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Hi Insiders, here are some great member offers for Bay Harbor, Miami and South Africa:



Member Exclusive Rates — Explore Bay Harbor: Let our resort wine + dine you

  • From April 1 - May 26, 2017, stay any night and your experience includes, overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, a bottle of Black Star Farm’s award-winning Arcturos Pinot Noir, and more.

Bonus Points/Miles — Miami sun: Get 1,000 points every night at 3 hotels

  • From March 31 - April 30, 2017, earn 1,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per night, 7 days a week. Relax and recharge at the Winter Haven, Autograph Collection®, Blue Moon Hotel, Autograph Collection® or the Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach/Oceanfront.


Bonus Points/Miles — South Africa weekends: Get 20% off + 2,000 points

  • From March 22 - May 31, 2017, stay a minimum of two nights, Friday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) and you'll be rewarded with 20% discount off best available rates and 2,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay.


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


Westfield has the best fields – sports fields, that is. Just 30 minutes north of Indianapolis, Indiana, Westfield has become a hub of sports activity thanks to Grand Park, the largest multi-sport campus in the Midwest. Since Grand Park’s inaugural year, millions of visitors have played the fields and cheered from the sidelines.


But what exactly makes Grand Park so grand? In size, Grand Park covers 400 acres of land. To put this in perspective, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Zoo and Banker’s Life Fieldhouse could all fit within the boundaries of Grand Park – with room to spare! Grand Park isn’t just fields either. In January 2016, Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse opened to add eight indoor hard courts to the mix of sports offerings. In April 2016, Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse welcomed the Nike EYBL, the most prestigious series of youth basketball events in the nation, to Indiana for the first time. More than 300 NCAA Division I college basketball coaches filled the stands to watch the top 40 under-17 boys basketball teams compete. Grand Park became “grander” again in July 2016 when the Grand Park Events Center opened. The facility houses three full-size professional soccer fields (each measuring 115 by 45 yards), locker rooms and a restaurant within 370,000 square feet. Because of the magnitude of the facility, the possibilities are vast for hosting many types of events.


Marriott hotels in neighboring Carmel and Fishers, such as the Springhill Suites and Residence Inn, have hosted players, coaches and fans coming to experience Grand Park from all over the country. With easy access to group-friendly dining, shopping, and things to do off the field, these Marriott locations are at the top of many sports travelers’ short lists. Add proximity to the airport and the fact that Grand Park is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the country, and you’ve got a deal that’s, well, grand! Please come stay with us soon.


Kate B.

JW Marriott Indianapolis

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown

SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Downtown

Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis Downtown

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Did you roll through airport security before your last flight — or did you wait in line in your socks? Now you can keep your shoes on, your mood mellow and your typical wait time to 5 minutes or less.

Starting today, you can use points to enroll in TSA Precheck, an expedited security screening program at 180+ airports across the U.S. When you go through airport security screening, there is no need to remove:

  • Shoes
  • Laptops
  • 3-1-1 liquids
  • Belts
  • Light jackets


Here’s how it works:

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  • Redeem points for a certificate with an authorization code (mailed to you)
  • Fill out the application online or at your local TSA Precheck enrollment center
  • Schedule a 10-minute appointment at your local enrollment center
  • Present the authorization code in lieu of payment ($85 for 5 years)
  • Learn more about TSA PreCheck



Redeem points for TSA Precheck now >


Share your Insider travel tips and stories about Linz or must-see museums by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


I want to draw your attention to two exciting museums in Linz, Austria. They are opposite of each other with the giant river Danube flowing between…


The Ars Electronica Museum is a place of inquiry and discovery, experimentation and exploration. It is a place that has taken the world of tomorrow as its stage, and one that assembles and presents influences from many different perspectives. Visitors can encounter the Center on their own, or seek guidance from the expert Info-trainers stationed throughout the exhibits. 16 x 9 meter wall and floor projections, laser tracking and 3-D animations have been the specialties of the Deep Space display since 2009. A recent upgrade of the Deep Space venue’s technical infrastructure now enables audiences to enjoy projections at 8K resolution, and thus worlds of imagery at a never-before-achieved level of quality. Full HD and 4K—that’s yesterday’s news. 8K is what’s happening now, and that standard was set by the latest update. A visit to Deep Space 8K promises to be extraordinary, fascinating, impressive, and breath-taking. The Ars Electronica, the museum of the future, is located next to the Danube River with a fantastic view over the city of Linz. On the top floor, the restaurant Cubus awaits you where you can enjoy snacks while overlooking the Danube.


The Lentos Art Gallery is opposite the Ars Electronica on the other site of the Danube. Here you can visit three different exhibitions and make a short stop in the Lentos Café. In the evening, these two museums appear with a special lighting. The whole front of the buildings glows in blue, white, green or pink! For more museum information, please visit www.lentos.at and www.aec.at.


Petra G.

Courtyard by Marriott Linz


Love to rock out — or love someone who does? Pack up and head out to the California desert for the sounds of top artists, the scents of specialty cuisine and the colorful array of cutting-edge art.

It’s all happening in April at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with a lineup featuring headliners Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and dozens more.

Members have three paths to access – and you’re the first to know:

Sweepstakes Package – April 20 – 24

Enter for your chance to win exclusive access for you and a friend to Coachella and on-site accommodations in a fully furnished, air-conditioned Shikar-style Safari Tent. No purchase necessary. 21+ Ends 3/31/17 Rules: http://bit.ly/2bJuPqF

VIP Package – April 14 - 16 or April 21 – 23

Use points to get 2 VIP passes – your choice of weekends until they’re both scooped up.

Ultimate Festival Camping Experience + Exclusive Safari Guest Passes Package– April 20 – 24

Bid with points to experience a safari tent with the amenities of a Marriott hotel room — on-site concierge, private restrooms and showers, air conditioning and much more — as well as 2 PASSES for exclusive access.

See the stars in the desert. Discover Coachella >


Kudos to meltravel, Silver Elite member and our new winner of 20,000 points! Here’s what meltravel had to say about our latest Live Elite topic, the Marriott Rewards® Premier credit card:

“I got the card in October … I make sure that I charge ALL travel related expenses as you earn double, triple miles for them. Often times I hear friends saying that they went through Expedia to reserve rooms. It may appear to be cheaper … but you can’t earn points on it like they could if they booked direct with Marriott.

By doing this — it allowed me to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my sister where I took her to London, Paris and Rome. We stayed in some amazing places.

I think often times people hear “Marriott Rewards” and they don’t realize that there are many options under that heading — Renaissance, Residence Inn, etc. as well as ALL the brands under SPG [administrator’s note: through transferring points from your linked account]. The biggest trick is — you have to do the search on the Marriott website instead of using an online system like Expedia.” Read full post

Thanks to all the Insiders who posted detailed comments about status received, rewards earned and experiences enjoyed. Here are three we thought were especially inspiring. Each of the Insiders below wins 1,000 points.

1. “The Marriott Rewards card is my 'go-to' card … I also use the Marriott Rewards Premier Business card for all things business.  Basically, both Marriott cards have replaced all other cards and have enabled me to advance towards my goal of Lifetime Platinum status.  The 15 elite qualifying nights that are awarded for a card is a BIG step towards achieving and/or maintaining next level status.  Also, let's not forget the free night voucher.  I had two vouchers which allowed me to spend two nights at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center hotel that normally would have cost me $400+ per night that particular weekend as it was during the premier of the Detroit Auto Show.” – greekbecky Platinum Elite member. Read full post

2. “The Marriott rewards card from Chase was actually my first travel card … My main deal when getting this card was the free annual night.

Next for me is definitely the elite night credit for 3k spend. This year almost all of my spend (except 10k that will go on my Ritz card just in case) will be going on my Marriott business card. With that I do think I'll be able to finally hit platinum.

A lot of people say cards with annual fees aren't worth it for those who don't travel often but I feel the opposite. I don't travel nearly as much as some of the road (and/or sky) warriors here (seriously how do you not call yourself sky warriors, that is so cool #Millenial) but I feel like between my 3 cards in the marriott rewards program I definitely travel more than I could otherwise.” – Jsucool76 Gold Elite member Read full post

3. “For us this Card was a ‘dream become truth.’ We used the extra points to make our best Marriott hotel trip of all the time. Without this credit card it would not been possible for us to stay during New Years Eve in magnificent Rio de Janeiro and see the stunning fireworks over Copacabana.” – Worldtraveller29 Platinum Elite member Read full post



Interested in enjoying cardmember perks for your own travels? Get details about the Marriott Rewards Premier card here.


Be watching for our next topic — and your next chance to win. To see more details and discussions about Elite benefits, click the Live Elite tag below.

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


The Dubai Water Canal has opened, creating a new attraction and an impressive stretch of waterfront that promises to elevate your visit to this vibrant Middle Eastern city. Work on the canal began on October 2, 2013, running through five phases that saw three flyovers built, apart from the excavation work. This years-long project now celebrates its opening and ushers in a new era in growth and development in the heart of Dubai.


Nine marine stations will operate along the canal, offering ferry and water taxi services, and as the adjoining areas of the 6.4-kilometre-long waterfront are developed, the canal will offer a new residential district. The growing district will soon offer exciting tourist attractions and recreational facilities, including up-and-coming restaurants, shops, and entertainment. The 3.2-kilometre-long canal serves as the final segment of the Dubai Creek extension, terminating in the Arabian Gulf via Al Safa, Al Wasl and Jumeirah 2. It presents new possibilities in marine transport, connecting the historic areas of Deira and Bur Dubai through the extended waterway of Dubai Creek and Business Bay. The development project is set to generate over 80,000 square meters of public facilities, including six kilometers of walkway, a three-kilometer-long jogging track and 12 kilometres of cycling tracks.


Centrally located on the canal, we invite you to stay at Dubai’s iconic 5-star waterfront hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. The hotel has rooms looking out over the canal and promenade. From here you can also enjoy easy access to some of the city’s best sights, including the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and a stroll along the water’s edge, or travel Dubai by Water Taxi.


Aisling M.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai



Planning your next getaway? Think Amsterdam, Sydney, Maui, Miami — RewardsPlus can take you there.

Discover what our partnership with United MileagePlus® means for you.

  • Platinum Premier Elite members: Experience MileagePlus Premier® Gold benefits — with Complimentary Premier upgrades confirmed as early as 48 hours before you travel, Economy Plus® seating, Premier Access®, Star Alliance™ Gold status plus lounge access when traveling internationally and more. Sign up now

  • Platinum Elite members who sign up now: Enjoy MileagePlus Premier Silver status — featuring Complimentary Premier upgrades confirmed as early as the day of departure, Economy Plus seating, Premier Access, one free checked bag and additional benefits. Sign up now



Learn more about RewardsPlus – and let your imagination fly higher.

Looking to gain access to the ultimate sporting event this season? Look no further! Marriott Rewards Experiences Marketplace has launched several exclusive events that include VIP access to see your favorite teams and luxurious accommodations.  From basketball to baseball, rugby and horse racing, your points give you the chance to experience them all.


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Ultimate NCAA® Men’s™ Final Four® Weekend Experience

Bid with points on your chance to win the ultimate NCAA® Final Four® experience!  This weekend-long extravaganza includes tickets to the Final Four® and National Championship games as well as VIP access to exciting events and music festivals. Your exclusive experience also includes accommodations at the luxurious JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa and transportation to and from all weekend events in Phoenix.

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Unforgettable Night of Baseball in Boston! Game & Retirement Ceremony Honoring #34, "Big Papi"

Use points to gain access to suite tickets to the Red Sox vs. Angels, June 23, 2017. Be there as Boston legend - David Ortiz, aka "Big Papi" - is celebrated and honored by his beloved team and devoted fans.  Ortiz, who is the all-time leader among designated hitters in games, hits, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits, total bases and RBIs, ranks among Boston franchise bests in nearly every offensive category. From a premium Fenway suite, you and a guest will witness the official retirement ceremony for No. 34 and then enjoy a thrilling home game against the Angels. After the game, you’ll enjoy a one night’s stay at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, which is a short walk from Fenway Park and many of Boston’s top attractions including Copley Square.

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HKSEVENS VIP Rugby Weekend + Meet & Greet with Rugby Legend + 3 Nights at the Renaissance HK Harbour View

Bid with points to experience the thrill of the 42nd annual 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens! Firmly established as the most popular annual sporting events in Asia, the Hong Kong Sevens attracts some of the world's greatest rugby players and thousands of fans from every corner of the globe. This fast and furious rugby action - combined with a carnival atmosphere and the world's largest prize purse - delivers unforgettable entertainment, excitement and adrenaline-charged action! Your ultimate VIP Hong Kong Sevens package includes tickets to the official kick-off concert, three-days access to the Marriott Rewards Executive Suite, a Meet & Greet with a rugby legend and a luxurious stay at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.

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Access Tickets to the American Airlines Center to see the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars!

Catch the one of the exciting Dallas Mavericks or the Dallas Stars games in the exclusive, newly-created Cyrus One Club at the American Airlines Center. This experience in the heart of the Big D, includes two loge box tickets and open access to an upscale buffet and open bar.

Learn More about Dallas Mavericks Games

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Alert: Email Phishing Scam

Posted by NathalieF Mar 3, 2017



We recently learned that a fraudulent email has been circulating which appears to be a legitimate Marriott Rewards email, but it is not.  Known as “phishing” or “spoofing,” emails of this sort typically incorporate a company’s branding, colors, and messaging in order to trick you into providing personal information or click on invalid hyperlinks or attachments that if activated, may cause a virus.

At this time we do not believe that our systems security or any personal information was compromised by this “phishing” incident.

If you receive any suspicious emails, especially those requesting you update your profile or provide personal information, we urge you not to follow any links provided or click on any “buttons” or attachments. Instead, simply delete the email. If you've accidentally selected a link, you should run a virus scan immediately. 

Below is a version of the fraudulent email that has been brought to our attention:

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More information on computer security and phishing scams can be found on the Federal Trade Commission's Web site:





-The Community Management Team

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

What is on your checklist when considering your next trip? I am sure the essentials are covered - your toothbrush, maybe even floss if you’re good? What how about your intangible check list? How about your arrival experience, the culture of the community where you want to spend time or perhaps the sense of feeling while you are traveling? Here’s a chance to reassess your intangible checklist for Louisville, Kentucky….

Arrival Experience: Pulling into Downtown Louisville will put a smile on your face. The downtown hotel community has fully embraced the role of ambassador to get you to that unforgettable “local spot” you have been yearning for. Here Nulu will fill you with the best locally sourced food and Angels Envy will offer the smoothest glass of Bourbon. We know that your kids will be eager for directions to Museum Row on Main Street to see the world’s largest baseball bat and to visit the Kentucky Science Center.


Culture:  Let’s venture to the Highlands for the city's absolute best cup of coffee at Quills. Take a seat, take a sip, be a local. This coffee shop is located on Bardstown Road, host to some the best dining experiences in the city. Holy Grale is high on the list, built in an old church, featuring a beer garden just outside. Lilly’s is the next stop. They have been doing farm-to-table before it was a "thing". We do not recommend skipping on dessert in this city. Graeters Ice Cream or Steel City Pops will not disappoint.

Sense of Feeling: Wake up early on Sunday, head to Nord’s Bakery for a top shelf donut and stop next door to grab some delicious coffee at Sunergos. It’s time to buckle up for a relaxing drive through the rolling hills of Kentucky. Head north on Brownsboro road until you hit Hwy 329. Once you get here take a right and lose yourself for a good 20 minutes through horse country -- a perfect break from the busyness of the city. Most importantly, we want you to have a peaceful state of mind when you visit. Spend another day with a nice afternoon at Churchill Downs, only 8 minutes from downtown and home to the fastest two minutes in sports. Live horse racing, family fun, and mint juleps all reside for just a few dollars to enter the gates. The downtown bourbon tour is wonderful because it doesn’t require any long drives. Evan Williams, Jim Beam, and Angels Envy journeys will certainly contribute to capturing the desired state of mind. For those willing to spend a little more time traveling, in about an hour you can visit Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, or Heaven Hill. For your next trip, change all the locations, and keep all the same feelings. We hope you will stay with us in Louisville soon.


Dustin S.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Louisville Downtown

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The new Marriott Mobile App makes exploring the world even easier — and now it can also take you around the world. Use the app for a chance to win free travel for life*.

When you use the app to book a stay, check in or make requests, you’ll get entries to win 3.75 million points: Here are just a few ideas of what you could do with that many points:

  • Go on a five-day trip every year until 2047.
  • Spend the summer exploring Europe.
  • Spend the winter in sunny Australia.
  • Take off on a 150-day world tour.
  • And so much more.

Go ahead, start using the app and let the trip planning begin.


Learn more >

*Travel for Life = 3.75MM Marriott Rewards Points. Point use & exp. subject to Reward T&C’s. Life is defined 5 nights/yr for 30 yrs at Hotel Category 5. View Hotel Categories.

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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