Marriott Extends Elite Status, Further Extends Points Expiration
Marriott is back with more changes to its policies due to COVID-19. Following in the footsteps of many other hotel brands, it’s extended elite status for all current elites. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your points expiring anytime soon.
Marriott (Finally) Giving Travelers the Option to See All-In Price
Marriott customers have long been frustrated that the price shown in search results can jump 10%, 20%, or more on the final booking page when all taxes and fees are included. In a win for transparency, Marriott has added a new option to see rates that include all taxes and fees in search results. Here’s how to select this option.
Marriott Extends Flexibility for Reservations, Pauses Points Expiration, Extends Benefits
The big travel brands are issuing policy updates every week or so these days. While most updates apply to all travelers and loyalty program members, Marriott is a good news/bad news story. Marriott extends flexibility for new and existing reservations. However, the benefits available to Bonvoy members vary depending on where you live.
(Expired) Choice Hotels Suspends Points Expiration, Provides Flexible Cancellation Policies
COVID-19 continues to create chaos in the travel world. To help, Choice Hotels is offering travelers flexible cancelation policies—both for existing and new reservations—and pausing points expiration. However, there’s no word yet on how the hotel loyalty program will adjust elite status for 2020.
Hyatt Suspends Points Expiration, Delays Peak Award Pricing, Provides Cancellation Options
Hyatt is rolling out policy changes that can help with existing travel plans and provide flexibility around future reservations. Peak and off-peak pricing is postponed, most category changes are on hold, and some World of Hyatt elites are getting a status extension.
Hyatt vs. Marriott: A House Divided
Our family has long been loyal to Marriott, too long as far as I’m concerned. I’ve decided that it is time for us to move our loyalty over to Hyatt – but this requires my reluctant husband to switch over his business travel. I’m outlining my case for making the move here, are you convinced?