In recent days Marriott has revealed their Autumn MegaBonus promotion which will run through the start of the New Year. For the first time in a long time, I actually sat up and took notice.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t exactly a throwback to the halcyon days of Hyatt’s Faster Free Nights and the like, but I think it’s a pretty solid promotion that can be achieved with minimal effort.
After registering for the promotion, members will earn a free night certificate after completing two paid stays. The free night certificate can then be redeemed at any Category 1-5 property in the Marriott portfolio, worldwide.
How to earn your free night
You will earn a free night after any two paid stays made between September 12, 2017 and January 15, 2018, at participating Marriott® properties.
You must register for this promotion prior to your first qualifying stay, using this link here.
If you complete two qualifying stays during the promotional period, an additional offer may become available in your account.
Here are a couple of other details about the promo:
- Members can earn a Maximum of one free night award through this promotion.
- Free night award expires six (6) months after it was issued.
- An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the qualifying stay.
- For a list of current Marriott Rewards participating brands, visit https://www.marriott.com/marriott-rewards/earn/hotels.mi.
- Full details and T&C’s are available using this link.
Where could you use the free night certificate?
The free night award can be redeemed at a Category 1-5 hotel. That same free night would ordinarily cost between 7,500 points for a Category 1 hotel, to 25,000 points for Category 5 hotels.
I had a look at the sort of hotels available to you if you chose to redeem your free night in the UK.
Prices based on a random Saturday night stay in November.
- AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays – £213
- AC Hotel Birmingham – £175
- Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel – £102
- St Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club (pictured below) – £162
As you can see, it really isn’t difficult to get at least £100 to £150 of value from your free night certificate. If you can pick up a couple of cheap nights or divert some work stays, the free night certificate offers an excellent rebate.
This promotion is a welcome sign from Marriott, especially for Starwood loyalists. Yes, it would be fantastic if the reward certificate offered could be used even at the very highest category Marriott properties, nevertheless, this remains a solid offer.
There has understandably been a fair amount of concern over how Marriott intends to handle their expanded brand going forward. Starwood fans such as myself, will hope offers such as this one are a sign of things to come.
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