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Marriott Rewards has released details of its latest MegaBonus promotion and registration is now live on Marriott.com.
With Starwood’s summer promotion also now live, with IHG’s summer Accelerate promotion already up and running. with Hyatt offering double points through 30 June and with Hilton offering double points through 31 August we now know what all the major hotel chain promotions look like for the summer months.
So what does Marriott’s “MegaBonus Infinite Points” have to offer?
Like most MegaBonus promotions this one is pretty straightforward:
- Register via this link by 30 August 2017
- Stay at any participating Marriott property worldwide between 27 May and 4 September 2017
- Earn 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points per stay beginning with your second stay.
- Earn an additional 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points for every new brand you stay with, starting with your second brand.
The first stay establishes the first brand. Member will earn bonus points for every additional brand they stay with.
The brand challenge is limited to the number of available participating brands.
Technically, a guest could earn 4,000 per stay as they work through the elite Marriott brand portfolio one by one (Marriott has 17 participating brands) so that would earn them 68,000 Marriott Rewards points….but I really can’t see too many people doing that.
Still, there are 101 nights between 27 May and 4 September so, while the offer isn’t really “infinite points” in the literal sense, the maximum earnings are:
- 202,000 points if you stay ever night and move hotels every night
- 34,000 points if you stay at all participating brands
Total potential earnings: 236,000
But I doubt too many people will do that either 🙂
Important points from the Terms & Conditions:
- The stays have to be “paid” stays so reward nights bookings do not count for this promotion.
- A stay is defined as “consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity”. This means that a single night at a property will count as a stay but two nights at the same hotel will only count as a single stay even if you check out and then back in again after night 1.
- Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
- Members electing to earn miles (rather than Marriott Rewards points) are not eligible for this promotion.
- Rooms booked through most third-party online retailers and select travel agency bookings are ineligible to earn for this promotion. – so that will include bookings through sites like Expedia, Orbitz, Hotels.com etc….
- The 17 participating brands are:
- JW Marriott®
- Autograph Collection® Hotels
- Marriott® Hotels & Resorts
- Delta Hotels
- Marriott Vacation Club®
- Gaylord Hotels®
- AC Hotels by MarriottSM
- Courtyard by Marriott®
- Residence Inn by Marriott®
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott®
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®
- TownePlace Suites by Marriott®
- Protea Hotels
At the bottom of the registration page you’ll see this:
But that’s a little misleading as per the terms and conditions of the promotion only 17 out of the 18 brands are participating in “Infinite Points” – Marriott Executive Apartments are excluded.
Probably not an issue for the vast majority of travellers but worth noting anyway.
Some may see the following message when they access the promotion registration page:
This is the sign that I saw when I attempted to register but a quick call to Marriott had me registered in a couple of minutes. If you don’t have time to make a call try contacting the Marriott Rewards Twitter team as they’re normally pretty good at helping with these types of issues.
Even if you don’t think you’ll be staying at any Marriott properties over the next few months you should register for the promotion anyway – you never know when plans suddenly change and you find yourself at a property you weren’t expecting to be in….so why leave points on the table?
As promotions go this one isn’t exactly lucrative but, valuing Marriott Rewards points at 0.7 cents each as I do, you’ll be getting an effective rebate of either $14 or $28 per stay (starting with your second stay)…which is better than nothing.