Marriott Rewards has just unveiled their 2014 summer promotion. As is usually the case with Marriott, different accounts are targeted with different promotions, so there’s not one “universal” promotion, though there is one that’s more common than the others.
Regardless, Marriott’s summer Getaway Bonus is available for stays between June 1 and August 31, 2014.
My version of the promotion, which seems to be the most common, offers double Marriott Rewards points starting with your third paid stay. You can earn a maximum of 25,000 bonus points.
With Marriott Rewards you ordinarily earn 5-10 points per dollar spent (depending on the brand), so through this promotion you’re looking at earning 10-20 points per dollar spent, up to 25,000 bonus points.
Given that Marriott charges 7,500-45,000 points for a free night, you’ll basically earn one free night at a mid-range property if you maximize this promotion:
Registration is required by July 31, 2014. Bonus points should post to eligible accounts 3-5 days after the stay.
At the end of the day you might as well register for the promotion if you’re staying at a Marriott, though this is hardly a reason to switch any business to them.
In terms of current promotions, here’s what has been announced so far:
- Starwood Preferred Guest Earn Away Get Away Summer Promotion: double base Starpoints on stays at eligible properties, and triple base Starpoints for stays that include a Sunday night
- Hilton HHonors Double Your HHonors Summer Promotion: double base HHonors points or double miles on stays at eligible properties
- Hyatt Gold Passport Triple Airline Miles Summer Promotion: triple airline miles with eight airline partners, starting with your third eligible stay
In my opinion none of the above promotions actually offer enough incentive to change staying patterns, but that’s hardly surprising in the peak of summer, given the amount of leisure travel going on. The only positive thing about them is that with the exception of the Marriott promotion they all launched on May 1, meaning there was no gap between the new promotion and previous promotion.
Which version of the Marriott Getaway Bonus were you targeted for?