Register Now For Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood Summer Promos

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Earlier I shared the details of Starwood’s next global promotion, and last week I shared the details of Marriott’s upcoming promotion.

Well, I’m happy to report that registration is now available for the summer promotions of all three Marriott “family” loyalty programs — Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. All three programs have different promotions this time around, unlike the last global promotion, where we saw all three programs offer the same thing.


Here are the basic details of the three promotion, as well as links to register:

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus Infinite Points

Marriott is offering bonus points based on the number of stays you make and number of brands you stay at. The basic details are as follows:

  • Registration period: May 15 through August 30, 2017
  • Earning period: May 27 through September 4, 2017
  • How it works: Earn 2,000 bonus points per stay, starting with your second stay, plus a further 2,000 bonus points for each of Marriott’s 18 brands you stay at, starting with the second brand
  • Value of this promotion: I value Marriott Rewards points at 0.8 cents each, so to me you’re earning an additional ~$16 return starting with your second stay, plus an additional ~$16 return for each brand you stay at, starting with your second brand; that’s an incremental return of up to $32 per stay.


The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Summer Sojourns

Ritz-Carlton is offering a fixed bonus on all stays, but only at Ritz-Carlton properties, and only for stays of two or more nights. The basic details are as follows:

  • Registration period: May 15 through August 30, 2017
  • Earning period: May 27 through September 4, 2017
  • How it works: Earn double points for all Ritz-Carlton stays of two nights or longer, with no limit to how many bonus points you can earn
  • Value of this promotion: I value Ritz-Carlton Rewards points at 0.8 cents each, and double points gets you an additional 10 points per dollar spent; therefore you’re earning an incremental return of 8%, but only on Ritz-Carlton spend for stays of two nights or more


SPG Take Three

Starwood is offering a flat double or triple points bonus on stays, depending on the type of stay you make. The basic details are as follows:


Bottom line

While the last global promotion was aligned between all three programs, this time around we’re seeing three programs with three very different promotions. Since you can be a member of both Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards, you can potentially partake in two of these promotions.

Which promotion is most lucrative depends entirely on your stay patterns. Regardless, you might as well register for all of them, just in case you have any upcoming stays.

What do you make of the upcoming promotions being offered by Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood?

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  1. Anyone getting “Server Error in ‘/doublepointssummer17’ Application: when applying for the Ritz promo?

  2. @Lucky,

    Just pointing out a type-o in the Marriott description, where you accidentally refer to marriott points as SPG points (valued at $.08).

    Also, assuming a person’s theoretical stay pattern is identical, would it be best to try and hit the SPG promotion given the transfer ratio to Marriott? I haven’t mathed that out (me and math parted ways several years ago) but off the top of my head it seems like SPG points are almost always the ones to max out. But clearly I haven’t really thought that through so I could be way off.

  3. For SPG, how do I see list of promotions I have enrolled in? I recently became SPG member by applying for its 35k bonus Crdit Card offer. I was targeted for a bonus offer which I think I registered, but want to confirm.

  4. If I have a Marriott stay starting 5/26 and check-out 5/28 will that still count as my first stay? Or is it only for stays starting on or after 5/27?

  5. For SPG I got the following “bonus” offer upon registering:

    And because you have The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, you can earn an additional 1,500 Starpoints® per eligible resort stay between 5/27 and 9/4. Terms Apply.

  6. Will I get the SPG points for stays I have already booked? Or is this for stays only booked after you register for the promotion?

  7. Do you have to pay with the SPG Amex in order to earn the bonus points or just have the cards?

  8. Ritz appears to be targeted.

    “WE APOLOGIZE – Our records indicate that you are not eligible for the Summer Sojourns promotion. If you believe you have received this message in error or have any questions, please contact The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Guest Services Team for assistance.”

  9. Just successfully registered but am mildly pissed because while I seldom stay at Starwood properties, I’d booked a 5-night revenue stay at the Westin Miyako Kyoto for September AFTER the end of the promo period!

    Why the Westin? Because (a) there are no Hilton properties in Kyoto; and (b) always looking to earn points on my business [convention] travels, I checked to see whether the other programs that I patronize (Hyatt and/or Marriott/Starwood/Ritz-Carlton) had properties listed that offered “Convention Rates” by agreement with the conventional organizers, and found the following:

    — Hyatt Regency Kyoto (***** Hotel): I stayed there last December on a 1-nite C+P award. Nice property. Convention Rate: $395/night

    — Ritz-Carlton Kyoto (***** Hotel). Convention Rate: $775/night!!!

    — The Westin Miyako Kyoto (*****Hotel). Convention Rate: $356/night.

    As one can see, the so-called ‘Convention Rates’ were quite high. However, as a savvy ‘business’ traveler, I learned that one does not always get the best deals by going with the suggested “Convention Rates”. So, I Iogged in and searched for “Member Rates” in my Hyatt, Starwood and Ritz-Carlton accounts.

    Lo and behold, at the Westin Miyako Kyoto, I hit the jackpot! I got a “Deluxe Grand View” room that was a LEVEL HIGHER than the basic King Deluxe with the suggested Convention Rate of $356/night for a Member Rate of “just” $220 or $136 less per night! It was by far the best deal I got, and as an equally opportunity opportunist, I booked it without a second thought.

    I will earn a few thousand starpoints from the stay, which I will either convert to MR points or transfer to SQ Krysflyer miles. But it’s too bad that this relatively long stay won’t happen during the period of this 2x/3x promo 🙁

  10. Hi,

    If I pay two rooms for 1 night, I will get two nights. Does it qualify for the “two nights” criteria for this promotion?

  11. Hi Lucky, curious what your thoughts on below.

    The promo only counts “paid stay”.. if i were to do a “cash and points” for Marriott I assume that doesn’t count as a paid stay? But I can also do 2 separate bookings one with points and one paying albeit it will be continuous nights.. would it qualify for promo?

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