Marriott International and Etihad Airways to offer customers greater rewards

24 Sep

Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards®, just got better. By joining forces with Etihad Airways’ loyalty program, Etihad Guest, customers can now redeem their Marriott Rewards® Points for Etihad Guest Miles, as well as choosing to earn Etihad Guest Miles for all stays at Marriott properties worldwide.

The partnership is a great way for travelers to enjoy immediate awards and instant gratification when booking a hotel stay or flight resulting in a free vacation. In addition, the collaboration enables customers to redeem their points against group travel, making stays with friends, family or colleagues that bit easier and more cost effective.

Commenting on the partnership Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Office, Marriott International Middle East and Africa said: “Marriott Rewards® and Etihad Guest are committed to opening up travel experiences and this partnership is testament to that promise. Etihad Airways is an airline renowned for its Arabian hospitality; one that is cultured, considerate, warm and generous – a brand that shares Marriott International’s dedication to superior hospitality. In addition, our rewards program is designed to award customers for their loyalty by providing them with access to free vacations no matter where they choose to travel.”

“This new partnership is great for Marriott guests everywhere – giving them the flexibility to earn Etihad Guest miles from their stays and subsequently spend these miles on flights with Etihad Airways or one of the many other Etihad Guest airline partners, or spend them on the Etihad Guest RewardShop for one of thousands of products” said Barry Green, Managing Director, Etihad Guest. “They can also choose to transfer their miles to cash, to spend at any one of 30 million outlets worldwide, using the Etihad Guest exclusive feature – PointsPay”.

Both Marriott International and Etihad Airways have a vast global footprint helping ensure individuals and families can travel with ease. With more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories, Marriott promises a home-away from home where you go. In addition, regional travelers can benefit from the hoteliers extensive Middle East and Africa reach with 161 properties across 18 countries (MEA) offering a total of 23,701 rooms spanning 8 brands; JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments and Protea Hotels.

Coupled with Etihad Airways’ network of passenger destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, travelers now have greater access to a number of destinations both locally and globally.

Effective immediately, Marriott Rewards members who designate Etihad Guest as their earning preference will receive:

 

Mileage Accrual Structure – Hotel Stays

Two (2) Etihad Guest Miles per $1 US spent on qualifying hotel charges at the following brands:

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

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

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

One (1) Etihad Guest Mile per $1 US spent on room rate only at the following brands:

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

Rewarding Events

Earn one (1) Etihad Guest Mile per $1 US spent; maximum of 15,000 Miles per event

Qualified events have at least 10+ room nights on a single night or are catered-only events

  • The Ritz-Carlton®
  • JW Marriott®
  • EDITION®
  • Gaylord Hotels®
  • Autograph Collection® Hotels
  • Renaissance® Hotels
  • Marriott Hotels®
  • Courtyard by Marriott®
  • AC Hotels by Marriott®
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott®
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®
  • Marriott Vacation Club® locations worldwide participate.

Points to Miles Redemptions         

The transfer ratio for Marriott Rewards points to Etihad Guest Miles is as follows:

Marriott Rewards Points                                           Etihad Guest Conversion Miles

10,000                                                               1,500

20,000                                                               3,500

30,000                                                               7,000

70,000                                                               17,500

140,000                                                             35,000

Note to editor:

Marriott Rewards® recently announced FlashPerks, a new way for next generation travelers to enjoy immediate awards and instant gratification. Marriott Rewards members can take advantage of time sensitive offers from Marriott’s global portfolio of brands and its partners. Members will be able to choose from a variety of experiences during stays, or whenever they travel via “push” messaging to their mobile devices or through the FlashPerks site. To learn more click here.

More about Marriott Rewards

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.

To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, guests can call 1-800-450-4442 or visit MarriottRewards.com

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 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 http://www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com/

About Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, was launched in August 2006 and quickly established itself as one of the airline industry’s fastest-growing and most innovative loyalty programs. Etihad Guest now boasts more than 2.4 million members. The program offers members the opportunity to accumulate Etihad Guest Miles on flights with Etihad Airways as well as many global airline partners such as airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and American Airlines. Members also enjoy accruing miles with global partners, ranging from hotel accommodation and car rental to retail and financial products. Etihad Guest members can redeem against a selection of flights on more than 2,000 routes and more than 6,000 non-flight rewards from over 250 partners on the Etihad Guest online Reward Shop. Etihad Guest Miles can also be converted to make cash payments in more than thirty million retail outlets worldwide with PointsPay – an unmatched loyalty proposition.

Published by mosaad.hussein@marriott.com

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