Earth Day 2018 Reminder: Earn Points or Vouchers When Declining Housekeeping Services

Earning points for declining housekeeping in order to help save the environment by protecting natural resources, conserving water and energy, and reducing waste while simultaneously staying as a guest in a hotel room for at least two consecutive nights is neither a new concept nor a special one…

Earth Day 2018 Reminder: Earn Points or Vouchers When Declining Housekeeping Services

…and even though the concept is not effective primarily on Earth Day — which is today, Sunday, April 22, 2018 — but rather all year round, today is a good reminder to let you know that some lodging companies have this policy continuously in effect; and they are listed below with additional details.

Marriott Rewards

You can earn up to a maximum limit of 5,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points per continuous stay at a participating hotel or resort property. Generally, the hotel will not access the room on opted out days, but reserves the right to do so. Please refer to this list of participating hotel and resort properties which currently participate in this initiative.

When you stay a minimum of two consecutive nights and choose to pass on housekeeping services any day for up to three consecutive days at a time, your Marriott Rewards membership account will be credited with:

  • 500 bonus Marriott Rewards points per day at participating Renaissance and Marriott hotel and resort properties; or
  • 250 bonus Marriott Rewards points per day at participating Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites hotel properties in the United States and Canada

Starwood Preferred Guest

With Starwood Preferred Guest, what you receive as an incentive for declining housekeeping depends on which part of the world the hotel or resort property is located.

Most of the hotel and resort properties in the Asia Pacific region do not participate in the Make a Green Choice program; so you cannot earn Starpoints or vouchers as a result of declining housekeeping at them.

For hotel and resort properties in the Latin America region, Starpoints are awarded for a maximum conservation of three nights per stay before receiving housekeeping service. Participating hotel and resort properties provide either a 250 Starpoint option or five dollar food and beverage option only.

In North America, Europe and the Middle East regions, you can reward yourself with a voucher worth five United States dollars — the amount may change based on location or region — at participating food and beverage outlets within the hotel or 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints, at participating Sheraton, Westin, Luxury Collection, Le Méridien, St. Regis and W locations — 250 Starpoints at participating Aloft, Element and Four Points by Sheraton locations — awarded at check out for each night you decline housekeeping services; except for the day of departure.

Please note the following:

  • Some hotel and resort properties offer the 500 Starpoints option only.
  • You are eligible to participate on stay-over nights only — a minimum stay of two consecutive nights is required.
  • The maximum number of nights allowed is determined by each hotel.
  • To participate in Make a Green Choice hang the Make a Green Choice doorhanger on the outside of your guestroom door by 2am or let the hotel know during check-in that you’re interested in opting-in.
  • You may receive Make a Green Choice credit at participating hotels for up to three rooms as long as you stay in one and pay for all three rooms.
  • You are not eligible to participate in the program on the day of departure; it is only on stayover nights.
  • The voucher for food and beverages is only valid at time of purchase and cannot be combined with other offers. Unused food and beverage vouchers may be turned in at the front desk before check-out for 500 Starpoints each — 250 Starpoints at participating Aloft, Element and Four Points by Sheraton locations. Vouchers not turned in are rendered void and cannot be redeemed or exchanged for Starpoints after check-out or used at other locations.
  • If you opt-in to the Make a Green Choice program, you are declining all housekeeping services for the day. This includes all room cleaning and coffee & bathroom amenities will not be automatically replenished, but you can contact housekeeping for additional items as necessary.
  • If you opt out of the program, but still want to conserve water and energy, you can hang your towels you want to reuse and place your doorhanger on the nightstand to reuse your bed linens. The bed(s) will be re-made using the existing linens. For fresh towels, please leave them on the floor. For fresh linens, please leave the doorhanger on the bed.
  • Points are included when stay posts to the account. All points will post as one transaction. Allow up to seven days from departure date to see these points posted to your account.

IHG Rewards Club

As a member of IHG Rewards Club, you can earn 500 points simply by declining housekeeping services when you stay a minimum of two consecutive nights at participating hotel and resort properties with A Greener Stay. Ask for more information during your next check-in.

Although the official maximum award you can earn per stay is 500 IHG Rewards Club points, FlyerTalk members have reported that some hotel and resort properties offer 500 IHG Rewards Club points per night for a maximum of three nights — even though that is not the official policy.

World of Hyatt

Although not an official policy of Hyatt Corporation, some hotel and resort properties within the Hyatt portfolio of brands worldwide have reportedly offered 1,000 World of Hyatt points or a voucher of five dollars when declining housekeeping services.

Hilton Honors

Although at one time Hilton rewarded guests for declining housekeeping, the lodging company currently has no official policy.

Summary

At this time, this article is not a definitive list of lodging companies and hotel and resort properties which offer guests an incentive for declining housekeeping services…

…and although I intend to update this article after conducting further research, this is where you come in: if this article needs to be edited, updated or corrected to ensure that readers of The Gate have the latest updated information to maximize on incentives as a result of declining housekeeping services, please post your information in the Comments section below.

Thank you in advance.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


 

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