Marriott has just revealed the details of the first global promotion of their unified loyalty program.
Earn up to 3,000 Marriott points per stay
This new promotion is valid for stays between September 26, 2018, and January 31, 2019, and registration is valid through January 7, 2019.
Through this promotion you’ll earn 2,000 bonus points on all stays of two or more nights, and 1,000 bonus points per brand, starting with your second brand.
Marriott has a total of 29 brands, so there are potentially quite a few opportunities to earn that bonus. You can also earn that 1,000 point bonus even for one night stays.
It’s nice to see Marriott offering any sort of promotion, though this is still pretty weak, if you ask me. I value Marriott points at 0.7-0.9 cents each, so 1,000 points are worth $7-9, and 2,000 points are worth $14-18. Given the restrictions in place (a two night minimum for the 2,000 bonus points, and the brand bonus only kicking in with the second brand), I’d hardly consider this to be a generous promotion, though I guess Marriott feels they don’t have to offer a generous promotion, given their global footprint and that hotels are full.
For the most part the fall 2018 hotel promotions aren’t anything to get excited about. I’d say the exception is Hilton Honors, which is offering double to triple points for stays through January 3, 2019, plus 2,500 bonus Lufthansa miles per stay through October 31, 2018.
I at least appreciate that Marriott’s promotion is valid for several months, but otherwise it doesn’t seem like a reason to switch any stays around.
What do you make of Marriott’s new promotion?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)