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Marriott Bonvoyed: How Much Are Your Favorite Hotel Redemptions Going For Now?

Yesterday, Marriott eliminated their award charts in favor of variable priced awards. They promised that for 2022, most hotels would remain within the previous...

[Last Chance To Lock In Lower Rates!] Marriott Award Pricing Will Be Bonvoyed On March 29th

Update, 3/28: Today is the final day to lock in rates before Marriott begins the process of removing their award charts. That process begins...

[WOW! Certificate Refunded At Full Peak Rate!] Getting Bonvoyed Detaching A Marriott Travel Package Certificate From A Hotel Stay

Update: I was expecting a long battle with Marriott saying too bad, so sad. However while Marriott was not able to restore my travel package...

Ends Today? Will Marriott Travel Packages Prove To Be A Hedge Against The Upcoming Bonvoy Devaluation Or Will They Get Bonvoyed?

Before the brutal Marriott-Starwood merger, both companies offered lucrative redemptions for booking a hotel award and transferring points to miles at the same time. Unfortunately,...

[Package Sales #Bonvoyed As Of Next Week] Marriott’s Latest Devaluations Means Travel Packages Are Much More Attractive

Update: Gary Leff reports that Marriott is discontinuing these travel packages. That's probably due to Marriott preparing to eliminate their award chart and hotel...

OUCH! Bonvoyed: Marriott Kills Award Charts; Elite Status And Certificates Extended

I'm currently on safari in Africa, but I had to take a break from my break to cover today's major news. Marriott will join...

9/2/20 News Roundup: UAE Peace Deal, El Al Sale, COVID Reinfection, Flight Simulator, 737MAX Rebranding, Ransomware, Tesla Hack, #Bonvoyed, And More!

In case you missed it, bumping for your Sunday reading pleasure 🙂 Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage....

[Final Day, Book Now!] Brutal! A Look Into The Marriott #Bonvoyed 2020 Category Changes: 1,686 Going Up, Just 499 Going Down, Plus More Capacity...

Update: Today is the final day to book. Don't forget to book awards at hotels that are going up in category! Prices may go...

Sunday News Roundup 2/23/20: Flight Denied Entry To Israel, E-PASS Transponder, Venice #Bonvoyed, MLB, Points Scam, Drone Dome, $10K Bump, Cuba Trip, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my...

Marriott Travel Packages Haven’t Been #Bonvoyed Again, But Good Luck Finding Someone That Knows That

Related: Earn 100,000 Bonus Points On The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Consumer Card, Plus Where You Can Use Anniversary Nights! Last March I wrote about...

#Bonvoyed Again: Residence Inn Miami Beach Surfside Stealth Category Increase

Marriott makes sweeping changed of the award categories for their hotels once per year, this year it went into effect on 3/5. But apparently that...

Sunday News Roundup 12/15/19: Jersey City Terror, TLV Hotel, Bonvoyed, Protect Your Ring, Check Your Passwords, And More!

Featured trip reports of the day: DDF posting legend AJK managed to trick his wife into getting on a plane in Cathay Pacific First Class,...

#Bonvoyed: Goodbye To Using Marriott Points For MLB Moments And Thanks For The Amazing Memories!

I've used 8 figures of miles earned from credit cards to fly myself and my family around the world in first class cabins and...

Here’s How I Was #Bonvoyed By 2 Marriott Hotels In July

It's been a year since Marriott took over the beloved Starwood program. Our credit card earnings have been devalued and customer service has gone...

The @SPGAssist Twitter Account Has Been #Bonvoyed

Earlier this month I wrote about my experience being #Bonvoyed. Just about every SPG loyalist feels #Bonvoyed in one way or another, so when some...

Bonvoyed: Here’s What I Did With My Tier 4-5 Travel Package Certificate

Marriott pulled a fast one on loyalty members last August. Their social media representatives made posts implying that Marriott would treat members who purchased...

Daily Getaways Is Back, But It Looks Like Another Snoozefest

Daily Getaways is back, but for the 2nd year in a row, it looks like a bust. The whole program will only have 10 sales,...

Ends Today! Get A 20% Bonus When You Transfer Marriott Points Into Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

Update: This offer ends today! Get A 20% Bonus When You Transfer Marriott Points To Air Canada Aeroplan If you transfer Marriott points to Air Canada’s...

Marriott Launches Certificate Top-Up, Though It Appears To Be Buggy At Launch

When Marriott announced last October that they would kill off their award charts, they also announced a small giveback, that they would allow members...

[WOW: Points Are Now Posting!] Marriott Will Cancel All Existing Travel Packages Next Month, Refund At Peak Point Levels

Update, 3/10: Points have been refunded as I calculated in the post below! For example, below is the 420K point refund for a 7...

Hilton Stealth Devalues Award Rates At Several Properties

5 years ago, Hilton followed Delta in deleting their award chart. At the time they said it was not a devaluation as they would...

1/9/22 News Roundup: We Can Do Better; The Chaim Walder Moment, COVID For All, $1,759 Kosher Airline Meal, Surfside Collapse Reconstruction, Taliban, Cancun Resort...

Disclaimer: This news roundup discusses sensitive topics. Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes...

[Call IHG For Points For Expiring Certificates!] IHG Extends Anniversary Night Certificates, Points Expiration, And Elite Status For An Additional Year!

Update: While 2021 issued certificates were extended, people are reporting getting bonus points, typically 25K but up to 40K, for each anniversary night that...

Combine Hyatt Points To Avoid Losing Them If You Haven’t Had Account Activity Over COVID

Hyatt was an early mover in creating COVID friendly policies in 2020, but of late the chain continues their attempt to bring things back...

Hyatt Is Quietly Extending And Giving Points For Expiring Certificates!

Hilton, Marriott, and IHG all extended elite status and certificates and point expiration dates yet again, while Hyatt took the bold strategy of doing nothing. How...

[Ends Today!] Transfer Marriott Points To Etihad And Get A 50% Bonus; Bargains On American And Royal Air Maroc Flights!

Update: This offer ends today! Note that Capital One Media Relations has told me that they will also qualify for this bonus, despite not being...

9/5/21 News Roundup: Surfside Collapse, Endemic COVID, COVID Origin, BDS, Awesome LEGO App, Jews Playing Ball, Chicken On A Plane, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye. Let’s...

5/16/21 News Roundup: Violence In Israel, Meron Thoughts, Get Away With Murder, Inflation, Chinese Vaccine, Delta Abuse, Nazi Escape, Rental Car Shortage, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye. Let’s...

Transfer Marriott Points To Etihad And Get A 50% Bonus; Bargains On American And Royal Air Maroc Flights!

Update: This offer is now valid through 5/8! Update: This offer ends today! Originally posted on 4/14: Transfer Marriott Points To Etihad And Get A 50% Bonus If...

3/10/21 News Roundup: Vaccines, Yudi Dukes, Mandalorian, 0% Mortgages, Shomer Shabbat Airlines, Frontier Near Miss, Cats On A Plane, Antisemitism, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye. Let’s...

Marriott 2021 Category Changes: 51 Hotels Going Up, 150 Hotels Going Down; Lock In Rates Before 3/3!

Marriott 2021 Complete List Of Annual Category Changes  Read about previous category changes: Marriott 2020 Annual Category Changes Marriott 2019 Annual Category Changes Marriott 2018...

Trip Notes Miami: A Foodie’s Delight, Plus Roundup Of 135+ Kosher Spots In South Florida!

Read the South Florida Master Thread on DDF Previous Miami trip reports: Trip Notes: Miami. A Trip Of Firsts. Trip Notes: Miami 2012. ...

1/3/21 News Roundup: Failing The Vaccine Rollout, UK Variant, Silver Linings, Greenland Flights, COVID At 35K Feet, $16K Apple Bill, Jetpack Flyer, Volcano Eruption,...

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye....

12/13/20 News Roundup: Vaccine Wars, Rules For Thee, Another 2 Year Old Kicked Off Flight, Delta’s Loophole, Work From Hawaii, Basic Economy Rooms, And...

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye....

El Al Now Selling Nonstop Flights Between Tel Aviv And Dubai!

El A is now selling nonstop flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai for travel starting on December 13th. Israelis will be able to travel to...

11/2/20 News Roundup: Saved By A Whale, COVID Lockdowns, NYC Quarantine Fines, Peace In The Middle East, The Return Of The 737MAX, And More

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye....

El Al, Arkia, And Israir Schedule Nonstop Flights Between Tel Aviv And Dubai! Will El Al Fly Their Dreamliner?

Just a few months ago, Israelis were not able to visit the UAE. Now, 3 Israeli airlines will fly nonstop from Tel Aviv to Dubai! The...

10/9/20 News Roundup: COVID-19 Second Wave, Flights To Nowhere, Skymiles Mortgage, Airlines Banning Food, Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Home Makeover, Faked Death, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my...

[Update: Confirmed!] INCREDIBLE! President Trump Just Announced A Peace Deal Between Israel And Bahrain!

Update: This is now confirmed! https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1304464848831631361 Things continue to move quickly in the Middle East! President Trump announced a peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and...

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