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Introducing Marriott STARS and Marriott Luminous | free luxe amenities just for booking through travelhappy

Introducing Marriott STARS and Marriott Luminous | free luxe amenities just for booking through travelhappy

I’m super excited about these two new Marriott programs that launched on July 1 and wanted to share the details with you all ASAP.

What are Marriott STARS and Marriott Luminous?

The Marriott STARS and Marriott Luminous programs offer guests free amenities at select Marriott properties just for booking with qualified travel agents (and paying the hotel’s “Best Available Rate”).

Through the STARS and Luminous programs, select Marriott hotels around the world are offering clients of selected travel advisors VIP amenities like free daily breakfast for two and room credits (similar to those offered at Virtuoso hotels, if you’re familiar with that program).

In order to get these extra benefits, clients must (1) pay the equivalent of the hotel’s “Best Available Rate” and (2) book with a qualified agent (the STARS and Luminous programs are only open to preferred agencies). Lucky for you, travelhappy was invited to participate in the program and offer these exclusive amenities to its clients.

Marriott STARS

There are six luxury Marriott brands that participate in the STARS program: Ritz-Carlton®, BVLGARI Hotels, St. Regis®, EDITION®, The Luxury Collection® and Ritz-Carlton Reserve®.

If you book an eligible rate (equal to the best available rate) through travelhappy, you will receive:

  • Daily breakfast for two;

  • Welcome amenity;

  • Complimentary upgrade, if available (I believe this is with priority above Virtuoso);

  • Early check in and late check-out, based on availability;

  • $100 stay credit

Marriott Luminous

The Luminous program offers really great benefits for Marriott’s upscale brands, like W Hotels, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Westin Hotels and Resorts, and Le Meridien Hotels.

If you book an eligible rate (equal to the best available rate) through travelhappy at a participating Luminous property, you will receive:

  • Daily breakfast for two

  • Welcome amenity reflective of the hotel and destination

  • Complimentary upgrade, if available;

  • Early check in and late check-out, based on availability;

  • $100 stay credit at select properties.

Does It Cost More to Book a STARS or Luminous Rate?

Yes and no. Marriott’s STARS and Luminous rates are tied to a hotel’s “Best Available Rate,” so it costs more than the cheapest rate but never more than the “Best Available Rate.”

It’s a little bit of an industry misnomer, but the “Best Available Rate” doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest — that honor usually goes to non-refundable, pay-now reservations. So although it might cost you a little more to book a STARS or Luminous rate than it would to book a room with a non-refundable rate or a member rate (through an OTA or even directly with Marriott), you also won’t get the exclusive amenities mentioned above, nor will you avail yourself of the flexibility that comes with booking a Best Available Rate. But again, you won’t pay more than the Best Available Rate, either!

How Do I Book?

Contact me and we’ll go from there. Because the STARS and Luminous programs are only open to select travel advisors, I have to do the booking for you using a defined rate code.

If you have questions or want to book a STARS or Luminous property, just message me using the form below or shoot me an email at hello@travelhappyholidays.com.

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