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06/25/2013

Marriott Rewards Takes Off With New Airline Partner ‘Saudia’ Airlines

Marriott RewardsMarriott Rewards members traveling throughout the Middle East can now earn ‘Saudia’ Airlines - Alfursan 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 Alfursan Miles.

Effective immediately, Marriott Rewards members who designate ‘Saudia’ Airlines – Alfursan Program as their earning preference will receive:

Two (2) Alfursan Miles per US$1 spent at:
 
• JW Marriott®
• Autograph Collection®
• Renaissance® Hotels
• Marriott Hotels & Resorts®
• Marriott Vacation Club®

Two (2) Alfursan Miles per $1 US spent on room rate only at the following brands:

• The Ritz-Carlton®
• EDITIONSM
• Gaylord Hotels®

One (1) Alfursan Mile 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 Alfursan Miles at the following exchange rates:

Marriott Rewards points                                         Alfursan Miles
10,000                                        =                           1,500
20,000                                        =                           3,500
30,000                                        =                           7,000
70,000                                        =                         17,500
140,000                                      =                         35,000


Saudia is the flagship carrier airline of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is based in Jeddah.  It operates domestic and international flights to over 92 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and by recently joining the SkyTeam Global Airline Alliance it expanded its flight connections to over 1,000 international destinations via 19 partner airlines.

Alfursan is the Frequent Flyer program of Saudia with one of the largest membership bases in the Middle East region.  Alfursan was the first frequent flyer program to launch in the region, catering predominantly to the residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Alfursan offers highly attractive global rewards and privileges to its members including unrestricted access to reward seat and upgrades on more than 15,000 daily flights. 

There are 43 hotels in Marriott’s family of brands in the Middle East, including eight hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where members can earn and redeem Marriott Rewards points.  Brands include JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels,
Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments, and Marriott Rewards’ luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC.

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 the Middle East or visit MarriottRewards.com.

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