Rule Change: I Just Won Again With 29 Ways to Stay Game From Marriott Rewards

An important change in the rules has occurred since I wrote about the 29 Ways to Stay game from Marriott Rewards in this article one week ago today on Friday, October 12, 2018: although you were always able to participate in the game on a daily basis, one rule was that you can only win one Instant Win Prize per person…

Rule Change: I Just Won Again With 29 Ways to Stay Game From Marriott Rewards

…and now that rule has changed — with two words added to it — to: “Limit one Instant Win Prize per person per day.” To test this rule change, I participated again earlier today and won another 50 Marriott Rewards points.

In celebration of the 29 lodging brands which are part of the portfolio of Marriott International, Incorporated since its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the 29 Ways to Stay game offers you the opportunity to win a grand prize of a stay of two nights at each of the 29 lodging brands, as well as instant prizes — including points and stays — every day through Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Standard Time.

To enter as a participant for your chance to win, all you have to do is play a simple memory game in which you find matches in the cards for your chance to win instant prizes. A new lodging brand is featured every day, which gives you more chances to win; and — for every day you play — you will be given an entry for a chance to win the grand prize: a stay of two nights at each of the 29 lodging brands.

Prizes

The grand prize consists of 29 stays of two nights — one at each of the 29 lodging brands of Marriott — for the winner and one guest. The stays includes hotel accommodations for two nights at each of the 29 Marriott Brands for one standard room — based on double occupancy — and a check for $7,000.00 in United States dollars to help defray taxes for the grand prize winner only. The maximum approximate retail value of the grand prize is $30,596.80. Stays will be awarded as certificates added to the Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards membership account of the winner of the grand prize. Transportation to or from each stay is not included with the grand prize. If the winner of the grand prize is a resident outside the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, he or she will not receive the check for $7,000.00 to help defray taxes; and no additional compensation will be provided.

Instant win prizes are listed below, with monetary amounts in United States dollars:

Prize Description Number Available Maximum Approximate Retail Value Odds of Winning
4-Night Stay at Four Points by Sheraton 6 $1,260.00 each (up to 35,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Autograph Collection 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Aloft Hotels 6 $1,260.00 each (up to 35,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at AC Hotels 6 $1,260.00 each (up to 35,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Renaissance Hotels 6 $2,160.00 each (up to 60,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Courtyard by Marriott 6 $1,800.00 each (up to 50,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Delta Hotels 6 $1,800.00 each (up to 50,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Design Hotels 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at EDITION 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Element Hotels 6 $1,260.00 each (up to 35,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Fairfield 6 $1,800.00 each (up to 50,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Gaylord Hotels 6 $1,260.00 each (up to 35,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at The Luxury Collection 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at JW Marriott 6 $2,160.00 each (up to 60,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Marriott Hotels 6 $2,160.00 each (up to 60,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Marriott Executive Apartments 6 $1,800.00 each (up to 50,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Le Meridien 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Marriott Vacation Club 6 $2,160.00 each (up to 60,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Moxy Hotels 6 $1,260.00 each (up to 35,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Protea Hotels 6 $900.00 each (up to 25,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Residence Inn 6 $1,800.00 each (up to 50,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at The Ritz-Carlton 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at SpringHill Suites 6 $1,800.00 each (up to 50,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Sheraton 6 $2,160.00 each (up to 60,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at St. Regis 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at TownePlace Suite 6 $1,260.00 each (up to 35,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Tribute Portfolio Hotels 6 $1,800.00 each (up to 50,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at W Hotels 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
4-Night Stay at Westin 6 $3,060.00 each (up to 85,000 Bonus Points per night) 1:26,000
50 Bonus Points 75,000 per day $0.45 each 1:2
500 Bonus Points 5,000 per day $4.50 each 1:26
1,000 Bonus Points 2,500 per day $9.00 each 1:52
2,000 Bonus Points 500 per day $18.00 each 1:310
3,000 Bonus Points 250 per day $27.00 each 1:615
4,000 Bonus Points 100 per day $36.00 each 1:1,552
5,000 Bonus Points 75 per day $45.00 each 1:1,940
10,000 Bonus Points 50 per day $90.00 each 1:2,821
20,000 Bonus Points 16 per day $180.00 each 1:9,698

The total maximum approximate retail value of all prizes is $3,731,553.40 in United States dollars. Limit one Instant Win Prize per person per day.

Prize Restrictions: Stays will be awarded in the form of Bonus Points Certificated that will be added to the Grand Prize winner’s Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards account and are redeemable at any of the Marriott brands as indicated in the prize chart above. Transportation to/from each stay is not included with the 4-night stay prize. Grand Prize Stays must be used by within five years of prize award. 4-night Stay certificates must be used within one year of prize award. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply. Prizes cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash; however, Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at its sole discretion if any advertised prize — or portion of a prize — becomes unavailable. Bonus Points will be deposited into the winners’ accounts within ten weeks after verification. Winners are responsible for any loss of prize or portion of prize after it has been delivered. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes. Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of prizes not specifically stated herein are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. For prizes valued at $600.00 or more, the Grand and 4-night stay prize winners — United States only — will be issued a 1099 tax form for the actual retail value of prize.

Official Rules

No purchase or payment is required or necessary to enter, play, win or claim a prize; and a purchase or payment will not increase your odds or chances of winning.

You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Argentina — excluding Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro, Salta and Tierra del Fuego, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom who is at least the age of majority or 18 years of age or older at the time of entry with a completed member profile at the time of entry. You must also be a member of the Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program.

This contest is void elsewhere and where prohibited or restricted by law.

Other official rules, terms and conditions apply — be sure that you read all of them carefully and agree with them before participating in the sweepstakes — which include but are not limited to those dealing with the topics of:

  • Privacy and personal information
  • Release and limitations of liability
  • Selection and verification of winners
  • Winner notification procedure
  • Disqualification of participants
  • Criteria and restrictions pertaining to claiming and using prizes once they are won
  • Rights
  • Publicity
  • Tax liability
  • Technical issues
  • Legal waivers and statements
  • Unclaimed prizes
  • Cancellation or postponement of prizes
  • Substitution of prizes
  • How to find out the names of the winners
  • What can potentally happen in the event of a dispute
  • Burden of proof of submission of entry
  • Typographical errors
  • Other disclaimers and conditions of participation

Summary

29 Ways to Stay game

Source: Marriott Rewards.

I am glad that what many people thought was a ridiculous rule was changed, as there was little incentive to continue participating in that game — until now.

I would not be surprised if these points do not extend the expiration date of the points in the membership account — so do not rely on them to do so.

Typically, I do not like participating in contests or sweepstakes which one must enter daily for a greater chance of winning — but if I can get 50 Marriott Rewards points each day for only a moment of my time and effort, I have no problem of granting an exception in this case.

If you decide to participate in this game, good luck to you — and I hope you win the prizes that you want to win.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Rule Change: I Just Won Again With 29 Ways to Stay Game From Marriott Rewards”

  1. Tiara says:

    Brian, how long do the points post into the account? Instantly or few days?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Bonus points will be deposited into your account within ten weeks after verification, Tiara.

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