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Marriott Rewards finally launches its new online game

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(EDIT:  There is some confusion about how this works.  It appears that you can only win an instant prize ONCE, irrespective of how many days you play.  This makes no sense, as there are 2 million prizes to be won, but this is how it appears to be working.  Whether this is meant to be how it works I don’t know!)

As part of Marriott’s latest MegaBonus promotion, it announced a ‘daily play’ competition called ’29 Ways To Stay’ with 2 MILLION prizes to be won.  Whilst MegaBonus is already underway, the competition only started yesterday after some technical delays.

You can click to play here.

First, a quick reminder about MegaBonus which has now got better ….

The new MegaBonus offer is called ‘MegaBonus In More Places’.  It runs from 26th September to 31st January. You receive:

2,000 bonus points for every 2+ night stay plus

1,000 bonus points for each new brand, starting with your 2nd brand

Marriott has now added two extra bonuses to spice up the deal:

10,000 bonus points when you stay at 10 brands

29,000 bonus points when you stay at all 29 brands

The last one is surely a joke – awarding 290,000 points would have been more realistic.  The geographical spread of the brands means that you’d need to do a world tour to hit them all.  Protea is only in Africa for example.

Given that Marriott / Starwood now covers all of these brands – 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, Westin – you won’t be struggling for places to stay.

Our main article on MegaBonus In More Places is here.  You can register for the promotion here.  Note that the home page has not yet been adjusted to reflect the new 10 brand and 29 brand bonuses.

Marriott 29 Ways Competition

But what about the competition?

The competition is called ’29 Ways To Stay’.  Today (Friday) is Day 2 and it will run for 29 days in total.

Click here to enter.  I won 50 points today!

You will be shown six playing cards to click.  When you match a pair, you’ll be asked a question about the hotel pictured.  Get all three right and you may get a prize.

Weirdly, it seems that you can only win ONE instant win prize irrespective of how many days you play.

Every entry goes into a final draw to win a fairly bonkers master prize – a 2-night stay at EVERY Marriott hotel brand.  That means you get 29 x 2-night stays!  You don’t get your travel costs paid.  Whoever wins this will have some very interesting travel planning to do – luckily you have five years to use all the vouchers.

The other prizes are:

  • 87 prizes of 4-night hotel stays (3 winners per brand, you don’t get to choose the brand you get)
  • 75,000 DAILY prizes of 50 Marriott Rewards points
  • 5,000 DAILY prizes of 500 Marriott Rewards points
  • 2,500 DAILY prizes of 1,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • 500 DAILY prizes of 2,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • 250 DAILY prizes of 3,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • 100 DAILY prizes of 4,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • 75 DAILY prizes of 5,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • 50 DAILY prizes of 10,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • 16 DAILY prizes of 20,000 Marriott Rewards points

Marriott states that it expects you to have a 50/50 chance each day of winning a prize although most of us will only get 50 points!

The competition is open to residents of the United States (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), Argentina (excluding Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro, Salta and Tierra del Fuego), Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa and United Kingdom.  That’s a slightly odd mix – I’m not sure what the Spanish or Irish did to upset Marriott!

Marriott 29 Ways to Stay competition

Conclusion

I’d value 50 Marriott points at around 25p, so it is not necessarily a great use of your time.  However, there is a chance that you get a better prize – statistically I would expect at least one HFP reader to win a hotel stay.

More importantly, the 50 points will reset the expiry date on your Marriott Rewards account.  If you are overseeing any accounts with no recent activity it is worth playing for a couple of days until you win 50 points.

The link to enter is here.

(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. Now absolutely certain that it’s one instant win per account. 50 points, sweepstake, sweepstake, sweepstake for me during the first four days.

    • Jordan D says:

      Likewise… quite disappointing.

    • Genghis says:

      +1

      • Mark1980 says:

        As I said in the comments yesterday, I definitely received 50 points on Friday and 500 points yesterday. I’ve double checked to make sure i’m not going mad and have the congratulation emails to prove this. Tried today and just a sweepstakes entry though.

        • must be their another IT glitch

        • Buy a lottery ticket because you’re the only person on HFP, FT, or the Marriott insider forums, to have had multiple wins.

          Many of the bloggers who stated that you could win every day have updated their posts admitting that this was simply their assumption, despite the stated “one prize per person” limit.

          Knowing how prize draws like this are implemented, I’m sure that your odds of winning would not be improved by waiting until all the small prizes have been “used up”. That’s not how it works. But it’s still a bad decision by Marriott because 50 points is like winning one bite of a mars bar, and doing the stupid clicky card matching thing every day for 29 days to get more entries for the grand prize does little more than irritate.

          https://insiders.marriottrewards.com/thread/56180

        • Mark1980 says:

          Bizarre. I keep thinking I’ve made a mistake but I’ve triple checked. Not sure winning 550 points means I am lottery lucky though 😉

      • I also won 2 days on the trot……

        Day 1 – didn’t play
        Day 2 – 500 points
        Day 3 – 50 points
        Day 4 – Sweepstake only

        So you can definitely win 2 days in a row…..

        • David P says:

          I’ve won twice as well. I won 50 points on Day 2 and I just remembered to play again today and won another 50 points. In between I played a couple of times and didn’t win.

          Each time I won points, I got all the questions right. Perhaps that has an influence on whether you’re eligible to win or not?

  2. Louise Allen says:

    I picked up 1000 points yesterday! Very happy result for 30 seconds of my time.

  3. Sussex Bantam says:

    I’ve also won twice – 50 points on day 1 and 3. I’ve almost got a whole Mars bar now…

  4. Has anyone else won a prize but not had the points post to their account?

  5. Patrycja says:

    I won 3x 50 points to date. I have email confirmation for each prize.

  6. Steve S says:

    A second 50 points win today on 2 accounts

  7. I have won 4 times now, on the same account. Only 50 points each time.
    Only had an email confirmation the last 3 days though (Sat. Mon. & Today)

  8. Shoestring says:

    I got nothing so far.

  9. The last 2 days I have been getting the message “An error has occurred” after I complete the game. But today I anyway got notified by email that I had won 50 points for each of the 2 accounts I monitor.

  10. 3000 points yesterday, 50 points today.

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