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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 Jul 1, 17, 9:39 pm
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I found a a nice $50/hour rate in my area. I'm gonna jump on this I think.

My question, do these stay credits contribute to lifetime status?
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Old Jul 2, 17, 1:05 am
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Originally Posted by pharmawalk View Post
I found a a nice $50/hour rate in my area. I'm gonna jump on this I think.

My question, do these stay credits contribute to lifetime status?
Yes! Each event is 10 nights towards lifetime. Additionally the nights count toward the annual rollover nights so potentially as many as 20 lifetime nights per event.
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Old Jul 9, 17, 11:43 am
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I recently made my first two Marriott meeting reservations. I started with the Marriott online booking form and got emails from hotel personnel. In response to the emails I requested a small conference room for 4-6 people for one hour and received an hourly rate that was quite reasonable. Written contracts were sent. Neither contained my MR number or any reference to any kind of rewards, but I wrote my MR number on the contracts before signing and returning.

The first meeting was on Friday. Everything seemed to go well. The courteous receptionist ran my credit card and gave me a receipt with my MR number on it. Nothing has posted so far, but it's only been two days so I'm hopeful.

I'm less optimistic about the second meeting, which will be tomorrow (Monday) at a different property. In response to the signed contract with my MR number on it, my contact responded that this hotel doesn't award MR points unless the client books either 10 guest rooms or a full-day meeting room, but that she was giving me 1000 MR bonus points. I responded that I was grateful for the bonus points and recognized that the number of non-bonus points I'd get for this meeting would be very small, but I just want to make sure the meting will be entered into the system so that MR will have an accurate account of my activity. I got a response that was courteous but noncommittal. I figure it's best to discuss this further after the meeting -- which, by the way, will be a real meeting albeit small and inexpensive.
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Old Jul 9, 17, 5:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Assimilated Cajun View Post

I'm less optimistic about the second meeting, which will be tomorrow (Monday) at a different property. In response to the signed contract with my MR number on it, my contact responded that this hotel doesn't award MR points unless the client books either 10 guest rooms or a full-day meeting room, but that she was giving me 1000 MR bonus points. I responded that I was grateful for the bonus points and recognized that the number of non-bonus points I'd get for this meeting would be very small, but I just want to make sure the meting will be entered into the system so that MR will have an accurate account of my activity. I got a response that was courteous but noncommittal. I figure it's best to discuss this further after the meeting -- which, by the way, will be a real meeting albeit small and inexpensive.
It will not count as a rewarding event to give you the 10 nights if they post the points as a bonus.
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Old Jul 9, 17, 7:11 pm
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Originally Posted by kklems View Post
It will not count as a rewarding event to give you the 10 nights if they post the points as a bonus.
Right. That's why I'm not optimistic. It's also why I pushed back, saying that points don't matter so much to me as having the meeting entered into the system so that Marriott will have an accurate account of my activity. I'll raise this again after the meeting.

I believe I've read several times in this thread that the eligibility nights awarded for "Rewarding Events" don't cost the hotel anything. Does anyone know for sure that this is accurate? If so, I will point this out to my hotel contact.
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Old Jul 10, 17, 9:31 am
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Originally Posted by Assimilated Cajun View Post
I recently made my first two Marriott meeting reservations. I started with the Marriott online booking form and got emails from hotel personnel. In response to the emails I requested a small conference room for 4-6 people for one hour and received an hourly rate that was quite reasonable. Written contracts were sent. Neither contained my MR number or any reference to any kind of rewards, but I wrote my MR number on the contracts before signing and returning.

The first meeting was on Friday. Everything seemed to go well. The courteous receptionist ran my credit card and gave me a receipt with my MR number on it. Nothing has posted so far, but it's only been two days so I'm hopeful.
It's' not uncommon for properties to batch up the posting of meeting rooms to once a week or even once a month. I'd give them a week and then make contact to request when they are expected to process the meeting.
I'm less optimistic about the second meeting, which will be tomorrow (Monday) at a different property. In response to the signed contract with my MR number on it, my contact responded that this hotel doesn't award MR points unless the client books either 10 guest rooms or a full-day meeting room, but that she was giving me 1000 MR bonus points. I responded that I was grateful for the bonus points and recognized that the number of non-bonus points I'd get for this meeting would be very small, but I just want to make sure the meting will be entered into the system so that MR will have an accurate account of my activity. I got a response that was courteous but noncommittal. I figure it's best to discuss this further after the meeting -- which, by the way, will be a real meeting albeit small and inexpensive.
This agent is clueless of the proper process. KEEP ALL PAPERWORK. You may need to escalate to the Sales Manager at the property or to MR to get them up to speed with the program. Property staff has been the worst informed about the MR program rules in most all cases. Even some of the MR CSRs will make up rules to fit the failure so they don't have to research and resolve an issue. It's important to know the rules and make sure they deliver.
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Old Jul 10, 17, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by RogerD408 View Post
You may need to escalate to the Sales Manager at the property or to MR to get them up to speed with the program. Property staff has been the worst informed about the MR program rules in most all cases. Even some of the MR CSRs will make up rules to fit the failure so they don't have to research and resolve an issue. It's important to know the rules and make sure they deliver.
Thanks so much. The person I'm dealing with is the sales manager at this small property, so if I were to escalate it would have to be to MR. The sales manager seems like a nice enough person, so I'm hoping that after the meeting (a few hours from now) she'll agree to enter it into the MR system. I'm afraid this may be a case not of unfamiliarity with the process but rather of incomplete/incorrect knowledge, which is usually much harder to address.

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Old Jul 10, 17, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by Assimilated Cajun View Post
Thanks so much. The person I'm dealing with is the sales manager at this small property, so if I were to escalate it would have to be to MR. The sales manager seems like a nice enough person, so I'm hoping that after the meeting (a few hours from now) she'll agree to enter it into the MR system. I'm afraid this may be a case not of unfamiliarity with the process but rather of incomplete/incorrect knowledge, which is usually much harder to address.
Keep in mind there are two different systems, one that is used for guest stays, and one that is used for meetings. Seems like some properties are lacking in knowledge of the second posting tool. Again, remember to keep receipts and names and dates of people you've talked to so all parties can be educated.

Good luck.
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Old Jul 10, 17, 6:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Assimilated Cajun View Post
I recently made my first two Marriott meeting reservations. I started with the Marriott online booking form and got emails from hotel personnel. In response to the emails I requested a small conference room for 4-6 people for one hour and received an hourly rate that was quite reasonable. Written contracts were sent. Neither contained my MR number or any reference to any kind of rewards, but I wrote my MR number on the contracts before signing and returning.

The first meeting was on Friday. Everything seemed to go well. The courteous receptionist ran my credit card and gave me a receipt with my MR number on it. Nothing has posted so far, but it's only been two days so I'm hopeful.

I'm less optimistic about the second meeting, which will be tomorrow (Monday) at a different property. In response to the signed contract with my MR number on it, my contact responded that this hotel doesn't award MR points unless the client books either 10 guest rooms or a full-day meeting room, but that she was giving me 1000 MR bonus points. I responded that I was grateful for the bonus points and recognized that the number of non-bonus points I'd get for this meeting would be very small, but I just want to make sure the meting will be entered into the system so that MR will have an accurate account of my activity. I got a response that was courteous but noncommittal. I figure it's best to discuss this further after the meeting -- which, by the way, will be a real meeting albeit small and inexpensive.
Might not be relevant but as a reminder, not all brands under the Marriitt family participate in the Rewarding Events program. E.g. off my head, I think Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites are non-participating.
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Old Jul 18, 17, 12:41 pm
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Just tell them to use the Group Posting Tool, and you'll get the Rewarding Events credit (assuming you booked the event in a brand that participates in Rewarding Events). This stuff is not hard. Just read the wiki and the thread, but generally:
- Book in Courtyard or Fairfield Inn away from major cities, for the lowest price
- You can use the online tool
- You don't need to reserve 10 rooms - just make sure you put your MR number on the contract the hotel sends you, and make sure they post it using the "Group Posting Tool"
- You don't need to actually show up for the meeting.
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Old Jul 18, 17, 3:21 pm
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Am I limited to 50,000 points total or does the 50,000 points not include the points from each room?
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Old Jul 18, 17, 9:23 pm
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Am I limited to 50,000 points total or does the 50,000 points not include the points from each room?
I have never gotten more than 50k points.
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Old Jul 27, 17, 7:48 am
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Originally Posted by Assimilated Cajun View Post
I recently made my first two Marriott meeting reservations. I started with the Marriott online booking form and got emails from hotel personnel. In response to the emails I requested a small conference room for 4-6 people for one hour and received an hourly rate that was quite reasonable. Written contracts were sent. Neither contained my MR number or any reference to any kind of rewards, but I wrote my MR number on the contracts before signing and returning.

The first meeting was on Friday. Everything seemed to go well. The courteous receptionist ran my credit card and gave me a receipt with my MR number on it. Nothing has posted so far, but it's only been two days so I'm hopeful.

I'm less optimistic about the second meeting, which will be tomorrow (Monday) at a different property. In response to the signed contract with my MR number on it, my contact responded that this hotel doesn't award MR points unless the client books either 10 guest rooms or a full-day meeting room, but that she was giving me 1000 MR bonus points. I responded that I was grateful for the bonus points and recognized that the number of non-bonus points I'd get for this meeting would be very small, but I just want to make sure the meting will be entered into the system so that MR will have an accurate account of my activity. I got a response that was courteous but noncommittal. I figure it's best to discuss this further after the meeting -- which, by the way, will be a real meeting albeit small and inexpensive.
I kind of had the same issue with my local marriott. I bargained with them for a 100$ price for a 2 hour interview, signed the contract and everything.

When the time came to post the nights and points (300 as 3 points per $) I got 1000 points but no nights credit.

I reached out to the sales rep who I sent the signed contract and she said I get only points since I did not book any rooms. I sent her the screenshot from marriott rewards and she
re-directed me to customer service.

So I contacted customer service and the first rep said its upto the property to award the nights and customer service could not help me.

So I HUCA and the next rep was very helpful, she got the sales rep from the property on the other line and explained to her what needs to be done (all the while I was on hold).

At the end of the call I got 1000 bonus points as a goodwill measure, 300 points for the meeting and 10 nights credit as well.

She apologized multiple times and at the end said we both ended up educating the sales rep at the property.

I forgot to note down her name as I plan to schedule 2 more in the coming months.

I just hope the sales rep will automatically post this time.
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Old Jul 27, 17, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by Ksw299 View Post
I kind of had the same issue with my local marriott. I bargained with them for a 100$ price for a 2 hour interview, signed the contract and everything.

When the time came to post the nights and points (300 as 3 points per $) I got 1000 points but no nights credit.

I reached out to the sales rep who I sent the signed contract and she said I get only points since I did not book any rooms. I sent her the screenshot from marriott rewards and she
re-directed me to customer service.

So I contacted customer service and the first rep said its upto the property to award the nights and customer service could not help me.

So I HUCA and the next rep was very helpful, she got the sales rep from the property on the other line and explained to her what needs to be done (all the while I was on hold).

At the end of the call I got 1000 bonus points as a goodwill measure, 300 points for the meeting and 10 nights credit as well.

She apologized multiple times and at the end said we both ended up educating the sales rep at the property.

I forgot to note down her name as I plan to schedule 2 more in the coming months.

I just hope the sales rep will automatically post this time.
More importantly, the first rep needs to be educated as well. All too often CSRs will make up rules to fit the error. Doing that means less work for them (and may result in fewer members of the program). It's understandable the property may be missing a few points, but for a CSR to not know the rules is inexcusable!
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Old Jul 27, 17, 9:51 am
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I have been able to negotiate 2 separate instances of $75 "interview" rentals at different properties. One I did not show up to and one I did. The former posted right away and the latter which I was present, took three weeks and three phone calls but all was good in the end.

I have two more scheduled at Marriott properties for stays later in the month, one at $100 and another at $75 so feel good about my $325 spend so far considering I am not going out of my way.
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