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Marriott’s Shop My Way points-earning shopping portal ended in early 2017. That left Marriott Rewards without a traditional shopping portal where you click through the site to earn points for the things you’d buy anyway. Other airline and hotel programs of course have their own branded sites for this.
I don’t think Marriott communicated much about the change, though of course they still offered some merchandise earn and burn opportunities and of course if you really wanted Marriott points for shopping portal purchases you could use Chase’s portal and transfer the points to Marriott (though there are far more valuable uses of Chase points).
Now Marriott Rewards has introduced the Marriott Rewards MORE shopping app and browser extension for members in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Here’s the website, iOS download link and Android download link.
- Earn: shop using the new mobile app and desktop extension. They’re giving 1000 points for first transaction of $25 or more. And pay with Those who pay with Marriott’s credit card and earn 25% more bonus points after each transaction.
- Burn: You can spend points at retailers through the app and extension, and also combine cash and points for payments. “The convenient tool bar visible on the app and the desktop browser links with each member’s account to display the number of Marriott Rewards points available for use.”
What impresses me is that they promise immediate points posting: “These points are immediately available to use for their next purchase, a hotel redemption stay, experiences available on Marriott Rewards Moments, and beyond.”
Although the initial list of participating merchants is limited, I like that they have some which are only otherwise limited in availability through other shopping portals like Amazon. Here’s their list:
In general though I far prefer:
- To have more direct, intentional control over points-earning. I want to choose which shopping portal to earn points with for every transaction. That’s why I start my online shopping at EVReward which will show me the offers from each shopping portal. That way I know which sites have the merchant I’m shopping with, and of those which is offering the richest reward. I don’t want to ‘set it and forget it’ with Marriott, which isn’t usually going to be the most rewarding.
- To use points for travel, or at least experiences, not merchandise. You’ll always get a better deal using points for Marriott stays than buying a dishwasher. Marriott just has more buying power and leverage unsold inventory with hotels in a way they can’t at Amazon.
On the other hand since we’re all still nervously awaiting the details of what a single combined Marriott-Starwood loyalty program will look like (it could be good but…) I like that they’re devoting budgets and attention to projects other than integration. In general I think more programs are better even if they’re being run by the same people now.