Travel & Lifestyle | Experiencing Los Angeles for the first time in ten years as a #MarriottRewards member!

As the most amazing year ever is slowly coming to an end, I am looking back on all the fantastic adventures that I have been lucky enough to experience and share with you all. From Mexico with Julio, to Las Vegas with Catherine, and everything in between. One of the most incredible travel experiences I have ever had was alongside Gracie Carroll (lovingly referred to as my work wife) where we went to Los Angeles to attend an exclusive concert available to us as Marriott Rewards members. Today I am sharing some of my favourite moments from the trip, all the reasons why I love being a #MarriottRewards member, and how the huge growth Marriott has seen is helping to make travel even better for Canadians! 
Did you know that having a Marriott Rewards account has perks that include free concerts?! I didn’t before my trip and quickly realized that I wasn’t taking full advantage of one of my favourite rewards programs. We all have them. Collecting points from groceries to gas. But can they offer you the chance to attend a Demi Lovato concert? I doubt it.

Marriott Rewards’ Experiences Marketplace, allows members to redeem points for lifestyle, sports, culinary and entertainment packages.  There were 1,000 passes available that will be secured on a first-come, first-served basis to the special Demi Lovato concert we attended; all I needed was membership in the program! I think that this is just one reason why Marriott has quickly become my favourite family of hotels around the world. It is also why I agreed to partner with them to bring you all exclusives and BTS moments that members have access to. 

There has also been some exciting news that I want to make sure you didn’t miss.

“Marriott® portfolio of hotels. Starwood Hotels & Resorts® and Marriott International have joined to become the world’s largest hotel company – and that means exciting new things for you. The Rewards program you know and love isn’t going anywhere, and now you can get even more benefits when you link your Marriott Rewards® and SPG®accounts.”

Make sure as a Marriott Rewards member that you link your Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts to maximize what you can get out of them. Click here to do that safely & securely today.


Advantages of linking your accounts today include:

  • Status Match: Instantly match your highest status in either program. This means if you have Prefered Plus status in SPG, you’ll have Silver Status on your Marriott Rewards account. You’ll get benefits at Rewards hotels and benefits at hotels in the SPG program. It’s the best of both worlds.
  • Points Transfer: Earn points in one program and then transfer them to the other. Discover more destinations, shop more ways and unlock more experiences!

So now that all our accounts are all up to date, let me tell you what 24 in Los Angeles looks like. After landing at LAX with Gracie, we opted to spend the day wih my good friend (and DoTheDaniel’s newest contributor!) Lesli. Exploring the sights that the city has to offer, I immediately remembered why I love Los Angeles. Similar to New York, this city has a tactile energy that left me smiling. From the sun to the shopping, the food and the beautiful sights… Los Angeles is a must on my Travel To-Do’s. 

After exploring Abbot Kinney, we ate lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter Venice, explored Santa Monica and even got in a little visit at the Lacoste showroom to see some exciting new items coming to shelves this year. After all that (we made sure to really pack it all in and take advantage of being in the city) we checked into Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE before the concert and the stress of traveling immediately melted away. Conveniently located across the street from the STAPLES Centre, this stunning hotel lives in the middle of downtown Los Angels. For first time visitors, or those of you travelling back for the 100th time, it’s a perfect option to enjoy the relaxation you need without being too far from the action.






We ate a delicious meal at a local restaurant down the street and headed back to the STAPLES center to watch DNCE and Demi Lovato take our breath away. Sounds like a whirlwind experience, right? But it’s one that you can easily recreate using your Marriott Rewards account and Experiences Marketplace!

Gracie of course one of my favourite Canadian bloggers and influencers and created this incredible video of our adventures below. Take a look:

Here are a few of my ultimate moments exploring Los Angeles as a #MarriottRewards member and ambassador with Gracie leading up to an incredible concert experience exclusively for Marriott Rewards members! 


Soaking it all in in Santa Monica with @graciecarroll & @yeslesli ☀? #MarriottRewards #DTDTravels #DoTheDaniel

A video posted by Daniel Reyes (@dothedaniel) on


I LOVE #LA!!! ??✌? #GCtravel #MarriottRewards #graciegoestola #losangeles ? by @dothedaniel ?

A photo posted by Gracie Carroll (@graciecarroll) on

At the end of the day, your travel reward program should work for you, not the other way around. It should help to compliment the life you live and the dreams you have. Marriott Rewards has done that and so much more for me and I can’t wait to continue using my rewards around the world. Next stop? You’ll just have to wait and see! For more details about Marriott Rewards and to create your profile (if you haven’t already) click here. 

To join in on the social media conversation with us and Marriott Rewards Members around the world, make sure to follow @MarriottRewards on Twitter & Instagram. To share your inspiration and special moments, make sure to use the #MarriottRewards and #YouAreHere hashtags. We can’t wait to see what inspires you in all facets of your travel and reward experiences!

For more behind the scenes of this and other amazing brands we are working with around the world, make sure to follow along with the #DoTheDaniel Instagram account. We would love to have you join on our adventures! AND yes. we’re on Snapchat too! – click here to follow us! 

Photos: Marriott Rewards, Gracie Carroll & Daniel Reyes


Daniel Reyes

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