Marriott Rewards is being expanded to all Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels across Sub-Saharan Africa, giving its 53 million members 100 more hotels where they can earn and redeem points. This article is copyright 2015 The Best Customer Guide.

This month's programme expansion follows an initial rollout of Marriott Rewards to 25 properties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and expands the programme to Protea and African Pride hotels in Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi.

"Marriott Rewards members tell us they are seeking travel experiences that empower them to pursue their passions. Marriott Rewards' expansion to include all Protea Hotels allows members to enjoy the benefits of loyalty when traveling to Africa, whether for business or leisure," said Mark Satterfield, Chief Operating Officer for Marriott International, Middle East & Africa and Marriott International's Business Leader for Protea Hotels.

For individuals who travel around Africa, this is the first time an African hotel brand has offered loyalty points for domestic stays that can be redeemed for travel internationally. Protea Hotels is positioned in the moderate and upper moderate tier categories, with properties situated in key business centres and sought-after leisure destinations. Protea Hotels offers accommodation ideal for both business and leisure travelers, with modern design and a unique blend of local style and personal service.

Marriott Rewards points can be redeemed for hotel stays, as well as for a range of other benefits, such as air travel, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, and merchandise. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy exclusive benefits, such as free Wi-Fi and mobile check-in and check-out through the Marriott Mobile app, as well as special offers only available when booking direct on Marriott.com.

Marriott Rewards spans 16 Marriott brands and over 4,000 properties worldwide. It is free to join and has no blackout dates. Members can redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more.