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Anyone notice Marriott is no longer honoring the 48hr guarantee?

Anyone notice Marriott is no longer honoring the 48hr guarantee?

Old Oct 9, 19, 9:16 am
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Anyone notice Marriott is no longer honoring the 48hr guarantee?

Over the past 8mos or so, I've run into a number of instances where Marriott outright refuses to honor their 48-hr availability guarantee. Have these all been "isolated incidents," or has this been happening to everyone?
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:19 am
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All the guarantee means is that you have the privilege of paying full rack rate for a room. Also note that it excludes "Resorts, Marriott Vacation Club, participating Vistana properties, and Design Hotels", and "Guaranteed Availability may not be available on certain limited dates (e.g., special events)".

Quotes taken from https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/mem...s/guarantee.mi
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:30 am
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My hunch is that they're hiding behind the "special events" clause, and will steadfastly claim that Fridays are very special as they have never happened twice in the same week.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:40 am
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I had to use the RACK room guarantee option under SPG several times and I never got pushback from any property. It was a very clear policy.

I have tried to use it several times under Marriott and you’re right.. the T&Cs are so vaguely worded in Marriotts favor that any property can privately claim special event status and block you from exercising your benefit.

Even as a AE guest, it happens.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:41 am
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Has happened to me a lot in large cities where things were sold out but there was no clear large event happening. Under SPG it seemed like it was never a problem even with large events and conventions in town.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 10:00 am
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Another problem I have noticed is that properties are hiding behind minimum stay requirements. They will be bookable to the general public for a Mon-Wed stay, but if I try to use the 48-hour guarantee to book a room for just Tuesday, they claim to be sold out.

I haven’t pored over the T&Cs to see if this violates, but at a very minimum it seems to be against the spirit of the “guarantee”.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 10:08 am
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I'm really surprise that any property wouldn't want to get double to triple the revenue for a rack rate booking.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
All the guarantee means is that you have the privilege of paying full rack rate for a room.
AND a room in a property that is otherwise sold out. Do you like sleeping on park benches?

As to the OP's question - I have used the guarantee several times. And not always had to pay the rack rate to do so, ie if I wanted 3 nights at a property and the middle night was sold out, I have been able to get that middle night at the average cost of night #1 & #3 - but this is an extra perk, dont assume you will get it.

I have also notice that sometimes a property will try to squirm out of honoring the guarantee. This isnt a recent marriott thing, it happened under SPG too.

Oh and last thing - just because a property is a resort of timeshare, dont assume they automatically WONT let you do an override booking. they might not - or then again, they might.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 11:55 am
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Are you logged in? If not, it will show sold out.

Otherwise, Marriott was historically very good at keep special events to major football games, world level conventions, etc. The hotel had to get approval from corporate for a "special event."
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Old Oct 9, 19, 12:14 pm
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Yeah, I'm logged in when I've been checking. I've also been expecting to pay full rack rate because, well, that's simply the price one pays to get a room in a full hotel.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 12:21 pm
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I tried to book a hotel that is sold out for next month using the 48 hour guarantee. The Marriott agent steadfastly told me I could not book the hotel until 48 hours in advance. I had him speak to his supervisor who assured him that his interpretation was accurate. Fortunately, subsequently, the hotel became available and I now have it booked with points.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by C17PSGR View Post
Otherwise, Marriott was historically very good at keep special events to major football games, world level conventions, etc.
They were good at many things “historically”. Not any more. This is apparently just the latest addition to the list.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 1:41 pm
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@CPTnlnc: Have you tried reaching out to the Lurker on this? I'm curious to see corporate's response.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by KRSW View Post
@Cptnlnc: Have you tried reaching out to the Lurker on this? I'm curious to see corporate's response.
I have not. Today's apparent non-compliance was pretty last minute and the 48hr threshold was crossed about 30 minutes ago so I'm sure the response will simply be that it's too late for them to do anything about it now. I will simply take this as an opportunity to stay with another brand this weekend with an eye towards changing alliances next year.
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Old Oct 9, 19, 4:14 pm
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This benefit has never worked for me. As a random example, if I look at Courtyard Tokyo Station for a one night booking on Nov 22, it shows sold out. Isn't the whole point that, aside from special events, I should never see those words? Am I supposed to call in?

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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
I tried to book a hotel that is sold out for next month using the 48 hour guarantee. The Marriott agent steadfastly told me I could not book the hotel until 48 hours in advance. I had him speak to his supervisor who assured him that his interpretation was accurate. Fortunately, subsequently, the hotel became available and I now have it booked with points.
Then when you call at exactly 48hrs they will say you missed the cutoff. Marriott phone staff are ridiculous.

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