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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 Jun 21, 17, 4:18 am
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They are wrong.

Ask to speak with Event Manager or get them to call Marriott Support and get correct information.

Originally Posted by kkl View Post
Had found another property who was keen to work with me. But in their opinion only Banquet rooms qualify for the 10 elite nights which can hold 40pax. Not the smaller 1-4pax meeting rooms
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Old Jun 21, 17, 4:48 am
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Originally Posted by Srisarin View Post
Think you'll find that the complimentary executive lounge meeting rooms do not qualify as Reward Meetings for your purpose stated here.
Yeah, we ended up _not_ using the complimentary EL rooms due to size.
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Old Jun 21, 17, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by Srisarin View Post
They are wrong.

Ask to speak with Event Manager or get them to call Marriott Support and get correct information.
Or just make sure they enter the event into the Event Tool with the dollar amount spent. The nights will appear automatically when the event and points post. The property doesn't award nights, Marriott does. Arguing with clueless properties is an exercise in frustration. Just have them focus on entering the event correctly.
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Old Jun 21, 17, 9:21 pm
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Originally Posted by jdang View Post
Like the OP's wife having 500+ nights, just curious people who actually doing events for the events and getting nights as a bonus if they got PP getting 130+ night in a year.

Considering nights roll over, I was thinking maybe 150 nights for platinum for 2 years and perhaps maybe chance of PP for having 130+ nights.

I know the 130+ night is probably not the requirements to be top 3%, just curious anyone with with that many nights has gotten PP.
I booked 2 years' worth of meetings at one time (had a very low rate, and rollover meant I get 2 nights of lifetime credit per night that rolls over). Did not get PP.

Unless the SPG merger gets my Starwood points and nights credited (that would make me Lifetime Platinum), I'll need to do a bunch of meetings early next year.
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Old Jun 22, 17, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by sethb View Post
I booked 2 years' worth of meetings at one time (had a very low rate, and rollover meant I get 2 nights of lifetime credit per night that rolls over). Did not get PP.

Unless the SPG merger gets my Starwood points and nights credited (that would make me Lifetime Platinum), I'll need to do a bunch of meetings early next year.
Ahh ok. Thanks for replying. I knew someone out there would have done this.
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Old Jun 22, 17, 3:42 pm
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Spoke to one of the properties which have been mentioned on this thread with a low rate.

Person needs to sign in to get the reward nights. No shows will get charged but will not be awarded the elite nights.

Is this a new rule or has this always been in placed and properties have been notified about this 'hack'?
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Old Jun 22, 17, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by kkl View Post
Spoke to one of the properties which have been mentioned on this thread with a low rate.

Person needs to sign in to get the reward nights. No shows will get charged but will not be awarded the elite nights.

Is this a new rule or has this always been in placed and properties have been notified about this 'hack'?
The T&C says (or said) that there's no requirement for the event planner to attend. However, that's not the same as someone needs to attend so perhaps a gray area.

If they're charging for a rental, then they should also be entering it in the Event Manager even if it's a no show. The property does not award nights. That's not up to them. If they're refusing to enter the event and dollar amount while still charging and you have a signed contract (or receipt email from the Quick Book tool), then contact MR to have them educate the property.

Or look for another property that won't hassle you for a meeting.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 6:43 am
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Do hotels let you reserve a 30-60 minute meeting for less than $100? Need 15 nights (already got the credit card bonus nights)

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Old Jun 28, 17, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by bmw303 View Post
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MR Platinum Premier members get UA Premier Gold (*G).
That was exactly what the person you quoted was saying. There is no other way to get *G from hotels than via PP at MR.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 7:28 am
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Originally Posted by Carpboy823 View Post
That was exactly what the person you quoted was saying. There is no other way to get *G from hotels than via PP at MR.

Yes I saw that. I think I was modifyng the post at the same time you were posting.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by bmw303 View Post
Do hotels let you reserve a 30-60 minute meeting for less than $100? Need 15 nights (already got the credit card bonus nights)
Yes! The Quick Book tool will allow meetings as short as one hour, but it will be at the half day rate. Just search and find a property showing availability for $200 or less, change the start and end times to an hour long, and the rate should drop. Keeping in mind taxes & fees will usually be added to the advertised rate.

Or you can submit a request for a quote and then negotiate with the property for a short meeting.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post
Yes! The Quick Book tool will allow meetings as short as one hour, but it will be at the half day rate. Just search and find a property showing availability for $200 or less, change the start and end times to an hour long, and the rate should drop. Keeping in mind taxes & fees will usually be added to the advertised rate.

Or you can submit a request for a quote and then negotiate with the property for a short meeting.
The way I took advantage of this was when I was a very regular visitor to a particular property. I negotiated a rate for 3 hours based on a minimum of 10 bookings per year. This was at a FS property and I got a very low rate. I actually used the room most of the time too so a colleague and I could chat while we worked overtime.

The points, of course, were minimal but those 100 nights for 2 years means I needed to find an equally lucrative points generator... hello credit card!!
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Old Jun 28, 17, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by bluepowdermonkey View Post
The way I took advantage of this was when I was a very regular visitor to a particular property. I negotiated a rate for 3 hours based on a minimum of 10 bookings per year. This was at a FS property and I got a very low rate. I actually used the room most of the time too so a colleague and I could chat while we worked overtime.

The points, of course, were minimal but those 100 nights for 2 years means I needed to find an equally lucrative points generator... hello credit card!!
Excellent!
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Old Jun 28, 17, 9:01 pm
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Had a new issue. Wanted some opinions on the next step. Had a meeting a FS Marriott. (actually attended since I was spending the night) Didn't get the points after about 4 weeks so I emailed them on Tuesday. They apologized and said they were encountering an error and would fix it right away. Today my points posted but not via the group booking tool. They just say bonus points so of course that doesn't trigger the nights. I want to contact them but not sure the best approach as I don't want to draw attention to a $100 meeting giving 10 nights.
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Old Jun 28, 17, 11:03 pm
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Originally Posted by kklems View Post
Had a new issue. Wanted some opinions on the next step. Had a meeting a FS Marriott. (actually attended since I was spending the night) Didn't get the points after about 4 weeks so I emailed them on Tuesday. They apologized and said they were encountering an error and would fix it right away. Today my points posted but not via the group booking tool. They just say bonus points so of course that doesn't trigger the nights. I want to contact them but not sure the best approach as I don't want to draw attention to a $100 meeting giving 10 nights.
I completely understand your hesitancy in bringing attention to this, but I'm sure you could contact them and say that your contracted rewards for using Marriott event space didn't seem to post correctly.
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