Time running out to register for the Marriott MegaBonus

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Time is running out to register for the current Marriott MegaBonus promotion.  As it’s Christmas Eve and there isn’t much else going on, I’d thought I’d run through it again.

In what is a slightly annoying Marriott habit, registration for MegaBonus closes on 7th January even though the promotion runs until 31st January.  This means that you should register before 7th January if there is any chance of you having a two night stay before the end of the month.

You can register here.

Marriott Rewards Autumn 2018 promotion

How does the current MegaBonus promotion work?

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

If you stay at 10 different brands over the promotional period, you will earn 10,000 additional bonus points

If you stay at all 29 brands over the promotional period, you will earn 29,000 additional bonus points (you won’t be completing this one, given that it involves staying at EVERY Marriott / Starwood 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 Megabonus adds new targets

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 if you book by March 2019 (for stays until March 2020), you can do a lot better but 0.5p is a fair long term average.

(My room at St Regis New York which I reviewed here was 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 $2800 + tax per night!  The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach, which I reviewed here, is £800 per night for their private villas but just 60,000 points.)

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.

Register now

It makes sense to register for the MegaBonus 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 sign of the 250 Golden Circle points from the offer at the end of November yet on accounts yet?
    Said it was post in 2-4 weeks but no sign of it as yet for me!

    • Received mine last week as did my sister but think there were some comments a couple of days ago on another post that quite a few had not had them yet…so may be time yet..

    • Got mine on the 17th

  2. Off topic:
    Need 186 IHG points for Spire Elite.
    Think my IHG Credit Card should post points before the end of the year but because of all the disruption to work through Christa’s & New Year am concerned it won’t.

    Without a stay…..what’s a way to earn these 186 points ?!

    Cheers.

    • Book a restaurant for lunch through OpenTable (see article yesterday). If it’s your first booking you will receive 500 points which are elite qualifying! Job done!

    • The Dec credit card hasn’t cut off yet – last year the statement date was 26/12 so it should be included in the 2018 tally – assuming they transfer across straight away and not delayed like last month. I try and get my qualification done by Nov credit card statement so I am not panicking in Dec when things take longer to post.

      • yes it will post in December for sure

        • As long as no repeat of the delays from the last couple of months – hopefully Bob from IHG points department at Creation isn’t on a big Christmas holiday 😉

  3. Long term, does it make sense for SPG to keep the 29 individual brands or to merge them? I struggle to even remember half of them and it seems like Hilton is slowly adding more sub-brands to its collection aswell.

    • No – but legally it would be messy since the hotel owners have clout. Non-compete clauses will be in place at many hotels for a start. Marriott would also be expected to foot the bill.

  4. Sara Donaldson says:

    Does my amex platinum get me any particular status at a Marriott?

  5. I get an error when I try and register for the Marriott offer. Is it possibly because I’ve already registered? (I can’t remember)

    “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”

    • There were some issues when it launched – the call centre was telling some people that some accounts were deliberately blocked as a market testing exercise although I think that was debunked. If your account is definitely not set to earning miles I would drop them an email and ask them to sign you up.

      • Cheers Rob – did that last week – still no reply though (have a stay booked in a few days)

        • if not already using this address, try them on [email protected]. They emailed me back in about 20 mins recently to sign me up for the promo

        • Thanks. Will give it a go. I’d tried Marriott. Guessing they are a bit overworked from the August changeover. Will update here if I have success with it 👍🏻

        • Got this auto reply (and resent to @marriott but it bounced back)

          You have emailed using a Starwoodhotels.com domain name which is no longer in service, please update the domain name to Marriott.com and resend the email. This electronic message transmission contains information from the Company that may be proprietary, confidential and/or privileged. The information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying or distribution or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this electronic transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately by replying to the address listed in the “From:” field.

        • ankomonkey says:

          According to their post on FT, the spgchampion address is now [email protected], but they’re out of office until early Jan and have suggested [email protected] in the meantime.

        • Thank you – will give it a try 🙂

        • This article is a few days old, so not sure if you guys will see this but [email protected] got back to me today (despite the automatic return email I had had!)

          They’ve enrolled me 👍🏻

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