August 25th in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Get premium seats at the Lone Star Le Mans, the only joint event featuring the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series. Your fast-paced schedule includes a meet-and-greet at an exclusive party in the Paddock Building. – Friday, September 16th in Austin, Texas

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Just in time for fall, feel fabulous with a closet makeover featuring the expertise of a closet designer and personal concierge. Imagine your closet becoming a haven of organization: It’s a dream come true. – Available at participating Container Store locations across the U.S.

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Happy end-of-summer, Insiders! We’ve enjoyed reading your comments on shopping with points this fall – and we’ve held a surprise drawing from those who posted. Congratulations to ilmk0801 – you've been selected to receive a $100 Best Buy gift card! We hope you find some cool tech for your two boys or maybe treat yourself to something you’ve been eyeing.  The gift card will be mailed out to you in the next couple of days.

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Say hello to your new Featured Insider: nationwide


Insider since: April 24, 2009

Rewards Status: Platinum


Marriott has been the hotel cornerstone of my travel for over 14 years, and I always feel like it’s my home away from home no matter where I am.  I have been reading (lurking as it’s called) on Marriott Rewards Insiders for years.  I find the site chock full of helpful information and good humor.  Only in the last few months did I jump in and regularly begin contributing on my own.  To those of you out there just lurking, I say “come on in, the water is fine.”


About Me – We live in a wonderful community in Texas that gives me the opportunity to golf and run outdoors 11 out of 12 months.  I grew up a dog guy, but somehow now live in a house with 2 cats.  I must confess they've grown on me  Sunshine and Shadow are great companions and they both live up to their names – Shadow being the shy, quiet type, and Sunshine happily greeting everyone who visits our home.  I’ve asked if they are interested in collaborating with Mr. B, and both politely said they’d prefer not. 


My Travels - I travel the United States frequently for work, most often to larger cities where we have significant operations.  My bride of 23 years teaches high school and consequently has summers off.   That schedule enables her to travel the country with me on summer business, making it my favorite travel time of the year.  She loves the adventure of exploring new places and I simply love that I get to spend some more time with her.  For those Insiders gathering in Houston for TIPPLE in September, you’ll soon see why she is so much fun!   She has offered to give a bar side class in “teen speak” so that even our millennial attendees can learn a new language. 


My wife and I recently spent a week in Canada on vacation, and couldn’t have been happier with our decision to cool off north of the border.  The extraordinary people, landscapes, lakes, and weather made for a fantastic week!  Special thanks go out to those Insiders who provided all the advice on where to go! That’s us in the picture the day we enjoyed beautiful Lake Moraine. 


Dream Vacation - We are planning the great family "European Vacation."  Hopefully, we fare better than Clark and Ellen Griswold.  We want to go to Scotland to play golf at St. Andrews and elsewhere.  We have long-time friends to visit in Ireland, and we have always wanted to see Italy for the history, art, food and the wine.  Our son, a very recent college grad, jumped right into a new job after school.  We are trying to align this trip with his first big promotion at work for making us such proud parents.


I promise to get my blog going soon to share my travels and a few lessons learned from my time on the road.  In the meantime, I look forward to continuing to read and learn from the rest of my fellow Insiders. 


Safe travels!


- nationwide

Thanks for sharing your story, nationwide! We're certainly happy you've started contributing regularly to Insiders - keep it comin'!

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Insiders, take your United MileagePlus® Premier® experience to new heights faster.  Now through the end of the year, Platinum Elite members who have registered for RewardsPlus can also register to receive a 50% bonus on Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM) for their next 90 days of travel on any United- or United Express®-operated flight.


Not familiar with RewardsPlus? It’s an exclusive program in our partnership with United Airlines® providing Platinum Elite Marriott Rewards members with complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status— including priority airport services, complimentary seat upgrades and other perks. If you’re Platinum, you can sign up for RewardsPlus now. Then you’ll be set to register for this special PQM bonus – and ascend to your next Premier status even faster.


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Share your Insider tips and stories about travel to Niagara Falls by commenting on this post and you could earn points

The Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa sits on Fallsview Boulevard in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, overlooking the beautiful falls. Yet Niagara Falls offers more than just the spectacular, world famous waterfalls. It has more style, culture and adult leisure activities than one might expect. Following is just a small sample of interesting places to visit during your next Niagara Falls vacation.


Fallsview Casino: The $1 billion Fallsview Casino is an exceptional piece of architecture, built on the site (and incorporating into the design) of the Niagara Falls Transformer station of 1904. The Casino is the largest of its kind in Canada, featuring over 200,000 square feet of gaming space, 100+ tables, 3000+ slots, and it is home to an official World Series of Poker event. The complex itself has a Vegas-style entertainment theatre, numerous restaurants and buffets, as well as upscale nightclubs and lounges.


Hornblower Niagara Cruises: Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the upgraded replacement to the Maid of the Mist boats. Cruises travel along the Niagara Great Gorge, slowly moving past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. You come so close to the waterfalls that you’re guaranteed to get wet. But don’t worry - Hornblower provides all visitors with a complimentary wearable, waterproof souvenir poncho.


Outlet Mall Shopping: Niagara Falls is home to three outlet shopping malls, all within a 20 km radius. The Outlet Collection at Niagara is the most recent edition, featuring shops such as: BOSS Outlet, Bass Pro Shops Outlet, Coach, Ecco, Michael Kors Outlet, Salomon, and White House Black Market. The three area malls feature a combined 300 outlet stores. Boutique shopping is also available in Niagara, with a large collection of small and unique shops centrally located in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Wine and Culinary Excellence in Niagara-on-the-Lake: Outside of boutique shopping, Niagara-on-the-Lake is known for fine theater, eclectic dining and wine making. The Niagara wine region is the most popular wine region in Canada, and is the world’s leading producer of Icewine, a sweet dessert wine that is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The Niagara wine region and it’s natural climate is conducive to year-round wine making, and is home to world famous wineries such as Inniskillin, Between the Lines, and Reif Estate Winery. In total, the Niagara Region is home to 84 wineries.

We hope you will soon stay with us at the Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa, and discover all that this beautiful area has to offer.

Matthias K.

Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa

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Waiting for a super sale to start your holiday shopping? Or maybe you’ve been craving the great night’s sleep you get on the Marriott bed. Here’s good news — the ShopMarriott sale is on!


Now through September 8th, get savings like:

  • $750 off the Marriott bed
  • 35% off Marriott pillows
  • 30% off blankets, mattress toppers, sheets and duvet covers
  • 35% off robes and towels


Or browse amenities like THANN hair and skincare, bringing the spa experience to your home with essential oils and rich natural formulas. Buy one full-sized product, get one free!


It’s happening now – discover your deal.


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Share your Insider stories about travel to Armenia by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


Yerevan, the capital of Armenia and one of the oldest cities in the world (2,798 years), is said to be an open-air museum. Every corner of the city is full of historic buildings and fascinating stories. So when you’re in Yerevan we recommend taking a visit to some of the city’s most interesting museums. Your very first stop should be the Armenian National Gallery and History Museum, which is located on Republic Square right in front of the Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan. The museum gives a thorough picture of the ancient times, as well as introducing the Armenian culture from pre-historic times all the way to the present day. The museum’s collection is beyond a doubt a rare one, with traces of such eastern countries in the Armenian Highland as Egypt, Assyria, and the Byzantine Empire. The History Museum of Armenia is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 18 pm. The general entrance fee costs 1000 Dram, with several exceptions for students and pensioners who should pay only 300 dram. A guided visit is available in 4 foreign languages; Russian, English, French and German.en


Another must-visit museum is the Cafesjian Center for Arts, where you can find a variety of exhibitions and pieces of modern art. In the evening, walk around Cascade and enjoy the Cafesjian Sculpture Garden where you'll discover one of the finest collections of monumental sculpture found anywhere in the world. Don’t forget to climb the stairs and get on top of Cascade, which opens up a breathtaking view of the mountain Ararat. If you're interested in Armenian literary history, there is no better source than the Matenadaran. It tracks Armenian culture since the creation of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD until the 18th century. Today the Matenadaran’s database consists of roughly 23,000 manuscripts.


Finally, don’t forget to visit Vernisage Market. This is the perfect place to buy a present or souvenir. In addition to a wide variety of Armenian national accessories and pictures you will also find a huge choice of handmade items. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and is situated within 2 minutes of walking distance from the Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan.


Mariam O.

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan


What's at the top of your fall shopping list?

We'd like to know members' top picks - leave a comment below!

Maybe you love to shop. Maybe you hate to shop. Either way, fall’s coming — and we’d like to know what’s more important to you: the hottest tech products or the coolest trends in fashions and accessories.

What’s at the top of your fall shopping list? Comment below and let us know your #1 must-have item.

You can search now for backpacks or GoPros, Pandora bracelets or headphones – take your time browsing or scoop it up fast, and purchase it all with points.

Are you or the kids are looking for the latest tech – like laptops, tablets, headphones or fitness gear? You can get it now from brands like:

  • Apple
  • HP
  • Bose
  • Fitbit

Have a favorite store in mind? Choose a gift card from a top store like Macy’s, Nike, The Gap or Best Buy – and add a Starbucks gift card so you can enjoy your favorite drink.

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Live outside the U.S.? See the latest merchandise — from high tech like computers and mini-speakers to dorm room essentials.

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Hey Elite Insiders,


A big “thank you” for all your posts about our first topic last month, Free Enhanced Wi-Fi. We’re thrilled there were so many great comments. See the winners.


We’re on to our second feature of Live Elite, the series that helps you get the most from your travel adventures with details on Elite benefits, a way to share your experiences – and a chance to win.


This month we’d like to hear your thoughts about Elite Rollover Nights. Simply share a comment or photo on this topic and you’ll be entered in our drawing for 20,000 Rewards points.


What It Is:

Elite Rollover Nights allow you to carry forward additional nights you’ve earned to the next year. Your Elite benefits follow you wherever you go — we make sure your Elite nights do as well!


How it Works:

Any extra nights over the current Elite level requirement you rack up on your way to earning Marriott Rewards Elite status are automatically applied to your status level for the following year. Rollover nights can also help you achieve a higher Elite level faster.



  • Total nights earned at current year end – Any expired rollover nights from previous year – Number of nights needed to renew status = Number of rollover nights (see example below)
  • Rollover nights are calculated based on the number of nights a member has earned in excess of the nights required to renew at their current level or to achieve a higher level
  • If a member downgrades to a lower status (e.g., Platinum to Gold, Gold to Silver) there would be no rollover nights that year 
  • Rollover nights expire after one calendar year



Want to learn more? See our Elite Rollover Nights page with frequently asked questions.



Congratulations to nicholasric, Platinum member and winner of our July drawing for 20,000 points! Here’s a quote from his post about complimentary enhanced in-room Wi-Fi:

“To me, it's Marriott's way of allowing me to spend time with my family while I'm on the road. Thank you Marriott for giving me the opportunity to stay connected with my family.”



Two chances to win

  1. Today through September 1, comment on this post and you could win 20,000 points. We’d love to see photos, but posting a sentence or two will also qualify for a chance to win. Some ideas:
    • Do you like having the “status safety net” of Elite rollover nights, knowing that if you earn extra nights they’ll count toward the next year?
    • Have Elite rollover nights ever “saved” your status by providing the nights you needed to stay Platinum, Gold or Silver?
    • Do you have a story about how your business or leisure travel changed – from weekly travel one year to just three trips in the next, for example? Did you change jobs or assignments, or take a summer off to travel around the world? Tell all – and be sure to post your favorite photo!

The names of all those who commented will be entered in a drawing for a prize of 20,000 Rewards points. The winner will be announced September 2, 2016.

    2. In September, we’ll feature a few member comments and photos. If your post is chosen, you’ll get 1,000 points as a thank-you.

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Share your Insider travel adventures to Marco Island by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


With one of Marco Island’s most extensive collection of rums and savory Balinese-inspired fare, the new Kane Tiki Bar & Grill has officially debuted on the sands of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Southwest Florida. Kane, named after the Polynesian god of creation and growth, inspires a trendy tiki bar vibe in an open-air setting found just steps from our resort’s Tiki pool and the Gulf of Mexico.


Kane is the perfect outpost for guests and locals alike to enjoy an unforgettable sunset while savoring a selection of 40 distinct rums, expertly crafted cocktails and savory small bites, and shared plates with a mash up of Indonesian and Polynesian inspired flavors. Peer out across the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico as you are delighted by the sunset with a cool drink in your hand – appropriately dressed with the classic umbrella. Beyond enjoying the drinks, the Kane experience also centers on learning about the history of rum and enhancing your flavor component knowledge of this island spirit. The bar menu features a creative spin on beach bar classics with names inspired by the destination such as the Kane Koolada, Mana-Tea, Marco-Rita and Turtle Season “Lights Out.” Mixologists also shake up cocktails made to share including the Gulf Breeze and No Wake Zone, each serving up to three people. The menu reflects the sense of Balinese and Asian style found throughout the resort with delicious bites such as Hoisin Pork Belly Bao, Banh Mi, Chilled Noodle Bowls Crispy Wonton Chips with pineapple jalapeno jam and much more.

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Kane exudes an environment that typically requires a passport to achieve. We seek to transport our guests and visitors to another place not only through our menu, but also through the surrounding elements. The Tiki bar itself features a large, open-air thatched roof with an A-frame similar to the architectural style of the resort’s main entrance. The 28-seat bar is surrounded by additional lounge seating and cozy fire pits circle the main structure. The bar is precisely designed and oriented to align with the specific point where the sun hits the horizon on winter’s solstice, providing an unmatched view of one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Check out this video to get a glimpse of Kane now.

We hope to welcome you to Kane Tiki Bar & Grill soon!


Lorin K.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa


Share your Insider travel adventures to Calgary by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


The Calgary Marriott Downtown in Alberta, Canada has made a splash in the city with ONE18 EMPIRE, its whiskey-focused restaurant and bar. In a little over a year it’s become a favorite on the Calgary dining scene, with Avenue Magazine recently naming it one of the top 10 new restaurants in town. Named in honor of the 19th-century Empire Hotel, ONE18 EMPIRE pays homage to Calgary’s colorful past while offering a modern concept in tune with today’s tastes. ONE18 EMPIRE turns the traditional perception of hotel restaurants on its head with a progressive, chef-driven menu focusing on fresh, local ingredients and handcrafted quality. The menu is designed for sharing and features ingredients that are made in house as much as possible, from charcuterie finished in a special onsite curing room down to condiments such as pickles and mustard. Local ingredients such as Brant Lake grass-fed rib-eye and Ocean Wise-certified B.C. Weathervane scallops offer a taste of the region. Guests can enjoy specials on both food and cocktails every day during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.


The bar program at ONE18 EMPIRE has created an unprecedented haven for sophisticated whiskey and cocktail aficionados, with more than 130 types of whiskey. The cocktail list offers classics with an updated twist, featuring house-made juices and syrups and herbs grown on the rooftop garden. ONE18 EMPIRE cocktails often give a nod to Calgary’s past, such as the Near Miss, made with bourbon, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, soda and Peychaud’s and grapefruit bitters. The name is based on a story about the Grand Central Hotel from 1911. The hotel’s furnace burned coal, and one coal shipment included an unexploded stick of dynamite that had made its way from the mine. If the porter hadn’t been paying attention, the hotel most likely would have been blown to bits. That porter may very well have downed a whiskey himself after his discovery!

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For those looking for a less explosive experience, ONE18 EMPIRE offers interactive events for whiskey lovers — or those who are flirting with whiskey and want to get to know it better. These include introductory flight tastings for whiskey beginners; rare and aged tastings for seasoned whiskey fans; and cocktail workshops for anyone who wants to make and drink cocktail creations and have fun doing it. “For us, whiskey is more than a drink. It’s culture and community,” said ONE18 EMPIRE General Manager Frédéric Louvet. “We enjoy doing these kinds of events to share our love for the spirit and bring together people who love it too. We want to share the world of whiskey with everyone.”


Jennifer S.

Calgary Marriott Downtown


To celebrate International Friends Day, we’re giving you and a friend the chance to each win a $500 Marriott gift card! Just invite them to join Marriott Rewards via Reward a Friend, our refreshed referral program, and you’ll be eligible to win.

Here’s how to enter. Now through August 8:

  • Invite friends to join Marriott Rewards through Reward a Friend.
  • You’ll receive a link to come back here and comment on this post with “I invited my friends,” or whatever you like – your friends’ first names, a photo or just, “I’m in!”
  • Your comment on this post is your submission to the sweepstakes (to comment, just sign in).
  • That’s it! After August 8, we’ll hold a random drawing from all entries. If you win, you and the first friend to accept your invitation to join Marriott Rewards will each win a $500 Marriott gift card. (No stay or purchase necessary to win.)
Reward a Friend

Be sure to invite friends to visit Insiders to see your comment and discover how the Marriott Rewards Insiders community can help them get the most from their Rewards – from exciting places to go to extra ways to earn.



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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited, in Quebec, and outside the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Open to all legal residents of the U.S., the U.K., and Canada (excl. Quebec) who are 18+ or age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at entry. Begins 10:00:00 AM ET on July 28, 2016; ends 4:59:59 PM ET on August 8, 2016. To enter, log in to your Marriott Rewards® Insiders account, visit the Friends Day post, and follow the instructions to leave a comment. Limit: one (1) entry per person. Invite up to 10 friends to join Marriott Rewards via the “Reward a Friend Offer” page and the first friend to join could also win. Prize: a US$500 (£381.04) Marriott e-gift card to winner and a friend. Total value: US$1,000.00 (£762.08).  For complete rules/eligibility, visit Insiders Access – Contests, Promotions or Sweepstakes.  Sponsor: Marriott International, Inc. Copyright ©2016 Marriot Rewards. All rights reserved.

Meet and greet with USA Basketball Legends, have your photo taken with the team, get your kids on the court with the Ball Star program — the Experiences Marketplace offers a one-of-a-kind sports thrill you’ll never forget, offered exclusively to Marriott Rewards members.



Take your pick of experiences, each with its own featured VIP perk:

USA Women’s National Team vs. Canada in Bridgeport, CT at the Webster Bank Arena – Friday, July 29

USA Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela in Chicago, IL at the United Center – Friday, July 29

USA Women’s National Team vs. Australia at NYC’s Madison Square Garden – Sunday, July 31

USA Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center – Monday, August 1



It’s an unforgettable summer memory for you — or for the sports lover in your life. Availabilities are limited, so use your points to get in the game now.


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