Check your targetted Marriott MegaBonus promotion

Marriott Rewards is bringing back its MegaBonus promotion for the Autumn, with the new version running from 15th September to 31st January 2013.

Marriott targets different offers to different members, based on stay pattern.  I very rarely stay at a Marriott group property, and if I log into my Marriott Rewards account and click on ‘Promotion Central’, I am offered what seems to be the most generous version:

  • One free night for every 2 paid stays during the promotional period
  • Maximum of 3 free nights to be earned
  • Free nights to be redeemed at Category 1-4 properties only
  • Free nights to be redeemed within 1 year

This is, to be fair, not a bad offer as long as I am not interested in staying at aspirational properties.  Which is a shame, because I am interested in aspirational properties!  There aren’t many exciting hotels in Category 1-4 – remember that the Marriott Rewards chart goes up to Category 8!

A typical Category 4 hotel would be the Leeds, Bristol and Northampton (see picture!) Marriott’s in the UK.  You will struggle to find anything decent in a major European capital city in Category 1-4, although there are some options.

Thanks to Loyalty Traveller, other versions of the promo seem to be:

  • 1 free night after every 2 stays, maximum 2 free nights, valid up to Category 5, valid for one year
  • 25,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights with a further 15,000 after 20 paid nights
  • 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights with a further 15,000 after 25 paid nights
  • Earn 5,000 points every second stay, up to a maximum of 50,000 points

Anyone whose Marriott account is set up to give miles instead of points will receive a different miles promotion instead.

Note that you need to register by 31st October, so it is worth registering even if you are not planning any Marriott stays at present – it would be a shame to be faced with a couple of Marriott nights in January only to find that you can no longer sign up for the MegaBonus.

(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. trickster says:

    Hey, don’t knock the free night!

    While I agree that cat 1-4 is a bit tight of them, and there are not many options in the UK, I’ve stayed at the Northampton property above and it’s decent. I used a previous mega-bonus night at the Preston Marriott, which had a nice pool, and was a good base for going to Blackpool illuminations!

    The main issue with these deals is that its not worth that much as the cost of a room including breakfast is often only 80-90 pounds. These bonus nights come without breakfast obviously, but we were fortunate enough not to be charged for breakfast at Preston.

    • I agree that it has some value, clearly, especially with a year to use it. There are also probably Cat 1 to 4 properties in provincial but expensive towns where it would work well. However, I don’t think I would switch 2 stays from better or more convenient hotels to a Marriott just to trigger it, and it is certainly not worth a mattress run.