Marriott Rewards members who travel to the Middle East will be able to earn more frequent flyer miles from their hotel stays due to the addition of Saudia Airlines as a Marriott Rewards partner.
Members can designate Saudia Airlines as their preferred travel partner and earn two Alfursan miles per dollar spent at Marriott properties. Alfursan is the name of Saudia’s customer loyalty program.
Saudia Airlines, which is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, flies to more than 92 destinations throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. They recently joined the SkyTeam Global Airline Alliance.
SkyTeam is made up of 19 partner airlines, including Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, KLM and Vietnam Airlines. Frequent flyer miles can be transferred between SkyTeam partner airlines.
Once Marriott Rewards members designateSaudia Airlines and Alfursan Miles as their rewards earning preference, they will earn two Alfursan miles per dollar spent at any of the following Marriott hotel chains:
- JW Marriott
- Autograph Collection
- Renaissance Hotels
- Marriott Hotels & Resorts
- Marriott Vacation Club
The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, and Gaylord Hotels brands will all give two Alfursan Miles per dollar spent on the room rate only.
At these hotel brands, there is a one-to-one exchange rate for each dollar spent (on the room rate only):
- AC Hotels by Marriott
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- TownePlace Suites by Marriott
- Marriott Executive Apartments
Members can also redeem Marriott Rewards points for Alfursan Miles. Ten thousand Marriott points are worth 1,500 Alfursan Miles. After that, redemption is as follows:
20,000 Marriott Reward points = 3,500 Alfursan Miles
30,000 Marriott Reward points = 7,000 Alfursan Miles
70,000 Marriott Reward points =17,500 Alfursan Miles
140,000 Marriott Reward points = 35,000 Alfursan Miles
Mobile Check-In Offered
When redeeming Marriott points for hotel stays in the Middle East or anywhere, customers can now check in via smartphone. The new Marriott Mobile App is being launched this summer at 31 Marriott branded hotels, but will be expanded to 325 Marriott brand hotels in the United States and Canada.
Using the app, travelers can check in after 4pm the day before their scheduled arrival. They will get an automated notification as soon as their room is ready. They can then pick up their key card at an expedited mobile check-in desk at the hotel.The mobile app is available through the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.