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Hey Insiders, let’s congratulate our latest winner, Gold Elite member carolharrol! With over 600 posts about the Moment of your dreams, it was hard to decide who would get the 20,000-point prize, but ceharriott’s comment won us over:

 

“Oh my goodness I would LOVE to do this master class: Marriott Rewards Moments. I'd finally achieve my childhood dream of being an astronaut! I work in human-systems interaction and to see the systems which we talk about (flight control, mission control, etc.) would be a dream. Plus hanging out in the evenings by the ocean? Heck yes. In 2018 I definitely want to experience more beach relaxing. And more space travel....”

 

We were thrilled to see the variety of things you love: cuisine, fitness, the arts, private tours, and, of course, sports—from Master Classes in golf to cheering on NFL and World Cup teams.

 

Your passion to explore the world and experience life to the fullest shines through. Insiders want to trek to an Everest base camp, craft French pastries at Le Cordon Bleu, learn photography in Florence and so much more. And our hats are off to all the Insiders who want to help others across the globe.

 

Here are a few more comments that we felt captured the Live Elite spirit. The members below will get 1,000 points added to their accounts.

 

     1. “I've enjoyed photography for decades & have been teaching my wife how to see and capture unique shots.  Learning how to snap like professional Nigel Barker would be an amazing experience & advance my composition skills.  It's something I'd love to do with my wife but even if only one of us could attend, we'd happily share what we learn with each other.  While I've never taken an official class, I learned photography from my grandfather who took me under his wing…”mikeinct, Silver Elite member. Read full post.

 

     2. “I'd have to say I'd be most interested in a culinary experience.  I love to cook and my teenage daughter is starting to get interested in cooking so having a culinary experience with her is atop my bucket list.  We love to travel, have mostly been only to the US so I'd love to take her on a culinary journey across Western Europe (Italy, France, Spain, Germany)…”shealisa@madriver.com, Gold Elite member. Read full post.

 

     3. “Track and Field is my passion and I have set the goal of qualifying to run the 400m in the 2020 Olympics. I also have set the goal of running my first Marathon before the end of 2018. I’m a sprinter and I have been running track all my life but have always dreaded long distance runs. I feel that this will be a good off-season base builder…” ilyjayfresh, Member. Read full post.

 

Explore more once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Marriott Rewards Moments.

 

Our heartfelt thanks for sharing your dreams—and giving us more ideas to help you fulfill them. Stay tuned for more ways to Live Elite in 2018.

 

 

 

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Share your Insider travel adventures to Los Cabos by commenting on this post and you could earn points*.

 

Every year, in the south of Baja California peninsula, an extraordinary natural show takes place. Incredibly colossal and beautiful gray whales and humpback whales arrive to their favorite coast destination in Baja California Peninsula: Los Cabos. They arrive south of the peninsula in mid-November, and from that date until the end of March, Los Cabos hosts hundreds of these special guests. As part of their cycle, whales travel thousands of kilometers in search of warm waters to give birth to their calves and to mate. The Mexican coast has become these marine mammals’ favorite destination, and Los Cabos is now one of the most privileged areas for whale watching in the whole world.

 

One of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring moments during whale watching is when they leap from the water. Many experts agree that whale breaching has several roles. In some cases, it can be a form of communication, and in others to show their strength and power; it also works to dislodge skin parasites and at times, they do it just for fun. However, the most amazing leap is the peduncle throw. Humpback whales can perform this unique feat thanks to their pectoral fins with knobby protuberances. Not all whales can do this, which is why watching a humpback whale leap is a particularly unforgettable and magical experience.

 

These amazing animals can be extremely friendly and curious creatures. It’s common for them to approach frigates and ships to “greet” the crew. Even though there is no scientific explanation for this behavior, many experts say they do it because they don’t feel threatened. This can partly be attributed to the fact that this area protected, and safe from illegal hunting and commercial fishing. In Los Cabos, we are ready to host the biggest creatures in the world. Come and live this unique experience, and be part of the adventures that can ONLY happen in Los Cabos.

 

Karina S.

JW Marriott Los Cabos

*No pur nec. 18+ Ends 1/26/18 Rules: http://bit.ly/2viBwr8

 

 

 

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Are you ready to experience NBA All-Star like never before? Marriott Rewards Moments gives you the opportunity to bid on tickets to key events plus member-only access to NBA talent. Prepare for a fast break with these once-in-a-lifetime moments.

 

NBA All-Star 2018: Access Weekend events & Stay at the W Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

February 15 - 19, 2018

Tip off a baller weekend when the Rising Stars of the NBA take the court on Friday night. Then watch the NBA All-Star Practice and State Farm Saturday Night before the main event on Sunday; the 67th annual NBA All-Star Game that you’ll witness from a luxury suite as the two teams go head to head for bragging rights.

 

NBA All-Star 2018: Access Weekend events + Bowl with an NBA Player & Stay at the W Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

February 15 - 19, 2018

Want an and one? This moment includes NBA-All Star 2018 events PLUS a trip to test your skills at the lanes where you’ll join fellow Members in bowling alongside an NBA Player!

 

NBA All-Star 2018: Access Weekend events + Sit Courtside with an NBA Player & Stay at the W Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

February 15 - 19, 2018

How about man-to-man? This moment includes NBA All-Star 2018 access and is your chance to sit courtside with an NBA Player at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles!

 

NBA All-Star 2018: Access Weekend events + Cooking Class with an NBA Legend or Player & Stay at the W Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA

February 15 - 19, 2018

Looking for an assist? As the NBA All-Star 2018 events heat up, head to the kitchen for an intimate cooking class and lunch at the JW Marriott alongside a NBA Player or Legend.

 

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Happy New Year, Insiders!

 

Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018! Thank you all for another amazing year sharing your travel tips, Rewards advice and connecting with travel all-stars across the globe. We’re inspired by the connections you made and stories you shared in 2017. So, before we dive into 2018, let’s take a look back at some fun facts and the top conversations from last year.

 

2017 By the Numbers

  • 20,451 members joined Insiders in 2017, for a total of 149,758 travelers in our ever-growing community. A big welcome to our new members!

 

  • 5,316 new pieces of content were created in 2017 with an average of 184 likes on the forum per day.

 

  • The top three searches: Paris, Platinum Challenge and MegaBonus.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for a great year and happy travels in 2018! What were some of your favorite conversations of 2017?

 

 

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Ready to celebrate the Super Bowl in style?

 

Use your Marriott Rewards® points to get into star-studded NFL action. Bid your way to VIP parties, lunch with NFL talent, tickets to Super Bowl LII and more. 

 

Super Bowl LII: Lunch with NFL Talent , Suite Tickets, VIP Party, Airfare & 3-Night Stay

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb 2 - 5, 2018

Experience so much more than the game. Attend VIP parties with the biggest names in the NFL. Have lunch with talent. Then watch the game from suite seats at Super Bowl LII.

 

Super Bowl LII with Suite Tickets, VIP Party Access, Airfare & 3-Night

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb 2 – 5, 2018

Get beyond the velvet ropes with access to VIP parties and Super Bowl LII suite seats, airfare and hotel stay.

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Great news, Insiders: Marriott Rewards® and United MileagePlus® will continue to offer RewardsPlus in 2018—so you can enjoy elevated experiences, everywhere.

 

The possibilities are endless. Here’s a quick overview of RewardsPlus:

  • RewardsPlus members: Your benefits will be automatically renewed until January 2019 (2018 status eligibility required).
  • Platinum Elite members who sign up now: Enjoy United MileagePlus Premier® Silver status—get priority boarding, seat upgrades and more throughout 2018.
  • MileagePlus members with Premier Gold or higher status: Sign up now to receive a complimentary upgrade to Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status—enjoy lounge access, room upgrades, enhanced Wi-Fi and more.
  • All members of both programs: Get a 20% discount when you convert points to miles and earn 10% more MileagePlus miles on travel packages.

 

Go ahead, explore everything RewardsPlus has to offer.

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Insiders, did you resolve to travel more in 2018? Here’s the perfect offer to help get you going. Book a cruise now to earn double points on every eligible dollar spent. Plus, if you’re a Marriott Rewards Credit Card member, you’ll earn triple points on every eligible dollar spent.

 

Whether you’re ready to heat up in the Caribbean, get some sun and culture in the Mediterranean, or can’t wait to sail to Alaska, now’s the time to book your cruise!

 

Not a Marriott Rewards Credit Card member? Book now.

 

Have a Marriott Rewards Credit Card? Book now.

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How does travel spark members’ creative passions? We followed four artists on their journeys — and we’re sharing their discoveries with you. This is the last video in our four-week series.

 

Felix: Face to face in Spain

Cuban-born Felix Semper finds inspiration for his art in every face he meets. When he travels to Barcelona, San Sebastian and his grandfather’s childhood village, he gathers impressions that will soon find expression in one of his interactive sculptures.

 

 

 

Each journey is a studio for your own travel story. With 30 brands waiting in over 110 countries, what will you create?

 

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The countdown is on. Don’t miss your exclusive opportunity to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the 2018 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl LII. These action-packed Moments are only available for a few more days, so bid points before it’s too late.

 

     Orlando, FL

     Jan 27–29, 2018

     Have fun with the best of the best with Pro Bowl - VIP tailgate, sideline access, and great lower bowl seat tickets to      the game.

 

     Orlando, FL

     Jan 26–29, 2017

     Get exclusive access to Pro Bowl practice and take photos with your favorite NFL players. Enjoy a talent meet &      greet during practice and learn skills and drills from NFL talent. Then experience a NFL hosted tailgate and watch      the game from great lower bowl seats.

 

     Minneapolis, Minnesota

     Jan 31 – Feb 5, 2018

     Get the ultimate Super Bowl LII experience with a stadium tour, top-secret live performance, VIP parties, and suite      seats at  Super Bowl LII.

 

     Minneapolis, Minnesota

     Feb 4, 2018

     Storm the field and be a part of the epic Super Bowl LII Pepsi Halftime Show as you rock out during one of the      world’s biggest events.

Hey Insiders! Check out these great exclusive offers:

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Springtime in Crete: Wine + dine + 5,000 points

  • From March 28 - June 20, 2018, stay 5 nights or longer and our package includes:
    • 5,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay
    • Hot buffet breakfast and dinner buffet creations in Domes Restaurants per person, per night
    • Complimentary access to Haute Living Room
    • VIP exclusive access to Spina All Day Beach Lounge
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Kids Club services
    • One bottle of Cretan wine in villa upon arrival
    • Mineral water replenished daily
    • In-villa open bar upon arrival
    • Dedicated villa manager 24/7 concierge services

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Hamburg luxury: Get 2,500 points + a great location

  • From December 19, 2017 - March 10, 2018, earn 2,500 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay, 7 days a week.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Santa Cruz: Get 5,000 points in an urban oasis

  • From February 1 - March 18, 2018, earn 5,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay, 7 days a week.


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How does travel spark members’ creative passions? We followed four artists on their journeys — and we’re sharing their discoveries with you. This is the third video in our four-week series.

 

This week’s story: Andrew in Rome

Andrew Myers travels to open up new worlds of thought for his three-dimensional art. In Rome, a city rich in works by his heroes, Michelangelo and Bernini, he finds a starting point to translate his emotions into “Il Colosseo,” a new multi-sensory experience.

 

 

Each journey is a studio for your own travel story. With 30 brands waiting in over 110 countries, what will you create?

 

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Are you a true NFL super fan? Show it.

 

Marriott Rewards® wants to put you in the best seats, get you access watch live interviews with NFL Insiders, VIP parties, tickets to Super Bowl LII or Pro Bowl and more. 

 

Gear up. Let’s go bid.

 

     Minneapolis, Minnesota

     Jan 31 – Feb 5, 2018

     Get the ultimate Super Bowl experience a stadium tour, top-secret live performance, VIP parties, and suite      seats at Super Bowl LII.

 

     Minneapolis, Minnesota

     Jan 29, 2018

     Get access to media day to see live interviews, in-studio entertainment, team appearances and past Super      Bowl MVPs.

 

     Minneapolis, Minnesota

     Feb 3, 2018

     Get the inside scoop and predictions about the big game. Attend Chalk Talk with NFL Insider Adam Schefter and special guests at the Viking House presented by Courtyard complete with food, drinks, live      entertainment.

 

     Orlando, FL

     Jan 27–29, 2018

     Have fun with the best of the best with Pro Bowl - VIP tailgate, sideline access, and great lower bowl seat      tickets to the game.

 

     Orlando, FL

     Jan 26–29, 2017

     Get exclusive access to Pro Bowl practice and take photos with your favorite NFL players. Enjoy a talent      meet & greet during practice and learn skills and drills from NFL talent. Then experience a NFL hosted      tailgate and watch the game from great lower bowl seats.

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Spring MegaBonus is coming. And this time it’s bringing a huge bonus points earning potential with it. Register now to get 2,000 bonus points per stay starting on your second stay, plus an extra 1,000 when your stay includes a Friday or Saturday night. 50,000 bonus points max.

 

Then, make your plans and pack your bags. Because it’s time to head your way to bonus points galore. Just don’t forget to register by March 31, 2018. Qualifying stays must be at any of our participating hotels and resorts worldwide between January 16 and April 15, 2018. Book direct to get our lowest rates worldwide.

 

Happy travels, Insiders!

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How does travel spark members’ creative passions? We followed four artists on their journeys — and we’re sharing their discoveries with you. This is the second video in our four-week series.

 

This week’s story: Fidan in Tokyo

Though metal sculptor Fidan Bagirova speaks six languages, she communicates best in the language of flowers.

 

On her trip in Tokyo, she immersed herself in the age-old flower culture of Japan. Back in her workshop, she created an abstract sculpture to express her journey of perpetual wonderment.

 

 

Each adventure is a studio for your own story. With 30 brands waiting in over 110 countries, what will you create?

 

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Four member journeys, four weeks and an invitation to create your own story. We followed artists to Peru, Japan, Italy and Spain to see how travel sparked their creative passions — and to give you ideas for new horizons using the power of our loyalty programs.

 

StoryBooked is a four-part video series showing how each artist translated travel into discoveries shared through the universal language of art. We’re posting one video a week over the next four weeks. Start your journey with Story #1 below.

 

Story 1: Paula transforms her dyslexia into a canvas for art. See how this artist’s trip to Peru opened a new vista within.

 

 

 

Each journey is a studio for your own travel story. With 30 brands waiting in over 110 countries, what will you create?

 

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