Last week I wrote about the opportunity for Quintuple Dipping With Marriott. There’s a huge earning opportunity with Marriott stays, since you can:
- Make your booking through a shopping portal (~ 4% rebate)
- Buy Marriott gift cards to pay for your stay, earning 12 Southwest points per dollar (~ 20% rebate)
- Earn points for the credit card spend on those gift cards (~ 2% rebate)
- Earn a free night via a promotion (~ 15% – 50% rebate)
- Earn points in the regular Marriott Rewards program for the stsays (~ 5% – 7% rebate)
The only catch was that the last free night promotion — ‘Unexpected Bonus’ — was no longer open to registration.
Of course it’s so unexpected that it was the promotion they always run, and are running again, this time reverting to its usual name… MegaBonus.
Marriott Brings Back MegaBonus: A Free Night after Two Stays
Most members are offered:
Register by November 15, 2013
Stay between September 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014
Earn a free night at a category 1-5 hotel, up to two free nights, for every second paid stay
This is actually a bit better than in the past (although in some ways just compensates for hotels moving up in category in the Marriott Rewards program), the free night can redeemed at a Marriott hotel property that is in category 5 or below rather than in category 4 or below.
Personally I prefer earning my free nights on cheap stays and redeeming them for aspirational, expensive properties I couldn’t otherwise afford. Marriott makes this impossible with the category cap.
I’ve used these free nights in the past, for instance, at the Marriott Boca Raton (which gets pricey weekends in winter) and the SkyCity Marriott at the Hong Kong airport.
Some members get offers of bonus points after a certain number of nights instead. Marriott Rewards has often in the past been willing to switch folks to the free nights if they prefer and were targeted for bonus points.
Marriott Quintuple Dipping is On! If you aren’t already a Marriott aficionado remember Marriott lets anyone call up and request temporary status (though they’ve been much more forthcoming recently with Gold rather than Platinum), anyone can sign up for Silver status, and United Gold elites and higher get Marriott Gold.
I’m not a huge fan of the Marriott program, but there’s little denying the value back at the moment.
Marriott has improved their program over the past year, removing the exclusion of suites from the upgrade pool (elites still aren’t entitled to suites, but they aren’t verboten). And Marriott now offers breakfast to Gold and Platinum elites on weekends which they didn’t used to guarantee (a few properties give points in lieu). There’s still no breakfast benefit at resorts or Courtyard properties, however.
This will appeal to many for sure.
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