Marriott Is Insulting Your Intelligence With This 29,000 Points Promotion. Don’t Fall for It

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Marriott Is Insulting Your Intelligence With This 29,000 Points Promotion.  Don’t Fall for It

Scott LiebermanMarriott Is Insulting Your Intelligence With This 29,000 Points Promotion.  Don’t Fall for ItMillion Mile Secrets Team

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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…

I’d Rather Be Tasked With Trying to Fix a Leak on This Marriott Hotel’s Rooftop Than Complete This Ridiculous Promotion

Look this over:

Skip This Marriott “Promotion”

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.


Because you’ll be as tired as the interior of a typical room at the Sheraton.  (See what I did there?)

It’s Awesome That You Can Use Your Marriott Points at So Many Different Brands Worldwide.  You Get 29,000 Marriott Points If You Stay at All 29 Brands.  Whoop-dee-doo.  AND THERE’S A CATCH!  Isn’t Marriott Vacation Club a Timeshare?!  I’M NOT BUYING A TIMESHARE JUST TO GET MARRIOTT POINTS.  I DEMAND AT LEAST A T-SHIRT!

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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Marriott loyalty program is garbage. Ruined the SPG brand and screwed over members with their Travel Package scam during the merger. I’m all in with Hilton now. Bye Felicia!

Yeah, Marriott Vacation Clubs show up on regular searches for regular stays of even just one night. You don’t need to buy a timeshare. If writing an article like this you’d think you’d know that or at least do a little research first.

If you want to verify just search for a Marriott hotel in Boston. The Custom House will likely show up and it’s a vacation club property.

Lol, what a funny article from the guy who doesn’t understand jack about Marriott and points…

First, all those points are extra incentive to already good promotion (2,000 points for a two night stay staring with second night and extra 1,000 points if it’s a new brand). So let’s count now… 29 stays 2 days each. You start getting points at second stay (base points plus bonus 2,000 and then 3,000 (2,000+1,000). Total comes to: 2,000+27*3,000+29,000 bonus= 112,000 just bonus points. Then if we count base- avg $300 per stay=87,000 points if you have no status. In my case I’m platinum premier Plus, it’s extra 75%. Total is 152,250 base plus 112,000 bonus= 264,250. The cheapest free night starts at 7.500 points, that’s 35 free nights. But wait… if you book 4 free night awards you get 5th free! So it comes to 40 free nights, that’s count towards status too by the way.

Next time you write and article, learn facts. Don’t make yourself look like a fool)

I’m a lifetime Platinum Elite and a fan of Marriott (obviously). But show me the hotels I can stay at for 7500 points per night…more to the point, show me the hotels I would want to stay at for 7500 points per night. 15K minimum for a room worth staying in.

Coming from a Marriott employee I like that in you. You got it down to a science. We appreciate your loyalty!!

You can stay at Marriott Vacation Clubs without purchasing a timeshare