You guys have asked a lot of great questions regarding Marriott’s new loyalty program, which will be rolled out in August. I’m working on getting answers to all of these questions. In some cases I thought I had the answer but am now realizing that the information I had was ambiguous, while in other cases I didn’t think to ask the question at first.
Several of you asked about what the policy will be for Marriott’s new program when it comes to earning elite qualifying nights for multiple rooms. I realized that’s something that isn’t published and that I hadn’t asked, so I wanted to get you guys an answer.
Different hotel programs have different policies when it comes to earning hotel points for multiple rooms. This is an area where Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest have historically had different policies:
- Marriott Rewards has let you earn points for up to three rooms per night, assuming the member pays for all three rooms
- Starwood Preferred Guest has let you earn elite qualifying nights and points for up to three rooms per night, assuming the member pays for all three rooms
In other words, historically both programs have awarded the same number of points for comparable stays, while Starwood has awarded three times as many elite nights.
I followed up with Marriott regarding what the policy will be going forward, and have an answer. The new Marriott program will award points for up to three rooms, but will only award elite nights for up to one room, so they’re keeping the Marriott policy. This change will kick in as of August.
Personally I’m sad to see this change, because I always viewed this as a big competitive advantage of Starwood over other hotel loyalty programs. I’d always go out of my way to plan stays where I was traveling with others at Starwood properties, so that I’d earn elite nights for all the rooms.
That won’t be the case going forward, and I’ll probably be much more likely to book stays when traveling with others at Hyatt, thanks to their “Guest of Honor” benefit for Globalists on award bookings.
Are you sad to see Starwood’s policy of awarding elite nights for up to three rooms disappear? Did you ever take advantage of that?