• Delta Resort Victoria, British Columbia

    Register and play to earn more Marriott points

    While not the most lucrative hotel bonus offer out there, Marriott recently kicked off their 2018 Megabonus promotion that started on September 26 and runs through the end of January 2019. Three is no reason not to register, even if you don’t plan on staying at a Marriott any time soon, so you might as well go ahead and just do it now. Takes a matter of seconds — here! And the promotion is pretty straightforward: Receive 2,000 bonus points for every stay of 2 nights or more, during the time of the promotion Receive a further 1,000 bonus points for every brand stayed at during the promotion, after your…

  • Delta Resort Victoria, British Columbia

    Marriott and United are on my s*it list right now

    One of the best travel programs out there right now is RewardsPlus — the joint venture between United and Marriott that allow their elite members to enjoy benefits across both programs. The basics of the program are: If you are a Marriott Rewards Platinum member, you get complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver.  If you are Mileage Plus Premier Gold, you get complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold.  I have written extensively before about how awesome I think this program is. Due to Marriott’s merger with SPG,  SPG’s Crossover Rewards program with Delta, and Marriott’s RewardsPlus program with United you basically get 4 statuses with one. An incredibly beneficial offer if you can…

  • Booking my first trip — much to learn!

    I recently took a weeks vacation to the great Pacific Northwest. It was a last minute booking, but the vacation days were there for the taking! This was my first true vacation focused around points and miles. While I didn’t get to fly in a First Class suite, I got a lot out of the trip — from learning about the hobby to exploring new terrain. In classic millennial fashion, I would have loved to book some sort of business class award ticket across the world. But with such a small window my options were limited. So without depleting all of my miles, the PNW was a great option —…

  • Marriott logo shining in the evening

    Why I’m holding off on Marriott Gold for the status “quad”-fecta

    Something that I’ve been contemplating over the last few weeks has been the Marriott Gold “road-to” challenge. For those that aren’t aware, Marriott offers a pretty sweet deal to fast track to either their Gold or Platinum elite status. This “road-to” offer gives anyone with either Silver or Gold elite the chance to complete a challenge within three months and move to the next higher level. For Silver-Gold, it’s 6 stays in 3 months, and Gold-Platinum it’s 9 stays. The “taste-of” challenge gives the member the higher status for a 3 month period, with the challenge to complete those night. This is a targeted promotion, though, so you must be…