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04/10/2013

Buen Viaje – Iberia Plus Becomes Marriott Rewards’ Newest Partner

Marriott RewardsTraveling throughout Spain and Europe has gotten more rewarding with the new Marriott Rewards® and Iberia Plus partnership.  Marriott Rewards members can now earn Avios miles for stays at more than 3,700 Marriott International hotels in 70 countries across 14 distinctive brands.   Marriott Rewards points can also be redeemed for Avios.

Effective immediately, Marriott Rewards members who designate Avios as their earning preference will receive:

Two (2) Avios per US$1 spent at:

• Marriott Hotels & Resorts®
• JW Marriott®
• Renaissance® Hotels
• Marriott Vacation Club®
• Autograph Collection® Hotels
• EDITION® (room rate only)
• The Ritz-Carlton® (room rate only)
• Gaylord Hotels® (room rate only)

Or one (1) Avios per US$1 spent (room rate only) at:

• AC Hotels by MarriottSM
• Courtyard by Marriott®
• Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®
• SpringHill Suites by Marriott®
• Residence Inn by Marriott®
• TownePlace Suites by Marriott®
• Marriott Executive Apartments®

In addition, Marriott Rewards members can convert their Marriott Rewards points into Avios at the following exchange rates:

Marriott Rewards points                                        Avios
10,000                                        =                       2,000
20,000                                        =                       5,000
30,000                                        =                     10,000
70,000                                        =                     25,000
125,000                                      =                     50,000

“Europe is one of Marriott’s most important growth markets,” said Osama Hirzalla, Marriott’s vice president for brand marketing and eCommerce, Europe. “This partnership with Iberia will help us expand our membership in Spain and throughout Europe and will give our members who travel to and from Spain more choice.”

Iberia is Spain’s largest air transport group and, after its merger with British Airways in January 2011, it has become the third-largest in Europe and the sixth one in the world in terms of revenues. It is also the leading airline on routes between Europe and Latin America, with the most flights and destinations. Iberia is a member of the oneworld® alliance.  The frequent flyer program of Iberia is Iberia Plus, and the reward currency is Avios, which is shared with British Airways Executive Club program.

There are 77 hotels in Spain where members can earn and redeem Marriott Rewards points.  Brands include AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection Hotels, and Marriott Vacation Club.

Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,700 Marriott International hotels around the world.  In addition to hotels and frequent flyer miles, members can also redeem points for merchandise, cruises, car rentals and more. 

Marriott Rewards won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” five years in a row and won the 2010 and 2009 Frequent Traveler Award for “Best Hotel Program in the Americas” and has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 in the U.S. or 44 20 7012 7312 in Europe or visit MarriottRewards.com.

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