Marriott Offering Free Night After Two Stays For New Members

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I’ve written in the past about how Marriott Rewards is one of the only hotel loyalty programs to offer bonuses for new members who join and complete qualifying activity.

With Marriott’s new loyalty program having now been formed, I figured it was time for an update regarding this. Marriott and Starwood apparently have over 100 million members in their loyalty program, so in the event that you’re not one of those people…

New Marriott Rewards members can earn a free night certificate after making two paid stays between now and January 28, 2019. Stays at all participating Marriott and Starwood properties count towards this promotion, and the free night certificate will be valid at hotels costing up to 25,000 points per night (which is the equivalent of a Category 4 hotel in standard season).

The free night certificate will be deposited in the Marriott Rewards account after successful completion of the second stay, and will be valid for one year from the date of issue. This will be redeemable at both Marriott and Starwood hotels, given the combined program.

Let me once again emphasize that this promotion is only for new members, and only those who sign up through this link. If you’re an existing member I wouldn’t recommend signing up for a new account, as there’s a good chance they’ll catch you and cancel both of your accounts. However, if you have a family member or friend who doesn’t have a Marriott Rewards account, this could make a lot of sense for them.

If you’re not yet a member, you have several months to make two stays at any of 6,000+ properties around the world, which should be pretty easy.

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If you’ve already completed this promotion and haven’t yet redeemed your free night, you can expect that your Category 1-5 certificate in the old program will now be valid at a hotel costing up to 25,000 points per night, as is the case with the new promotion.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this Marriott promotion for new members? Maybe the better question is if there’s anyone left who isn’t a member yet?

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  1. How about Marriott fixes all the issues they have with current member accounts after the merger before they start trying to attract new members? They can’t properly post points and stays for people who have been with the company for years, so maybe this promo is biting off more than they can chew.

    Also, @Hsn – I don’t think Marriott would let you do that; they’d merge the two nights into one stay.

  2. @ Hsn — No, consecutive stays at a hotel (without a break inbetween nights) would count as a single stay.

  3. @anastasia how about checking inn to different property the same day i check out? Does this qualify two stays? I have plans to visit key west. I don’t mind changing different property.

  4. @Hsn that should count as two stays.

    (sorry lucky, not trying to usurp your job as the travel guru here! 😉

  5. I’m a lifetime SPG platinum with over 1,140 Starwood nights without even adding Marriott nights. They probably should do something to attract new customers because the way they are treating their old loyal ones is terrible. I’m probably headed to Hilton going forward. TERRIBLE integration and TERRIBLE way to treat those who got them where they are.

  6. Please someone help me!!!! The amex $60 off expires in two days…… Have you been able to get a definitive answer on when $300 credit starts for upgraded Lux cards – upon upgrading / after prorated annual fee is charged / when first full annual fee is charged?

  7. @ Lucky – can I for example open the account under my dad’s name but do the stays and use the certificate myself?

  8. @ Ivan, upon upgrading. Had a Starriott transaction post the week I upgraded. Statement credit posted the next day.

  9. -A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.-
    Sounds like 2 stays of 2 nights to qualify. Tell me im wrong

  10. Hi,
    How long does it usually take for a free night award to be created into an account?
    I received mixed responses first from Marriott Guest Loyalty Specialist (‘Please send the invoice of Marriott Hotel as an attachment so that I can credit your account’) but no action taken after providing invoices, then from SPG with standard looking text ‘Bonus Free Night Awards will be credited to your account within four weeks of each eligible paid stay posting’.
    I’m new to this, hope this is not a stupid question

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