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What reasonable benefit(s) would you suggest for Bonvoy Ambassador level members?

What reasonable benefit(s) would you suggest for Bonvoy Ambassador level members?

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Old Apr 8, 19, 11:12 pm
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A bottle of Dom is a good idea

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Old Apr 8, 19, 11:25 pm
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Originally Posted by weld3z View Post
1-Free minibar
2-free parking specially in Eroupe
3-No non refundable rates

Any more ?
This is one of the issues with elite benifits, a few people come along with unrealstic expectations and because of those it actually deters programs from offering more as they know for some it will never be enough! I don't feel any of your suggestions are remotely realistic. Maybe no resort fees would be a possible one to list, especially on points bookings and RC properties to be included in the lounge access / breakfast. All this has been covered many times however and I am as I reply to this thread wondering its point!
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Old Apr 8, 19, 11:50 pm
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Other programs offer some of these benefits
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Old Apr 9, 19, 12:07 am
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Here are a couple ideas that I think could work that are not that huge of a issue.

1. Instead of 75% Bonus 100% Bonus
2. Another Annual Choice Benefit.
3. Guaranteed breakfast for two in restaurant even if the hotel has a lounge. I would like to include resort properties but that may be pushing it
4. 1 Million points if you can prove a IT issue affected your account or stay!

Parking is a tricky one with me....especially since a lot of the hotels pay another company to do it. So i'm going to lean toward no on that.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 12:31 am
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I thnk the benefit is what it says on the wrapper, an Ambassador
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Old Apr 9, 19, 2:09 am
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Originally Posted by howtofreetravel View Post
Other programs offer some of these benefits
Go on then - which ones?
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Old Apr 9, 19, 3:48 am
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Overall, I tend to agree that the benefit differences between Titanium and Ambassador are pretty negligible.
I was kind of shocked to learn that the 1 stated benefit, Your 24, is actually not guaranteed, and up to the whims of individual hotels.
Would not look to add unrealistic benefits, but making Your 24 a guarantee seems like a no-brainer.

This is my first year with Ambassador, and I am starting to get to know my Ambassador and develop that relationship. It is nice having an escalation point for and single point of contact for more complicated issues (converting Travel Packages, etc), but not sure that is really worth the $20K spend required.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 4:02 am
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
Overall, I tend to agree that the benefit differences between Titanium and Ambassador are pretty negligible.
I was kind of shocked to learn that the 1 stated benefit, Your 24, is actually not guaranteed, and up to the whims of individual hotels.
Would not look to add unrealistic benefits, but making Your 24 a guarantee seems like a no-brainer.

This is my first year with Ambassador, and I am starting to get to know my Ambassador and develop that relationship. It is nice having an escalation point for and single point of contact for more complicated issues (converting Travel Packages, etc), but not sure that is really worth the $20K spend required.
I guess like most things that have requirements it depends how difficult you find hitting 20k. Personally I find my Ambassador as the only reason I am with Marriott as they sort out all the IT messes that Marriott create for me. The 20k spend to me is not an issue and actually would be happy if it increased to allow an even more focus on the higher spenders / elites.

But as I say everything is relative to the individual. Free parking for instance has no appeal to me as never drive to a hotel and as such don't want to see any allowance in the scheme spent on this type of thing that only some would gain from.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 5:35 am
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Minibar or Laundry credit would be useful - similar to what I used to enjoy as an IC Royal Ambassador.
Also, an additional Annual Choice benefit makes sense, similar to Hyatt's model (afterall, when doing 150-200 nights per year, 10 SNAs don't go far...).
Agree that 100% point bonus would be of low incremental cost too.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 5:58 am
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Old Apr 9, 19, 6:08 am
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Originally Posted by Marriott15 View Post
Here are a couple ideas that I think could work that are not that huge of a issue.

1. Instead of 75% Bonus 100% Bonus
2. Another Annual Choice Benefit.
3. Guaranteed breakfast for two in restaurant even if the hotel has a lounge. I would like to include resort properties but that may be pushing it
4. 1 Million points if you can prove a IT issue affected your account or stay!

Parking is a tricky one with me....especially since a lot of the hotels pay another company to do it. So i'm going to lean toward no on that.
In Dubai parking free if you just have a lunch or dinner in restaurant, one time in Zurich they upgraded me to suite was alone no need for the upgrade ask if they can give me the parking for free instead of the upgrade they accept save me more than $80
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Old Apr 9, 19, 6:10 am
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Originally Posted by EuropeanPete View Post


Go on then - which ones?
My cousin with IHG got free mini bar and gurantee upgrade to one category every time any where in the world !
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Old Apr 9, 19, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by weld3z View Post
My cousin with IHG got free mini bar and gurantee upgrade to one category every time any where in the world !
Are you sure? Perhaps it applies to paid elite tier with certain brands like Intercontinental. Do most Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express even have mini bars?
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Old Apr 9, 19, 8:57 am
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Originally Posted by UKTraveller4Fun View Post
I guess like most things that have requirements it depends how difficult you find hitting 20k. Personally I find my Ambassador as the only reason I am with Marriott as they sort out all the IT messes that Marriott create for me. The 20k spend to me is not an issue and actually would be happy if it increased to allow an even more focus on the higher spenders / elites..
Those two points I agree with! I only like mine because they fix all the issues with my large number of high cost stays.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 9:08 am
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