In late February I wrote about how it was leaked that Marriott would soon be launching their spring promotion, and registration opened on March 5, 2019.
While Marriott’s major competitors have had promotions for weeks, Marriott has taken their time, and I guess their focus has been on launching the Bonvoy program. You’d think that would also be a good opportunity to offer a good promotion to get members excited, but they didn’t.
While you’ve hopefully already registered for this promotion, I just wanted to point out that the promotion is live as of today, March 19, 2019.
St. Regis Bora Bora
Marriott Bonvoy offering double points
Marriott Bonvoy Double Take is the combined Marriott Bonvoy program’s first ever global promotion.
With this promotion you’ll earn double points on all stays, starting with your second stay. Some things to be aware of:
- The promotion is valid for stays March 19 through June 4, 2019
- Registration is required by May 21, 2019
- All hotels globally are participating
There’s even a second part to this promotion. Those with a US Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card can earn an additional 500 bonus points for weekend stays, starting with their first stay. A weekend stay is defined as one that includes a Friday or Saturday night, depending on where in the world you are. Bonus points are expected to post six weeks after the end of the promotion.
Some have reported registration issues, getting an error message when trying to register.
However, when you go to the “Promotions” page of your account it should clearly show you’re registered.
How good is Marriott Bonvoy’s Double Take promotion?
Marriott Bonvoy members earn 10 points per dollar spent on eligible hotel charges, except Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites, where they earn five points per dollar spent.
This means for most brands you’re earning 10 base points per dollar, plus 10 bonus points through this promotion (starting with the second stay), for a total of 20 points per dollar spent.
Then you can earn bonus points if you’re an elite member, which is calculated based on the base points earned:
- Silver Elite members earn a 10% bonus
- Gold Elite members earn a 25% bonus
- Platinum Elite members earn a 50% bonus
- Titanium Elite & Ambassador Elite members earn a 75% bonus
Le Meridien Paro, Bhutan
Then there’s what you earn through credit card spend. Co-branded Marriott Cards, including the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase and Marriott Bonvoy BusinessTM American Express® Card, earn 6x points per dollar spent.
So when you add it all up, a Titanium or Ambassador Elite member paying with a co-brand Marriott Card is earning up to 33.5 Marriott points per dollar spent. If you value Marriott points at ~0.7 cents each (which I think is fair/conservative), that’s like a return of 23.5% on Marriott stays, which I’d say is pretty good.
Then there’s the added 500 point bonus if you have Marriott’s US co-brand credit card.
What do you make of the Marriott Bonvoy Double Take promotion?