Both Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest are offering global promotions for stays through April 15, 2018:
- Marriott’s MegaBonus promotion offers 2,000 bonus points per stay, starting with your second stay, plus an additional 1,000 bonus points when your stay includes a weekend night, for a total of up to 50,000 bonus points during the promotion period
- Starwood’s Great Weeks, Grand Weekends promotion offers double Starpoints starting with your second stay, plus 500 bonus Starpoints when your stay includes a weekend night, but only at participating properties
Marriott and Starwood have just announced the details of their new global promotions, with registration opening today. Both of these promotions are valid for registration between April 2 and June 30, 2018, and for stays between April 16 and July 20, 2018. On the plus side, there will be no gap in promotions here, as one promotion ends on April 15, and the next one starts on April 16. Here’s how the promotions work:
Marriott Rewards MegaBonus
With Marriott’s MegaBonus promotions, members will earn 750 bonus points on every night of every stay, starting with their third night. Members can earn up to 36,000 bonus points during the promotion.
Nearly all Marriott Rewards brands are participating in the promotion except for Marriott ExecuStay, Marriott Executive Apartments, and Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks. All stays at all other brands qualify for the promotion.
SPG More Nights, More Starpoints
With SPG’s More Nights, More Starpoints promotion, members will earn 250 bonus Starpoints on every night of every stay at participating properties, starting with their third night. Members can earn up to 12,000 bonus Starpoints during the promotion period.
While the Marriott promotion is valid at all hotels belonging to participating brands, the SPG promotion only is only valid at participating hotels that have opted in, meaning you can’t earn this bonus at all hotels. That’s even more restrictive.
We’ve seen Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest offer aligned promotions in the past, in the sense that they allowed registration and stays over the same period. However, now for the first time we’re seeing virtually identical promotions, offering the same number of bonus points per night, with the same maximum number of points to be earned during the promotion (when you consider that you can convert Starpoints into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:3 ratio).
On the plus side, these promotions are pretty straightforward. I’d say 250 Starpoints/750 Marriott Rewards points are worth $5-6, so that’s the incremental bonus per night. You can earn the bonus for at most 48 nights during the promotion period.
Unfortunately that’s about the only good thing I can say, though. Earning 250 bonus Starpoints per night starting with the third night but only at participating hotels is really restrictive.
What do you make of the new promotions from Marriott & Starwood?