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Until last week, the last time I stayed at a hotel was back in March. Since the pandemic began, I spent months locked down alone in my D.C. apartment, then with family in Upstate New York. I took bike trips and road trips to go camping, but I avoided hotels completely.
In the meantime, hotels, like the rest of the travel industry, were suffering. According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, hotels are facing a debt crisis and a historic wave of foreclosures as the pandemic’s economic impact on the industry is estimated to be nine times greater than that of 9/11. As a result, they’ve been doing everything they can to attract business.
For some, that means promoting packages for remote workers or encouraging families to take remote-school vacations. For most, it means amplifying their new coronavirus precautions so that customers feel safe booking (and staying at) hotels
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If you’re a Marriott loyalist, having a Marriott Bonvoy credit card is an easy way to boost your points earnings and work toward future award stays at your choice of more than 7,000 properties around the world. Even if you’re not planning on booking travel in the near future, keep in mind that Marriott points don’t expire until 24 months from your last account activity — and using a Marriott credit card is considered account activity.
For those looking to earn more Marriott points, this generous limited-time offer for the
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While some of us may not be considering a hotel stay right now, it’s still a solid time to think about your overall Marriott credit card strategy for when you’re comfortable traveling again.
In addition to all the other benefits of the Marriott credit cards, which we’ll get to shortly, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card is currently offering a bonus of five free nights after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. That’s worth at up to an amazing 250,000 Bonvoy