Marriott Rewards and Visa Team Up to Offer Double Points

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, D.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 13,
2001–Marriott International, Inc. (MAR/NYSE) and Visa will offer
double points and double night credit toward special elite status and
benefits for Visa cardholders and Marriott Rewards members, October
15, 2001 through March 31, 2002.
Starting with the second hotel stay paid for with a Visa card
during this period, Marriott Rewards members will earn double points
toward free vacations or any of more than 300 reward options. Plus,
members will achieve elite recognition and privileges twice as fast
when using Visa for their second and each subsequent night at any of
Marriott Rewards' 2,100 participating hotels.
As a final added bonus, the timeframe for achieving Marriott
Rewards elite status has been extended to March 31, 2002 — giving
members 15 months, rather than the normal 12 months, to reach their
desired elite threshold and benefits.
As the world's leading payment card brand, Visa is constantly
looking for ways to deliver added value to our cardholders, said Tom
Shepard, senior vice president, marketing partnerships, Visa
International. Our global partnership with Marriott enables us to do
just that — the Double Points, Double Nights promotion provides Visa
cardholders with exciting benefits from one of the world's leading
hotel chains.
Recognizing that many travel schedules have been reduced in
recent weeks, we want to assure guests that Marriott is steadfast and
focused on taking care of their needs and in providing every advantage
that we can at this time, said Lynne Roach-Hildebrand, senior vice
president Marriott Customer Relationship Management.
In addition to earning double points and double night credit
toward elite status when paying with Visa, Marriott Rewards members
can receive a free weekend night for every three paid weekend nights
spent with Marriott Sept. 14 through Dec. 23, 2001, with the ongoing
Marriott's Rewarding Weekends offer. While members residing outside
the United States are automatically eligible to participate in
Marriott's Rewarding Weekends, registration is required to participate
in Marriott Rewards Double Points, Double Nights. For more information
about the offer and to participate, visit marriottrewards.com or call
the local Marriott Guest Services office listed below.
With 15 million members, Marriott Rewards is the world's largest
and most-preferred frequent guest program. Marriott Rewards offers
travelers the fastest way to a free night or a free flight, and stands
alone as the largest provider of free nights in the industry.
To make a reservation at Marriott hotels worldwide, call Marriott
Worldwide Reservations or visit marriott.com.