Courtyard 2K Everyday Promotion Extended for 2020 — But Don’t Be Fooled

Marriott Bonvoy often has sales for its members of various types with which you can earn extra points at no extra cost — and those promotions can be potentially valuable and lucrative…

Courtyard 2K Everyday Promotion Extended for 2020 — But Don’t Be Fooled

…but as I was logged in to my Marriott Bonvoy membership account pertaining to something unrelated, I stumbled on a promotion which initially seemed quite attractive: with the Courtyard 2K Everyday promotion, you can earn an additional 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points for every night booked at participating Courtyard by Marriott hotel properties through Thursday, December 31, 2020.

When I first reported on this promotion back on Friday, October 19, 2018, no expiration date as to when this promotion ended could be found anywhere, which led me to the assumption that this is an ongoing promotion — and despite the expiration date, I still believe that assumption.

The terms and conditions for this promotion are quite simple: You must book your reservations using promotional code 53M in order to receive Marriott Bonvoy bonus points. This offer applies to one regular room per stay, per member; and is not available during special events; tax is additional; special offers cannot be combined; blackout dates may exist; advance reservations are required. This offer does not apply to groups of ten or more rooms. Members of the Marriott Bonvoy frequent guest loyalty program who elect to earn frequent flier loyalty program miles are not eligible for this promotion.​

That seems pretty simple, right? What am I waiting for? Let me book my future reservations now!

Not so fast…

Not Quite the Deal You Might Have Initially Thought

I decided to randomly choose the Courtyard Houston Brookhollow hotel property for one night, checking in on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 and checking out on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Courtyard 2K Everyday

Click on the graphic for an enlarged view. Source: Marriott Rewards.

The rate I received is $169.00 per night through this promotion — that does not include $28.73 in taxes and fees, which increases the rate to $197.73 per night in total — but look near the top of the graphic where different rates are shown.

Courtyard 2K Everyday

Click on the graphic for an enlarged view. Source: Marriott Rewards.

Standard room rates begin at $146.00 per night if you are a member of the Marriott Bonvoy frequent guest loyalty program, which is obviously a requirement if you want 2,000 bonus points per night.

Courtyard 2K Everyday

Click on the graphic for an enlarged view. Source: Marriott Rewards.

Pay the rate in advance and the member rate drops further to $131.00 per night. That does not include $22.27 in taxes and fees, which increases the rate to $153.27 per night in total. Remember that advance reservations are required for the Courtyard 2K Everyday promotion.

Courtyard 2K Everyday

Click on the graphic for an enlarged view. Source: Marriott Rewards.

Even the rate which includes breakfast for two adults and children who are younger than 12 years of age is ten dollars less expensive than the Courtyard 2K Everyday promotion rate.

Summary

Through this promotion, you are paying as much as $44.46 per night for 2,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points when you include taxes and fees — and that is only at one specific hotel property. That works out to 2.223 cents per point, which is hardly a bargain when you consider that the purchase rate directly from Marriott Bonvoy is $12.50 per 1,000 points, which is 1.25 cents per point

…and the rate could vary more or less, depending on the hotel property — and if the rate is more expensive, then expect to pay more in taxes and fees, which potentially increases the discrepancy even more.

The only reason I can see wanting to take advantage of the Courtyard 2K Everyday promotion is if you have reached the maximum limit of purchasing 50,000 points per year and you still want to earn more Marriott Bonvoy points — and you are willing to overpay by 0.973 cents per point, or almost one cent per point at this particular hotel property — but even that rationale does not mitigate the specious nature of this offer.

GL — who is a reader of The Gateposted this comment: “I feel like these rates makes sense for business travelers whose companies pay for or reimburse their travel.”

Regardless, shop carefully to compare room rates to ensure that you really are getting value for your money if you are thinking about taking advantage of this promotion.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.


 

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