Marriott announced its new MegaBonus promotion for the Autumn

Marriott Rewards has launched its major promotion for the Autumn, which will be another outing for MegaBonus. This promotion is active across all Marriott brands, including Renaissance, Courtyard, Autograph, Edition, JW Marriott, Gaylord and the various US ‘extended stay’ chains.

There is a positive twist this time. The free night voucher is now valid at Category 1-5 properties instead of Category 1-4, which cancels out the major devaluation that Marriott Rewards put through earlier this year.

However, I’m getting ahead of myself ….

MegaBonus Marriott

Full details of the promotion can be found here.

Marriott targets different offers to different members, based on stay pattern. To see what you have been given, you need to log in to your account.

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 2 free nights to be earned
  • Free nights to be redeemed at Category 1-5 properties only
  • Free nights to be redeemed within 1 year
  • Promotion runs from September 15th to January 15th
  • Last date for registration is November 15th

As I mentioned earlier, Marriott Rewards moved 370 hotels from Category 4 to Category 5 in February 2013. This devalued these certificates quite substantially. By extending their validity to Category 5, you now have a better choice of properties.

However, don’t get carried away. Marriott Rewards now has 9 categories of hotels. A typical Category 5 hotel would be the Bristol or Northampton Marriott’s in the UK. You will struggle to find anything decent in a major European capital city in Category 1-5.

A further downside is that you could previously earn up to 3 free nights. This latest version of MegaBonus is limited to 2 free nights.

Note that stays at Ritz-Carlton hotels will also count towards this bonus.

Other options for more regular Marriott guests

If you are Marriott elite member, you may receive a different version of this promotion.

  • Stay 12 nights and get 25,000 bonus points plus an extra 15,000 points if you reach 18 nights
  • Stay 15 nights and get 25,000 bonus points plus an extra 15,000 points if you reach 20 nights
  • Stay 20 nights and get 35,000 bonus points plus an extra 15,000 points if you reach 25 nights

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

Note that you need to register by 15th November, 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.

Whether this promotion works for you will depend on your stay pattern. In hard £ terms, a free night certificate for just 2 stays is far more generous than competing promotions from the other big chains.  (I will be writing about the new Hyatt promo in a day or so.)   It just depends on whether you can find a decent hotel in category 1-5 to redeem it.

(Remember to follow our ‘Hotel Promos‘ page for the latest offers for all of the major hotel chains.)

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Comments

  1. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Will this stack with Taste of Gold/Plat stay qualification? Was thinking about doing the challenge once I’ve got HHonors sewn up for next year (the hard way, alas!) – this would make it very worthwhile.

  2. franknotes says:

    Thanks for this Raffles.

    I’ve joined up and booked two consecutive nights (Fri and Sat) in different downtown Little Rock hotels. I’d like to get my freebie night on the Sunday in Memphis but I’m not sure how I go about activating the ‘megabonus’. Do I just go ahead and book and when it comes to paying, they don’t charge my credit card?

    • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

      Log into your account and then click on promotion central.
      You should be able to register therein.

    • You need to register first via Promotion Central – the offer should show there. Registration is NOT automatic.

      Once you have done your 2 stays, you will get an electronic free night certificate in your Marriott account with instructions for use.

      Do note, though, that booking 2 one night stays back to back are highly likely to be treated as 1 stay and not 2 stays ……

      • franknotes says:

        I’ll cancel and start again. The two consecutive one-night stays are in different hotels in the same town – do you think that will still count as just one stay?

        • Oh no, that is perfectly fine.

          What originally wrote sounded like you’d booked consecutive nights in the SAME hotel, which is no good. Different hotels are OK.