REGISTER NOW: Marriott’s new Autumn bonus points promotion is here

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Marriott Rewards (and Starwood Preferred Guest, since they are technically the same programme now) have launched their first ‘bonus points’ promotion since their 18th August merger.

You can register here.

Here are the key points:

The promotion is called ““MegaBonus in More Places”

It runs from 26th September to 31st January 2019 (registration closes 7th January)

You will receive 2,000 bonus points on all paid stays of 2+ nights

You will receive an additional 1,000 bonus points for each different Marriott / Starwood brand you stay at, starting with your second brand

All 6,700 hotels across all 29 hotel brands are taking part

The 29 brands you can stay at to earn bonus points include: AC Hotels, Aloft, Autograph, Courtyard, Delta Hotels, Design Hotels, Edition, Element, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Gaylord, Le Meridien, Marriott, Protea, Renaissance, Residence Inn, St Regis, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Springhill Suites, Towneplace Suites, W and Westin.

Marriott Rewards Autumn 2018 promotion

In addition, between 4th October and 1st November, there will be an online game – 29 Ways To Stay – with some generous prizes.  I will cover this nearer the launch date.  It seems interesting, with a daily chance to win instant prizes, including bonus points and nights. 

The grand prize is a 2-night stay at each of the 29 brands participating in Marriott’s loyalty programs – that’s 58 free hotel nights!  There are also 2,400,000 ‘instant win’ bonus points prizes to be won over the four week period.

What is the bonus worth?

I value a Marriott Rewards point at 0.5p.  Arguably, if you use them for Category 8 hotels which are capped at 60,000 points per night until the end of the year, you can do a lot better, but 0.5p is a fair long term average.

(My room at St Regis New York where I’m typing this is selling for $1100 + tax per night which is over 1.5p per point, but that is an outlier. The suite I was upgraded to was selling for $2700 + tax per night!)

2,000 bonus points means that you are receiving £10 of value for every two night stay.  This is on top of your standard points.

This increases to £15 of bonus points when you are triggering a bonus for your 2nd and subsequent brands.

This promotion obviously works best for cheaper, shorter stays.  £10 of bonus points on a £150 two-night stay at a mid-range property is not a bad return, but it is unlikely to sway anyone planning a major splurge.

What are the other options?

Looking at the other two major chains ….

Hilton Honors is currently offering double points on all stays, with triple points at luxury and resort properties.  You can read our article here and register here.

IHG Rewards Club is offering double points from your 2nd stay on your first $1,500 of spending plus various extra personalised targets.  You can read our article here and register here.

The new Marriott / Starwood offer compares OK with these for shorter stays at cheaper chains, as long as you are staying 2+ nights.  For one night stays you won’t receive any extra bonus with this new Marriott offer.

Accor is also running a generous promotion for stays of 2+ nights, but this has a very tight booking period which ends on 7th October.  I wrote about the Accor offer here.

Register now

It makes sense to register for this new Marriott Rewards offer now.  It runs until the end of January and you never know when a 2+ night Marriott / Starwood stay will turn up.

Click here to visit the registration page on the Marriott website.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Any news on the Marriott creation credit card? Last I heard this was going to be relaunched in August after the merger… the 10 nights would come in handy!

    • No, has gone very quiet despite my specific requests to both Marriott and Creation. I am seeing Marriott’s European loyalty head next week so I will ask him then.

      • +1 for waiting. I need 19175 points between now and mid Jan, I have enough in my wife’s Amex MR account. But she would have to transfer the points to herself, then to me and we’d end up with odds and ends of points unused because of the 2:3 and minimum transfer amounts.

  2. Would a 4 night stay starting on 25/9 qualify?

  3. Totally Off Topic.

    Anyone know of any Spanish websites, forums or blogs which spend a lot of time looking at Iberia in terms of redemption options, sweet spots etc…. ?

    • Avios once offered to pay me to launch one, but I said no!

      • Any progress on your efforts to get somebody to provide FlyingBlue coverage for HFP?

        • No, we couldn’t find something with appropriate FB and blogging experience. What I really wanted was a Dutch blogger who might want to sell us English translations.

    • James

      What exactly are you looking for with IB?

      I did a bit on them when covering multi-city awards for another Blog (I wouldn’t recommend IB multi-city FYI).

      Chicago in J is the obvious as it’s a band lower than it technically should be. There is an article on here from 2017 about the current reward chart.

      Also, if you have a flight in say Band 6 (4,000 to 5,500km) If you have a 4,200km flight, adding connecting legs in Economy will bring down the Avios requirement as they pro-rata the award.

  4. TGLoyalty says:

    Still not working. Does it matter that it was my SPG account I kept when I merged?

    Also what is this CP offer mentioned in the comments google search hasn’t helped

    • I kept my Marriott account and i cant access this promotion.

    • You will find CP offer on LL a couple of days ago. However, on closer inspection it turned out to be one of those vague iffy ones so I am giving it a miss, don’t want to run the risk of non target offers in my IHG account.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Thanks I have a CP stay coming up anyway so registered and it seems to be valid on my account from the 19th.

        Won’t bother me if I get the double points and 2k bonus or not but will be a nice bonus.

  5. Re Marriott Booking. Need some advice on a booking I made about 3 months ago, 4+1 nights (Gold) at a Marriott hotel for 120k points. Did not request the e-certificate at the time as the booking is for Dec 18 and thought I would do it a couple of weeks before the trip. Logged into my account today to see a message saying I don’t have enough points, the requirement has gone up from 120k (which is my points balance) to 140k.

    I can transfer MR points to make up the additional 20k but I was assuming that the 120k was confirmed as I booked at that rate. Any ideas?

    • swhostring says:

      It’s binary.

      Either you’re a wuss.

      Or you insist on getting the deal you already booked.

      Over to you.

      • No-one is getting the deal they booked, in this case. It does appear that you pay the price on the day you settle up. Severely doubt our reader will be the one person in the world who bucks the system.

        • swhostring says:

          Then I’m sure the T&Cs made it clear that if you didn’t pay at the time of booking, then points required could go up. Would have been simple enough to pay early to fix the rate.

        • I can not see anything in the t&cs that state it is the points value on the day you settle and not the day you booked it at. It is not unreasonable for s Islam to therefore expect to pay the points he booked it at. Let us know how you go if you challenge them!

  6. Any recommendation for Marriott Category 1-4 (for Travel Package) in Bali or Phuket?

  7. Andrew Gibson says:

    Once I log into the site it says the below, It looks like I will also miss the 29 ways to stay promo also?
    I have stayed over 200 nights this year so far, why am I excluded from this?

    We’re sorry, but there was an error in directing you to this promotion.
    The reason for this error could be:
    You’re trying to access a miles promotion and are a points-earner, or vice versa
    You are not eligible for this promotion
    This promotion has expired

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