Marriott’s fall and early winter promotion is out:
The idea is that this is the first promotion that is run across all of Marriott’s participating 29 brands. Of course prior to combining programs August 18th they had largely aligned their efforts already, but this is one promotion for the new program.
Details of Marriott’s New Promotion
Register by January 7, 2019 and stays of two or more nights between September 26 and January 31, 2019 earn 2000 bonus points. Plus you’ll earn 1000 bonus points per brand you stay at during the promotion period starting with your second brand.
They’ve also paired this with a ‘game’ “29 Ways to Stay” to “to learn more about our 29 brands and for the chance to win prizes, including points and free nights.”
The game (website not yet available) will run from October 4 through November 1 and will feature a grand prize of 29 two night stays at each of the 29 brands; 87 four-night stays; 2,421,500 point wins (odds of winning this reported at 1:2).
A Weak Offer – As Expected
Hotel promotions are weak because hotels are full, it isn’t necessary to spend significantly to put heads in beds since beds are largely being slept in to begin with. And this offer is no different, in fact it seems to continue the theme of the new Marriott program holding down costs.
They are bonusing only stays of two or more nights, and longer stays don’t earn more. And each brand you stay at only earns 1000 bonus points (333 old Starpoints, which is next to nothing) you don’t get any points for your first.
Nonetheless, you should definitely register. Do it now. Even if you aren’t planning two night stays or stays at multiple brands this offer runs several months into the future. You may wind up with stays you aren’t thinking about today. You will never remember to go back and register later. It takes a few seconds to do it, and that ensures you don’t miss out on the extra points.
How This Compares to Other New Hotel Promotions
Comparing hotel programs I see 2000 points on a two night stay as being worth $7 per night. Hyatt’s promotion is about as un-generous as Marriott’s for infrequent stays and the most generous for heavy stay guests. IHG offers seem to be about an extra 6% rebate starting with second stay, plus extra points for other activities.
Conrad Bora Bora
Hilton is more generous with double points, an extra 6% rebate starting with first stay (and 12% at luxury properties and resorts). While overall Hilton is among the less generous programs they’ve got the strongest promotion overall.