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Platinum Status in Eight Days and $800 - No Stays Required

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Ten (10) Elite Nights are given for each meeting held in a participating hotel under the "Rewarding Events" program. See below for non-participating brands. Information about the Rewarding Events program may be found at https://www.marriott.com/meeting-eve...els/rewards.mi

The 10 elite nights per meeting are independent of any hotel rooms booked in conjunction with the meeting. In fact, no hotel rooms have to be booked as part of the meeting in order to receive credit for 10 elite nights.

Although the Rewarding Events webpage refers to room nights for meeting participants, the most important section is the one that states 10 Elite Nights, regardless if you or your guest is paying for it

In general, a written contract is required (or should be obtained). In many cases, the meeting is booked through a central Marriott group sales office instead of directly with a hotel. If booked through a central Marriott group sales office, there is a three-page contract that makes reference to the Rewarding Events program on page 2 of the agreement. A MR member number should be included in this area of the contract by the group sales office.

FAQs:

Q: What brands participate in the Rewarding Events program?
A: AC Hotels by Marriott, Aloft, Autograph Collection, Courtyard by Marriott, Delta Hotels by Marriott, EDITION, Element, Fairfield by Marriott, Four Points by Marriott, Gaylord Hotels, JW Marriott, LeMéridien, The Luxury Collection, Marriott Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club, Moxy Hotels, Protea Hotels by Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, St. Regis, Tribute Portfolio, W Hotels, & Westin.
Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites, & Marriott Executive Apartments do not participate in the program.

Q: How do I find a hotel that participates?
A: Click on the link to the Rewarding Events page and then in the "Plan" section of the page click on the "Find a Hotel" box. Enter the city you'd like to have your meeting in, purpose of event (Business) and then check the "I need meeting/event space" box. Enter the size of your meeting (2 attendees should work) and then click the "Find" box. Leave the start date and end date blank. A list of potential hotels will be shown. The smallest meeting room is not usually shown online --- you may need to call each hotel to find out which one has a boardroom or other small meeting room. Once you've found a small meeting room, then request a quote online.

Q: How quickly will Marriott respond with a quote?
A: Usually within a day or two --- and usually via email. The email should contain a telephone number of the group sales contact. Give them a call and tell them you'd like to follow up on the quote and you're interested in booking the smallest room available for a 2 person meeting for an hour. If they quote a price that's higher than you want to pay, ask them if they can get approval for a lower priced meeting (e.g., a recent quote was for $75 for an 8 hour use of a CY boardroom). They accepted a counter of $50 for a one-hour meeting in the room (plus service charge plus local sales tax). Urban hotels may charge significantly higher rates for meeting space than a smaller, less congested city.

Q: Is a contract required?
A: The terms of the program suggest "yes" --- although there are reports that 10 elite nights have been granted without contracts. A best practice would be to obtain a contract.

Q: How long do points and EQNs take to post after the event is over?
A: Generally, this takes 3+ business days. According to Marriott, it can take 15 business days. If you do not see anything post after 15 business days, contact the hotel before contacting Marriott customer support. The hotel has to be the one to post it.

You will get an e-mail with a subject line Your Rewarding Events Award has Posted: EVENT NAME

Q: Will the hotel know what I am talking about when I say points and elite night credits?
A: Probably not. They may know about the rewarding events points being 3x per dollar spent, but not always. Usually they know of only the Marriott system (Group Posting Tool) where they input how much you spent and when. This is done after the event and is usually authorized by the sales or general manager.

Q: The contract doesn't say anything about points, will I still earn them?
A: YMMV but so far all the electronic contracts from the website state it, but some fail to read it. The paper contracts usually talk about points, but some reports that they don't, but still post. Remember this is a Marriott Rewards benefit that the hotels don't seem to be footing the bill for.
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Old Mar 28, 17, 7:15 pm
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Originally Posted by buckeyes1212 View Post
Thanks for the tips. I called MR about it. The CSR said that it would qualify for the elite nights, as I expected. She also said that once the points post, the nights should follow within a day. If they don't post, then I should call her back and she would post them. Do CSR at MR have the ability to post the nights? I was under the impression that the hotel does it.
Unfortunately, some CSRs make up stories as well... Yes, generally the hotel is the one that ponies up the nights/points. I hope you got a name and extension in case it is needed. Your best hope is the property knows to use the proper posting tool (it is different than for stays) and everything flows through.

Good luck.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 3:37 pm
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Welp, someone's trying to monetize this:

http://loyaltylobby.com/2017/04/03/r...99-legitimate/

Here is the email from our reader Catherine:

"Hi Sebastian,

wonder if you heard about the offer that [name redacted by LL] put out basically selling Marriott Platinum status for USD 399. I can’t afford all these hotel stays right now that are required for Platinum the regular way but would invest the 399 to get a foot in the door. I attach the email one of the guys sent me."

Thanks, Cathy

My rule of thumb is: If something sounds too good to be true it usually is and once again these words rang true as soon as I glimpsed over the email she got.

Here is the essential part of it:

"… We have found a property that is able to credit the 10 conference room bookings for a total of 80 night credits.

So even if you don’t have a single stay with Marriott so far this year you can become Platinum in about a week.

We are happy to facilitate setting up the bookings in the correct order for you. You still only pay $399 – all we need is your Marriott Rewards account number and a one time payment from you. …"
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Old Apr 3, 17, 3:51 pm
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I read the same post. I am afraid this easy path to platinum is about to close. Would be another example of people going too far...
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Old Apr 3, 17, 8:41 pm
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Originally Posted by kerrigjl View Post
Welp, someone's trying to monetize this:

http://loyaltylobby.com/2017/04/03/r...99-legitimate/

Here is the email from our reader Catherine:

"Hi Sebastian,

wonder if you heard about the offer that [name redacted by LL] put out basically selling Marriott Platinum status for USD 399. I can’t afford all these hotel stays right now that are required for Platinum the regular way but would invest the 399 to get a foot in the door. I attach the email one of the guys sent me."

Thanks, Cathy

My rule of thumb is: If something sounds too good to be true it usually is and once again these words rang true as soon as I glimpsed over the email she got.

Here is the essential part of it:

"… We have found a property that is able to credit the 10 conference room bookings for a total of 80 night credits.

So even if you don’t have a single stay with Marriott so far this year you can become Platinum in about a week.

We are happy to facilitate setting up the bookings in the correct order for you. You still only pay $399 – all we need is your Marriott Rewards account number and a one time payment from you. …"
Originally Posted by melroseman View Post
I read the same post. I am afraid this easy path to platinum is about to close. Would be another example of people going too far...
There's a property who will do USD 39.90 for a meeting??? Assuming that's inclusive of taxes? This clearly raises a red flag and just might be the tipping point.

Then again, Marriott might choose to shut down those accounts they identify as suspicious / frauds. Much like those folks who sell Hilton Diamond / Gold status online and the account owners having status revoked. The overall status match ability however remains.

Finally there could be a possibility where the seller does not even intend to deliver but just hope to grab as many USD 399 as they can before disappearing. The price is too good to be through considering (if true) that property will want a cut as does the facilitator out of just USD 399.00? My bet is on the vanishing act.

Regardless, it does bring unnecessary attention to a perk that I believe has benefited the properties and event organisers thus far and making Marriott a choice to consider over other chains.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 9:10 pm
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Originally Posted by melroseman View Post
I am afraid this easy path to platinum is about to close.
Personally, I would be very happy to see it close.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 9:15 pm
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Originally Posted by PayItForward View Post
There's a property who will do USD 39.90 for a meeting??? Assuming that's inclusive of taxes? This clearly raises a red flag and just might be the tipping point.
...
There's actually a few properties that offer $50 (plus taxes and fees) per meeting. You only need eight of these (or $400 total) to earn Plat from scratch.
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Old Apr 4, 17, 4:41 am
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Several posters upthread mention booking meetings online. Is this still possible or is online search / "submit quote" / hope for a response the only method available other than calling?
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Old Apr 4, 17, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by mster View Post
Several posters upthread mention booking meetings online. Is this still possible or is online search / "submit quote" / hope for a response the only method available other than calling?
Request a quote, then get the price. Move forward from there. Never called for a quote.
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Old Apr 4, 17, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by sig05 View Post
Request a quote, then get the price. Move forward from there. Never called for a quote.
When you receive a quote via email can you then book the available meeting using the Marriott site? Or are you calling in to provide payment info?

Not trying to get stuck in the weeds here - just trying to determine if posters upthread saying "book online" only meant they used the "request quote" option online or if there is some additional site functionality I'm missing here.
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Old Apr 4, 17, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by PayItForward View Post

Finally there could be a possibility where the seller does not even intend to deliver but just hope to grab as many USD 399 as they can before disappearing. The price is too good to be through considering (if true) that property will want a cut as does the facilitator out of just USD 399.00? My bet is on the vanishing act.
$399 for nothing could be just the ante. They have both your credit card number and MR account number.

My guess is that, at best, they simply connect the suckers who pony up the $399 to a property that books meetings, or submit the paperwork.
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Old Apr 5, 17, 5:32 am
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Originally Posted by mster View Post
When you receive a quote via email can you then book the available meeting using the Marriott site? Or are you calling in to provide payment info?

Not trying to get stuck in the weeds here - just trying to determine if posters upthread saying "book online" only meant they used the "request quote" option online or if there is some additional site functionality I'm missing here.
The property would contact me directly via email about meeting prices. Never went back through the website after I received a meeting price quite.
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Old Apr 6, 17, 7:08 pm
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Found a place for $50. Hopefully everything will be fine.
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Old Apr 10, 17, 10:12 pm
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Spoke to a marriott in Australia. Was told that if I no show I would not get the 10 nights. Meeting room has to be used?
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Old Apr 11, 17, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by kkl View Post
Spoke to a marriott in Australia. Was told that if I no show I would not get the 10 nights. Meeting room has to be used?
Correct, just like room bookings require your attendance to earn credit. HOWEVER, there are many properties that process the meeting booking regardless. Once this gets to be a problem for MR they will drop the hammer on this practice and things will change. This technique is buying status plain and simple and not the intention of the program.

Also, as I've said elsewhere, asking a property about MR program rules does not always get you the correct answer. There's a good chance the property will process the no show (especially if they are going to bill you for the reservation) through the group posting tool and credit will happen.
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Old Apr 11, 17, 11:48 pm
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Originally Posted by RogerD408 View Post
Correct, just like room bookings require your attendance to earn credit. HOWEVER, there are many properties that process the meeting booking regardless. Once this gets to be a problem for MR they will drop the hammer on this practice and things will change. This technique is buying status plain and simple and not the intention of the program.

Also, as I've said elsewhere, asking a property about MR program rules does not always get you the correct answer. There's a good chance the property will process the no show (especially if they are going to bill you for the reservation) through the group posting tool and credit will happen.
I booked a meeting for the first time today, which the hotel reach out to me. I told her I will be there on this Friday for an interview. I try to look for my meeting under my profile but I can't find anything under reservation. Is there a place you look for your meeting reservation? I just want to make sure I will get the credit under my account. Hopefully she will charge my card without caring if someone be there or not!
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