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08/06/2015

Digital Star Grace Helbig Touts Consumer Benefit Of Booking Directly On Marriott.com

Marriott International’s New “#itpaystobookdirect” Campaign Showcases Company’s Best Rate Guarantee 

For-PR_bBethesda, MD – August 6, 2015 – Marriott International today launched a new digital campaign, starring Grace Helbig (Grace Helbig Show, It’s Grace) that highlights the benefits for consumers who book their hotel stays directly on Marriott.com. The campaign – “#itpaystobookdirect” – uses talent from the digital and social world to go directly to consumers on those channels.

When consumers book on Marriott.com, they receive benefits like the company’s best rate guarantee.  If consumers find a better rate elsewhere, the company’s best rate guarantee will match it and give them an additional 25 percent discount.  In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy extra benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in, and special deals only available when booking direct on a Marriott channel. 

“With this campaign, we want to make sure every consumer knows why it pays to book their stays with us directly, either on Marriott.com, through our Global Reservation Centers, or by contacting the hotel directly,” said Drew Pinto, vice president, distribution strategy for Marriott. “Our guests who book direct get access to our best rates, every room we have available and the most accurate and trustworthy information about our hotels. Booking direct is also best way for customers to personalize their stay with us.”  

Each of the 30 and 60 second “#itpaystobookdirect” spots injects humor in communicating the benefits of booking hotel stays directly on Marriott.com. The campaign features Grace Helbig jumping into different scenarios to teach people the why it makes more sense to be direct. 

In the “Proposal,” Grace rescues a stammering boyfriend who is equating his love for his girlfriend to cheese inside a baked potato. 

In the “Interview,” Grace comes to the aid of a boss asking a recruit ridiculous questions like, “If you could be one aquatic mammal, what would it be?”  

In “Scenic Route,” an exasperated Grace helps a lost young couple learn the quickest route to their destination from a gas station attendant who insists they take the scenic route past the house of his best friend Greg who makes scarves out of leaves. 

The creative spots will appear as digital video and via digital display ads. Shorter out-takes will appear on Facebook through November. All the videos are also being featured on Marriott’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/marriott.  

Marriott’s Content Studio led the overall creative development for the campaign partnering with Above Average, the premier online destination for original comedic videos and written content featuring the industry’s top creators, celebrities, and rising talent. It is the company’s first collaboration with Above Average as part of a recently signed development deal. Above Average is the digital arm of Broadway Video, the production company behind Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.  

About Marriott International: 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.    

About GRACE HELBIG:
GRACE HELBIG is an American comedian, actress, internet personality and #1 New York Times best-selling author. In 2014, Grace was named one of Forbes’ top 30 Under 30, was listed as Variety’s Top 10 Comedians to Watch, was featured as Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, and her podcast NOT TOO DEEP was named one of Apple’s Best New Podcasts of 2014. Grace’s advice book, “Grace’s Guide” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. She is currently writing her next book which is set to release January 2016. Grace was just featured in Google’s most recent national Beacon campaign across all media. She also just finished the 1st season of her own comedy/talk show for E!, THE GRACE HELBIG SHOW, which makes her the only female host of a late night talk show on television. 

Grace is the founder and creator of her former web series Daily Grace. In January 2014, she founded the YouTube channel It’s Grace, which hosts her new web series. In one week, It’s Grace amassed over 800 thousand subscribers and 7 million video views. It’s Grace currently stands at over 2.5M subscribers and 100 million video views. Grace is frequently featured as a guest on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and can be seen starring in the feature film, CAMP TAKOTA which topped the charts on iTunes’ Top 10 Downloads. Grace can currently be seen starring in the online travel show “HeyUSA” with Mamrie Hart on Conde Nast’s TheScene.com. In addition to her talk show, Grace can next be seen in the digital reboot of the popular 70s TV series ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL. 

Contact: John Wolf at john.wolf@marriott.com

07/02/2015

Delta Hotels and Resorts Goes Live on Marriott.com

Delta TorontoTravelers Can Make Reservations Now at 37 Additional Hotels Across Canada

Bethesda, Md. USA and Toronto, Canada — July 2, 2015 — With the travel season heating up, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) is now giving travelers 37 additional hotels and resorts across Canada to choose from when they visit Marriott.com, or book on the popular Marriott mobile app.  It’s the next phase of the company’s integration of the award-winning Delta Hotels and Resorts® into the Marriott portfolio of 19 brands; travelers can now learn about and book Delta properties located in more than 30 Canadian cities. Whether it’s a metropolitan weekend in a buzzing city like Toronto, Montréal or Vancouver, an escape to a one-of-a-kind resort in majestic nature areas like Banff or Whistler, or exploring one of the country’s cultural hubs like St. John’s or Quebec, Marriott now gives travelers in Canada more options than ever before.

“We’re excited to announce the newest phase in bringing Delta Hotels and Resorts into the Marriott family,” said Don Cleary, President for Marriott Hotels of Canada. “Making it easier to book Delta on Marriott.com and on our mobile app, we are putting more options in the hands of the traveler.”

The Delta brand brings a rich history and exciting range of properties to the Marriott portfolio making Marriott the largest full-service hotelier in Canada.  Additionally, Delta brings its fresh approach to the guest experience - new, modern guest room designs, innovative use of technology, and new properties like its flagship Delta Toronto located at the center of Canada’s hottest high-rise neighborhood, South Core. 

Marriott Rewards is introducing an exclusive member offer – 15 percent off stays at Delta Hotels and Resorts properties from now through September 7, 2015. For more information on Marriott Rewards member benefits and Delta Hotels, visit: MarriottRewards.com/DeltaHotels.

Marriott.com remains one of the largest online retail sites in the world, and with a new design it is easier than ever for guests to use every device available to discover and book over 4,000 Marriott properties in 78 countries. The Marriott mobile app has increased in popularity with the launch of Mobile Check-In and Check-out, which successfully expanded to the full portfolio of hotels globally last year and has been downloaded over 5.3 million times. It also recently introduced a new feature Mobile Requests that enables guests to request services and amenities from their mobile devices using the app. Learn more about the app here: http://mobileapp.marriott.com/

Membership in Marriott Rewards is free to join. Members will also enjoy a range of other benefits.  To learn more about Marriott Rewards and to sign up, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.  

 

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 4,000 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates, and members can earn and redeem points at Marriott properties around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Seagren Doran                 Felicia McLemore  
GREY Public Relations      Marriott International     
212-546-2517                  301-380-2702 
Seagren.Doran@grey.com felicia.McLemore@marriott.com                                            

05/05/2015

Marriott Rewards Voted Top Hotel Loyalty Program for 8th Year in a Row

Marriott-Rewards-logoBethesda, Md., May 5, 2015 – Travelers once again say Marriott Rewards is the leading frequent travel program in the travel industry because of its commitment to its most loyal customers. The global loyalty program, which continually evolves to meet the changing needs of its members, is the all-time leading recipient of Freddie Awards and was just named 2015 Hotel Program of the Year in the Americas for the eighth year in a row. The Freddie Awards recognizes excellence in frequent travel programs in the hotel and airline industries and this year the voting page received a record 20.9 million page views during the voting period.

”Receiving a Freddie is one of the highest compliments in the hospitality industry and we are honored to, once again, be awarded the Hotel Program of the Year” said Thom Kozik, vice president, Loyalty at Marriott International. “Our members come first and Marriott Rewards will continually evolve to enhance their travel experience during and beyond the hotel stay.”

The award-winning Marriott Rewards prides itself on offering its members a modern and easy program with exclusive benefits spanning 16 unique hotel brands in Marriott International’s global portfolio. It’s free to join and has no blackout dates, and members can earn points which can be redeemed at more than 3,800 hotels around the world, enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, free Wi-Fi and more. To learn more about Marriott Rewards and to sign up, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at nearly 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” eight years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.”. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott International:
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company newsvisit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

CONTACTS: John Wolf                             Jenna Newmark
                     Marriott International         Grey Public Relations
                    (301) 380-5718 office          (212) 546-1716 office
                    (202) 437-6975 mobile         (646) 369-3377 mobile
                    john.wolf@marriott.com       jenna.newmark@grey.com    

04/02/2015

Marriott International Celebrates Millionth Mobile Check-In with a Sweepstakes Across its Portfolio of Brands

Millionth Check-in PhotoMarriott Rewards members Using Marriott Mobile Check-In Have the Chance to Win a Share of Millions of Marriott Rewards Points

Bethesda, Md., April 2, 2015To celebrate its millionth mobile check-in, Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) is announcing a sweepstakes across its portfolio of brands. From April 2nd to December 31st, 2015, Marriott Rewards members who check-in using the Marriott mobile app before their stay will be automatically entered* to win a share of millions of Marriott Rewards points. To enter, guests must be a Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards member and use the Marriott Mobile app to check-in for a stay at over 3,000 Marriott brand properties in the US, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands that offers mobile check-in.  

To kick off the sweepstakes, Marriott partnered with What’s Trending founder and host Shira Lazar and Jeana Smith, founder of Prank vs. Prank to give the millionth mobile check-in guest the surprise of a lifetime. Marriott Rewards member Hunter Swift and his wife, Tina, checked in to the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and received a surprise party complete with a DJ, bellhop acrobats, dancers, and the gift of one million Marriott Rewards points. Click here to watch the celebration.

For more information about how to enter this sweepstakes visit: Mobileapp.marriott.com/sweepstakes. In the coming months, a similar sweepstakes promotion will launch in more countries.

“We are very thrilled that mobile check-in has proven to be so wildly popular and wanted to show our appreciation by celebrating Hunter and Tina as the millionth mobile check-in guests,” said Jennifer Utz, vice president, buzz marketing & partnerships, Marriott International. “We are excited to continue expanding this sweepstakes to other countries around the world, to give those guests a chance to win their share of Marriott Rewards points when they use mobile check-in.”

In addition to the kickoff, Marriott teamed with the Emmy-nominated, multi-platform internet and pop culture media brand What’s Trending and host Shira Lazar to produce five additional What’s Trending digital videos, which are on www.YouTube.com/Marriott and feature a cross-range of YouTube influencers taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to capturing their personal journeys thanks to mobile check-in. Part of the newly formed Marriott global content studio, the series features five major YouTube stars (Jeana Smith from PrankVsPrank; Louis Cole from FunForLouis; Tom from TheSyndicateProject; Steve Zaragoza from Sourcefed; and Meghan Camarena from Strawburry17) as they live out their wildest travel dreams with unique experiences. From paintball to martial arts and piloting a helicopter, the series gives travelers the chance to join in the action through the eyes of these online stars.

With the Marriott Mobile App, check-in is simple. Guests can check-in after 4 pm the day before their arrival and will receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. The mobile check-in feature is part of the free and newly updated Marriott Mobile App available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play. For more information and to download the app go to: http://mobileapp.marriott.com/.

*See Official Rules for all details regarding eligibility and how to enter.

ABOUT WHAT’S TRENDING
With more than 67 million views on YouTube, What’s Trending is the Primetime Emmy-nominated center of the online universe, bringing audiences the hottest videos, trends, and personalities on YouTube and social media everyday. Co-founder Shira Lazar and the biggest online stars entertain and inform audiences on every platform, everyday, with the trends that have the world buzzing. 

ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com.

Contacts:
John Wolf                             Jenna Newmark        
Marriott International, Inc.     Grey Public Relations
john.wolf@marriott.com         Jenna.Newmark@grey.com 
301-380-5718                          212-546-1716 

03/13/2015

First Protea Hotels in South Africa Join Marriott Rewards

MR_FullColorMarriott Rewards members can now earn and redeem points at 26 hotels in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban

Dubai, UAE — March 13, 2015 — Travel to Africa is set to become more rewarding as Marriott International announced the introduction of its award-winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program across key Protea Hotels located in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.  Effective this week, members of Marriott Rewards will be able to earn and redeem points at 26 of Protea Hotels’ properties in South Africa.  Under the programme, members will be able to enjoy full Elite benefits at participating Protea Hotels, Protea Hotels Fire & Ice! And African Pride Hotels in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban starting 23rd February 2015. 

Protea Hotels has over 100 African properties ranging from chic urban hotels to luxurious safari lodges in countries that include South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. Following the introduction of Marriott Rewards to an initial 26 properties, the programme is set to roll out to all remaining Protea properties in late 2015, making it one of the largest hotel loyalty programmes on the continent.

“The introduction of Marriott Rewards across Protea properties marks the latest phase in the integration of Protea Hotels within the Marriott International family,” said Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Marriott International Middle East and Africa. “Marriott Rewards is our award-winning loyalty program with over 49 million members, to which we are now actively promoting the unique delights of Protea Hotels. We are also constantly innovating to provide our members new and compelling ways to engage with and enjoy its benefits.”

As part of the launch and in addition to earning points, members who book their travel to any of the 26 participating hotels will receive a 10% discount on the best available rate.

Membership in Marriott Rewards is free to join. Members will also enjoy a range of other benefits.  To learn more about Marriott Rewards and to sign up, please visit: www.MarriottRewards.com.

More about Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at nearly 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM issued earlier this year. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can visit MarriottRewards.com.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com/

Contacts:
Deema Kingsmill-Moore 
Marriott International 
+971 56 6553796
deema.kingsmill-moore@marriott.com

12/19/2014

Spring into Mega Points with Marriott Rewards

MR_FullColorMarriott Rewards Encourages Travelers to “Picture This” in Spring MegaBonus Campaign

Bethesda, Md. — December 18, 2014— Today, Marriott Rewards – Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program – launches the “Picture This” MegaBonus global promotion, making it even easier for members to earn up to 25,000 bonus points toward their redeemable rewards including trips to dream destinations, discounted merchandise and exclusive experiences.

To bring the “Picture This” promotion to life, members are invited to log onto the Picture Your Rewards website, upload photos, and style them with an array of decorative illustrations before sharing on their personal social media channels.

From February 1, 2015 through April 30, 2015, members can earn bonus points starting with their second paid stay at participating properties and earn up to 25,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points throughout the promotion. Some members may receive alternate MegaBonus offers. Registration is required and must be completed by March 31, 2015. To sign up, visit: MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus. Non-members can also easily sign up for Marriott Rewards on the MegaBonus site and receive automatic enrollment in the MegaBonus promotion.

Marriott Rewards is revolutionizing the way the next generation traveler engages with the loyalty program and allows guests more accessibility and flexibility to earn and redeem their rewards points.  With 15 hotel brands in over 3,800 destinations participating in MegaBonus, members can earn points while traveling worldwide. Participating brands include: EDITION,® JW Marriott,® Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels,® Marriott Vacation Club, Gaylord Hotels,® AC Hotels by Marriott,® Courtyard by Marriott,® Residence Inn by Marriott,® SpringHill Suites by Marriott,® Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott,® TownePlace Suites by Marriott,® MOXY® and The Ritz-Carlton®.

In addition to the MegaBonus global promotion, Marriott Rewards is leading innovation for hotel loyalty programs through new initiatives such as LocalPerks to engage members and offer added benefits beyond a hotel stay. With LocalPerks, Marriott Rewards is the first major hotel loyalty program to offer geo-targeted mobile offers for on-property deals. Beginning January 15, 2015, Marriott Rewards will offer free in-room Wi-Fi to members who book directly. Gold and Platinum Elite Members will be able to enjoy free enhanced Wi-Fi optimized for downloading and streaming.

More about Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 15 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at nearly 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM issued earlier this year. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com/  

Connect with john.wolf@marriott.com or jnewmark@grey.com    

11/12/2014

Marriott Rewards Takes Off With New Turkish Airlines Partnership

MR_FullColorBethesda, Md., November 12, 2014 – Today, Marriott Rewards – Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty programme – announces that members can now earn Turkish Airlines’ Miles&Smiles miles for stays at more than 3,900 Marriott International hotels across 16 distinctive brands.  Marriott Rewards points can also be redeemed for Miles&Smiles miles.

The new partnership supports the rapid growth of Marriott International in Turkey following the opening of four new hotels in the past two years – the Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus, the Renaissance Izmir Hotel, the flagship Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli and most recently, the AC Hotel Istanbul Maçka.  The company now counts 12 hotels across Turkey with more planned for the future.

Effective immediately, Marriott Rewards members who designate Turkish Airlines’ Miles&Smiles programme as their earning preference will receive:

Two Miles&Smiles miles per US $1 on all qualifying charges spent at:

  • JW Marriott®
  • Autograph Collection® Hotels
  • Renaissance® Hotels
  • Marriott Hotels®
  • Marriott Vacation Club®

 Two Miles&Smiles miles per US $1 spent on room rate only at the following brands:

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

 One Miles&Smiles mile per US $1 spent on room rate only at:

  • AC Hotels by Marriott®
  • Courtyard by Marriott®
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott®
  • Moxy Hotels®
  • Residence Inn by Marriott®
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott®
  • Marriott Executive Apartment

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

Marriott Rewards points                                         Miles&Smiles miles

10,000                                     =                                  1,500

20,000                                     =                                  3,500

30,000                                     =                                  7,000

70,000                                     =                                  17,500

140,000                                   =                                  35,000

Commenting on the partnership, Osama Hirzalla, Vice President Brand Marketing & eCommerce Europe, Marriott International said:  “We are constantly evolving Marriott Rewards to provide our members with new and compelling ways to enhance their travel experiences.  We are delighted with this new strategic alliance with Turkish Airlines, enabling us to offer our shared customers better value and more opportunities to earn and redeem miles around the world.”

Ahmet Olmuştur, Chief Marketing Officer, Turkish Airlines added:  “We are very pleased to build this strategic partnership with Marriott International, which we think will be beneficial not only for both our companies as we grow in Turkey, but for our guests too.”

Marriott Rewards is leading innovation for hotel loyalty programmes with the launch of FlashPerks, LocalPerks and PlusPoints. The three platforms engage Marriott Rewards members with additional benefits and immediate ways to earn and spend points beyond a hotel stay.  FlashPerks gives members the option to redeem points or use cash for limited-time exclusive deals and experience. Through LocalPerks, Marriott Rewards is the first major hotel loyalty programme to offer geo-targeted mobile offers for on-property deals.  PlusPoints enables members to earn Rewards points instantly through everyday social activity, such as tweets, retweets, check ins on Facebook and Instagram posts with the hashtag #MRpoints.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,900 Marriott International hotels around the world.  In addition to hotel stays and frequent flyer miles, members can also redeem points for merchandise, cruises, car rentals and more. 

Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.”   Marriott Rewards ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM issued earlier this year. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For more information, visit MarriottRewards.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.Marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About Miles & Smiles
The Miles&Smiles Frequent Flyer Programme was launched in 1989 to build passenger loyalty to Turkish Airlines. Today, the program has a rapidly growing membership base of 4.5 million members from around the world. Members can earn miles by flying with Turkish Airlines and Star Alliance member airlines. They can also earn miles by using their Miles&Smiles co-branded credit cards as well as by taking advantage of services offered by nearly 80 programme partners including hotels and car rental companies. The Miles&Smiles programme is based on a customer-oriented philosophy thoroughly internalised by every employee of Turkish Airlines, from airport personnel and aircraft crew members to those employed at our call centre and sales offices.

We not only offer exclusive privileges to our frequent flyer members on board; but we also, depending on the tier level of Miles&Smiles membership our members carry, provide other benefits at the airports, such as CIP lounges, priority check-in, free upgrades, extra baggage allowance and many other advantages. Our four cards Classic, Classic Plus, Elite and Elite Plus provide our members with varied benefits. Qualifying for any of these cards depends on the miles earned on Turkish Airlines and Star Alliance member airlines during the last 12 months.

About Turkish Airlines
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 265 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 260 destinations worldwide with 217 international and 43 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2014, Turkish Airlines was chosen "Europe's Best Airline" for the fourth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the sixth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service" and in 2013 the world’s "Best Business Catering Service “awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's "Best Business Catering Service" and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” prize in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on following website; www.turkishairlines.com.

About Star Alliance
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,316 airports in 192 countries.

Connect with helen.taylor@marriott.com

10/30/2014

Free Wi-Fi Offered for Marriott Rewards Members Worldwide

Free wifi picture for releaseBenefit Available to Members Who Book Direct

Bethesda, Md., October 30, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today plans to provide free Wi-Fi to all 47 million members of Marriott Rewards, the company’s award-winning loyalty program, who book directly on Marriott.com, Marriott’s mobile app, 1-800-MARRIOTT, or through a Marriott hotel. Beginning January 15, 2015, this benefit will make free standard Wi-Fi available across more than 3,800 hotels in the company’s extensive lodging portfolio worldwide. 

“Marriott Rewards members asked for free Wi-Fi, and we answered,” said Stephanie Linnartz, executive vice president and chief marketing and commercial officer, Marriott International. “Free Wi-Fi is a meaningful way to reward our most loyal customers and continue to attract next-gen travelers.”

This new Marriott Rewards benefit will be available at Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, and Marriott Executive Apartments, as well as Marriott Rewards’ exclusive luxury partner, The Ritz-Carlton®.  These brands join EDITION, Moxy, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, and Marriott Vacation Club, which already provide free Wi-Fi today.

Marriott Rewards Platinum and Gold Elite members will continue to enjoy an exclusive benefit – free enhanced Wi-Fi, where available. This premium-tier service allows for downloading large files faster and streaming media such as movies. Other members may upgrade to enhanced Wi-Fi for a fee.  Marriott International will continue to honor commitments with accounts and groups with negotiated agreements.

Marriott Rewards, which is free to join, features exclusive benefits.  Members can earn points which can be redeemed at more than 3,800 hotels around the world, enjoy mobile check-in and check-out, and now enjoy free Wi-Fi. 

For the latest updates, follow Marriott Rewards on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter with #SayHiToWiFi.

Note:  This new benefit is not available at select hotels that do not participate in the Marriott Rewards program.  Other exclusions may apply.  For complete details, visit MarriottRewards.com/FreeInternet.

More about Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 15 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. It is redefining the future of hotel loyalty programs by offering members more frequent, easily accessible opportunities to earn and spend points with the PlusPoints, FlashPerks and LocalPerks programs. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates.  Members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in the JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM issued earlier this year. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442. 

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com.

Contacts:  John.Wolf@marriott.com; Stephanie.hampton@marriott.com

09/30/2014

On the Road: Marriott Rewards Named “Best in Business” in Travel + Leisure and Fortune Survey

Marriott-Rewards-logoBethesda, Md., September 30, 2014—Marriott Rewards – Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program – has been named top Hotel Loyalty Program in the first-ever Fortune and Travel + Leisure Best in Business Travel Survey, which tapped jet-setting readers for their thoughts on the best of the best brands for those on the road. The recognition comes on the heels of U.S. News & World Report awarding Marriott Rewards the Best Rewards Program for the second consecutive year and the annual Freddie Awards, which named Marriott Rewards the Program of the Year for the seventh year in a row.

“We‘re thrilled that the readers of Fortune and Travel + Leisure recognized Marriott Rewards with this honor.” said Rich Toohey, Vice President, Marriott Rewards. “We pride ourselves on offering our members a relevant, easy to use program, so knowing that Marriott Rewards is the most popular with mobile business travelers helps us continue to evolve the program with their needs in mind.”

The Best in Business Travel survey ranked Marriott Rewards first among four additional top loyalty programs. The top programs were selected based on readers’ holistic ratings of a companies’ individual loyalty programs. Considered criteria included the ability to accumulate points, how quickly members can redeem points, and which overall program is best for business travelers.

Marriott Rewards is leading innovation for hotel loyalty programs through the launch of FlashPerks,LocalPerks and PlusPoints. The three platforms engage Marriott Rewards members with additional benefits and immediate ways to earn and spend points. FlashPerks gives members the option to redeem points or use cash for limited-time exclusive deals and experience. Through LocalPerks, Marriott Rewards is the first major hotel loyalty program to offer geo-targeted mobile offers using beacon technology for on-property deals. PlusPoints enables members to earn Rewards points instantly through everyday social behaviors, such as tweets, retweets, check in on Facebook and Instagram posts with the hashtag #MRPoints.

 

More about Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 14 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. It is redefining the future of hotel loyalty programs by offering members more frequent, easily accessible opportunities to earn and redeem points with the PlusPoints, FlashPerks and LocalPerks programs. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at nearly 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM issued earlier this year. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442. 

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com.

Connect with john.wolf@marriott.com

08/14/2014

Double Points are Within Your Reach with Marriott Rewards’ MegaBonus Global Promotion

Marriott-Rewards-logoMarriott Rewards Launches MegaBonus Promotional Campaign Starring Facebook Fans

Bethesda, Md., August 14, 2014 — Today, Marriott Rewards – Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program – launches the “Within Your Reach” MegaBonus global promotion, making it even easier for members to earn points toward stays in their dream destinations, merchandise and experiences. From September 15, 2014 through January 15, 2015, earn double bonus points starting with your second paid stay at participating properties and earn up to 25,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points throughout the promotion.

To bring the “Within Your Reach” message to life in a playful, visually inspiring way, Marriott Rewards sked Facebook fans to share some of their favorite, most creative optical illusion photos taken while traveling. After receiving over 700 shots worthy of a double take – from ‘propping up’ famous landmarks to ‘walking on the moon’ – four were selected to be the official imagery for the promotion. A first for Marriott Rewards, the idea to showcase real travelers in the promotional campaign is an outward display of its commitment to the member experience and helping them reach their goals, like using points for a stay in their dream destination, in an easy, engaging way.

Registration is required and must be completed by November 15, 2014. To sign up, visit: MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus. Non-members can also easily sign up for Marriott Rewards on the MegaBonus site and receive automatic enrollment in the MegaBonus promotion.

With15 hotel brands in over 3,800 destinations participating in MegaBonus, members can earn points while traveling worldwide. Participating brands include: EDITION,® JW Marriott,® Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels,® Marriott Vacation Club, Gaylord Hotels,® AC Hotels by Marriott,® Courtyard by Marriott,® Residence Inn by Marriott,® SpringHill Suites by Marriott,® Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott,® TownePlace Suites by Marriott,® MOXY® and The Ritz-Carlton®.

In addition to the global promotion, Marriott Rewards is leading innovation for hotel loyalty programs through the launch of FlashPerks,LocalPerks and PlusPoints. The three platforms engage Marriott Rewards members with additional benefits and immediate ways to earn and spend points beyond a hotel stay. FlashPerks gives members the option to redeem points or use cash for limited-time exclusive deals and experience. Through LocalPerks, Marriott Rewards is the first major hotel loyalty program to offer geo-targeted mobile offers for on-property deals. PlusPoints enables members to earn Rewards points instantly through everyday social behaviors, such as tweets, retweets, check in on Facebook and Instagram posts with the hashtag #MRpoints.

More about Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 15 brands and 3,800 properties worldwide. It is redefining the future of hotel loyalty programs by offering members more frequent, easily accessible opportunities to earn and spend points with the PlusPoints, FlashPerks and LocalPerks programs. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at nearly 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards accessible with a modern, easy approach, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction ReportSM issued earlier this year. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442. 

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com.

Connect with Jenna Newmark, Grey Public Relations, jnewmark@grey.com