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Your cut-out-and-keep guide to the new Marriott Rewards free breakfast benefit

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There is nothing like simplicity when designing a loyalty scheme, and the new free breakfast benefit for Platinum Elite members of Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest is nothing like simple!

I thought I would put together a guide to what breakfast benefits you will get at each of the Marriott and Starwood brands if you have Platinum or Platinum Premier status.  It was quite a task.  The information for the table below is taken from the scheme Terms & Conditions which can be found here.  Hopefully I have interpreted it all correctly.

Even if you don’t have Platinum Elite status or higher in Marriott Rewards, it is worth looking at the table below to marvel at the complexity of what Marriott has created.  The good news is that members are better off than they were before the two programmes merged with breakfast benefits extended to more brands.

Here is the lounge breakfast at Berlin Marriott (reviewed here) which I had in March.  Note that this hotel is now 5,000 points cheaper since the Marriott Rewards changes and is good value at 35,000 points per night.

Executive lounge at Berlin Marriott

Breakfast benefit for Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite (and higher) members

AC Hotels – nothing, but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit as your welcome amenity

Aloft – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Autograph –  breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (additional $10 food and beverage credit can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Courtyard – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if there is no lounge you cannot have free breakfast in the restaurant (but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit as your welcome amenity)

Delta – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (additional $10 food and beverage credit can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Delta Resorts – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Design Hotels – nothing

EDITION – nothing

Element – all guests get free breakfast

Fairfield Inn – all guests get free breakfast

Four Points – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Gaylord – nothing, but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit as your welcome amenity

JW Marriott – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (additional $10 food and beverage credit can be taken as your welcome amenity)

JW Marriott Resorts –  must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Le Meridien – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity (if there is a lounge you can have breakfast there and take a different welcome amenity instead)

The Luxury Collection –  must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Marriott – breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (additional $10 food and beverage credit can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Marriott Resorts –  must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Moxy – nothing, but you can take a $10 food and beverage credit as your welcome amenity

Protea – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Renaissance –  breakfast available via your free lounge access, if no lounge or it is closed you can use the restaurant (additional $10 food and beverage credit can be taken as your welcome amenity)

Renaissance Resorts – breakfast available via your free lounge access

Residence Inn – all guests get free breakfast

The Ritz-Carlton – nothing

St Regis – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Sheraton – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity (if there is a lounge you can have breakfast there and take a different welcome amenity instead)

Sheraton Resorts – breakfast available via your free lounge access

SpringHill Suites – all guests get free breakfast

TownPlace Suites – all guests get free breakfast

Tribute Portfolio – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

W –  must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity

Westin – must choose restaurant breakfast as your welcome amenity (if there is a lounge you can have breakfast there and take a different welcome amenity instead)

Note that restaurant breakfast is restricted to two people per room.  We discovered this in Venice last week when we had to pay for our two children at the JW Marriott, which is treated as a resort, although they were only charged at 50%.

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Comments

  1. Do you know for brands like st Regis, if the breakfast benefit is for all guests, or for member only?

    I’m a long-time Marriott member, so trying to understand how choosing the amenity applies?

    Thanks

  2. FlyingChris says:

    If anyone has been struggling to book SPG Cat 7 all suite properties at 60k/night – after days of calling & trying online, finally was able to book using the SPG app last night at 60k/night (not the inflated amount the phone agents were quoting previously). For days it would just error on the final booking page.

  3. Is the $10 food and beverage credit per night or per stay?

  4. Well, for some reason it looks like I have kept Platinum Elite. I have a stay at a Protea hotel next Feb, is there anyway (without phoning) that I can work out whether the expiry date is Jan 2019 or 2020?

  5. Why make things so complicated? Completely unsustainable in my book. The confusion it will cause will alienate people!

  6. It’s made to look even more unnecessarily complex here by being in alphabetial order. I see about 5 groupings, ranging from nothing > all-in. With a ludicrous 30+ brands, that is to be expected.

  7. a9504477 says:

    To be honest, the official spreadsheet is much more useful and informative. To take moxy hotels as an example, it’s 500 points or $10 f&b for platinum and one guest, each day.

  8. More anecdote/data point than anything but just completed a stay at Courtyard Seminyak (24-31/7, so after the changes) as a Gold elite (status match from AMEX Plat SPG Gold – not earned).

    It was a 7 night reward booked using a Marriott Travel Package voucher.

    Breakfast was not listed for me on the app as a benefit or highlighted at checkin, however myself, wife and daughter got free breakfast on all 7 days and we were listed as elites qualifying for such when we were seated based on the visible list we were checked against.

    So presumably there’s either some discretion on a hotel by hotel basis on what is offered or they are honouring status benefits that would have applied at time of booking.

    • Edit – meant to say dates were 24-31/8.

    • Amazing breakfast there too, one of my favourites!! Have always received an upgrade to the one bed suites and breakfast as Marriott platinum (old)

  9. Restricted to 2 people per room? or 2 per stay?
    I mean how about if I book 2 rooms?

    • Benefits are only for one room, in theory, although the hotel may act differently – we got it for our kids in a 2nd room in Milan recently

      • Do you know if that’s the same with other chains? Makes a huge difference!
        I’ve never had an issue with Hilton passing benefits to 2 rooms as far as I remember.

  10. Does anyone know if the St Pancras Renaissance lounge access rules have changed? Old gold Marriott status wasn’t sufficient to get access. Will the new platinum status I’ve received get me in?

    • BrightlyBob says:

      I stayed at the Ren St Pancras just before the merger and asked that very question. They confirmed that post 18 August lounge access will be Plat Premier only.

  11. We stayed at the new Cambridge University Arms hotel (Autograph) last weekend. As I’m a Platinum and there is no lounge, we got free breakfast, but it was restricted to continental only

    I used the $10 food and breakfast credit to add the avocado and two poached eggs on sourdough toast, which was sufficiently ample to share.

  12. Off-topic: I’ve taken Rob’s general advice and registered for the Miles & More points granted for Hilton stays. I also registered for a Miles & More account, and have added it as an airline partner in my Hilton profile. Is there anything further I need to do to ensure the points find their way please?

    • Make it the prefered airline partner in the Hilton settings. After that should be all good

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