Marriott Releases Their Summer 2016 Promotion

Marriott’s promo just ended about 10 days ago and they’re back in the market with their next promo.  Here are the details:
MarriottYou’ll earn 2,000 bonus points for each stay after your second stay.  As a refresher, a stay is defined as a consecutive set of nights at one hotel, regardless of how many reservation you might have.

If you make it to 6 total stays in the promotion period (from today until September 5th, 2016) you’ll also earn a bonus of 2,000 MileagePlus miles.  That’s an interesting little twist given the partnership between Marriott and United.

You’ll need to register for the promo, and you can do that today.

How does this compare to other current promotions?  The summer Hyatt promotion is pretty generous considering the current high occupancy rates of hotels.  If you had all 1-night stays at both Hyatt and Marriott, you’d only earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points versus 10,000 Marriott Rewards points and 2,000 United MileagePlus miles.  That’s about the only scenario where you come out ahead with Marriott.

If those 6 stays total 10 nights, you’ll earn 15,000 Gold Passport points.  And, you can max that promo out at 75,000 total points.  Given that the Hyatt promo ends sooner (and you’re something of a free agent), the right idea is to max out Hyatt and, if you still have stays left over, then hit another promo.

Even though there have been some recent “syncing up” between Marriott and SPG on loyalty benefits, including guaranteed late check-out, the current SPG promo is very different.  It involves triple points at Sheraton hotels and double points for stays of 2-nights or more at other hotels, as well as a bonus for weekend stays.  Even though that’s not a great promo, it’s still better than what Marriott is offering now.

This promo is significantly weaker than the previous Marriott promo, where I had the ability to max out with a free night and 20,000 bonus points.

There’s also a sweepstakes element from registering for the promo.

Bottom Line It For Me, Ed

This promotion isn’t that exciting, and it’s probably a bit weaker than I would expect even given the high occupancy and average rate across many properties.  But, like all hotel promos, it’s free to enter so you should do that now.  Even if you don’t have Marriott stays planned right now, you never know when plans change.  Even though I always preach that, I almost missed out on a free night from the past Marriott promo because I didn’t register for the promo.

Hope for more lucrative promos in the fall when we’re back to the business travel season.  It wouldn’t surprise me if Hyatt sat out the rest of the summer when their current promo finishes up at the end of June.

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4 Comments

  1. Glad to see there is a 2,000 United miles feature to this Marriott promotion. I wrote that up yesterday on Loyalty Traveler when I registered for my offer, then went back a little while later and there was no mention of the miles component on my account page.

    I thought I had lost my mind. I wondered how I could come up with such a specific promotion term that I no longer found on my Marriott Rewards account offer and I did not have a screenshot?

    1. Rijn, my offer changed after the fact last time with Marriott as well (though for the better), so I’m not surprised to hear yours did. Maybe you’ll have luck calling to have the promo changed back. Marriott has been pretty flexible with changes in the past.

  2. I wonder if it’s targeted, b/c I just tried to access the promo and got an error message. Oh well.

    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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