Marriott’s MegaBonus is Dead, But the Name Lives On. Here are the Offers.

As mentioned, Marriott is back with their MegaBonus offer — although it seems to be MegaBonus in ‘name only’.

MegaBonus, archetypically, means “stay twice and earn a free night” (generally capped at category 4 redemptions). It’s been a perennial offering.

This new iteration, set for February 1 – April 30 earning, offers points only. Like recent versions of their promotions continuing to use the MegaBonus name, there’s no free night offer. Log into your account and visit the promotions page to see your targeted offer.

Deals We Like has a list of different offers that Marriott seems to be deploying for different members. (In the past, folks – especially elites – could call and request to switch to a different offer.)

  • 20 nights = 25,000 points; each additional night earns 2,000 points per night, up to 5 nights for a total of 35,000 points
  • 15 nights = 25,000 points; each additional night earns 2,000 points per night, up to 10 nights for a total of 45,000 points
  • 15 nights = 25,000 points; each additional night earns 2,000 points per night, up to 5 nights for a total of 35,000 points
  • Every stay = 3,000 points after your second paid stay, up to 24,000 points (up to 9 stays)
  • Every stay = 2,500 points after your second paid stay, up to 25,000 points (up to 11 stays)
  • What did you get?

    I’m a reluctant Marriott Silver, and have an upcoming stay next month. And I may or may not have any other Marriott stays during the promotion period. Nonetheless I still register.


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    1. You are not giving enough historical perspective to declare Marriott MegaBonus dead. The MegaBonus offer of stay two times and earn one free night was an offer that came about during the financial recession.

      Go back to 2006-2008 and MegaBonus was typically a points bonus.

      For example, among the several bonus points offers in Fall 2006 was this free night variant:

      MGF65 – Earn one free weekend night at a category 1-4 hotel after completion of 15th night.

      Marriott continued the free night offers for much longer than the other chains after every chain gave free night offers in 2009 and 2010.

    2. Doh, I only get 2000 points per stay after the second (up to 12 stays). I only use Marriotts a few times/year although I am a gold member through their partnership w/ United.

    3. Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay that includes a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday — up to 24,000 bonus points

    4. 25k after 20 nights, then 2k per stay, up to 35k. Lame. They’re about to get a call from me. Perhaps I stay there too much and they take my business for granted.

    5. 2,500 points after your second paid stay, up to 25,000 points is the MegaBonus offer I received.

      As a tax guy, it’s virtually impossible for me to have any paid stays from February 1 through April 30, so the offer isn’t likely to motivate me much.

    6. Why is there always a two-week gap in the promotions? I think this is second time that I will not get credit toward a promotion because my trips fall between the promotion periods. (2,500 points after 2nd stay, up to 25K was my offer.)

    7. I got:
      Earn 2,500 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points.

      I’m cool with that.

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