Bethesda, Md., 2017-May-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) took home a combined 10 awards last night, at the 29th annual Freddie Awards, including Promotion of the Year for “Day 1 Linking of Accounts,” and Program of the Year. Marriott International’s trio of loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG have won an astounding 60+ Freddie Awards combined over the past ten years.
This year, Marriott Rewards won four awards, including Program of the Year, Americas, for a record 10th consecutive year. The other awards included:
- Best Hotel Redemption Ability, Americas
- Best Hotel Customer Service, Americas
- Best Hotel Elite Program, Americas
SPG won six awards, including;
- Hotel Program of the Year, Middle East & Asia/Oceania
- Best Hotel Promotion, Middle East & Asia/Oceania
- Best Hotel Redemption Ability, Middle East & Asia/Oceania
- Best Hotel Customer Service, Middle East & Asia/Oceania
- Best Hotel Elite Program, Europe /Africa
- Best Hotel Elite Program, Middle East & Asia/Oceania
The Freddie Awards are the most prestigious member-generated awards in the travel loyalty industry, recognizing excellence in frequent travel programs annually. This year, 25 million ballots were cast across all categories.
“Winning these Freddie Awards is especially meaningful as they are voted on by members,” said David Flueck, Senior Vice President of Loyalty, Marriott International. “As we look to bring the best of all programs together, we will continue to build upon our award winning legacy with our members at the center of everything that we do.”
In the past year since the 2016 Freddie’s, Marriott International completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. offering members across all loyalty programs, on day one the ability to link their accounts to have their member status matched, and enable them to transfer points between the programs for travel and exclusive experiences. Other advancements from the two loyalty programs include:
- The expansion of SPG Moments and the Marriott Rewards Experiences Marketplace which offered once-in-a-lifetime culinary, music, sports and lifestyle experiences.
- This past March, Marriott announced an investment in PlacePass, a pioneering provider of local travel experiences, offering all guests an opportunity to personalize their trips with authentic excursions.
- In February 2016, Marriott Rewards revealed a redesigned mobile app, to meet the needs of modern world travelers with Mobile Check-in and Checkout, Mobile Requests, the introduction of Mobile Key and more.
- In the last year, SPG announced the next generation of SPG Keyless, expanding keyless entry to more properties and multiple guests.
About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.
About Marriott Rewards
Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program – Marriott Rewards – spans 18 unique and iconic global brands and over 4,300 distinctive properties. Members of Marriott Rewards® – which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® – can link their accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for expanded benefits including instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer across portfolios. When members book their stays on Marriott.com or the Marriott Mobile app, they earn loyalty points, enjoy the advantage of exclusive Member Rates, our lowest available rates, and gain an elevated stay experience with free Wi-Fi, mobile check-in and checkout, and Mobile Service Requests wherever available. The hugely popular Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Hotel Program of the Year–Americas” nine consecutive years as chosen by frequent travelers. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates. To enroll and for more information about the program, guests may visit. Connect with Marriott Rewards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Starwood Preferred Guest
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveler program that unites 11 luxury and distinctive hotel brands in more than 1,300 properties in 95 countries and territories around the world. SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, Your24™, SPG Lifetime™, SPG Moments and 4 p.m. late checkout when available. SPG also offers the opportunity for meeting and travel professionals to earn rich rewards including Starpoints and elite status through SPG Pro. SPG has an ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of today’s connected global traveler by leveraging must-have mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android that utilize state-aware technology to create a more personalized hotel stay. All of this has helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s most frequent travelers. Learn more about the #spglife at spg.com, spg.com/pro and spg.com/moments and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. SPG members can now also link their accounts with Marriott Rewards® – which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® – for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer at spg.com/Marriott.
SOURCE: Marriott International