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02/12/2014

Marriott Hotels' Newly Upgraded Mobile App Puts Fast and Easy Checkout in the Palm of Your Hand

CheckOutBuilding on the industry leading Marriott Mobile app for smartphones, Marriott Hotels announced today the addition of mobile checkout. Mobile checkout is the latest innovation from Marriott Hotels in a string of new services designed for today’s connected travelers. The flagship brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) leads the industry in offering mobile check-in and now checkout to 326 North American hotels*. An additional 22 international hotels will add mobile checkout next week. Later this year, the entire Marriott Hotels brand – all 500 properties worldwide – will offer mobile check-in and checkout, available in English, Chinese, French, Spanish and German. The new mobile service exclusively for Marriott Rewards members reflects the brand’s commitment to enhancing the future of travel for its increasingly connected mobile guests. To date, the Marriott Mobile app has been downloaded over 2.8 million times.

With the Marriott Mobile app, checkout is simple. In the morning on the day of their departure, Marriott Rewards guests will receive a push notification on their Apple iPhones or Android devices alerting them mobile checkout is available. Upon completing mobile checkout, guests will then be prompted to provide an email address and their bill will be emailed to them, allowing guests to bypass the front desk on their way out.

The Marriott Mobile app, which can be downloaded in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play, makes it easier than ever to join Marriott Rewards, as well as gain immediate access to mobile check-in and checkout at Marriott Hotels. Learn more about mobile checkout and download the app go to: http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi

“By relentlessly focusing on the needs of the next generation of travelers who are mobile and global, Marriott Hotels is putting itself at the forefront of the hotel mobile revolution,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “When we launched our Travel Brilliantly campaign last year, we made a promise to introduce innovations for our guests that provide a seamless and more customized experience throughout their entire journey. We’re excited to add mobile checkout to our portfolio of innovations as Marriott Hotels reimagines the future of travel.”

In July 2013, Marriott Hotels introduced mobile check-in and it quickly expanded throughout the continental U.S. and Canada* and then at select international hotels, making the feature the broadest mobile service of its kind. After more than 150,000 mobile check-ins, guests are reacting very positively. In feedback, they cite the convenience and faster check-in once they arrive. Guests also appreciate the alert notifying them their room is ready. It gave them less to worry about while traveling.

To maintain its lead, select Marriott Hotels’ properties are testing future mobile services that will lead to a truly digital two-way conversation with their guests. At these incubator hotels, guests using the chat feature on their smartphones can make requests to hotel staff for things such as extra pillows, bath amenities, towels, valet parking and wake up calls, or anything else. The incubator hotels include:

  • New York Marriott Downtown
  • Chicago Marriott Downtown 
  • San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • Denver Marriott West
  • Denver Airport Marriott Gateway
  • Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
  • Charleston (SC) Marriott
  • Boston Marriott Copley Place
  • Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
  • Cincinnati Marriott North
  • Marco Island (FL) Marriott 
  • Grand Hotel (AL) Marriott Resort

The Marriott Mobile app is just one of the many innovations Marriott Hotels has launched during its transformational journey since the launch of Travel Brilliantly. The brand is deploying its industry-leading Greatroom Lobby concept, which offers a seamless experience merging modern, stylish design and comfort with greater access to food & beverage and technology. Marriott recently partnered with THANN amenities to reinvigorate the bathroom regimen. The brand continues to introduce new concepts designed for the new mobile worker and remains an industry leader in hosting meetings through Workspace on Demand, Meetings Imagined, Workspring at Marriott, and Red Coat Direct app.  Additionally, Marriott Hotels unveiled its innovation lab "The Underground,” located beneath the company’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD where ideas for the future of travel are created and tested.
Guests and travel enthusiasts can help Marriott reimagine the future of travel by visiting www.travelbrilliantly.com – where the brand reveals innovations under development and invites visitors to share their to share their groundbreaking ideas to improve the modern travel experience across design, culinary, wellness and technology.

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com. To join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

*Mobile check-in and checkout are available throughout Canada except in the Provence of Quebec.

CONTACTS:
John Wolf - Marriott International
(301) 380-5718 office
(202) 437-6975 mobile
[email protected]

Jenna Newmark - Grey Public Relations
(212) 546-1716 office
(646) 369-3377 mobile
[email protected]

02/10/2014

More Recognition from Frequent Global Travelers that Marriott Rewards in a Class by Itself

Marriott Rewards logoBethesda, Md., February 10, 2014 –  Marriott Rewards has picked up two more awards.  Global Traveler recognized Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite level as the Best Frequent Stay Elite Level Program in the World in its GT Tested Best of the Year Awards.  Marriott Rewards Elite Brochure and Property Activation Kits were honored with an American Graphic Design Award

The American Graphic Design Awards are Graphic Design USA magazine’s flagship competition.  They are open to everyone in the graphic arts community ‒ graphic design firms, advertising agencies, inhouse corporate and institutional designers, publishers and other media. Each year, roughly 1,000 pieces representing all media are showcased in the printed Design Annual issue.

For the 10th consecutive year, the readers of Global Traveler have named their favorite airlines, hotels, destinations, travel goods and services around the world.  Global Traveler, a monthly magazine written exclusively for frequent business and luxury travelers, brings all the up-to-minute, need-to-know information to elite travelers every month.

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. 

Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” six years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.”   It 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 information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto MarriottRewards.com.

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

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12/19/2013

Make it a Happy New Year with Marriott Rewards MegaBonus


Happynewyear300Bethesda, Md.,, December. 19, 2013 – Marriott Rewards is celebrating the New Year with its popular MegaBonus promotion.  Make two paid stays between February 1 and April 30, 2014 and receive a free night at a category 1-4 hotel, up to two free nights.  Free night certificates can be used around the world at hotels such as the new JW Marriott Hanoi in Vietnam, the AC Hotel Ciudad de Sevillia in Spain, or the Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Florida.  Some members may receive alternate MegaBonus offers.

Registration is required and must be completed by March 31, 2014.  Stays must be completed by April 30, 2014.  To find out more about the promotion and to register, visit marriottrewards.com/megabonus.  

Free nights can be earned at 3,700 hotels worldwide at participating Marriott Rewards brands, including JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott(SM), Marriott® Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, Gaylord Hotels and Marriott Vacation Club®. The Ritz-Carlton® participates as the exclusive luxury partner to Marriott Rewards.
 
Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,700 Marriott International hotels around the world.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals and more. 

Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” six years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.”   It 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 information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto www.MarriottRewards.com.

* A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Terms and Conditions:
*A 'stay' is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Registration is required. Marriott Rewards members who register for this promotion by March 31, 2014 will earn one (1) free night award at a category 1-4 hotel after each second paid stay made between February 1 and April 30, 2014, at a participating Marriott property. Maximum two (2) free night awards earned with this promotion per member. The member receiving this offer has been specifically targeted and the offer is not transferable. An earned free night award can be redeemed for a future stay at participating Marriott Rewards category 1-4 properties for one (1) free night. Free night award will expire one (1) year after the date of issuance. An earned free night award is good for one (1) single or double occupancy standard room only and includes the cost of the hotel room and applicable room taxes only. An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the second qualifying stay. Awards are not transferable and may not be given as a gift. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit and Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay. Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion. Participating brands include JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott® Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, Gaylord Hotels and Marriott Vacation Club®. Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement. All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply. Visit www.marriottrewards.com/MegaBonus, www.marriottrewards.com/customer-service, or call your local Marriott Rewards Customer Support office for complete details. © 2014

CONTACT: 
Laurie Goldstein
Marriott International
301.380.5296
[email protected]

11/22/2013

Points to Presents – Use Marriott Rewards® Points to Find the Perfect Holiday Gift

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Shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and receive up to 66% off select name-brand items.

Bethesda, Md., November 22, 2013 – With the holidays approaching, Marriott Rewards has made it even easier for members to use points to find something for everyone on their shopping list.  With curated merchandise catalogs ranging from the hottest trends to fashion accessories to items seen in the latest magazines, members can use their points for thousands of items from some of the world’s most popular name brands, plus gift cards and digital music, books and movies starting as low as 5,000 Marriott Rewards points.  And new this year, Marriott Rewards members outside the U.S. can use points on merchandise to be delivered to more than 200 countries and territories. 

In addition to merchandise, members can treat themselves and others to event tickets and adventures to include concert tickets, theme park passes, and travel experiences to the most popular attractions around the world.

For members looking for a way to give back, points can be donated to Marriott’s featured causes to help injured military members and their families through Hotels for Heroes, children undergoing treatments through Children’s Miracle Network and disaster relief through the American Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Or members can choose from over 200 other non-profit charities in the U.S.

Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more 3,700 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. 

Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” six years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.”   It 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 information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto MarriottRewards.com.

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

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11/14/2013

Save From Sea to Shining Sea – Marriott Rewards Members Get 25% Off Point Redemptions in Washington DC, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver & the Mid-Atlantic Beaches

Washington DC ChinatownBethesda, Md., November 14, 2013 – Whether taking in the sites of  Washington, DC or experiencing the great outdoors in Vancouver, Marriott Rewards members can do it for 25 percent fewer points with Seasonal Awards.  These great rates start at 5,625 Marriott Rewards points, a savings of almost 2,000 points, and are offered at participating hotels in the program’s 14 diverse brands, including JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, the Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Gaylord Hotels.

Select hotels destination include Washington, DC; Seattle; Portland, Or; and Vancouver now through Dec. 31; and  the mid-Atlantic beaches, including Myrtle Beach, SC; Virginia Beach, VA; and Norfolk, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; Milwaukee, WI; and cities in Canada, including Toronto and Calgary from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2014. 

For more information and to book, visit http://www.marriott.com/marriott-rewards/usepoints/marriottRewardsSeasonalAwards.mi for a list of participating hotels and available dates.  As a Marriott Rewards member, special promotion codes are not needed to participate in this program. 
 
Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at more 3,700 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. 

Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” six years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program”.   It 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 information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto www.MarriottRewards.com.

Terms and conditions: Members can redeem their Points for Seasonal Award Rewards at participating Marriott brand hotels and Ritz-Carlton hotels when available. Participation in and availability of Seasonal Award Rewards are at the discretion of the Marriott Rewards Program. Seasonal Award Rewards are available for limited time periods and offer up to 25% in Point savings off of standard Rewards redemption levels.  An issued Seasonal Award Reward can be used at any participating hotel in the category or tier for which the e-Certificate is valid.

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

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09/03/2013

The Convenient, Faster and Easier Marriott Mobile Check-in Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

Service Now Throughout U.S. and Canada with Global Expansion Next.

Mobile Guest Services AppMarriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR), continues to make travel more brilliant by offering mobile check-in on its wildly popular Marriott Mobile app at 329 properties in the continental U.S. and Canada*. This represents the broadest mobile service of its kind in the North American hospitality industry.

Today’s always-connected Marriott Rewards members, who have downloaded the Marriott Mobile app, can check-in using their smartphones as early as 4 pm the day before their arrival and receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. When they arrive, Marriott Rewards guests simply go to the expedited mobile check-in desk where their key card will be ready and waiting for them.

Marriott Hotels began testing mobile check-in at 31 properties just three months ago. Adoption has been rapid as one-quarter of Marriott Rewards guests with reservations at those hotels used the Marriott Mobile app to check-in. 

The app makes it easier than ever to simply tap to join Marriott Rewards, as well as gain immediate access to mobile check-in at Marriott Hotels, room-ready alerts, and other services available only to Marriott Rewards members exclusively on the app. Mobile check-in is part of the free Marriott Mobile app available in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play. Learn more about mobile check-in and download the app http://www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-check-in-marriott-hotels-and-resorts.mi

Mobile is Marriott’s fastest growing consumer channel.  Mobile accounts for 10 million visits per month, and the Marriott Mobile app has been downloaded 2.3 million times.  Last year, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) accounted for over $700 million in revenue. Marriott mobile revenue has grown more than 80 percent during the past year. 

What’s Next?
In its drive to co-create the future of travel with its customers, Marriott Hotels solicited feedback from users of the app about what is most important to them. Based on this feedback, Marriott plans to add mobile checkout in November, including the option to have folios emailed.

In a nod to its increasingly mobile and global guests, Marriott Hotels will begin testing mobile check-in in 15 other countries, including the United Kingdom, China, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and India beginning in late November.

The brand’s innovation loop never ends as Marriott Hotels has launched four mobile “incubator” hotels to test future mobile enhancements. Guests at those hotels can make service requests using their smartphones. Among the most popular guest requests so far: additional towels, wake-up calls and housekeeping.

“We recognize our guests – especially Millennials – do not separate work and play, and travel enhances them both,” said Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels. “They are more mobile and global than ever before, and technology – especially their mobile devices – keeps them connected to their world. We will continue to engage our guests to join with us on our journey to transform Marriott for next generation travelers.”

Marriott recently launched a new website – www.travelbrilliantly.com – revealing innovations under development, as well as a co-creation platform to solicit future-forward ideas from influencers, experts and traveling consumer enthusiasts. Visitors to the website are invited to share their groundbreaking ideas to improve the modern travel experience across design, culinary, wellness and technology.

Mobile check-in is just one of many innovations Marriott has launched in its transformational journey. By the end of next year, the brand expects to have its industry-leading Greatroom lobby concept fully deployed, offering a seamless experience merging modern, stylish design and comfort, with greater access to food and beverage, and technology whether for groups or individuals at work or play. In The Underground – the company’s subterranean innovation lab – Marriott Hotels is working on the next generation guest room based on extensive research and collaboration with next generation travelers. Because the way people work is changing, Marriott Hotels is also re-imagining meetings. Workspace on Demand makes booking a lobby workspace or meeting room as easy as booking a guest room using a digital device. The first of its kind app – Red Coat Direct – enables meeting organizers to adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.  Workspring at Marriott at the Redmond Marriott Town Center is the industry’s first purpose-built suite of integrated spaces and common areas designed for small meetings, taking a holistic approach it brings together seamlessly integrated service, technology and contemporary design.

*The mobile check-in is available throughout Canada except in the Provence of Quebec.

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

To join the ongoing Marriott Hotels conversation, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Marriott) and follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Marriott, @Marriott).

About Marriott.com & Mobile
The Marriott Mobile app has been downloaded over 2 million times, and Marriott.com receives 10 million visitors a month from smartphones and tablets. Last year Internet Retailer ranked Marriott Mobile the 3rd largest mCommerce site, behind Amazon and Apple. 

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

CONTACTS: 

John Wolf       
Marriott International
(301) 380-5718 office    
(202) 437-6975 mobile    
[email protected]    

Jenna Newmark
Grey Public Relations
(212) 546-1716 office
(646) 369-3377 mobile
[email protected]

08/07/2013

Marriott Rewards® MegaBonus is Back with Free Nights

Marriott RewardsBETHESDA, MD - Marriott Rewards popular MegaBonus promotion is back with a free night for eligible members who make just two paid stays* between September 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014 at participating Marriott International hotels.  Certificates will be valid at all category 1-5 hotels around the world.  Members can earn up to two free nights during the promotion.  MegaBonus free stays are one benefit of membership in Marriott Rewards.

Free nights can be redeemed up to 12 months from the date the certificate is issued.  Registration is required by November 15, 2013.  For more information and to register, visit MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus, for complete details.

Participating brands include: JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriottsm, Marriott Hotels & Resorts®, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, and Marriott Vacation Club®.  Stays at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton will also count towards achievement.

Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates**. Members can earn and redeem points at more 3,700 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more.  

Marriott Rewards was named the top hotel loyalty program by U.S. News & World Report and has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” six years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program”.   It has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log onto MarriottRewards.com.

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

* Terms and Conditions:
A 'stay' is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Registration is required. Marriott Rewards members who register for this promotion by November 15, 2013 will earn one (1) free night award at a category 1-5 hotel after each second paid stay made between September 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014, at a participating Marriott property. Maximum two (2) free night awards earned with this promotion per member. The member receiving this offer has been specifically targeted and the offer is not transferable. An earned free night award can be redeemed for a future stay at participating Marriott Rewards category 1-5 properties for one (1) free night. Free night award will expire one (1) year after the date of issuance. An earned free night award is good for one (1) single or double occupancy standard room only and includes the cost of the hotel room and applicable room taxes only. An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the second qualifying stay. Awards are not transferable and may not be given as a gift. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit and Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay. Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion. Participating brands include JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott® Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, Gaylord Hotels and Marriott Vacation Club®. Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement. All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply. Visit www.marriottrewards.com/MegaBonus, www.marriottrewards.com/customer-service, or call your local Marriott Rewards Customer Support office for complete details. © 2013 Marriott International, Inc.

**Hotels may limit the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days.  All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.

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07/29/2013

U.S. News & World Report Names Marriott Rewards® Top Hotel Loyalty Program

LobbyBETHESDA, MD - U.S. News & World Report has named Marriott Rewards the top hotel loyalty program in its recent survey of hotel and airline frequent travel  programs.  Cited for having no blackout dates and a portfolio of more than 3,700 hotels across 14 distinctive brands around the world, Marriott Rewards received the highest score among 16 major hotel programs.*

 “It’s a great honor to receive this award from U.S. News & World Report,” said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards. “We continue to evolve Marriott Rewards to give our members the best experience of any hotel loyalty program, including our recent announcements of free breakfast seven days a week for our Elite members and RewardsPlus, our new partnership with United MileagePlus that offers special benefits to members in both programs.”

*U.S. News & World Report rankings were determined using a methodology that included the number of participating hotels, ease of earning and redeeming travel awards, and the programs’ overall flexibility.  To read more about the survey results, visit http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Travel-Rewards/hotel-rewards/

About Marriott Rewards -- Marriott Rewards has won more awards than any other hotel loyalty program, including the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” six years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.”   It has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines.

 Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates**.  Members can redeem points for hotel stays, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. 

For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or log on to MarriottRewards.com.

**Hotels may limit the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days.  All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.

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

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07/15/2013

Loyalty Lifts Off With Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus Partnership

United 787 aerialMarriott and United join to offer unmatched recognition and benefits

Bethesda, Md. and Chicago – Marriott Rewards® and United MileagePlus, two of the biggest names in travel, have joined forces to provide their most loyal members with unprecedented travel benefits.  Starting today, “RewardsPlus” offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members MileagePlus Premier Silver status, featuring some of United’s most popular Premier perks, and gives United Global Services, Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold members Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status, and all of the benefits that come with it. Status offerings will be effective until Jan. 31, 2014.

RewardsPlus will soon include other features as well. Beginning in August, Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus members will receive added value when transferring points into miles and will get additional miles for travel packages. Also, for the first time, MileagePlus Premier members will be able to convert their miles into Marriott Rewards points.

“We share United’s belief that a high level of customer service and recognition are among the most important elements of our members’ travel,” said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards.  “We are bringing together the world’s leading hotel and airline loyalty programs to enhance the customer experience from beginning to end.” 

Crystal City Marriott Concierge Lounge"United and Marriott are advancing our partnership to provide unmatched recognition and benefits for our mutual customers," said Tom O'Toole, United’s senior vice president of marketing and loyalty and president of MileagePlus. "The combination of United's global network, Marriott's brand scale and our top-rated loyalty programs enables our best customers to enjoy a heightened level of service wherever they travel."

For United’s Global Services, Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold MileagePlus members, Marriott will offer Gold Elite status*, including:
• Lounge access and complimentary continental breakfast at participating JW Marriott®, Renaissance Hotels®, Marriott® Hotels and Autograph Collection® Hotels (Resorts are excluded)
• Room upgrades, based on availability
• Complimentary high-speed internet access at more than 3,700 hotels globally
• 25 percent point bonus on all Marriott stays
• Priority late check-out
• Gold Elite customized offers and awards
• One-to-one transfer of MileagePlus miles into Marriott Rewards points, a benefit which will also extend to United’s Premier Silver members

For Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members, United will offer Premier Silver status, including:
• Complimentary access to Economy Plus seating at check-in, when available
• Complimentary Premier Upgrades on domestic flights, when available
• Premier Access travel services, which include designated ticket counter check-in lines, priority security lines and priority boarding and baggage handling
• One complimentary standard checked bag
• 25 percent Premier bonus award miles on United flights

In addition, beginning in August, all MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards members will receive 20 percent more value when converting Marriott Rewards points into MileagePlus miles and a 10 percent bonus for MileagePlus miles on Marriott Rewards travel packages.

For more information about RewardsPlus, visit marriottrewards.com/rewardsplus or united.com/rewardsplus.

About Marriott Rewards
Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates.  Members can earn and redeem points at 3,700 hotels across 14 distinctive brands around the world.  Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more.  Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for "Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas" six years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for "Best Hotel Rewards Program".   Marriott Rewards has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel and BusinessWeek magazines. For information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or visit MarriottRewards.com.  Connect with Marriott Rewards at Facebook.com/MarriottRewards.
 
About Marriott International, Inc
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott  and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club.  There are approximately 325,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,446 flights a day to more than 370 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. United is investing in upgrading its onboard products and now offers more flat-bed seats in its premium cabins and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on 200 aircraft, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2012, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for nine consecutive years. According to the 4th annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey published by IdeaWorksCompany in May 2013, United has the most saver-style award-seat availability among the largest U.S. global airlines. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 194 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

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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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