Two Options From Which You May Choose Your Path With Marriott MegaBonus

tarting today, Thursday, September 1, 2016, you can choose one of two options to earn up to 50,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points in the latest iteration of the MegaBonus promotion called Choose Your Path — and through Thursday, December 15, 2016, you will be able to select the bonus earning option which best reflects the way you travel when you choose a single offer and register for this promotion, which you are required to do by Thursday, September 15, 2016 if you want to participate.

Two Options From Which You May Choose Your Path With Marriott MegaBonus

The two options from which you may choose for this promotion — which will be in effect from Thursday, September 15, 2016 through Sunday, January 15, 2017 — are as follows:

  • Option 1 Earn 10,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points for every ten paid nights at participating hotel and resort properties, up to a maximum of 50,000 bonus points
  • Option 2 Earn 5,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points after two paid stays at participating hotel and resort properties, up to a maximum of 5,000 bonus points

Participating Brands

The list of brands which are participating in this promotion include:

  • JW Marriott
  • EDITION
  • Autograph Collection Hotels
  • Renaissance Hotels
  • AC Hotels by Marriott
  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  • Gaylord Hotels
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott
  • Moxy
  • Protea Hotels
  • Delta Hotels
  • Marriott Vacation Club

Stays at The Ritz-Carlton hotel and resort properties — which participates as the exclusive luxury hotel partner to Marriott Rewards — will count towards achievement during this promotion.

Scenarios Not Eligible for Credit

The following scenarios are not eligible for earning credit during this promotion:

  • Retroactive stays
  • Nights spent while redeeming an award
  • Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks
  • Rooms booked through most third party retailers
  • Rooms booked through select travel agency bookings
  • Members electing to earn airline frequent flier loyalty program miles

Select Terms and Conditions

A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel or resort property — regardless of how many times you check in and check out. Bonus Marriott Rewards points will be awarded to your account within five business days after the qualifying stay has concluded. Only one room per hotel or resort property is counted towards your nights or stay.

All terms and conditions of the Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program apply; and other terms and conditions apply.

Summary

At least with this promotion, you get to choose which option you would like. In the most recent version of the MegaBonus promotion, you were targeted with one of several offers from which you did not have a choice…

…so why would anyone complain about this latest iteration of the MegaBonus promotion?

“So it’ll now take fifty paid nights to get the max bonus this period? As in basically doubling the typical 25 – 30 night requirement for promos past, with the same number of megabonus points?” asked FlyerTalk member robbierob03. “I travel weekly for work and with four nights a week I’m not even sure I can hit it with holidays. Methinks the marketing department has a somewhat diminished budget this go round.”

FlyerTalk member VickiSoCal emphasized the point of robbierob03 with these statistics she complied from past promotions:

September 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014- 50K points for 25 nights
September 15, 2014, through January 15, 2015- 55K points for 30 nights
September 15, 2015, through January 15, 2016- 45K points for 30 nights
September 15, 2016, through January 15, 2017- 50K points for 50 nights

“Two stays for an easy 5k then I move onto some other chain and promo”, posted FlyerTalk member uastarflyer. “The low end is easy and trivial. A lose lose for both Marriott and customer. The high end is rudunculous hard so will chase all the mere mortals away. I don’t get the point of the promo at all.”

Some FlyerTalk members are even considering defecting to other frequent guest loyalty programs as a result of this promotion…

…and those are the reasons why MegaBonus is more of a misnomer — this version will not exactly win the prize for Best MegaBonus Promotion Ever, as no one seems to be happy with it — when compared to its former iterations in the past…

Source: Marriott Rewards.

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