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CarnivalVista_1_Details.jpgBreathtaking views, island breezes and non-stop entertainment on Carnival’s newest ship: Your Caribbean cruise is calling, and this is your last chance to get aboard.  Use points to bid for your choice of adventures with itineraries like the Grand Turk Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the island of Cozumel, Mexico.


The new Carnival Vista provides fun places to relax like the Havana Bar & Pool, adrenaline-pumping activities like SkyRide at SportSquare, irresistible dining from the upscale Steakhouse to the New-England style Seafood Shack and kid-friendly spaces including the first IMAX at sea.


The package for two includes these features and more:

• Balcony accommodations (8-day cruise)

• $200 spa credit

• $100 dining credit

• VIP check-in

 

Bid for your Carnival cruise >>

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Sao Paulo by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

São Paulo, Brazil has many interesting neighborhoods to explore, including such must-see places as Oscar Freire Street and Villa Nova Conceição:

 

Oscar Freire Street: In the Jardins district of São Paulo lies the famous tree-lined  Oscar Freire Street, one of the smartest shopping streets in São Paulo. Just a few blocks away from the Renaissance São Paulo Hotel, the street provides much more than shopping. It is home to some of Brazil's top fashion designers, as well as a number of luxury foreign brands, and here you can find plenty of great places to eat, high-end stores to shop, and stylish people to see. The street is the 8th most luxurious street in the world and second in the Americas, just behind Fifth Avenue. It’s a must-go on your next stop in São Paulo, especially for those looking for a nice place to spend an afternoon and do some outdoor shopping. During your visit, we hope you will stay with us at the Renaissance São Paulo Hotel.

 

Sergio S. / Navigator Expert

Renaissance São Paulo Hotel

 

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Vila Nova Neighborhood: Vila Nova Conceição is one of São Paulo's most sophisticated and desirable neighborhoods. At the same time, it is defined as quiet, discreet, safe, residential, and full of beautiful greenery. These attributes make the “Vila Nova” a charming, attractive and appealing place in which to live. Marriott Executive Apartments São Paulo is part of this pedestrian neighborhood, dotted with restaurants and known as one of the safest areas in the city. Vila Nova Conceição’s backdoor neighbor, Parque do Ibirapuera, adds to the charm and attractiveness of the region. Nearby Ibirapuera Park is one of São Paulo's most beautiful features, and it offers a diligently designed green and open space to all visitors. Vila Nova Conceição really is one of the best possible locations to live or to visit while in São Paulo, and we invite you to stay with us at the Marriott Executive Apartments São Paulo.

 

Leonardo M. / Operations Manager

Marriott Executive Apartments São Paulo

We’re so excited about the new site and are glad you are too – thanks for the comments you’ve posted!


Here’s the latest update: We are still taking care of the final details, so we’re postponing the launch until we’ve completed everything to ensure the best experience for you.


We’ll give you an update as soon as we can. Be watching for more details.

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

 

Shenzhen, China is regarded as a coastal cosmopolitan tourist city where visitors can appreciate the modern young city’s beauty. As one of the strategic economic zones of Shenzhen, Qianhai has formed a convenient transportation network that connects Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta. Whether you are here for a visit or for shopping, Qianhai is the place to be.

 

Just 15 minutes’ drive from the Shenzhen International Airport, the JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an is located in the heart of Qianhai, as a convenient gateway to both tourist attractions and business districts. Here you’ll find excellent accessibility to Metro line 1, 5 and 11, with two metro stations right at our doorstep. Enjoy the theme park capital by visiting the Window of the World, Splendid China, Happy Valley and OCT east themed parks. Drop by the Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve and LianHuaShan Park to feel the relaxing beats of this dynamic city. Just take a walk in the Xiwan Mangrove Wetland Park or Phoenix Mountain Forest Park to rest your mind if you prefer a quiet moment in local Bao’an. Excited to go to the shopping paradise? Within 30 minutes’ drive, you can arrive at the Shenzhen Bay Port or the new Shekou Cruise Center, where you can begin your journey to Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai. Want to stay in local and shop internationally? Go explore Qianhai Tempus Bonded shopping center!

 

ENTRY 2_Hotel Exterior.jpgBack at our hotel treat yourself by enjoying the 40-metre heated indoor infinity pool, a landscaped outdoor pool and terrace affording a panoramic view of Qianhai Bay. The 4,000-sqm WATERFALL Spa & Wellness on the 5th floor offers an unforgettable spa experience and holistic wellness journeys in nine private spa suites, each with private steam rain-shower, Jacuzzi and dressing room. The 300-sqm high-tech fitness center is fully equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and strength and conditioning equipment by Precor. Additionally, you’ll find a team of certified yoga instructors proficient in a variety of techniques like Lyenger, Hatha, Hot and Anti-gravity Yoga.

 

Foodies can look forward to the amazing range of restaurants with cuisines from around the world. The dining options of JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an include gourmet dishes in a timeless yet contemporary all-day dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace. The Lounge is a perfect venue to meet friends or business contacts over the breath-taking garden view. Or, take our free shuttle bus to the nearby shopping center where you will find Korean, Japanese, Indian, Traditional Canton tastes, and boundless Chinese food that you must try. The Bao’an Stadium Bar Street is also just a few minutes from the hotel. Mark Shenzhen as your next destination and embrace the charming city! We look forward to your stay with us at JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an soon.

 

Layla Q.

JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an

We can’t believe the upgrade is almost here!  As we upgrade to the new platform, there will be a few notable changes we wanted to share with you ahead of time.  All of these enhancements have been made with you in mind to improve the community overall. 

 

Customer Support Form

One of our top priorities on this forum is making sure any member issues are quickly addressed.  This can range from status challenges to frustrating stays.  To make sure we are catching all member issues and resolving them in a timely manner, there will be a new ‘Customer Support’ function.  This can be found under the ‘Get Help’ tab in the main navigation.

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This new function will allow members to fill out a form with the necessary information so we can make sure your question or issue is addressed properly.  Here you will be able to reach out to us for assistance with account questions, promotion inquiries, reservation assistance and more.

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Once you’ve filled out the form, we’ll reach out and let you know we’ve received it and are looking into a resolution.  While we are still able to receive direct messages, we encourage you to fill out these forms for any assistance.  This will allow our team to get back to you as quickly as possible.

 

 

Introducing @CommunityManagers

Another change you will notice is that all of the community moderators will be combined into one profile.  That’s right, NathalieF AndrewT deannad lindseyh melissaerb and carat will all be operating under one handle, @communitymanagers. This way, when tagging our team in discussions, you’ll only have to remember one handle.

 

 

Enhanced Security

Another great benefit to the upgraded forum will be enhanced security and better spam prevention.  Some of you may recall the spam attacks the community has seen over the last couple of years – we’re happy to let you know there will be better prevention tools in place to combat these spammers! 

 

 

We’re looking forward to what lies ahead and hope you are, too.    - The Community Management Team

Insiders, A variety of exclusive experiences are now available for redemption. Use your points to see some of the best musical acts in New York, celebrate food and wine icons in California or enjoy high tea in London. Here are just a few of the experiences available:

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Barbra Streisand in Concert

Experience one of the greatest performers of all time! Use points for two tickets in a luxury suite to see music legend Barbra Streisand, as she performs her hits from each decade plus songs from her new album. Be among the lucky few to celebrate a career of unparalleled creative achievement in this legendary live performance in Streisand's native Brooklyn, NY.


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Flavor Napa Valley

Use points to experience Flavor! Napa Valley® by celebrating food and wine icons, VIP tastings, chef demonstrations and more. Soak up inspiration from iconic chefs and winemakers while experiencing the best that Napa Valley has to offer.


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32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony + Hotel Stay at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Witness history-in-the-making from your VIP suite at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. You'll join musicians and music-lovers alike as Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, and Yes are honored for their incredible contribution to the art of Rock & Roll. This experience also includes a one night stay at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.


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Historical Tour and Afternoon Tea for Two at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

Experience a slice of history at London's St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Originally built in 1873 as the Midland Grand Hotel, the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel offers guests the opportunity to step back in time while enjoying the finest in modern luxury and amenities. Learn about the hotel’s fascinating history on a tour of the building led by a professional guide and then enjoy a quintessential Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Hansom Lounge.


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Say hello to your new Featured Insider: droma!

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I couldn't be more excited to join the club of Featured Insiders.  A contest pulled me into this site a little more than a year ago, but all of the enjoyable conversation and wealth of knowledge has kept me around ever since.  I look forward to continue trading stories and experiences.



Insider since: October 12, 2015


Marriott Rewards Status: Platinum


About Me: I am married to my travel companion and partner in crime (pictured).  We currently live in the Northeast, but I've moved from Pennsylvania to Texas to Maryland previously and look forward to many more.  I am the Manager of Investor Relations for a large company and have found that a good amount of travel for work mixed with a solid credit card strategy opens a world of experiences.

 

Interests: Travelling and cooking.  Favorite thing to do in new cities is spend days wandering around finding the best local restaurants, pubs, speakeasies, etc...My wife loves history, so sometimes I'll take a few minutes off from drinking and eating to stumble into a museum.

 

Travel: My favorite Marriotts I've stayed in would really have to be any in Europe. Boscolo in Rome, Marriott in Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw; the European properties really seem to have excellent service down and make every stay a pleasure.  Next reservations I'm excited about are the Westin in Dublin and St. Regis in Deer Valley.  Dream destinations are to continue travelling through Europe and eventually make it to the Marriott Champs Elysees and then begin exploring Africa, Asia, and Australia.


droma was actually one of our What You've Seen in 2015 contest winners! We're certainly glad you've stuck around, droma! Thanks for all your contributions to the community.

-The Community Managers

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

 

It might be cold in Chicago, but there’s no shortage of fun and exciting activities to be shared during these winter months. Instead of hibernating, bring your energy outside to enjoy winter adventures that the whole family will love. Even with chilly temperatures, Chicago is a bustling city that’s rich in culture and spirit, and some of the greatest happenings that people look forward to each year actually take place during the winter season. Here are 7 top recommendations for you to enjoy in the Chicago winter:

 

  • Ice Skating: Chicago is a mecca for outstanding ice skating rinks. Whether you choose to visit Millennium Park’s rink, The McCormick Tribune, or Maggie Daley Park’s ice ribbon rink, ice skating in Chicago is the perfect way to spend a weekend outdoors. Bundle up to stay warm and finish your skating session with a warm cup of cider or hot cocoa (with extra marshmallows, of course!).
  • Shedd Aquarium: It might be too cold to take a dip in an outdoor pool, but there’s no reason to isolate yourself from some of the world’s greatest sea creatures and water-related fun. Going to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago with the family can make for wonderful memories and educational opportunities. Challenge yourselves to see who can spot the animals hiding in exhibits, or come up with names together for some of their favorite sea friends.
  • Snowshoeing at Morton Arboretum: With 1,700 acres of land, there’s ample opportunity at Morton Arboretum to spend a day on the trail and really get some action. There’s also a kid-friendly Conifer Collection trail, which is safe and easier to handle for those who are less experienced. Plus, there are warming stations throughout the area—so have no fear of the cold!
  • DIY Hot Chocolate Tour: Create your own food tour in Chicago and discover the most delicious hot chocolate experiences. Hot chocolate is a signature winter staple, so travel between neighborhoods and browse dining lists to taste the best hot chocolate spots in the city and grant your winning locales. We won’t blame you if you end up going back for seconds!
  • Sledding: Winter in Chicago is the perfect time to bring out the sleds, gloves, and warm boots. With both bigger and smaller more moderate hills, sledding in Chicago can be shared with people of all ages and activity levels. Plus, with more experience, you’ll be advancing to the larger slopes in no time. Options include: Montgomery Ward Park, Humboldt Park, Caldwell Woods, and Horner Park, among others.
  • Second City: It’s never a bad idea to take in a show and get a few laughs. Second City is a premier venue for local shows and classes. Enjoy a comedy show with the family, or sign your kids up for classes offered at Second City, such as a stand-up class, acting or improv program, or storytelling class.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago: With new exhibits popping up throughout the winter season, The Art Institute of Chicago is an excellent way to enjoy a day. Rich in culture, intellect, and beauty, this museum offers education and excitement in making new discoveries and sharing inspirational experiences with loved ones.

 

Kristy H.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown / Magnificent Mile

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Insiders, you’re the first to know. Use your Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Feb 16 – April 15 to load a Starbucks card online or in app and get 10% BACK as a statement credit. Only Cardmembers can enjoy this offer.


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Hey Insiders,


Upgrade update: we’re just 1 week away! We’ve been testing and tweaking, and it’s almost time to unveil the new Marriott Rewards Insiders website. The migration is scheduled to occur next Wednesday, February 22 starting at 6 pm EST. Please note that the site will be unavailable until midday Thursday when the transition is complete.


Soon you’ll be able to:

 

  • Be the star of your redesigned profile. You’ll have a big banner space for your photo, plus more ways to share your passions and prowess.

 

  • Find it fast with our personalized search. You’ll get more rapid, relevant results and an easy way to find other Insiders who share your interests.

 

  • View updates and post adventures on the go. You’re mobile – now we will be, too.

 

And there’s so much more for you.

 

Watch for our new site – coming next Thursday, February 23.


Click the insiders_upgrade tag below to learn more about the changes coming to Marriott Rewards Insiders!

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Voting opens today for the Freddie Awards, and we’d appreciate the support of Insiders most of all. Please vote to make Marriott Rewards® Program of the Year for the 10th year in a row.


Winning the Freddie Awards is the highest honor for travel loyalty programs. Your vote tells us you’re enjoying benefits like:


Marriott Rewards Member Rates. Members-only rates that you get when you book direct through Marriott.com, our call centers, the Marriott Mobile App or select corporate travel professionals. It Pays to Book Direct™


Access and Experiences. Members can use points to get VIP access to exclusive events and experiences like the NFL Super Bowl LI, NBA All-Star 2017, concerts, private wine tastings and more.


Plus Elite benefits like late check-out and complimentary room upgrades.


Help us go 10 for 10. Voting is open until March 31.


Vote Now >>

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Hey Insiders,


Ask an Elite member their secrets for racking up the points, and chances are one of their strategies is the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card. And happily, it’s the easiest of all. So for our first topic of 2017, we’re highlighting benefits that travel with you all year long.


Getting guaranteed Elite status is a popular perk, and earning points everywhere makes traveling, dining out and even shopping a path to whatever you’re dreaming of doing.

 

What You Get:

The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card offers cardmembers*:

  • 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first three months from account opening
  • Get Silver Elite Status and 15 Elite Night Credits every year when you become a cardmember- Silver Elite status benefits include a 20% bonus on Rewards base points, priority late checkout and more
  • You get an Elite points bonus on every Marriott stay – 20% for Silver, 25% for Gold and 50% for Platinum Elite
  • 5 points  for every $1 spent at participating Marriott Rewards® and SPG® hotels
  • 2 points for every $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, at car rental agencies and restaurants
  • 1 point for every $1 spent on purchases anywhere else
  • 1 free night stay at a category 1 – 5 hotel every year after account anniversary

 

* This bonus offer is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.


How You Get It:

Interested? You can apply online for the card. Full details are listed here.


If you have a small business, you can check out the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card.


Insiders Comments:

“If you're looking for a card that will deliver hotel type bonuses, this is a great card.” – painedplatinum Platinum Elite member


“My wife and I put everything (normal spending) on the card and pay it off at the end of each month.  Our points stash has grown considerably, and we take great vacations too.  Additionally, the card/points accelerated our achieving lifetime platinum status.” – nationwide Platinum Elite member


“Many credit cards charge a foreign exchange fee every time you use them overseas. My Marriott Rewards ... does NOT!” – tanker363 Silver Elite member


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Two chances to win

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Here’s what our latest winner, mayankvc had to say about the topic “Ways to Get the Most from Your Linked Account”:

“Marriott has helped me over last 2 - 3 years to have family vacations (even with my grandparents) at places which I never heard about before Lake Tahoe, California,  Surfers Paradise, Australia, Half Moon Bay, California USA, Mai Khao, Phuket Thailand, Lihue, Hawaii and so on. Additionally I am all set to try new places in 2017 … SPG just adds the options which I could never plan (as I am loyal to Marriott) before like Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Fiji, Bora Bora, Greece and more.  Keep it up.” Read full post

     1. Today through March 14, 2017, comment on this post and you could win 20,000 points. Here are some ideas:

  • If you have the card, did it make the difference in achieving your Elite status?
  • Have any tips to share on earning or using the extra points? Insiders are the experts, so we’d like to hear your experience.
  • If you don’t own the card but have questions or comments, here’s the place to post them.

 

Everyone who comments has a chance to win a prize of 20,000 Rewards points. The winner will be announced March 14, 2017.


     2. In our next post, we’ll feature a few member comments. If yours is chosen, you’ll get 1,000 points as a thank-you.



The Live Elite promotion is run by Marriott Rewards Insiders. This is not a Marriott Rewards Credit Card promotion.














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Whether you hit the fairway once a week or once a year, the Experiences Marketplace has a specialized golf package for you.  This week, we are featuring VIP access to a tournament, golf lessons for all levels, rounds in Pebble Beach and even an experience that ends at the nineteenth hole (hint: there’s wine)! Use your points to capture a moment, sure to be a hole in one.

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The Bank of Hope Founders Cup + Inside the Ropes Meet & Greet with LGPA Player

Enjoy VIP treatment at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at the luxurious JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ. This exciting four-day event will be televised live on The Golf Channel and features a full field of 144 LPGA Professionals who will compete for a $1.5 million purse. You'll also have the unique opportunity to walk "inside the ropes" with one of your favorite LPGA players during a competition round as well as a 20 minute meet & greet with an LGPA player.

 

Use Points to Bid Now

 

Use Points to Buy Tickets-Only

 

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Find Your Game at Marriott Golf AcademySM

Perfect your swing and learn from the pros at the Marriott Golf Academy. This premier golf instruction program provides the ideal pace to foster learning, development, practice and retention. There are options for all skill levels, including a one hour lesson, to concentrate on a specific area, a four hour lesson with a video swing analysis or a two day school that includes accommodations at either academy; the Marriott's Grande Vista in Orlando, FL or Marriott's Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert, CA.

One Hour Lesson

 

Four Hour Lesson

 

Two Day Golf School

 

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Perfect Day of Golf & Wine at the famed Silverado Resort

Walk in the footsteps of golf legends and experience Napa Valley’s famed Silverado Golf Courses! After your unforgettable round of golf at the Silverado Resort North Course, you'll enjoy an introduction and brief tour of Silverado Vineyards, which includes flights of rare and small production wines.

 

Redeem Now

 

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Play Del Monte Golf Course in Pebble Beach + Golf Club Shipping

Golfing at its finest! You and a guest will enjoy one round of golf on the famous Del Monte golf course in beautiful Monterey, CA. Opened in 1897, the par-72 course is the oldest in continuous operation west of the Mississippi.  Designed by golf and polo enthusiast Charles Maud, it was the original host of the California State Amateur and continues to serve as one of three courses on which the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach invitational is played. You'll also travel like a pro with full-service, white glove golf club delivery. In advance of your trip to Monterrey, your clubs will be picked-up from your home or golf club, and shipped ahead to the course.  The ultimate hassle-free convenience!

Redeem Now

 

See all Sporting Experiences Here

We love our members, so we’re saying Happy Valentine’s Day with a double surprise!


First, the treat: We’ve picked some of the great tips Insiders have posted and are sharing them all day on Twitter. You can see our first tip now. Check back throughout the day – your tip could be featured next.


Second, the surprise: We’re giving you a chance to win a trip to one of the world’s top destinations. You can post one entry on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for a total of 3 entries, today only.


Plus, earn 100 points with MRpoints: Simply retweet the contest message using #MembersGetIt and #promo. If this is your first time earning through MRpoints, be sure to connect your account first at mr-points.com.


See the Twitter post

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What if your hotel stay were so comfortable and stylish that you wanted to bring the experience home? See how SpringHill Suites and West Elm teamed up to create an exclusive collection that brings together smart design with a modern touch – perfect for today’s casual, confident lifestyle.


You’ll meet the creators of the custom 3-in-1 trundle sofa – the centerpiece of the new SpringHill Suites design, a collaboration tying together furniture and décor into a space for guests to work, relax and indulge. Learn how the two partners are bringing the comfort and appeal of modern living to your hotel stay, giving you a little West Elm style away from home.  


Want to learn more? Visit springhillsuites.com/westelm and shop the exclusive collection.


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