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2018 4th Quarter MegaBonus promo, 26 Sept - 31 Jan 2019

2018 4th Quarter MegaBonus promo, 26 Sept - 31 Jan 2019

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Sign in to Marriott.com in order to be able to see the promo and register:
https://www.marriott.com/rewards/pro...promotion=FB18
  • Stay at any of our participating hotels and resorts worldwide between September 26, 2018 and January 31, 2019.
  • Earn 2,000 bonus points on all stays* of two or more nights and 1,000 bonus points per brand, starting with your second brand.
  • Play our game 29 Ways to Stay from October 11 through November 8 to learn more about our 29 brands and for the chance to win prizes, including points and free nights.**
  • Register by January 7, 2019
Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for bonus points.

Finer print:
*A 'stay' is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.

Registration is required. Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards (“Loyalty Program”) members who register for this promotion by January 7, 2019 will earn 2,000 bonus points per stay on stays of 2 or more nights at participating brands. Plus, members can earn an additional 1,000 bonus points per brand starting with the second brand at which the member stays during the promotion earning period. The promotion earning period is for stays between September 26, 2018 and January 31, 2019, at participating Marriott Rewards, SPG and Ritz-Carlton properties. A 'stay' is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Rooms booked through most third party online retailers and select travel agency bookings are ineligible to earn for this promotion. The member receiving this offer has been targeted and the offer is not transferable. Bonus points will be awarded to the member’s account up to six weeks after the promotion ends. Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for bonus points and nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for bonus points. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay. Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion. For a list of current participating brands, visit https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/earn/hotels.mi. All Loyalty Program terms and conditions apply. See https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/terms/default.mi for more information. Visit www.Marriott.com/MorePlaces or call 888-MARRIOTT (888-627-7468) for complete details.

Clarification from Starwood Lurker in post 125:
  1. In regards to the part of the offer where you can earn 1,000 points for trying a new brand…There is no minimum length of stay, but you only earn it starting with the second brand. So if you only stay at one brand during the promo period, you will not earn this bonus. But if you stay at 2 or more brands, you will earn 1,000 points for each of those brands after the first one even if the stay is only one night.
  2. You earn on every stay of 2+ nights, so it isn’t about accumulating nights. If you have two stays of 1 night each, you will not earn a bonus. If you have two accounts, you may register for MegaBonus with either or both accounts. You will only be able to earn with one account at a time because you will earn the bonus points in whichever account the stay was booked with. Example: If you have two accounts that are not combined: If you register for MegaBonus with your SPG number and stay with your SPG number, you will earn the bonus points in your SPG account. If you register for MegaBonus with your SPG number but book your stay with your MR number, you will not earn bonus points.
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Old Oct 3, 18, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by ikwia View Post
I get that Marriott is free to run (or not run) whatever promotions it would like, but I find this promo particularly dismissive of folks who might stay 5 nights a week at Marriott properties every single week, but as single night stays. Anyone care to speculate why the promotion is setup this way? This is the first megabonus I can recall where I was left wondering if I'd be able to "max it out".
You could just stop at "particularly dismissive"...it would be a bad promo even if things hadn't devolved into a CF the past 6 weeks...but because they did, it's a monopolistic middle finger
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Old Oct 3, 18, 8:24 pm
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Received both the official email and promo snail mail recently.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 8:26 am
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29 Ways to Stay game was to start at 10am ET today.

At 10:25am this morning https://29ways.marriott.com/ shows:

We’re putting the finishing touches on our 29 Ways to Stay game.
Check back soon to play.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 10:44 am
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We've been played...

Stayed _1_ night each at a Marriott and a Courtyard _last week_ at the beginning of the promotion - after having a 1 night stay at a Residence Inn as what I thought would be my "throwaway" stay on 09/26/2018. Nothing is shown on the MegaBonus page as a qualifying stay for either the MR or CY.

So, this week, I have a 4 night stint at a Renaissance. Guess what, I'll get no real promotion credit for this stay.

_ONLY_ after this stay will any of the 2,000 bonus point / 2-night+ stays count toward the MegaBonus.

So be warned, you won't get anything for those 1 nights (except at the end for the 1,000 points / new brand) until you do your 2+ night "throwaway" stay - or maybe even nothing if they decide to interpret a "stay" at a brand as "2 nights+".

Would appreciate it if William or one of the lurkers could clarify if that's how the "and 1,000 bonus points per brand" is to be interpreted
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Edit: never mind - saw the quote of post 125 in the wiki.

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Old Oct 4, 18, 11:00 am
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As usual, I have 3 upcoming stays of 1 night, Monday-Tampa, Tuesday-NOLA, Wednesday-Tampa. I figure I'll get 1000 points at most. Marriott just does not like us one night stay people.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by johnston21 View Post
29 Ways to Stay game was to start at 10am ET today.

At 10:25am this morning https://29ways.marriott.com/ shows:

We’re putting the finishing touches on our 29 Ways to Stay game.
Check back soon to play.

Exactly what I thought was going to happen! It is 2:33 eastern time and the game is still not up! Wouldn't be surprised if IT doesn't have this fixed until Monday!
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Old Oct 4, 18, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by johnston21 View Post
29 Ways to Stay game was to start at 10am ET today.

At 10:25am this morning https://29ways.marriott.com/ shows:

We’re putting the finishing touches on our 29 Ways to Stay game.
Check back soon to play.
2.30p eastern, still not up. seems like the game was designed by the same clever folks who did IT for the merge.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 12:37 pm
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Regrettably, the limited time game ‘29 Ways to Stay’ will not launch as planned today. As a reminder, all members can start earning bonus points through the latest points promotion, MegaBonus in More Places, which runs until January 31, 2019.

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Old Oct 4, 18, 1:05 pm
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Well, that's unfortunate.

The promotional mail (that I received yesterday!), the email (a few days ago!), and all other forms of advertisement I've seen says for stays from September 26, 2018 to January 31, 2019, and that this thing starts today, October 4, 2018.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker View Post
Regrettably, the limited time game ‘29 Ways to Stay’ will not launch as planned today. As a reminder, all members can start earning bonus points through the latest points promotion, MegaBonus in More Places, which runs until January 31, 2019.

Best regards,

William R. Sanders
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Thank you for the update William! I hope it still is 29 days!
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Old Oct 4, 18, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Marriott15 View Post
Thank you for the update William! I hope it still is 29 days!
If we receive any additional updates to pass along, we will be sure to let the community know.

Best regards,

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Old Oct 4, 18, 7:00 pm
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Brand promo?

William, I have not combined my accounts, but I have been booking all my stays on my legacy SPG account because I have higher status there. Can you clarify that legacy Marriott stays that are posted to my account will count?

For example, if I have the following in my legacy SPG account:

1 Marriott
1 Sheraton
1 Courtyard
1 Westin
1 Four Points

Will that count as 5 brands which will earn 4000 pts, or will it count as 3 brands and only 2000 pts?
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Old Oct 4, 18, 7:23 pm
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Marriott IT Screws Up Again

So big media push for the 29 Ways To Stay with count down to 10/4 @ 10am EST. Site crashed at 10:00am and all day it has a coming soon - we're putting the finishing touches.

We can't even run a simple promo game?! wow.

https://29ways.marriott.com/
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Old Oct 4, 18, 7:34 pm
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I wonder if they have any sense of the goodwill that they have lost with all this...
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Old Oct 4, 18, 7:59 pm
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I wonder if they have any sense of the goodwill that they have lost with all this...
If so, they wouldn't have offered such a garbage promo after the previous month's combo disaster
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