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TINPA Nov 18, 10 12:49 pm

I just booked a short meeting at a local hotel which is not on the Meetings Matter list, so started to worry that it wouldn't count. However this seems to be totally outside of the Meetings Matter promo, therefore I do not believe the hotel list is limited.

http://www.marriott.com/meetings/rewards/travel.mi

http://www.marriott.com/Multimedia/P...am_details.pdf

I will report back my results next week.

IC6A Nov 18, 10 1:50 pm

Anyone would like to rent one small meeting room in London area for few days to hold one informal talk?...lol

Bacai Nov 19, 10 12:40 pm

pro
 

Originally Posted by mooper (Post 14601322)
Taking advantage of Marriott's offer is not scamming them any more than taking advantage of the many other offers identified within FT as the best way to maximize value through a particular program.

Though I'm not convinced that selling essentially pure-profit EQNs tied to an activity that is likely to spur much more high-margin revenue from the majority of incentivized participants is unintentional, I'll presume that Marriott really does regret their decision and I'll consider us lucky to have you policing their generosity.

While you're at it, you might want to keep a vigil for other offers companies make that might be too rich for their own good. Keep an eye on Mile Buzz and some of the blogs run by the more avid FTers and you'll get lots of hot leads. It's easy to find outlandish loopholes being scammed all the time, such as when thousands of bonus miles are earned for making minor purchases and filling out surveys. Oh, and don't overlook the forums dealing with mistake fares... it's a great way for you to contribute to a lubricated system where companies don't even need to watch their step because they can count on their customers to save the day.

On that note, I've noticed that the recent Megabonus offer might be a loophole they want to close. It's possible to purchase twenty $50 nights as a Platinum, stacking various discounts (gift card offers, cash back sites, etc.) to get the actual cash outlay down to about $40, and then earn 300 (arrival gift) + 2000 (Megabonus) + 250 (chase cc) + 750 (regular plus elite bonus earnings) on each night. This amounts to 3300 MR points, a free newspaper, breakfast, gym and pool use, and a place to stay, all for a measly $40 cash outlay, per night. Even if you completely throw out the value of the hotel (which certainly costs Marriott something to provide), the points alone are costing you only 1.21 cents each. You can then take those 3300 x 20 points, add them to others you accumulate similarly, and redeem them via a travel package when an airline that is being victimized by a 50-100% matching miles promo has an active offer. You can easily approach 2 cents per MR point in redemption value this way, even though you paid much less for them and got twenty nights of hotel use to boot. Most people pay far more per point and don't get nearly this value out of their Marriott spending. This is clearly a loophole by which Marriott could be scammed if someone is motivated enough, and they need to be made aware. Shall I take it upon myself to tell them, or will you?

You are a PRO. Marriott should hire you as a loopholes finder specialist.
Blocking all the loop holes = no promotions= no business= no flyer talk
What business can make 90% profit? Rent a meeting room for no show.
Will Marriott loose money with their platinum members; of course not.
The" frugal platinum members" are their best members; they know the value of the Marriott reward program. They are the free publicity for Marriott.

SacTownGuy Nov 19, 10 1:15 pm

I just booked a short meeting at a local hotel which is not on the Meetings Matter list, so started to worry that it wouldn't count. However this seems to be totally outside of the Meetings Matter promo, therefore I do not believe the hotel list is limited.


I agree and posted the same in the past. My thought has been why take a chance! :) However, you being the guina pig is good. Look forward to the answer.

iwc Nov 19, 10 5:08 pm


Originally Posted by SacTownGuy (Post 15204936)
I just booked a short meeting at a local hotel which is not on the Meetings Matter list, so started to worry that it wouldn't count. However this seems to be totally outside of the Meetings Matter promo, therefore I do not believe the hotel list is limited.


I agree and posted the same in the past. My thought has been why take a chance! :) However, you being the guina pig is good. Look forward to the answer.

I also agree. Have been wondering what a meeting room at a FI would cost. They are listed as a participating brand for the elite nights despite not being listed on the Meetings Matter promo.

TINPA Nov 19, 10 8:13 pm


Originally Posted by iwc (Post 15207628)
I also agree. Have been wondering what a meeting room at a FI would cost. They are listed as a participating brand for the elite nights despite not being listed on the Meetings Matter promo.

FYI, mine was SS and though they started higher I negotiated my rate to $100. Obviously this will be harder to do in a hotel with lots of business meetings or during a peak time. I sure hope this works!!

pwrshift Nov 19, 10 9:07 pm

Because of this great thread I've booked two legit business meeting rooms for 6 people in the last month, instead of doing them in my boardroom. We had coffee and buffet lunch for about $500 each...I got platinum level points and 20 stays for the two meetings...but I got prior agreement before signing the deal that the stays would come, and they did. Now i've easily made plat for next year with the rollover nights. Marriott should be happy too as I could do 12 of these meetings next year...they earn money they didn't have before from me and I'll get 120 stays. If they cut out rollovers in 2012 I'll cut back on the meetings. Don't know if I have the nerve to hold a meeting with no people.

Bacai Nov 19, 10 10:53 pm


Originally Posted by SacTownGuy (Post 15082213)
I agree with the above post. My point is only that people are "debating" this issue, if it's morally right/wrong, if Marriott intended/didn't intend, and if the person should have called Marriott, etc... and I am just saying this is so small it's not even an "issue" to Marriott. They just don't care. We, on flyertalk, put a premium value on status but 99% of the travelers don't care. Shoot, a high percentage of people don't even collect miles/points (shocks me to think it but I know it's true)! I had a real meeting and it was great. I am glad I knew of this deal. It cemented my plat status! Otherwise was going to be close.

I agree. My co-worked pay for >600$ for < 2000 miles ticket and did not want to collect any credit (mile).

zander86 Nov 21, 10 9:11 pm

I posted another thread about combining the meeting offer of 10 EQN per booking with the other marriott offer of interim gold offer and retaining gold status until Feb 2012 if you have 12 qualifying nights within 90 days.
Anybody going to try it here? If it works, it will be the fastest and cheapest way to marriott gold.

vilntrav Nov 21, 10 10:28 pm

The US possibility of being credited for meetings we don't show up to seems difficult to implement in Europe : few hotels, generally expensive, generally unwilling to offer 1-hour meeting for 2 persons...

once again Marriott is better for Americans living in the USA.

This is specially bad for Europeans as Platinum status means something in Europe, in terms of what kind of rooms we get.

Exdon Nov 22, 10 7:18 am


Originally Posted by vilntrav (Post 15233453)
The US possibility of being credited for meetings we don't show up to seems difficult to implement in Europe : few hotels, generally expensive, generally unwilling to offer 1-hour meeting for 2 persons...

My experience in Europe is somewhat different: When meeting rooms are available, I never had problems with 60min bookings for 3 to 5 people. Meeting rooms were mostly around 40 square meters and up. Prices started at 120 which is less then what I'd to pay at alternative office rentals.

pierre mclopez Nov 22, 10 2:00 pm

A 2-hour meeting in the Gem City Fairfield is $50 bucks. I need 20 nights to reach gold. This is pretty remedial, but can someone explain why Gold, or even Plat is so desirable? I don't really travel that much, but LOVE to game systems.

mooper Nov 22, 10 2:12 pm


Originally Posted by pierre mclopez (Post 15242035)
...can someone explain why Gold, or even Plat is so desirable?

http://www.marriott.com/rewards/member-benefits.mi lists most perks.

Just looking at points alone, the 500 Platinum Arrival Gift points plus the 50% bonus (5 points/$) on normal earnings gets you an extra 1,000 points on a $100 stay. If you value/use your points at 1.5 cents per point, you've picked up $15 in point value alone, just for having Platinum status.

Kalboz Nov 22, 10 2:16 pm

Benefits to both tiers are discussed here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marri...-platinum.html

laxarrival Nov 22, 10 3:01 pm

Has anyone found a cheap meeting room in northern cal? Cheapest I could find after calling several hotels is $200


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