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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 Aug 5, 17, 12:53 am
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Originally Posted by Ksw299 View Post
Does anyone know if I can book 2 seperate meetings in a single day at 2 seperate hotels and get 20 nights credit in total??

I have about 6 hours to kill in a new city and as I am planning to get platinum status I thought I will book 2 meetings of 1 - 1.5 hours each.
As others have said, no problem. I had 5 meetings to book for work, all in different countries over the same 2-3 days - required some chasing but all posted without problem.
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Old Aug 9, 17, 8:57 am
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Group posting tool

Can anyone tell me how to find the group posting tool that is being referenced in this thread? Thanks in advance!
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Old Aug 9, 17, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by dodgery1 View Post
Can anyone tell me how to find the group posting tool that is being referenced in this thread? Thanks in advance!
It's a property tool. Standard points are posted using something different. Meetings should be posted using this. The FDC may not know it exists, but their sales department should.
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Old Aug 22, 17, 11:35 am
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I contacted a CY property for scheduling a meeting and they were adamant that their policy is to just give points they offered 5000 and not the nights. The sales rep and her manager kept on saying that each property is different when I said about the terms and conditions of the program.

Should I call customer care and ask them to talk to the property or look for a different property??

Thanks.
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Old Aug 22, 17, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by Ksw299 View Post
I contacted a CY property for scheduling a meeting and they were adamant that their policy is to just give points they offered 5000 and not the nights. The sales rep and her manager kept on saying that each property is different when I said about the terms and conditions of the program.

Should I call customer care and ask them to talk to the property or look for a different property??

Thanks.
Do escalate with MR. It sounds like the property is not following the rules and running their own program.
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Old Aug 22, 17, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by RogerD408 View Post
Do escalate with MR. It sounds like the property is not following the rules and running their own program.
Also, the property does not award nights! They enter your event in Marriott's Group Posting tool with the details and the amount of spend. When those points post as a meeting, the nights are automatically added to your account by Marriott. Asking or trying to get properties to focus on awarding nights is fruitless, unless they happen to understand the program, and really it's irrelevant. Focus on getting them to post the event correctly. Everything else will flow through from there.
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Old Aug 22, 17, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post
Also, the property does not award nights! They enter your event in Marriott's Group Posting tool with the details and the amount of spend. When those points post as a meeting, the nights are automatically added to your account by Marriott. Asking or trying to get properties to focus on awarding nights is fruitless, unless they happen to understand the program, and really it's irrelevant. Focus on getting them to post the event correctly. Everything else will flow through from there.
Thats good info. Thanks.
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Old Aug 22, 17, 6:36 pm
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post
Also, the property does not award nights! They enter your event in Marriott's Group Posting tool with the details and the amount of spend. When those points post as a meeting, the nights are automatically added to your account by Marriott. Asking or trying to get properties to focus on awarding nights is fruitless, unless they happen to understand the program, and really it's irrelevant. Focus on getting them to post the event correctly. Everything else will flow through from there.
Yes, that is true, but one should expect them to know what happens and when. From the explanation given, I would not expect them to know to use the Group Posting Tool that would trigger the proper credit to post. I still think they need to be educated as to the program offerings AND it just might save them by not having to post their own.
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Old Aug 23, 17, 1:07 pm
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Originally Posted by RogerD408 View Post
Yes, that is true, but one should expect them to know what happens and when. From the explanation given, I would not expect them to know to use the Group Posting Tool that would trigger the proper credit to post. I still think they need to be educated as to the program offerings AND it just might save them by not having to post their own.
After telling about the group posting tool the sales agent said she can give me the nights credit (apparently she talked again to her team), I dont know why she did not do that in the first place.

Anyways I sent her the contract and need to do another with a nearby CY now.

Thanks a lot for all the help.
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Old Aug 23, 17, 1:38 pm
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I'm booking an event now for November. The property will give me the 10 nights and double points. I don't know if double points is good or bad, as Rewarding Events allows for a maximum of 50,000 points if your event costs like $16-17,000.
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Old Sep 6, 17, 1:47 pm
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Anyone with leads in the Cleveland area? Just need 3 meetings to attain Plat this year, and my emails to properties have gone unanswered thus far. Before I start calling, I wanted to see if anyone had insight into the local scene... I promise not to mess it up for you or me! Thanks in advance!
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Old Sep 6, 17, 7:57 pm
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Same here, sent quote to 3 properties in the Greater DC area, two replied but not the third one.



Originally Posted by kerrigjl View Post
Anyone with leads in the Cleveland area? Just need 3 meetings to attain Plat this year, and my emails to properties have gone unanswered thus far. Before I start calling, I wanted to see if anyone had insight into the local scene... I promise not to mess it up for you or me! Thanks in advance!
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Old Sep 7, 17, 2:40 am
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So does this work in Europe as well?
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Old Sep 7, 17, 8:13 am
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The cheapest hotel I've found recently is $250 / day or $125 / hour. It doesn't need to be around Boston as long as they will credit the nights. I probably need 3 meetings this year. Any leads on cheaper hotels? I was able to find $200 / day or $100 / hour and even $150 / day or $75 per hour in the past (like last year about this time).

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Old Sep 7, 17, 2:59 pm
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Is this bonus even still active? Thought promo page was pulled from Marriott's web site.
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