I realise that I am a little late about the Marriott Rewards Summer Promotion this year. Honestly, this has been mainly due to the lack of excitement at my end.
The promotion is a simple one and valid for stays between May 25 and September 5, 2016. It allows members to earn 2,000 bonus points on every paid stay and under the promotion you are eligible to earn a maximum of 10,000 bonus points. Registration is required for this promotion and you can only start earning bonus points from your second stay during the promotional period. You will also be entered into a competition with every stay with a chance to win one of the 100 prizes of 100,000 Marriott points (valid for residents in the USA, Canada and UK) .
Keep in mind that this a targeted promotion and you may have a different version. To find out what is your targeted offer, you will need to log into your Marriott Reward account and click on the promotions link at the top, though most people confirm having receiving the same offer.
Marriott classifies its hotels into 9 categories and 10,000 Marriott Reward points can at best get me a 1 night stay reward redemption at a category 2 hotel, which is very low. If I was looking for a reward redemption in India these hotels will mainly include Courtyard and other Marriott hotels in smaller Indian cities that sell in the INR 5,000 to 6,000 per night range. Marriott does have some nice properties in India, my favourite one being the JW Marriott Mussoorie and under this promotion I can not even earn a free night at the JW properties in India, besides the JW Marriott-Pune.
I do not find this promotion especially rewarding. It may make sense for you if you are doing a lot of 1 night stays between now and September, 2016. However if you are doing 3-4 night stays then there is better value to be had from other competing chains, like the IHG’s Accelerate promotion for 2016.
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