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Hey Insiders,

Marriott Hotels is elevating the guest experience by enabling guests to share their adventures using the newest GoPro HERO4.


The program, currently available at 17 properties across the Caribbean and Latin America, allows guests to take a complimentary test drive of a GoPro HERO4. Guests are encouraged to submit their photo and video content on social media using the hashtags #TravelBrilliantly and #ViajeGenial for the chance to be featured on the Marriott Hotels Go Pro website. The submitted content will also be carefully selected for sharing across Marriott International’s social media channels and the in-room entertainment channel at our participating hotels. To celebrate the launch of the program, guests’ content will also be selected from social media channels by Marriott Hotels to win prizes such as vacation stays, Marriott Rewards points and GoPro cameras.


Do we have any GoPro fans out there? Is anyone considering buying a GoPro? Maybe the better question is…does anyone have an upcoming stay at any of the below Caribbean and Latin America properties?



Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald CasinoCuracao
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris CasinoAruba
Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach ResortVirgin Islands (US)
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach ResortGrand Cayman
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & SpaMexico
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun ResortMexico
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & SpaMexico
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach CasinoSt. Kitts
San Juan Marriott ResortPuerto Rico
JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach ResortPanama
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San JoseCosta Rica
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf ResortCosta Rica
JW Marriott Guanacaste ResortCosta Rica
JW Marriott Hotel Rio De JaneiroBrazil
JW Marriott Hotel LimaPeru
JW Marriott El Convento CuscoPeru
JW Marriott Hotel QuitoEcuador

Insider tips for a day in Paris, City of Lights…


From the Marriott hotel, take the subway at Glacière and go to Bastille. Walk to “Place des Vosges” and take a breakfast at Carette. Next go and visit the “Victor Hugo Museum” where the famous writer lived for 16 years. Have a look at the Art Galleries close by. Discover “Le Marais” district and its small streets, and admire the Picasso Museum which was recently renovated. Enjoy some trendy shopping on Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue des Francs Bourgeois. For lunch, try a pastrami sandwich at “Florence Kahn” on rue des Rosiers, in front of “As du Falafel”. Take a walk along the Seine River, and when you reach Ile Saint Louis have an ice cream at Berthillon. From there, go to Notre Dame Cathedral, a gothic masterpiece. Facing the monument, go on the left side and climb all the steps to admire the magnificent view. Later at night, enjoy a traditional French dinner at “La Poule au Pot” with its typical Parisian atmosphere; don’t miss the shirred eggs with foie gras.


Close to the Marriott hotel, we also recommend you visit the Catacombes; it is of former quarries which were chosen to deposit bones. The Catacombes is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm, with the last entrance at 7pm. Price: 10 Euros. Interested in contemporary art? You can go to Cartier Foundation, a building designed by the famous architect Jean Nouvel and located just a 15-minute walk away from the hotel. From March 13 to June 21, 2015, the Foundation presents a major solo exhibition of American artist Bruce Nauman’s artwork, the first in France in over 15 years. This exhibition reflects his continued interest in linking his works to their environment and intensifying the audience’s physical and emotional experience of his pieces. The Foundation is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 8pm (until 10pm on Tuesday). Price: 10.50 Euros.


Carl-Philipp K.

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center

Hi Insiders,


I want to make you aware of a program policy announced today:


Starting February 1, 2016, members who do not have a qualifying activity in the prior 24 months will forfeit all accumulated points. If you have not engaged in a qualifying activity since January 31, 2014 you have until January 31, 2016 to do so before the policy is enforced.


We make it pretty easy to maintain active status in the Marriott Rewards program. Qualifying activities include:


  • Make a paid (or redemption) stay at any of our 3,800+ participating hotels worldwide
  • Redeem points 
  • Make a purchase through a Marriott Rewards credit card
  • Earn points with one of our program partners
  • Purchase points
  • Hold a qualifying meeting or event through the Rewarding Events℠ program


The following activities do not count toward maintaining an active status in the Marriott Rewards program:


  • Gifting or transferring points; however, converting Points to Miles or Miles to Points does count toward maintaining an active status
  • Receiving points as a gift or transfer
  • Earning points through social media programs, such as #MRPoints


Questions? View the FAQs


For full details and updated terms, please visit MarriottRewards.com/PointsPolicy.

As anticipated, we have a sneak peek of our annual update to hotels’ categories for 2015, so you have an opportunity to take advantage of the 2014 hotel categories before they change on March 19, 2015. Book now for the best value.


New hotel categories are effective beginning March 19, 2015. In the meantime, we have compiled a full list of changes to hotel categories.  The Marriott Rewards categories remain 1 to 9 and the points values required for each category are not changing.


Please note:

  • All redemption reservations booked on or before March 18, 2015 will be honored at the current point price, even if the stay occurs after March 18, 2015. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to March 18, 2015, call Guest Services prior to your stay to request the lower priced certificate.
  • As always, you may book redemption reservations up to 50 weeks in advance of your stay, even before having the required points in your account.
  • You can also use Cash + Points


Safe travels!

Nathalie & the Marriott Rewards team



Here are a few FAQs



What is a hotel category/tier?

Hotel categories determine the number of Marriott Rewards points necessary to redeem for a free night. For instance, a Category 1 hotel requires 7,500 points per redemption night while a Category 4 hotel requires 20,000 points per redemption night. Hotel categories should not be confused with any form of star-rating, level of service or quality.


Hotel Categories: Award Chart




Points Required Per Night


4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is FREE!

Category 1


Category 2


Category 3


Category 4


Category 5


Category 6


Category 7


Category 8


Category 9



Hotel Tiers: Award Chart




Points Required Per Night


4 Nights;

Your 5th Night is FREE!

Tier 1


Tier 2


Tier 3


Tier 4


Tier 5



How many hotels are affected?

64% of the properties remain unchanged
64% of the programs properties will remain in Categories 1-4

36% of the hotels are changing; of these 25% are decreasing by one category and 75% are increasing by one category


Is my existing redemption reservation impacted?

All redemption reservations booked on or before March 18, 2015 for stays beginning March 19, 2015, will be honored at the point price booked. If you have not ordered your certificate prior to March 19, 2015, call Guest Services to request the lower priced certificate before your stay.


How long can I book a redemption stay using the current hotel categories?

You may book redemption reservations up to 50 weeks in advance of your stay, even before having the required points in your account. For example, on March 1, 2015 you may book your redemption stay as far out as February 15, 2016.


You can also use Cash + Points to book your redemption stay.

Hey Insiders,


Say hello to your new Featured Insider: 7!


Joined Insiders on February 25, 2013



Insider 7 and his family


Status: Platinum


About Me: I'm originally from TN and for about 35 years lived within about a 50 mile radius. Then I joined the Foreign Service so I now live overseas and move to a new country every few years. I'm about to move to my 3rd country to live long term and have gotten to visit about 12 different countries (not counting the US in either case.)


Main Interests: Traveling, food, computers, and investing and personal finance so I can afford to pay for the others.


New team member

Posted by communitymanager Feb 23, 2015

Good morning Insiders,

We have a new team member joining our moderation team! I'm excited to introduce CariJ. You'll start to see Cari's name pop up in the community as she begins moderating this week and will be someone you can go to for help. The rest of the team, melissaerb joshm KatieC lindseyh and myself are all still here to take your questions as well.

Have a great week Insiders!


Here at Renaissance Heathrow our Bar Eleven is named after the 11 tube lines of the London Underground. Let me take you on a journey through the London underground… to discover what you can see, shop, savor and sip:


  • Piccadilly Line (Stop at Covent Garden Station): this area was formally a fruit and vegetable market. Here you can shop, attend musical theatres and shows or even walk around Seven Dials, Covent’s only village -- a place to eat, drink and shop.
  • Central Line (Stop at St Paul’s Station): explore the historic building of St Paul’s Cathedral or shop around at the new shopping center.
  • Metropolitan Line (Stop at Baker Street Station): be a detective for a day like Sherlock Holmes and visit the official home of where he and Dr. Watson lived at number 221b Baker Street, between 1881-1904. Visit Madame Tussaud’s while you are there.
  • Hammersmith & City Line (Stop at Paddington Station): a central London railway terminus and underground station complex. The famous bear “Paddington” was named after this station. You can explore on Platform 1 a statue of Paddington Bear.
  • Circle Line (Stop at Tower Hill Station): walk to the famous Tower of London /Jewel House and discover a 1,000 years of history including the Crown Jewels, part of the Royal collection.
  • Bakerloo Line (Stop at Warwick Avenue Station): visit Little Venice – a tranquil canal area home to waterside cafes and pubs.
  • District Line (Stop at Notting Hill Gate Station): take a short walk to Portebello Road where the movie “Notting Hill” was filmed. On a Saturday visit the famous Portebello Road Market.
  • Jubilee Line (Stop at Stratford Station): visit the Olympic Park where the London 2012 Olympic Games were held. Explore the park and orbit tower and walk around Westfield ~ shop, see, sip and savor.
  • Northern Line (Stop at Camden Town Station): take a walk to Camden, well known for its markets. Poet Dylan Thomas owned a house at 54 Delancey Street from 1951 until his death in 1953. There is a plaque on the house today.
  • Victoria Line (Stop at Victoria Station): visit Westminster Cathedral. It is the mother church for the Catholic churches in England & Wales, built in the 19th century. In the evening watch a musical at the Victoria Apollo Theatre.
  • Waterloo & City Line (Bank to Waterloo) Stop at Waterloo Station: this area took it’s named after the Battle of Waterloo from the war in 1815. Also, Abba sang the song “Waterloo” for the Eurovision Song contest in April 1974. This stop is walking distance to County Hall, adjacent to Coca Cola London Eye, Sealife Aquarium and London Dungeon attractions.


We hope you will stay with us at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel and discover London through this world of underground tube lines. Our hotel is currently undergoing a £20 million refurbishment - we have a brand new lobby, bedrooms & suites, public spaces, and the hotel concept of “London” as its theme.


Marilou N.

Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

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Hey Insiders,


Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai is now an Autograph Collection Hotel! Situated on Dubai´s world famous Jumeirah Beach and adjacent to the magnificent Dubai Marina, the hotel occupies one of Dubai´s most enchanting beachside locations that is perfect for both business and leisure travelers. The Resort features three pools, including a kid's pool with water slides, a variety of indoor and alfresco dining outlets and superb fitness and Spa facilities.


As of February 15, 2015, you are now able to book and earn points through Marriott.com for this great addition to our portfolio. If you plan on using points to book your stay, call 877-829-2429 for a redemption stay. Enjoy everything the great city of Dubai has to offer!


With Emirates offering our members 20% off their flights to Dubai, who will be combining this great offer to stay at our new Autograph Collection?



Hi Insiders,


You’ve consistently helped Marriott Rewards win Program of the Year at the Freddie Awards. It’s that time of year again and we would be honored to have your vote this year.


Help us bring home the Freddie Award for the eighth year in a row. Cast your vote (starting on February 15th) here: http://vote.freddieawards.com. Voting is open until March 31, 2015.


Thank you for your loyalty, Insiders!

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Paris is magical at any time of the year. Even when it's cold outside, the French capital is adorned with thousands of stunning lights and outdoor activities. The winter in the City of Light has a plethora of surprises in store for you… Here are just a few small secrets you should treat yourself to in the ‘chilly season’.


Paris is overflowing with cozy hideaways. Here are some little Parisian restaurants ideal for staying warm and indulging in specials together with your loved ones:

  • “Le Terroir Parisien”, where the Chef cooks historic Parisian recipes with local products
  • “Les Montagnards”, the best fondue restaurant in Paris for those cheese lovers
  • “Au Pied de Cochon”, where you can enjoy a French Onion Soup with a delicious layer of golden Emmental…


Put your ice skates on! This year, the Grand Palais des Glaces hosts the world’s biggest indoor ice rink. Skate hand in hand in a magic place, with musical animations, light shows under a glass roof… and maybe a comfy glass of mulled wine at the Café des Glaces next door?


Don’t miss the Pastry chefs and chocolatiers all there to delight your taste buds. Spend an afternoon in the cold air and then warm yourself up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Try the best hot chocolates of the city at the “Café de Flore” (boulevard Saint-Germain) or at “Jean-Paul Hévin’s” boutique (rue Saint-Honoré) and its « chocolate bar » upstairs, where you can taste the classic version or more exotic ones, such as the amazing carrot hot chocolate or the energizing banana and chili hot chocolate. Want to add some dancing and beats to your stay? Add a visit to one of the various cabarets or hot clubs.


And after the eventful day of hot chocolate, ice skating and theatre? Relax and pamper yourself at our unique Paris hotels. You can even arrive in style and feel like a VIP by enjoying our "Paris in style" offer. Why not take a look. You’ll get picked up with a complimentary Hertz Chauffeur Drive from the airport or train station directly to your hotel. Sit back, relax and be transported. Your arrival in Paris will be as memorable as the rest of your stay. Nothing compares to Paris!


Oriane G.

Paris Hotels

Hi Insiders,


The popular biographical movie American Sniper shows how the trauma of combat can be overwhelming — and how emotional support can bring healing.

When warriors are wounded, the Fisher House Foundation is there to help give their story a happy ending. You can help too, by donating points through Marriott’s partnership with the Hotels for Heroes program.


Jake Schick’s Story

“I seriously don’t know what I would have done without Fisher House and its programs,” said Jake Schick, a Marine Corps veteran who appears in American Sniper.

Marine Corps veteran Jake Schick takes shooting instructions from Bradley Cooper, AKA Chris Kyle, in the hit movie American Sniper.
Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers.


In Baghdad, Jake’s vehicle hit a triple-stacked tank mine, sending his body 30 feet in the air. He lost his right leg below the knee and sustained compound fractures in his left leg. Part of his left arm was gone. His left hand was lost. He broke every one of his ribs.

“Needless to say, I spent months and months in arduous rehab.  Fisher House put up my family, fiancée and friends,” said Jake.  “I have a large family and for them to be able to come see me, and not have to pay for a hotel is huge.”


Help Heroes with Your Points

Since 1990 the Fisher House Foundation has provided free temporary lodging for military families, allowing soldiers to get emotional support as they receive medical care at major military and VA medical centers. When there are no Fisher House rooms available nearby, donated points allow families to stay free of charge at Marriott® hotels.


Since 1990, Fisher House has provided 5.8 million nights of lodging for military and veterans’ families. You can help create a safety net for families like Jake’s.  Donate your points today >>


Hey Insiders,


Exciting news! Marriott Rewards is launching a new sweepstakes tomorrow, so we want to give our Insiders the heads up today!


Marriott Rewards members can enter once per day from February 10, 2015 - March 11, 2015 for a chance to win home Wi-Fi for a year. One winner will be chosen per day. And remember, every Marriott Rewards member now enjoys free hotel Wi-Fi with every stay they book on Marriott.com or via the Marriott Mobile App!


Enter here: Say Hi to Wi-Fi Sweepstakes by Marriott Rewards® | Chirpify or tweet #SayHiToWiFi and #sweeps to get the entry form link. For complete rules, visit the sweepstakes entry page.


Best of luck, Insiders!


*Note: you can visit the sweepstakes site today, and it appears you can enter the sweepstakes as well. However, entries submitted prior to 12:00pm EST on 2/10/15 will not be counted in the sweepstakes drawing.

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Dubai Classics returns for second highly anticipated weekend at the Dubai World Trade Centre on the 19th and 20th of February, 2015. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Dubai Classics is making a resounding return to the Emirate with two of the world’s leading and critically acclaimed orchestras. Hosted in collaboration with M Premiere and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Dubai Classics will host the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time in the UAE, and the UNESCO Artist for Peace, violinist and conductor Maestro Vladimir Spivakov with his Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra across two harmonious nights, running from February 19 – 20 at DWTC.


The UK-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is hailed as one of the greatest orchestras of modern times, plucking at the heart-strings of audiences throughout generations for nearly 70 years. The orchestra will play under the guidance of the famed Italian conductor, Alessandro Fabrizi, best-known for his unique passion for melding classical music with the study of neuroscience, and will be showcasing unrivalled classics from Beethoven to Mozart, Dvořák and Barber, to contemporary masters Sibelius and the film music of John Williams. Their performance in Dubai marks the first time the orchestra has come to the region, and sell-out crowds are expected on Thursday 19th February.


Celebrating its 35th anniversary with a world tour, the Moscow Virtuosi is one of the most celebrated orchestras around the world, recognized by The New York Times as “First-class string performers brought to perfection by Maestro Spivakov.”. Led by its prolific founder, chief conductor, and UNESCO’s Artist for Peace 2006, Vladimir Spivakov, the orchestra is a favorite feature of the International Music Festival in Colmar, France. The orchestra’s 35 world-class instrumentalists, made up of top-ranking soloists from the great orchestras of Russia, will take the stage in Dubai to share a selection of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Tchaikovski, Rossini, Piazzolla, on Friday 20th February.


We hope you will enjoy these musical celebrations and stay with us at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.


Madiha Z.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

This post is a little past due, but I still want to share some top conversations that occurred on Insiders throughout the year. As we close the book on 2014, we want to express our gratitude on an amazing year. I only joined this community in August, and I’ve already learned so much from all of you. merb The specified item was not found. lindseyh and KatieC and I thank all of you for making 2014 an exciting year for the community, and for sharing your personal experiences and travels in detail. Thank you Insiders!


Here are just a few of the top trending conversations that happened throughout the year. Have fun reading through them!


Aviation Geeks Unite!

One of the most popular threads throughout the year – 1,615 comments and counting!



Here's to many new adventures that lay ahead

Goodbye to community manager, Andy!



Insiders Family Album



9 Noticeable Changes to the Insiders Homepage



Oh, the places you've been in 2014!

Here are just a few of the amazing destinations enjoyed by Insiders and shared in our own crowd-sourced album.


Alii Kula Lavender Farm,
Kula, Maui, HI

by kharada46


Grand Canal,

Venice, Italy

by calvin


Wild Horses on

Easter Island

by jasper100




Click here to view the full album.


Traveling in 2015? Be sure to upload an image to our new album, Oh the places you've been in 2015!


Hey Insiders,


Emirates and Marriott Rewards have partnered to bring you an exclusive offer, just for Marriott Rewards members!


Click here to book now and enjoy up to 20% off


Enjoy 20% off fares in any class when you fly from Dallas/Fort Worth and 15% off when you fly from Emirates’ other US gateways*. Choose from over 145 inspiring destinations, whether you want to explore somewhere you’ve never been or catch up with friends on the other side of the world.


Savor every moment of your journey on board, with world-class service, up to 2,000 channels of entertainment and regionally inspired gourmet cuisine.


To make the most of this exclusive offer, simply book your flight online using the promotional code USMRIOT. Book by March 31, 2015 and travel by May 15, 2015.


*Other US gateway cities are Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC.


I flew Emirates for the first time last fall and the experience was amazing. Everything from the service to the food was impeccable. Do we have any Emirates fans out there? Share your experience!

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