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Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Program Gets 4 Freddie Thumbs Up

The Marriott Bonvoy rewards program has snagged four Freddie Awards for its hotel programs. More than seven million travelers voted in the 29th annual Freddie Awards. Marriott Bonvoy was named “Program of the Year, Americas”, for the 12th consecutive year. The other awards included: “Best Hotel Promotion, the Americas”; “Best Elite Hotel Program, Europe and Africa”; and “Best Hotel Redemption Ability, the Americas.”

Three months ago Marriott unveiled the Marriott Bonvoy brand, replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) brands. Over the past 23 years Marriott’s former loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG won 215 Freddie Awards combined.

Marriott Bonvoy Awards

While the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature card by Chase did not win a Freddie as “Best Loyalty Credit Card.” Another Chase loyalty credit card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card, did nail the top Freddie award this year.

Experiential Marketplace

The company’s experiential marketplace, Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities and Marriott Bonvoy Moments, offers more than 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations from must-see attraction tickets and tours for purchase with credit cards by all guests, to over 8,000 once-in-a-lifetime experiences only available to members using points. In 2018, nearly 35,000 experiences were booked by more than 25,000 unique travelers. Of those 8,640 member-exclusive Moments were enjoyed by members who redeemed more than 780 million points to pursue their passions for all thing’s sports, music, entertainment, food and more.  

Freddies

Introduced in 1988 by InsideFlyer magazine’s Randy Petersen, the “Freddies” are named in honor of Sir Freddie Laker and have grown in stature and importance to become the most prestigious member-generated awards in the travel loyalty industry. The goal of the Freddie Awards is to give voice to the frequent flyer and to honor the efforts of an industry that counts more than 300 million members worldwide.

Chase Marriott Visa

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature card by Chase currently offers 100,000 bonus points to new cardholders spending $5,000 on the card in the first three months of use. Cardholders automatically earn Silver Elite Benefits and one Free Night Award each year. Cardholders charging $35,000 or more per year will accelerate their path to Gold Status. Cardholders earn six points per dollar spent at Marriott hotels and two points per dollar spent elsewhere. The card carries a $95 annual fee.

Marriott American Express

Last summer Marriott combined its Marriott Rewards with The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The brand-new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card and the new Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Card.