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

 

If you happen to choose the capital city of Jordan for your next visit, don’t forget to visit the Citadel towers above the city from Jabal Al-Qal’a. It is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon where excavations have uncovered Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic remains. Nearby, there are the ruins of the Umayyad palace grounds and the Roman Theatre in downtown Amman; built into the hillside, the theatre was constructed during the time of Antonius Pius and was oriented north to keep the sun off the spectators. And if you still have time, visit the grand Al-Husseini Mosque downtown .The mosque was built by the late King Abdullah in 1924 on the site of a much older mosque, and possibly also the site of Philadelphia’s Byzantine cathedral. Built in pink and white stone in the Ottoman style, it was fully restored in 1987.

 

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While you’re visiting, take a walk back in history through Jabal Amman. Jabal Amman is one of the seven hills that originally made up Amman, Jordan where you can stroll down the Rainbow Street lined with quaint coffee shops and little artisan shops and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Amman. If you happen to be in Amman from April to October, don’t forget to visit the Jara Flea Market on Fridays; the market offers a wide variety of silver jewelry, embroidered items, and local food items.

 

Finally, you shouldn’t leave Amman without having spent at least some time in the downtown area where you can try a “fit-for-the-gods” golden Palestinian sweet called Knafeh that is made with a layer of white cheese and vermicelli-like pastry dyed orange and covered in sugary syrup. Or you can shop for souvenirs on one of the downtown bustling streets brimming with small shops that offer unique items as memories of your trip. We hope you will come visit us soon, and stay with us at the Amman Marriott Hotel.

 

Yasmin H.

Amman Marriott Hotel

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We’re excited to share the news with you — Starwood Hotels & Resorts® and Marriott International® have joined to become the world’s largest hotel company. And connecting you to a new world of opportunities is at the top of our list.


We’re thrilled to announce account linking is now live! Through the merger we’ve linked our three award-winning loyalty programs — now you can too! — giving you access to benefits, recognition and experiences everywhere.


Simply link your Rewards and SPG accounts to get:

  • Elite Status Match – Instantly match your highest status in either program
  • Points Transfer – Earn your points in one program, transfer them to the other so you can explore more amazing destinations


This is just the beginning. We’re working to build the world’s best loyalty program, while giving you powerful advantages now. Keep what you love. Enjoy the benefits you’ve come to expect – in not just one program, but two.

 

Link accounts

 

Delighted? We hope so. Have questions? We thought so. We’ve rounded up some of the top merger FAQs for you. You can also view our full FAQs.


Loyalty Programs

Will Rewards and SPG be turning into one program?

These are two of the best programs in the industry, and we want you to benefit from everything that makes SPG and Rewards great. We don’t anticipate that the two programs will come together before 2018, and we will keep you informed of any updates. In the meantime, there’s no change to how you book reservations, manage your accounts or earn Elite night credits, points and miles in the current programs. 

 

What happens to my existing Rewards points or Starpoints?

Your Rewards points will live in your Rewards account and your Starpoints live in your SPG account. The programs will continue to operate as separate entities for some time. In fact, we don’t expect the programs to merge until 2018. You’ll use Rewards points on Marriott.com or RitzCarlton.com and Starpoints on SPG.com. You can’t use one program’s points directly within the other program, but once you’ve linked accounts, you can transfer them between your accounts in order to redeem across the combined portfolio.

 

Can I earn Rewards Elite night credits for staying at an SPG participating hotel (or vice versa)?

Because the programs remain separate, you earn Elite nights in the program associated with the hotel you’re staying at. For example, if you spend two qualifying nights at a Sheraton®, the credits apply to your SPG account, not your Rewards account.

 

How can I see my Rewards and SPG information in one place?

In short: You can’t. At least not right now. Since they’re still two separate programs, your Rewards and SPG account balances and reservations won’t be combined and won’t appear in one central place. Log into Rewards to see activity in that account; log into SPG to see your account information there.

 

Reservations

How do I book a Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) participating hotel now that the companies have combined?

For now you should continue to book your stays at SPG participating hotels the same way you always have — such as visiting SPG.com or using the SPG App. We’ll let you know when that changes in the future.

 

Does anything change with a reservation that I previously made at a hotel in the Marriott®, Ritz-Carlton® or Starwood® portfolios?

No. Your existing reservations won’t change at all.

 

Will I see all of my reservations for Rewards and SPG participating hotels in the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton or SPG apps?

You’ll see your reservations for Rewards hotels in the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton apps and reservations for SPG participating hotels in the SPG App.

 

Linking Accounts

Will my accounts link automatically?

No, they will not. While we think it’s a good idea to link your accounts, the decision is up to you. You must initiate Account Linking at Marriott.com, RitzCarlton.com or SPG.com; otherwise, your accounts will continue to operate as they did previously.

 

Does linking my accounts merge them into one account?

No. For now your accounts are still separate: one for Rewards, one for SPG. Linking creates a connection between them to allow for Status Matching and Points Transfer.

 

What happens if I don’t link my accounts?

You don’t have to link your accounts. If you don’t, your current Rewards and SPG status will remain unchanged. You won’t be able to receive status matching across the programs or transfer points without linked accounts.

 

Status Match

Here’s the full breakdown*:

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*Note: This applies to your highest non-promotional status level.

 

How do I get a Status Match?

Status Match is automatic — you just need to link your accounts. Once your accounts are linked, you’ll see a message that confirms the link and your Status Match across accounts. Your online accounts and mobile app will then reflect your updated status in both programs. It may take up to 24 hours for your Status Match to reflect on upcoming or current stay details.

 

If my Rewards Elite status is higher than SPG, will I get the same level of status at SPG? What about from SPG to Rewards?

Yes! While the two programs are still separate, once you link your accounts the program where you have lower status will automatically increase to match your higher level status in the other program. It doesn’t matter if your Rewards or SPG level is higher. Both programs will recognize you at the higher level.


Have more questions? View our full FAQs – and be sure to link your accounts to enjoy the best of all worlds.

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Insiders, it’s happened. It’s real. And you’re one of the first to know.


Starwood Hotels & Resorts® and Marriott International® have joined to become the world’s largest hotel company — and that means exciting new things for you.

You have the largest choice of where to stay: 5,700+ hotels and resorts in 110+ countries.


You have adventures waiting as far as your imagination can reach — from Aruba to Bora Bora.


At this moment, we’re putting the finishing touches on two exciting new benefits. While Marriott Rewards®, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG) and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® work together to build the best loyalty program, you can experience additional advantages now.


Within the next few hours, you’ll be able to link your Rewards and SPG accounts to get:

  • Elite Status Match – Instantly match your highest status in either program
  • Points Transfer – Earn your points in one program, transfer them to the other so you can explore more amazing destinations


We’ll post the news the moment we’re live, so keep checking back to get the inside scoop.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Insiders meetup last weekend in Houston – from locations coast to coast, and as far away as the U.K.! And a big shoutout to bejacob and brightlybob for planning the event. All of us from Marriott Rewards—Thom Kozik, Vice President of Global Loyalty, and Jasmine Huffman and I from the Insiders team – had a fantastic time meeting you and exchanging ideas.


Also, a big thank-you to Insiders who stopped by Saturday afternoon for a special preview of new features coming for Rewards members. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry – this wasn't the last chance for Insiders to catch a sneak peek, so stay tuned!


As you can see from the photos, it was a great event. To really feel like you were on the scene, see our album.


Many thanks for your loyalty to Marriott Rewards, and for all your contributions to the Insiders community!


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gm1 and fistuk with NathalieF and Jasmine of the Insiders team

 

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IAHFLYR, Marriott Rewards Vice President Thom Kozik and SeaTexan

 

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bejacob and brightlybob, masterminds of the event

 

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The whole gang – an awesome group!

Hi Insiders,

 

It has just come to our attention that some members have received the below email.  We would like you to know that this email has not come from the Rewards team.  If you have received this email, please do not engage with it.  If you have received this email and have clicked through, please change your Marriott Rewards password as soon as possible. 

 

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

 

There plenty of secret places on the French Riviera. Where do you want to rest? Discover beautiful, unique and exclusive corners of paradise…..here is a selection of some “not to be missed” secret beaches to explore during your visit to the French Riviera.

  • Sainte Marguerite Island - Bay of Cannes: Right in the middle of the Bay of Cannes, Sainte Marguerite Island is known for its military fort where the man in the iron mask was imprisoned. You will discover small secret beaches, turquoise water and stunning views of the Esterel coastal mountain range.
  • The coves of the Esterel along the Corniche d'Or: Towards Saint Raphael, along the Corniche d'Or road connecting Saint-Raphaël to Cannes, you will find unbelievable landscapes similar to Wild West settings. Here you will encounter idyllic coves with crystal clear water and many rocks on which you can also rest. Our favorite place: the creeks of the small Canereit and the Cap Roux observatory point.
  • Cap d'Antibes, the luxurious Bay of Billionaires and handle of the Argent Faux beach: Here look for Garoupe Beach where you will not find sand, but rather small platform s and rocks from which you can dive into the turquoise sea. Be sure to make a stop at the small port of Olivette, located at the beginning of Cap d'Antibes, where you will see some colorful traditional fishing boats.

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  • “La Reserve” Beach – Nice: Secret and exclusive beaches in Nice are much rarer ... If you want to enjoy lounging outside on the Promenade des Anglais, we invite you to discover La Reserve Beach located just next to the port of Nice by the sea; it was created decades ago and has become a part of the town’s identity.
  • La Paloma and Passable Beaches in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat: Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is bordered by the coastal path that reveals true marvels through beautiful hiking; discover natural landscapes and steep, century-old villas, coves, and more. A word of advice: it is better to visit it in the morning -- the Riviera seaside resort town of Villefranche boasts beautiful morning lights.

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  • Hawk Beach - Roquebrune-Cap-Martin: Here is a little haven where you can relax and enjoy the crystal clear sea and observe the seabed around the Pointe de Cabbé.
  • La Mala Beach in Cap d'Ail: La Mala Beach is one of the best beaches on the Riviera. This little paradise is nestled on the foot cliff, between rocks, and like most secret beaches of the region it is made of pebbles, gravel and sand. To take advantage of this remarkable natural setting where one feels cut off from the world, you will need to go down more than 150 steps (from the Eden Palace) or take the magnificent customs trail.

 

Cecile L.

AC Hotel Ambassadeur Juan Les Pins

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This week, Apple launched the App Store for iMessage and Marriott Rewards is pleased to be one of the first brands to launch sticker packs.  Now, wherever you go, Marriott Rewards has a sticker for every travel moment. You can peel and place these on anything in your iMessage conversation. Download Travel Stickers by Marriott Rewards today from the App Store!


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We’re looking forward to meeting you in Houston this Saturday – it’s exciting to be attending the very first Insiders meetup of this size! If you’re going to be there too, you can earn bonus Rewards points just for checking into the event on Facebook using #MRpoints.


Maybe you’re planning to share the event on social media. Or you could be new to posting to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and think this would be a fun way to start. If either sounds like you, #MRPoints will make your sharing even more rewarding.


You can register for #MRpoints now – then you’ll be ready to post and earn when you get to the event. It’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Go to mr-points.com and click the “Sign Up” button, and then choose a social platform to connect
  2. Accept permissions to connect
  3. Enter your name, email address and Marriott Rewards number

 

It takes just a few seconds to connect each social platform with your account. Connect with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you’re set to earn the most points!


You can earn a bonus at the event two ways:

  • September 16 and 17 – Share your photos and comments on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #MembersGetIt #Insiders2016. You’ll receive 250 points per post, up to 5 posts each day
  • September 17 – Check into JW Marriott® Houston Downtown on Facebook during the reception using #MembersGetIt #Insiders2016, and you’ll earn a 500-point thank-you gift from us

 

 

Not familiar with the Insiders’ Meetup? You’re invited. Get details from Insiders here.

Planning to be in Houston the afternoon of the 17th?  We’d love for you to stop by the Executive Lounge at the JW Marriott Houston from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. for a chat with Thom, Jasmine and Nathalie to get a sneak peek at what’s next for members. It’s a new online feature that we can’t wait to unveil, and we’d be honored to get your feedback. This won’t be the last chance for Insiders to catch a sneak peek, so stay tuned!

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

 

The F1® season of world-championship auto racing has been well underway for all the race fanatics. As it is tradition, Abu Dhabi will be hosting the final race of the season this year at the Yas Marina Circuit. Taking place November 25-27, 2016, Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the Middle East’s biggest international sporting event and the only twilight race on the F1® calendar. We invite you to visit and stay with us at the new Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, a perfect place to refuel. Located only 30 minutes from the Yas Marina Circuit in the capital’s city center, the new Marriott has five dining options for you, a sublime Saray Spa and rooftop pool where you can recharge.

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While you are in Abu Dhabi to take in all the race action, don’t forget to visit the most thrilling theme park experience in the Middle East; Ferrari World. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the largest indoor and first Ferrari theme park, created in tribute to Ferrari’s passion, heritage, excellence, innovation and performance. Each area and attraction in the park brings to life a different part of the Ferrari story, from Cinema Maranello with its film about Enzo Ferrari to Formula Rossa capturing the speed, power and freedom of a F1™ car.


For our real race fans, here are a few facts about the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:

  • This is the eighth year in a row that Yas Marina Circuit and Abu Dhabi hosts this event.
  • The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the last race of the season on 27 November 2016.
  • 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will host GP2 and GP3 as its support races.
  • Previous winners include Sebastian Vettel (2009, 2010, 2013), Lewis Hamilton (2011 and 2014), Kimi Raikkonen (2012), and Nico Rosberg (2015).

 

We hope to see you in Abu Dhabi for this exciting season!

 

Susan H.

Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

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Dreaming of a cruise for 2017, but your plans are stalled before you reach the pier? Here are two ways to cruise away – and you’re the first to know:


Celebrity® Caribbean Cruise + JW Marriott® Miami

Enter to win a Celebrity Cruise enhanced with a luxurious Miami stay. Imagine being pampered on the Caribbean Sea, relaxing in your veranda stateroom while enjoying on-board dining and excitement, with tropical beaches waiting at your ports of call.


Grand Prize – A Land and Sea Spectacular:

  • 7-night Celebrity Cruise Caribbean getaway for two
  • $500 cruise cash to spend on board
  • 4-night stay at the award-winning JW Marriott Miami


First Prizes — Two Members Will Win:

  • 50,000 Marriott Rewards® points
  • Perfect to use toward a cruise – or for anything else

 

Enter by November 30


Triple Points for Any Cruise

Through September, earn 9 points per dollar spent when you book any cruise with Cruises for Marriott Rewards, powered by CruisesOnly. So simple, so rewarding.

  • All destinations: Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and more
  • Any cruise line, from Disney to Carnival to Viking
  • No limit – earn as many points as you like

 

Book by September 30

 

See Sweepstakes Terms & Conditions

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Insiders, here’s your chance to get on the list to see Demi Lovato and DNCE in L.A. It’s an exclusive performance just for Marriott Rewards members – admission is complimentary, but spots will fill up fast.


Space is available on a first come, first served basis, so get on the list now.


Get your ticket


Please note a ticket does not guarantee entry. Be sure to arrive early as entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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

 

Enjoy a vacation at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa and discover an array of memorable experiences -- including privileged access to iconic golf at the adjacent TPC® Sawgrass, the world of wellness and serenity at The Sawgrass Spa, relaxation at our Cabana Beach Club, and playtime by the sand and sea along the Atlantic coastline on our stretch of private beachfront. Located in idyllic Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the resort is a refuge from the everyday, delivering a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Constantly looking to enhance our guests’ experience, we are also about to complete a resort-wide, $25 million refresh – explore enhancements throughout our 511 guestrooms and villas, resort pool area, the Sawgrass Spa, Cabana Beach Club and more.

 

One of the great ways you can enjoy the upgraded Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is with a visit to the newest restaurant, The American Gator Club. Grab a chair on the patio or deck, sip a cool one, and revel in the amazing view. Overlooking the tranquil lagoon and 13th hole at The Stadium Course at TPC® Sawgrass, the iconic American restaurant adds a piquant splash of flavor to this Sunshine State coastal resort. The outdoor restaurant and bar features covered, open-air patio tables as well as outdoor deck seating where the sights and the sounds of Florida’s indigenous wildlife basking on a serene sunny day surround you.

 

Another highly-anticipated change at the resort is the new butler-serviced wing, debuting later this year, where guests staying in a collection of 30 secluded rooms and suites wENTRY 2 Sawgrass Resort.jpgill have the doting attention of butler service, breakfast for two at Vernon’s, separate check-in, twice-daily housekeeping and turn-down service, plus a private area stocked with snacks, beer and wine each evening in the Butler-staffed Living Room. Butlers will provide personalized service and cater to the every need of VIP guests, from preferential tee times to reserving poolside cabanas, spa treatments, meal reservations and other luxury amenities.

 

For thrill-seeking guests, the resort is also welcoming a SurfStream® wave simulator, adjacent to the primary resort pool. The machine features adjustable wave size, shape, and multiple riding modes, perfect for surfing newbies and wave-riding pros alike. Specially trained staff is on hand to guide you for the ride and teach the skills you need to catch the best wave. This fun new activity is only a part of the wide variety of recreation options available across the resort and Cabana Beach Club.

 

Whether you are looking to be catered to in the serenity of your private, butler-serviced room, catch a wave on the new SurfStream® machine, or wind down with a signature cocktail from The American Gator Club on a balmy Florida afternoon, we welcome you to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa to relax, savor the moment, and enjoy your vacation. We hope to see you here soon!

 

Debbie D.

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

 

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Insiders, we’re thrilled that many of you are attending the Insiders’ Meetup in Houston September 16 and 17 — and we can’t let this chance pass to meet some of our most awesome members! We’d like to thank you all in person for your loyalty to Marriott Rewards and your contributions to the Insiders community.


Three members of the Marriott Rewards team will be at the Saturday reception in Houston – and we hope you’ll attend too: Jasmine Huffman, Insiders team leader and Director of Digital and Social Loyalty Community Development, and yours truly, Nathalie Feimster, Insiders community manager and Senior Manager of Digital Loyalty Community.


We’re excited to announce the third member is Thom Kozik – Vice President of Global Loyalty at Marriott International and head of Marriott Rewards worldwide. It’s the first-ever global party thrown by Insiders, so he wants to meet you and say “thank you.” We’ll also bring a photographer to capture the moment for an Insiders post to commemorate the event. Hope to see you at the reception September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown.


Not familiar with the Insiders’ Meetup? You’re invited. Get details from Insiders here.

Tailgating season has started. It’s time to try new recipes, see which grills are hot and share pointers on how to spice things up.


Tell us what’s on tap for you this fall – we’d like your thoughts on:

  • Favorite recipes – and trends you’d like to try
  • High-performance grills – which brands score with you?
  • Best tailgate tip – whatever’s easy for you, fun for your guests


Getting set for the season? You can up your game with points. Browse choices from a super selection of portable grills to premium beef and brats for your game day spread:

 

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Get your gear, pay with points


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