This Sale From Marriott Rewards Is a Disappointing Embarrassment

“And looks like they’re already sold out (in 40 mins). I’ve been looking for a way to redeem my MR points for a while now, but outside of hotel stays the value is abysmally low. Do you have any suggestions on best way to redeem MR points at a decent rate?”

This Sale From Marriott Rewards Is a Disappointing Embarrassment

Marriott Rewards Flash Sale on Merchandise 2017

Source: Marriott Rewards.

When I first received the e-mail message from Marriott Rewards to “Break out the nice list and use points to save up to 50% on gifts from KitchenAid, Michael Kors®, YETI®, and more” for a sale which would last for 24 hours, I figured that even though I was not interested in participating in this flash sale, I thought that readers of The Gate would benefit from it…

Marriott Rewards Flash Sale on Merchandise 2017

Source: Marriott Rewards.

…but how would I know that only eight different items would be offered for sale — I still do not know the quantity of each item which was offered — only to be completely sold out within 40 minutes, as posted in the Comments section of this article by Sorab, who is a reader of The Gate

…and with the countdown clock still ticking down the seconds at the top.

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So exactly what purpose did this promotion serve? Was it to call attention to potential customers to “shop your favorite brands all year long”? If so, I would not be the least bit surprised if it was a colossal failure…

…and frankly, I am not sure that the offerings were even a good deal: 50,000 Marriott Rewards points for a KitchenAid mixer? 15,000 Marriott Rewards points for headphones? Perhaps they may be a good deal when compared to the regular prices of the eight items — but who would purchase these items at full retail price, anyway?!?

The terms and conditions did state that “Offers are extremely limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for a maximum of 24 hours or while supplies last, whichever comes first.” Extremely limited is almost an understatement here, in my opinion.

Marriott International, Incorporated has invested a lot of time, money and effort over the years to build a respectable brand. Having sales such as this one is similar to what Hilton did with Hilton Select: the otherwise respectable brand is tarnished to a customer and can potentially erode trust and credibility.

I am stopping just short of calling on Marriott Rewards to apologize to any customers who were inconvenienced by this so-called “sale”, as they did nothing illegal, as far as I can tell — but if you are going to announce a sale, then at least have more items to offer during that duration of 24 hours; or at least replace the Internet web site with something that clearly indicates that the sale is indeed over.

Please accept my sincere apologies if you were inconvenienced by this “sale”, as I am embarrassed for highlighting it here at The Gate. Had I known that it was little more than a joke with little realistic chance for customers of being able to purchase even one single item, I would never have written an article about it in the first place…

…and the countdown clock keeps on ticking — there hours to go with a sale which actually ended yesterday…

Source: Marriott Rewards.

3 thoughts on “This Sale From Marriott Rewards Is a Disappointing Embarrassment”

  1. ptahcha says:

    By the time I read your post and clicked through (at 12:40), only the Michael Kors watch was available. *Shrug*

    1. JJ says:

      Exactly the same situation here. I also agree that the ‘deals’ weren’t that great anyway. I found that exact watch for $145 online in a matter of 10 seconds…. not worth 40K points.

  2. Christian says:

    Maybe there really were only eight items available. One of each type.

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