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For years, Marriott’s promotions have been called MegaBonus, though the details of the promotions have differed. Back in the day, MegaBonus consistently offered a free night at a Category 1-4 property after every two paid stays. MegaBonus hasn’t been as generous since (which matches the trend in the hotel industry in general), though they’ve still kept the name of the promotion.
Marriott has just released the details of their fall 2016 MegaBonus promotion, which is valid for stays between September 15, 2016, and January 15, 2017. The past few MegaBonus promotions have been targeted, where different members have been eligible for different bonuses. For this MegaBonus promotion, all members can choose from the same two offers.
Members can choose between the following two options:
- 5,000 bonus points after your second paid stay
- 10,000 bonus points after every 10 nights, up to 50,000 bonus points
Registration is now open, and is required by December 15, 2016, in order to participate. Bonus points should post 3-5 days after the qualifying stay posts.
Personally I value Marriott Rewards points at 0.8 cents each. To break down this promotion a bit further, you basically have the choice between
- 2,500 bonus points per stay for up to two stays (a return of ~$20 per stay)
- 1,000 bonus points per night in increments of 10 nights (a return of ~$8 per night)
These offers are on opposite ends of the spectrum. If you’re a casual Marriott guest you’ll obviously want to go with the offer that rewards you after every two stays. Meanwhile if you’re a road warrior who is loyal to Marriott, earning bonuses on up to 50 nights is the way to go.
If you max out this promotion and stay 50 nights, you’d earn 50,000 bonus points, enough for a one night stay at a top property. That’s not exactly a reason to switch any stays to Marriott!
If you really want to boost your earnings of Marriott points, consider signing up for the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card, which offers 80,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $3,000 within three months. On top of that you can earn 7,500 bonus points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first three months from account opening.
The full terms of the promotion are as follows:
Registration is required. Marriott Rewards® members must choose a single offer and register by December 15, 2016. Earning for the chosen offer will occur for stays or nights (depending on which offer is selected) made between September 15, 2016 and January 15, 2017, at participating Marriott® properties. Members can select offer 1: earn 5,000 bonus points after two (2) paid stays – maximum 5,000 bonus points. Or, offer 2: earn 10,000 bonus points after ten (10) paid nights – maximum 50,000 bonus points. *A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Bonus points will be awarded to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the qualifying stay. Retroactive stays will not count towards this promotion. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit and Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay. Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion. For a list of current Marriott Rewards participating brands, visit http://www.marriott.com/marriott-rewards/earn/hotels.mi. Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement. Rooms booked through most third party online retailers and select travel agency bookings are ineligible to earn for this promotion.
We’ve now learned the details of the fall promotions available from Starwood, Hilton, and Marriott. All three promotions are better than nothing, though hardly a reason to switch business around. In the case of Marriott, I’m at least happy that they’re giving members two options, rather than targeting members with specific offers. At least there’s something achievable for everyone here, even if it’s not that rewarding.
What do you make of Marriott’s new MegaBonus promotion?
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