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Starwood and Marriott Offer Similar Promotions For the First Quarter of 2017

The Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty programs offer similar promotions for the first quarter of 2017 simultaneously for the first time — especially since their parent companies merged and now allow members to freely transfer points between programs.

Earn double bonus points with both promotions on your first three eligible stays of at least one night at participating hotel or resort properties almost anywhere in the world between Monday, January 16, 2017 and Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Additionally, you will also receive an extra customized bonus targeted specifically for you to earn even more points.

The only exceptions which are not eligible for credit and do not qualify for promotional earnings are…

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How To Download Free Christmas Music — or Choose From Thousands of Other Songs — Legally

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed, Christmas is now on the minds of many people — and some of those old standards are starting to be played all over the world: White Christmas by Bing Crosby and Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley, to name only a couple of many.

You can download these songs for free — legally — as well as others, if you want. What’s that? You do not like Christmas music? No problem. You can download from your choice of dozens of Chanukah songs…

…or you can choose from literally thousands of other songs by artists such as…

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Rates From $79.00 Per Night During Marriott Four Day Sale

Spend as little as $79.00 per night at participating hotel and resort properties in the Marriott International portfolio with reservations booked directly with Marriott during A Sale of Global Proportions 2016 now through Monday, November 28, 2016 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Standard Time for stays in…

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“Exclusive Access” is Not the Only Absurd Part of This Hotel Elite Key “Deal”

“The guy really has a talent for writing copy,” FlyerTalk member CMK10 opined pertaining to Marriott Elite Room Key Cards for Sale on Ebay. “I’ll give him or her that.”

He quoted the portion of the description of the pair of grey elite room key cards — complete with three photographs of one of them on which you can “zoom” to see the details, believe it or not — which described them as “a great collectible of the hotel rewards era” and that presenting this key card “at resort spas, pools, etc can also gain you access to exclusive parts of the hotels” to “make your upcoming trip memorable.”

The promise of exclusive access was absurd enough — never mind that we live in an era of advanced technology where management of the hotel or resort property can easily identify whether or not you are entitled to the benefits conferred upon you with possession of that grey elite room key card — but…

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Earn Up to 1,500 Marriott Rewards Points by Connecting to Social Media

You can earn up to 1,500 Marriott Rewards points by connecting to social media: simply connect your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles to your Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program account for 500 points each — which adds up to a total of 1,500 Marriott Rewards points — but you must do so by…

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Your Chance to Sleep at the Stadium of Super Bowl LI — and Watch the Game, Too

Imagine after you and your companion sleeping in comfortable beds for the night, you wake up and wander over to your seats to watch Super Bowl LI in person.

Unless you want to pay a lot of money for tickets for two to Super Bowl LI and stay overnight in a hotel two states away because the closer ones have no vacancies available — or not go to the Super Bowl at all — the above scenario would most likely be a dream come true for you.

Enter the Courtyard by Marriott Super Bowl LI Sleepover Contest for your chance to sleep at the stadium of Super Bowl LI — and watch the game, too — but hurry, as this contest ends tomorrow, Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time.

To participate…

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Convert Marriott Rewards Points to AAdvantage Miles and Earn a Bonus of 20 Percent

Each conversion of your Marriott Rewards points to American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program miles will earn you a bonus of 20 percent through Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11:59 in the evening Central Daylight Time — and this offer is valid with regular point conversions as well as with Marriott Rewards Travel Packages.

You must…

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How You Can Help Victims of Hurricane Matthew With Marriott

Marriott International, Incorporated will match the contributions of frequent guest loyalty program points through Monday, October 31, 2016 for people adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew; and the announcement was released after the news of similar efforts by United Airlines and American Airlines.

To many people, the storm has left reminders which still exist in the form of extensive damage and lost loved ones. Record storm surges, substantial flooding from torrential rains, and high winds battered many areas from Jamaica to Haiti to Cuba to the Bahamas to the southeastern coast of the United States.

“Our…

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Marriott Opens First Hotel in Rwanda as it Continues Investment and Growth in Africa

Marriott International officially opened the doors of Kigali Marriott Hotel in the capital city of Rwanda on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 — marking the first time in its history of almost 90 years in which Marriott has brought its signature brand to sub-Saharan Africa.

The hotel has 254 rooms and is creating approximately 500 jobs; will offer world-class meeting spaces with modern amenities to cater to the demands of this rapidly growing market; and…

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