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Check out these great offers for San Juan, Dallas and Paris.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — San Juan's newest: Check out AC with 5,000 points

  • From May 15 - August 7, 2017, earn 5,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay, 7 days a week. Come discover the upscale AC Hotel San Juan Condado, with an urban vibe just steps from the beach and clear ocean waters.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Lifestyle Luxury in Dallas: Earn 2,000 bonus points

  • From June 1 - August 31, 2017, earn 2,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay, 7 days a week. Beautifully restored and located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, The Adolphus, Autograph Collection is within walking distance to the convention center, Neiman Marcus flagship store, dining + more.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Luxurious summer in Paris: Get 10,000 points a stay

  • From July 10 - September 10, 2017, stay at least 2 nights and earn 10,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay. Plus, enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi. Treat yourself and be dazzled by sheer luxury in any of our five charming 5-star properties during your Parisian getaway.

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Share your Insider stories and insights about travel to Istanbul by commenting on this post and you could earn points.


Istanbul, Turkey is a city built between the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea, and around the Bosphorus which connects those two seas. Not surprisingly the city is rich with seafood, and it is possible to find different fish species in every season. The cultural tradition of eating seafood -- fish and mezzes -- is generally accompanied by the tradition drink Raki.

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Mezze, or a meal composed of an assortment of small and diverse warm and cold starters, finds itself high on the list of things to sample in Istanbul, and is a typical selection served throughout the Mediterranean region. Cold Mezze entries are presented first, followed by a multitude of warm mezzes carrying Mediterranean breezes and merging with Turkish Cuisine; these include Karides Guvec, fried Calamaris, Octopus a La Plancha, the fish Kofte (meatballs), Boreks, and many others. For a main meal, enjoy a taste of Levrek (sea bass), Cupra (sea bream) and Kalkan accompanied by a salad, a slice of raw onion and lemon – while of course sipping your Raki. And yes, there is always dessert: traditionally halva is eaten after a fish meal. This spectacular variety of Turkish cuisine is something that shouldn't be missed.

 

You can taste indispensable seafood of the Turkish cuisine at Marmara Fish Restaurant, which is located at the Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious fish dinner in a wonderful place where you can experience all the delicacies of the sea while immersing yourself in a spectacular view of the magnificent Marmara Sea. Discover our exquisite seafood menu at the Marmara Fish Restaurant every day between 12:00 - 24:00 pm. We hope to see you here!

 

Seren H.

Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel

Insiders, welcome to your new site. Now you have the inside track on every travel moment — with a personal, mobile experience. Browse the pages, test-drive the features and share your thoughts.

 

First time here? You’re visiting at the right time – it’s easier than ever to connect with members who love to share new experiences and adventures around the world. You can learn all about Insiders now, or start with our Top 5 below.

 

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#1. New Logo and Navigation

We’ve simplified the navigation with two main sections: Rewards Program and Travel. Or, browse all places to see other areas: nominate an Associate for the Spirit to Serve Award, or leave a suggestion for how to improve the Insiders community.

 

 

#2. New Profile

Visit your profile to set up your new banner photo. You’ll also see all the ways you can share your passions, travels and Rewards prowess.

 

Your Insights

While you’re in your profile, check out your Insights page. That’s where you’ll get a snapshot of your most popular content, your personal trends and the impact your posts are having.

 

#3. Smart News

Homepage news shows you what’s trending — and now it gets to know you personally. Sign in to see customized recommendations based on your Elite level, expertise and interests.

 

#4. FAST Search

Search now gives you faster, more relevant results with recommendations based on your interests. It’s a fast-track way to find people, places and info you care about, and to connect with other Insiders who share your passions.

 

 

#5. “I have the same question”

Whenever you read a question and think, “Hey, I need to know that too,” just click “I have the same question.” When the question is answered, it will pop into your inbox.

 

 

Enjoy exploring, and be sure to tell us what you think!

Hey Insiders,


It’s been a long road navigated with teamwork, technology and months of hard work, but we’re excited to announce the upgrade is finally a go! Please note that Insiders will be unavailable from 5 pm EST until we unveil the new site, estimated for tomorrow midday.


Starting midday Friday you’ll be able to:


  • Be the star of your redesigned profile. You’ll have a big banner space for your photo, plus more ways to share your passions and prowess.
  • Find it fast with our personalized search. You’ll get more rapid, relevant results and an easy way to find other Insiders who share your interests.
  • View updates and post adventures on the move. You’re mobile — now we will be, too.

 

And there’s so much more for you.

 

Watch for the new Insiders site, coming tomorrow — Friday, April 14th.

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Calling all NFL fans. Be there as the next generation of NFL stars get picked to join the starting lineup of your favorite teams.


Now’s your chance to score an exclusive experience at one of the biggest days in the NFL:


Sweepstakes – Announce a Draft Pick
Go front and center at the NFL Draft to announce a pick who could become the next big NFL star. You’ll also get a pair of tickets to all the day’s events.


Enter for a chance to win now >


Walk the Red Carpet and Get VIP Access to Day One of the NFL Draft
Feel like a sports star on Day One of the NFL Draft. You and a friend will get to walk the red carpet with the next generation of NFL Stars. You’ll also get exclusive access to the VIP Viewing Party Tent and more.


Bid now >


Make your play. Feel like a star at the NFL Draft >


No purchase necessary. 18+ Ends 4/17/17. See Rules.

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Share your Insider tips about travel to Crete or the Greek islands by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

What do you get when you cross a luxurious lounge with a members club? The brand new Haute Living Lounge by Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection. Taking inspiration from the lounges of central airports and the comfort they provide, our Elounda resort on the island of Crete, Greece wants you to travel and have holidays in true VIP style. Domes of Elounda is introducing a private area accessible only to Haute Living members: the HL Lounge is a new addition to the exclusive services at our resort, creating an experience for all Domes Luxury Residences and Ultraluxe Villas residents.

 

The stunning lounge area is open 24/7 and it offers, among others: a variety of tablets, magazines, and coffee table books by Taschen, state of the art gym facilities with wellness elements such as freshly made healthy drinks and smoothies, private showers and lockers with luxury amenities, on-the-go massage services, signature canapes by Kostas Efthimiou, the resort's executive chef, an afternoon tea ritual, eclectic cocktails, dedicated concierge staff, express check-in and check-out, and computer workstations for those who really need to work on their holidays (we strongly recommend that you don't, but if you have to...).

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Another perk is access to the Breeze All Day Beach Lounge, a private area reserved only for Haute Living residents that is in front of the sea. Designed with elegance in mind, it has its own bar, lounge furniture, DJ sets, and an ice cream stand. The club offers a variety of added services such as VIP treats, complimentary baby-sitting (for a limited amount of time) and an exclusive menu of snacks, smoothies and cocktails. Haute Living members can also take advantage of the Dine Around option. With four restaurants to choose from (Yaosai, Topos 1910, Blend & Tholos), the Domes Dine Around concept is stronger and more varied than ever. Blend also offers an adults-only zone at night for its guests. If you really want to indulge in your holidays, then the brand new HL Lounge service is really the way to go. Give it a try and let us know about your experience!

 

Haris S.

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

Meet a Top Chef favorite in California, an award-winning chef in Manhattan and more. New culinary adventures are waiting for you this spring — and your points give you exclusive access. 

 

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Meet Top Chef Fan Favorite Fabio Viviani at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, April 20 - 23: Savor lunch for two at Casa Paermo and a meet-and-greet with Fabio Viviani, plus tickets to events like the El Burro Borracho Taco Fiesta hosted by Guy Fieri and the prestigious Lexus Grand Tasting.

 

Experience an intimate evening with Chef Daniel Humm in New York City, April 27: Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu with wine pairing and a personal presentation by the master chef and co-owner of three-star Michelin restaurant Eleven Madison Park. Bidding ends April 12.

 

Take a private vineyard tour of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate, May 19 – 20: Sip and stroll your way through this family-led tour of the famed Napa winery, with exclusive barrel wine samples prepared by winemaker Robert Mondavi, Jr. Afterward, relax in luxury at the Marriott Napa Valley.

 

Indulge in a private whisky tasting with Macallan Brand Ambassador Kieron Elliott, May 19: Embark on an exclusive journey through the world of fine whisky in the iconic setting of The View Lounge atop the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Your samplings will include limited edition and rare Macallan marques.

 

See all experiences: Culinary, Entertainment, Sports, Lifestyle >

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

 

On your next trip to Saudi Arabia, we invite you to visit these fascinating destinations near the Riyadh Marriott Hotel, Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter, and the Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Makarim (the distance from our hotels is shown):

 

Ad Diriyah, the old City of Riyadh: This UNESCO World Heritage Site should not be missed when visiting Riyadh. It was the original home of the Saudi Royal Family and the first Saudi capital. Old houses made of mud are such a wonderful sight to behold knowing the glorious past it once witnessed.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel (32 min or 25.7 km)

Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter (21 min or 20.7 km)

Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Makarim (32 min or 25.7 km)

 

 

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Al Masmak Fort: Located in downtown Riyadh, this fort is a castle made of clay and mud-brick that once played a significant role in the Kingdom’s history. It was where the recapture of Riyadh took place in 1902. Even today, Al Masmak Fort plays a big part in the country’s tourism. Its stunning architecture lets you re-live the memories of the years gone by as the old castle was turned into a museum.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel (24 min or 9.0 km)

Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter (21 min or 16.5 km)

Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Makarim (24 min or 9.0 km)


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King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh: Football is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia. The city hosts four major football clubs. Al Hilal was established in 1957 and has won 13 championships in the Saudi Premier League. Al-Nasr club is another team in the top league that has many supporters around the kingdom; it was established in 1955, and has been named champion of the Saudi League 8 times. Another well-known club, Al Shabab, was established in 1947 and holds 6 championships. There is also Al-Riyadh Club, which was established in 1954, as well as many other clubs.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel (32 min or 20.8 km)

Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter (38 min or 33 km)

Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Makarim (32 min or 20.8 km)

 

ENTRY 4_National Museum - Saudi Arabia.jpgNational Museum : What better way to understand Saudi Arabia than by visiting its national museum. The museum is divided into 8 well-designed halls namely: Which are Man and the Universe, Arabian Kingdom, The Pre-Islamic Era, The Prophet’s Mission, Islam and the Arabian Peninsula, First and Second Saudi States, The Unification and The Hajj and the Two Holy Mosque. It offers a vast display of antiques, manuscripts, miniatures and artifacts. There are also audio-visual presentations both in English and Arabic for a more enjoyable experience.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel (17 min or 6.7 km)

Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter (24 min or15 km)

Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Makarim (17 min or 6.7 km)

 

Please stay with us at any of our local hotels to enjoy these amazing sights!

 

Amanullah P.

Riyadh Marriott Hotel

Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter

Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Makarim

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The semifinals tip off April 1. The National Championship is April 3rd. March Madness comes to Phoenix this week! If you’ll be there too, we invite you to head for Marriott. As the official hotel of the NCAA, we’re welcoming the fans who create the buzz. And of course, you and your team will get the best rate available when you book direct at Marriott.com — and receive your Rewards points too.


Here’s where you can book your NCAA stay – plus see Traveler tips for enjoying Phoenix, from hiking Camelback Mountain to enjoying local brews in town.


Visit our NCAA page

Hi Insiders, here are some great member offers for Bay Harbor, Miami and South Africa:

 

 

Member Exclusive Rates — Explore Bay Harbor: Let our resort wine + dine you

  • From April 1 - May 26, 2017, stay any night and your experience includes, overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, a bottle of Black Star Farm’s award-winning Arcturos Pinot Noir, and more.

Bonus Points/Miles — Miami sun: Get 1,000 points every night at 3 hotels

  • From March 31 - April 30, 2017, earn 1,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per night, 7 days a week. Relax and recharge at the Winter Haven, Autograph Collection®, Blue Moon Hotel, Autograph Collection® or the Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach/Oceanfront.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — South Africa weekends: Get 20% off + 2,000 points

  • From March 22 - May 31, 2017, stay a minimum of two nights, Friday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) and you'll be rewarded with 20% discount off best available rates and 2,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay.

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Share your Insider stories and insights about travel to Indiana by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Westfield has the best fields – sports fields, that is. Just 30 minutes north of Indianapolis, Indiana, Westfield has become a hub of sports activity thanks to Grand Park, the largest multi-sport campus in the Midwest. Since Grand Park’s inaugural year, millions of visitors have played the fields and cheered from the sidelines.

 

But what exactly makes Grand Park so grand? In size, Grand Park covers 400 acres of land. To put this in perspective, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Zoo and Banker’s Life Fieldhouse could all fit within the boundaries of Grand Park – with room to spare! Grand Park isn’t just fields either. In January 2016, Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse opened to add eight indoor hard courts to the mix of sports offerings. In April 2016, Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse welcomed the Nike EYBL, the most prestigious series of youth basketball events in the nation, to Indiana for the first time. More than 300 NCAA Division I college basketball coaches filled the stands to watch the top 40 under-17 boys basketball teams compete. Grand Park became “grander” again in July 2016 when the Grand Park Events Center opened. The facility houses three full-size professional soccer fields (each measuring 115 by 45 yards), locker rooms and a restaurant within 370,000 square feet. Because of the magnitude of the facility, the possibilities are vast for hosting many types of events.

 

Marriott hotels in neighboring Carmel and Fishers, such as the Springhill Suites and Residence Inn, have hosted players, coaches and fans coming to experience Grand Park from all over the country. With easy access to group-friendly dining, shopping, and things to do off the field, these Marriott locations are at the top of many sports travelers’ short lists. Add proximity to the airport and the fact that Grand Park is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the country, and you’ve got a deal that’s, well, grand! Please come stay with us soon.

 

Kate B.

JW Marriott Indianapolis

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown

SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Downtown

Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis Downtown

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Did you roll through airport security before your last flight — or did you wait in line in your socks? Now you can keep your shoes on, your mood mellow and your typical wait time to 5 minutes or less.


Starting today, you can use points to enroll in TSA Precheck, an expedited security screening program at 180+ airports across the U.S. When you go through airport security screening, there is no need to remove:

  • Shoes
  • Laptops
  • 3-1-1 liquids
  • Belts
  • Light jackets

 

Here’s how it works:

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  • Redeem points for a certificate with an authorization code (mailed to you)
  • Fill out the application online or at your local TSA Precheck enrollment center
  • Schedule a 10-minute appointment at your local enrollment center
  • Present the authorization code in lieu of payment ($85 for 5 years)
  • Learn more about TSA PreCheck

 

 

Redeem points for TSA Precheck now >

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Share your Insider travel tips and stories about Linz or must-see museums by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

I want to draw your attention to two exciting museums in Linz, Austria. They are opposite of each other with the giant river Danube flowing between…

 

The Ars Electronica Museum is a place of inquiry and discovery, experimentation and exploration. It is a place that has taken the world of tomorrow as its stage, and one that assembles and presents influences from many different perspectives. Visitors can encounter the Center on their own, or seek guidance from the expert Info-trainers stationed throughout the exhibits. 16 x 9 meter wall and floor projections, laser tracking and 3-D animations have been the specialties of the Deep Space display since 2009. A recent upgrade of the Deep Space venue’s technical infrastructure now enables audiences to enjoy projections at 8K resolution, and thus worlds of imagery at a never-before-achieved level of quality. Full HD and 4K—that’s yesterday’s news. 8K is what’s happening now, and that standard was set by the latest update. A visit to Deep Space 8K promises to be extraordinary, fascinating, impressive, and breath-taking. The Ars Electronica, the museum of the future, is located next to the Danube River with a fantastic view over the city of Linz. On the top floor, the restaurant Cubus awaits you where you can enjoy snacks while overlooking the Danube.

 

The Lentos Art Gallery is opposite the Ars Electronica on the other site of the Danube. Here you can visit three different exhibitions and make a short stop in the Lentos Café. In the evening, these two museums appear with a special lighting. The whole front of the buildings glows in blue, white, green or pink! For more museum information, please visit www.lentos.at and www.aec.at.

 

Petra G.

Courtyard by Marriott Linz

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Love to rock out — or love someone who does? Pack up and head out to the California desert for the sounds of top artists, the scents of specialty cuisine and the colorful array of cutting-edge art.


It’s all happening in April at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with a lineup featuring headliners Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and dozens more.


Members have three paths to access – and you’re the first to know:


Sweepstakes Package – April 20 – 24

Enter for your chance to win exclusive access for you and a friend to Coachella and on-site accommodations in a fully furnished, air-conditioned Shikar-style Safari Tent. No purchase necessary. 21+ Ends 3/31/17 Rules: http://bit.ly/2bJuPqF


VIP Package – April 14 - 16 or April 21 – 23

Use points to get 2 VIP passes – your choice of weekends until they’re both scooped up.


Ultimate Festival Camping Experience + Exclusive Safari Guest Passes Package– April 20 – 24

Bid with points to experience a safari tent with the amenities of a Marriott hotel room — on-site concierge, private restrooms and showers, air conditioning and much more — as well as 2 PASSES for exclusive access.


See the stars in the desert. Discover Coachella >

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Kudos to meltravel, Silver Elite member and our new winner of 20,000 points! Here’s what meltravel had to say about our latest Live Elite topic, the Marriott Rewards® Premier credit card:

 

“I got the card in October … I make sure that I charge ALL travel related expenses as you earn double, triple miles for them. Often times I hear friends saying that they went through Expedia to reserve rooms. It may appear to be cheaper … but you can’t earn points on it like they could if they booked direct with Marriott.


By doing this — it allowed me to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my sister where I took her to London, Paris and Rome. We stayed in some amazing places.


I think often times people hear “Marriott Rewards” and they don’t realize that there are many options under that heading — Renaissance, Residence Inn, etc. as well as ALL the brands under SPG [administrator’s note: through transferring points from your linked account]. The biggest trick is — you have to do the search on the Marriott website instead of using an online system like Expedia.” Read full post


Thanks to all the Insiders who posted detailed comments about status received, rewards earned and experiences enjoyed. Here are three we thought were especially inspiring. Each of the Insiders below wins 1,000 points.


1. “The Marriott Rewards card is my 'go-to' card … I also use the Marriott Rewards Premier Business card for all things business.  Basically, both Marriott cards have replaced all other cards and have enabled me to advance towards my goal of Lifetime Platinum status.  The 15 elite qualifying nights that are awarded for a card is a BIG step towards achieving and/or maintaining next level status.  Also, let's not forget the free night voucher.  I had two vouchers which allowed me to spend two nights at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center hotel that normally would have cost me $400+ per night that particular weekend as it was during the premier of the Detroit Auto Show.” – greekbecky Platinum Elite member. Read full post


2. “The Marriott rewards card from Chase was actually my first travel card … My main deal when getting this card was the free annual night.


Next for me is definitely the elite night credit for 3k spend. This year almost all of my spend (except 10k that will go on my Ritz card just in case) will be going on my Marriott business card. With that I do think I'll be able to finally hit platinum.


A lot of people say cards with annual fees aren't worth it for those who don't travel often but I feel the opposite. I don't travel nearly as much as some of the road (and/or sky) warriors here (seriously how do you not call yourself sky warriors, that is so cool #Millenial) but I feel like between my 3 cards in the marriott rewards program I definitely travel more than I could otherwise.” – jsucool76 Gold Elite member Read full post


3. “For us this Card was a ‘dream become truth.’ We used the extra points to make our best Marriott hotel trip of all the time. Without this credit card it would not been possible for us to stay during New Years Eve in magnificent Rio de Janeiro and see the stunning fireworks over Copacabana.” – worldtraveller29 Platinum Elite member Read full post

 

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Interested in enjoying cardmember perks for your own travels? Get details about the Marriott Rewards Premier card here.

 

Be watching for our next topic — and your next chance to win. To see more details and discussions about Elite benefits, click the Live Elite tag below.