Update: These offers for the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
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.
If you want to further jumpstart your points earning, don’t forget about these great credit cards:
- The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year, and is offering 75,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
- The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year, and is offering 100,000 points after spending $5,000 within the first three months
- The Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card has a $95 annual fee and is offering 75,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first three months
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?