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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 7, 18, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by getliquid View Post
Should we not have a list of hotels and the rates they offer? Anyone recently booked one in Ontario?
You can see Ontario hotels online, just as you can see US properties. If you click through and shorten the length of your meeting the price should reduce.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 11:07 am
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I just tried to book a meeting outside of Boston. Based on my budget, she thought I might be better off just holding my small meeting in the Club. Otherwise, the minimum is $400...;-))
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Old Jun 7, 18, 11:16 am
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Originally Posted by Score8 View Post
I just tried to book a meeting outside of Boston. Based on my budget, she thought I might be better off just holding my small meeting in the Club. Otherwise, the minimum is $400...;-))
A few hotels have suggested the same... They are just being helpful usually

Easier to look for the hotels online that ask for 100-200$ per meeting then reserve them for halfday rate of 50%. So a 200$ full day date will be 100$ for a hour or two meeting 👍
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Old Jun 7, 18, 11:53 am
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I'm having the toughest time getting the nights and points for a "rewarding event" on 5 May. I had a one night group booking at a Fairfield Inn with 10+ rooms, including a contract that included my MR number on it. Based on my reading of the rules, this should entitle me to the 10 nights and up to 50k points (either at 3 points per USD or 1 point, not clear on that). However, the hotel manager initially told me that I am not eligible (makes no sense?) and after three calls to Marriott rewards the phone agents don't seem to understand the program either. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think so... I have another event at this hotel next month and would really like to make sure that I'm understanding things correctly before elevating further.

Is there a specific number that I should call for issues with the "Rewarding Events" program? How have others gotten similar issues resolved? Any tips are appreciated.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by GBadger View Post
I'm having the toughest time getting the nights and points for a "rewarding event" on 5 May. I had a one night group booking at a Fairfield Inn with 10+ rooms, including a contract that included my MR number on it. Based on my reading of the rules, this should entitle me to the 10 nights and up to 50k points (either at 3 points per USD or 1 point, not clear on that). However, the hotel manager initially told me that I am not eligible (makes no sense?) and after three calls to Marriott rewards the phone agents don't seem to understand the program either. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think so... I have another event at this hotel next month and would really like to make sure that I'm understanding things correctly before elevating further.

Is there a specific number that I should call for issues with the "Rewarding Events" program? How have others gotten similar issues resolved? Any tips are appreciated.
Ask the property if they are using the Group Posting Tool? If they are then everything should work fine. The confusion comes up in that the property does not pony up the nights. That is done by MR once the event is posted. Do not expect to get good answers from property staff about program rules, generally they don't know and often make things up.
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Old Jun 7, 18, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by kauppias View Post
A few hotels have suggested the same... They are just being helpful usually

Easier to look for the hotels online that ask for 100-200$ per meeting then reserve them for halfday rate of 50%. So a 200$ full day date will be 100$ for a hour or two meeting 👍
How do you find hotels online with public rates for small meeting space?
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Old Jun 7, 18, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by RogerD408 View Post
Ask the property if they are using the Group Posting Tool? If they are then everything should work fine. The confusion comes up in that the property does not pony up the nights. That is done by MR once the event is posted. Do not expect to get good answers from property staff about program rules, generally they don't know and often make things up.
Thanks -- I have followed up with the property manager to ask if they closed out the contract using the Group Posting Tool. Hopefully it is this simple!
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Old Jun 7, 18, 1:07 pm
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Originally Posted by C17PSGR View Post
How do you find hotels online with public rates for small meeting space?
search a major city and a few always come up
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Old Jun 7, 18, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by C17PSGR View Post
How do you find hotels online with public rates for small meeting space?
Many properties will want you to request a quote, but some do let the website generate rates. Go to Marriott.com, log in, and Meetings & Events. Then enter a location and date for the search engine to do it's work. Again many will just present a Request Quote button, but some will show the all day rate as well. You can then go in and request a specific time frame and see reduced rates. For example:
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Old Jun 8, 18, 12:09 am
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In one case, I called the event manager because I had a question about the setup. After resolving it, he asked if I wanted him to go ahead and book. That was fine with me except the online price was lower. (It might have been due to the half-day rate, but I don't remember at this point). Anyway, when I mentioned the lower online rate he very quickly agreed to use that.
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Old Jun 8, 18, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by GBadger View Post
I'm having the toughest time getting the nights and points for a "rewarding event" on 5 May. I had a one night group booking at a Fairfield Inn with 10+ rooms, including a contract that included my MR number on it. Based on my reading of the rules, this should entitle me to the 10 nights and up to 50k points (either at 3 points per USD or 1 point, not clear on that). However, the hotel manager initially told me that I am not eligible (makes no sense?) and after three calls to Marriott rewards the phone agents don't seem to understand the program either. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think so... I have another event at this hotel next month and would really like to make sure that I'm understanding things correctly before elevating further.

Is there a specific number that I should call for issues with the "Rewarding Events" program? How have others gotten similar issues resolved? Any tips are appreciated.
​​​​​​​Assuming if they post your event through the "Group Posting Tool", you'll receive 10 elite night credit no matter how many rooms you booked.
If there are at least 10 rooms booked for the event for at least 1 night, you'll receive 3 Marriott points per dollar or 1 Airline Mile/point per dollar depending on whichever one you have set for your account. You can earn up to 50K points for the event from the 10+ room booking along with any cost you paid for the event, catering, and so forth minus the taxes and fees.

You shouldn't be asking the hotel manager. It should be whoever set up your event. For me it was usually a third party company. Don't ask the person setting up your event for points or nights straight up. Just tell them to post your event correctly through the "Group Posting Tool".

When I had issue with them posting my event correctly, I quoted the exact line where it states I should get the 10 elite night credit and how the points are calculated. As far as I can tell, there is no requirement to post through the group posting tool. Only thing I noticed is they have to post within 7 days of the event to be compliant. I don't know if the hotel gets dinged for posting past that so they make up stuff saying you're not qualified.

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Old Jun 11, 18, 2:29 pm
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I got 7 of us in, I had to reject 3 ppl bc of no history on FT. Sorry again guys, I hope you understand and hope you guys can find other meetings. Congratz to the 7 that hit Lifetime or plat.

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Old Jun 11, 18, 2:32 pm
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I suggest putting a quote into as many hotels as possible, and once you get contacted by the hotel sales person, just negotiate the rate down. I have successfully done that to get $50 1 hr bookings at plenty of hotels, typically on weekend mornings 7a-8a. Once I find a $50 place, I have milked it and have a great relationship with the rep. He will send me a contract to sign, and a day after the meeting the points and nights post. My guess is he is aware of what I am doing even though we have not explicitly talked about it. I have shown up a few times for the meeting block just because I was available.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by jdang View Post
Assuming if they post your event through the "Group Posting Tool", you'll receive 10 elite night credit no matter how many rooms you booked.
If there are at least 10 rooms booked for the event for at least 1 night, you'll receive 3 Marriott points per dollar or 1 Airline Mile/point per dollar depending on whichever one you have set for your account. You can earn up to 50K points for the event from the 10+ room booking along with any cost you paid for the event, catering, and so forth minus the taxes and fees.

You shouldn't be asking the hotel manager. It should be whoever set up your event. For me it was usually a third party company. Don't ask the person setting up your event for points or nights straight up. Just tell them to post your event correctly through the "Group Posting Tool".

When I had issue with them posting my event correctly, I quoted the exact line where it states I should get the 10 elite night credit and how the points are calculated. As far as I can tell, there is no requirement to post through the group posting tool. Only thing I noticed is they have to post within 7 days of the event to be compliant. I don't know if the hotel gets dinged for posting past that so they make up stuff saying you're not qualified.
Thanks for this. In my case, it was the hotel manager who set up the event. I have asked them to confirm that the contract was closed through the "Group Posting Tool" but after a week have not heard back. I will ping him again.
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Old Jun 13, 18, 5:33 am
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+1 for just booking the cheapest meeting room online and then no-showing.

Going back to the well another time. We'll see if the Sales Manager cares what I'm up to. But as others have mentioned, nobody else is likely to be booking Sunday a.m. small meeting rooms.
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