Marriott Rewards has launched its major promotion for Spring, which will be (yet) another outing for MegaBonus. This promotion is active across all Marriott brands, including Renaissance, Courtyard, Ritz-Carlton, Autograph, AC Hotels, Edition, JW Marriott, Gaylord and the various US ‘extended stay’ chains.
This promotion will run from February 1st to April 30th 2015.
However, I’m getting ahead of myself ….
Marriott targets different offers to different members based on your stay pattern (or lack of a 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 appears to the mainstream version:
Earn 2,500 bonus points per stay, starting with my second stay during the period, up to a maximum of 25,000 points
I tend to value Marriott Rewards points at 0.5p each so you are effectively getting £12.50 of value per stay from your bonus points. This is certainly not terrible but neither is it a major reason to go out of your way.
Other versions of this offer include 3,000 points per stay (capped at 24,000 points) or a one-off bonus for hitting 15 or 20 nights.
The version which was most common in the past – offering a free night in a Category 1-4 hotel in return for two stays – seems to have disappeared. This is not necessarily a disaster as Category 1-4 hotels were becoming quite rare.
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 31st March 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 April only to find that you can no longer sign up for the MegaBonus.
Whether the MegaBonus promotion works well for you will depend on your stay pattern – if you were staying in a cheap provincial Marriott for one night a week then the bonus is a decent rebate. If you are a ‘free agent’ with your bookings, though, I would certainly compare the new IHG Rewards Club promotion first (see my other article today) which should be more generous.
(Want to earn more hotel points? To see our complete list of promotions from 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.)