When it comes to travel, Cana­di­ans love a good loy­alty pro­gram, and Mar­riott Re­wards, which in­cludes The Ritz-Carl­ton Re­wards, and Star­wood Pre­ferred Guest (SPG) pro­grams, of­fer some of the best travel perks out there.

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When hote­lier Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional merged with Star­wood Ho­tels & Re­sorts – they cre­ated the broad­est port­fo­lio of ho­tels – in­clud­ing the largest col­lec­tion of lux­ury prop­er­ties – in the world with the most awarded hos­pi­tal­ity loy­alty pro­grams. Mar­riott Re­wards and SPG give mem­bers un­prece­dented ac­cess to end­less travel in­spi­ra­tion with over 6,500 prop­er­ties in 29 par­tic­i­pat­ing brands span­ning 127 coun­tries. Here are 5 rea­sons why you need to join Mar­riott Re­wards: There are 29 glob­ally rec­og­nized ho­tel brands to choose from! Mar­riott owns rec­og­niz­able brands such as The Ritz-Carl­ton, Mar­riott, Re­nais­sance, Delta,

Le Méri­dien, Sher­a­ton, and Westin. The com­pany also has a large port­fo­lio of bou­tique ho­tels un­der the brands the Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion, the Lux­ury Col­lec­tion, and De­sign Ho­tels. With ho­tels in vir­tu­ally ev­ery lo­ca­tion to suit ev­ery rea­son for travel, it’s easy to earn loy­alty points. Cana­di­ans love trav­el­ling in this great coun­try of ours and Mar­riott has an im­pres­sive port­fo­lio of 225 ho­tels un­der 19 brands right here in Canada. Some notable prop­er­ties are the Sher­a­ton

Saint-Hy­acinthe Ho­tel near Mon­treal, the Westin Bayshore and the DOU­GLAS, Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion in Van­cou­ver;

and the Kananaskis Moun­tain Lodge, Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion in Kananaskis, Al­berta. Perks for Mar­riott Re­wards and SPG mem­bers are plen­ti­ful es­pe­cially for those with elite sta­tus. All mem­bers en­joy free Wi-Fi ev­ery stay and can book ex­clu­sive mem­ber-only rates. They have con­ve­nience of ev­ery­thing the pro­grams’ apps of­fer, such as check­ing-in with your smart­phone, chat­ting di­rectly with ho­tel staff to ful­fill re­quests from the ev­ery­day to ex­tra spe­cial be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter their stays, and in a grow­ing num­ber of lo­ca­tions the abil­ity to use their smart­phone as their room key. Not only that, but the app serves up des­ti­na­tion rec­om­men­da­tions from the com­pany’s pop­u­lar Mar­riott Trav­eler dig­i­tal mag­a­zine to dis­cover the un­usual and un­ex­pected. In ad­di­tion to earn­ing and re­deem­ing points, trav­ellers are seek­ing in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ences that cre­ate last­ing mem­o­ries. Mem­bers can re­deem points for 8,000 ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ences on Mar­riott Re­wards Mo­ments and SPG Mo­ments. It’s ev­ery­thing from throw­ing out the first pitch at the World Se­ries, to hands-on mas­ter classes with renowned ex­perts in culi­nary, sports and more, to in­ti­mate con­certs with mu­si­cal su­per­stars. With the com­pany’s ac­qui­si­tion of Star­wood, Mar­riott is bring­ing to­gether two of the most awarded loy­alty pro­grams in hos­pi­tal­ity. Mem­bers love the ease of earn­ing and re­deem­ing points with Mar­riott Re­wards and in­no­va­tive elite ben­e­fits of SPG, such as its am­bas­sador pro­gram where mem­bers get a per­sonal concierge to take care of their ev­ery need on each trip. Now mem­bers get the best of both pro­grams.

Mar­riott Re­wards and SPG in­spire mem­bers to travel the world with pur­pose and pas­sion. Whether it is re­sorts fea­tur­ing over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows, peace­ful se­cluded is­land set­tings, ski-in moun­tain re­sorts, tow­er­ing iconic ho­tels with pic­ture-wor­thy views or even for­mer palaces con­verted into ho­tels, there is a prop­erty for ev­ery­one just about ev­ery­where. Read more about the pro­grams at mem­bers.mar­riott.com and start earn­ing now!

The Westin Bayshore, Van­cou­ver the DOU­GLAS, Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion Kananaskis Moun­tain Lodge, Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion

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