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First off, I like the Marriott loyalty program. And I’ve kept the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (Starwood is owned by Marriott now) for years because I like staying at their hotels. And the offer for the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card is also good. Heck, we update our readers with the worthwhile Marriott promotions.
But c’mon now… can Marriott expect ANYONE to follow through with this brain-dead promotion? I’ll show you what I mean…
Look this over:
Folks on our team value Marriott points anywhere between about a penny a piece to 1.5 cents each. So, being generous, we can say 29,000 Marriott are worth ~$435. Ahem.
If you actually stay at least one night at 29 different Marriott brands, first of all, congratulations for even being able to name them all.
Second, THEY SHOULD THROW YOU A HUGE PARTY AND SHOWER YOU WITH GIFTS AND PRAISE AND NAME THE 30TH BRAND AFTER YOU.
Because you’ll be as tired as the interior of a typical room at the Sheraton. (See what I did there?)
I’m a FAN of Marriott and I’m Saying This!
- I had a great experience during my recent stay at Springhill Suites — awesome huge room with a kitchen, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, gym… very clean and comfortable.
- Sheraton jokes aside, I loved my stay at the beachside Sheraton in Sopot, Poland, this past summer.
- My next hotel stay will be with Marriott, at their Towneplace Suites.
Hey, wait a minute. I’m re-thinking this promotion… I’ve only got 26 Marriott brands left to go!
OK I’m in, Marriott. But if I’m staying at every single brand, I’m going to need a bit more of an incentive. How about you throw me some lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status so I can look down my nose at those pedestrian Platinum NON-Premier Elite riffraff.
That would do it.
This Marriott promotion is hilariously “not good.” Don’t do it.
But I still love you, Marriott. Thank you for good credit card offers like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card that help me get free luxury hotel rooms at your Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton brands. That’s the great part.
But now I’m also looking forward to buying a room night at each and every one of your 29 brands — and purchasing a Marriott Vacation Club Timeshare — so I can earn nearly enough Marriott points for a one-night peak-date stay at the Residence Inn in Downtown Cleveland.