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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 13, 18, 6:28 am
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Trouble with remote no-show meeting

Well... After booking a number of "actually attended" meetings at local Marriott hotels, I tried my first Saturday morning remote no-show booking and am having difficulty getting my credit. After 2 emails and a phone call to the local events coordinator, she said that she would be entering the info that week. (It had already been more than 10 days since my "event".) After still not seeing anything, I sent another follow up email and got a reply with a screenshot containing a date posted and a reference number.

First of all... does anyone know if this sounds like the "group posting tool" (I tried to post a screenshot, but it wouldn't work). Second... should I wait ANOTHER 10 days from the time of this entry for the nights to post? Ugh!... I'm 11 nights away from LTP!

[Update: I guess I should have waited longer... the points and nights posted today! I guess I'm just not used to it taking 4 weeks to post. Now I am ONE night short of LTP. I would make it by the end of the year with no problem, but I kind of want to make the August date... We'll see...]

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Old Jun 14, 18, 4:13 pm
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Posting my experience

I did a 2 hr meeting for $125+fees at a local Marriott property. Contract had Rewarding Events language but nothing about nights specifically. Held meeting in person, did not receive points confirmation from gpt until I contacted the coordinator in person. Email confirmation stated points would be awarded but no mention of nights. Both points and nights were awarded immediately.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by izzik View Post
I did a 2 hr meeting for $125+fees at a local Marriott property. Contract had Rewarding Events language but nothing about nights specifically. Held meeting in person, did not receive points confirmation from gpt until I contacted the coordinator in person. Email confirmation stated points would be awarded but no mention of nights. Both points and nights were awarded immediately.
I've recently gotten 3 contracts so far from 3 different hotels (all with "Reserve" buttons). None of them mention nights, only points. Two of them look very similar, as if they're generated by the same program, both being a single document having an electronic signature by changing a hollow square box into a black-filled square box. The other is very different, consisting of 3 separate documents (one where I have to certify I qualify for Reward Points by for example not being a government employee or some such) which have to be hand-signed, and that one says my points will post 10 days after the meeting.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by dsperling View Post
Well... After booking a number of "actually attended" meetings at local Marriott hotels, I tried my first Saturday morning remote no-show booking and am having difficulty getting my credit. After 2 emails and a phone call to the local events coordinator, she said that she would be entering the info that week. (It had already been more than 10 days since my "event".) After still not seeing anything, I sent another follow up email and got a reply with a screenshot containing a date posted and a reference number.

First of all... does anyone know if this sounds like the "group posting tool" (I tried to post a screenshot, but it wouldn't work). Second... should I wait ANOTHER 10 days from the time of this entry for the nights to post? Ugh!... I'm 11 nights away from LTP!

[Update: I guess I should have waited longer... the points and nights posted today! I guess I'm just not used to it taking 4 weeks to post. Now I am ONE night short of LTP. I would make it by the end of the year with no problem, but I kind of want to make the August date... We'll see...]
I would try to make it before 8/1. This year will be last to achieve the lifetime platinum premeir.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
I've recently gotten 3 contracts so far from 3 different hotels (all with "Reserve" buttons). None of them mention nights, only points. Two of them look very similar, as if they're generated by the same program, both being a single document having an electronic signature by changing a hollow square box into a black-filled square box. The other is very different, consisting of 3 separate documents (one where I have to certify I qualify for Reward Points by for example not being a government employee or some such) which have to be hand-signed, and that one says my points will post 10 days after the meeting.
Given the property does not pony up the nights, but they do the points, I'm not surprised it's not mentioned in the contract. If your risk tolerance is high, go for it and see what happens. If it's low, contact the property to make sure they know about the Group Posting Tool and will use it once your meeting has passed. The GPT is how MR gets notice and they will add the 10 nights to your account.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 6:13 pm
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Originally Posted by izzik View Post
I did a 2 hr meeting for $125+fees at a local Marriott property. Contract had Rewarding Events language but nothing about nights specifically. Held meeting in person, did not receive points confirmation from gpt until I contacted the coordinator in person. Email confirmation stated points would be awarded but no mention of nights. Both points and nights were awarded immediately.
Properties don't award nights so it isn't in the stock language.
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Old Jun 14, 18, 10:42 pm
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Does anyone know how and where to use the "Group Posting Tool"? The hotel general manager does not know and is asking me how he can post my events. He has never done this before. Thanks!
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Old Jun 15, 18, 6:23 am
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As on today I have 40 nights in Marriott program and 10 in SPG (from Amex). Just want to make sure I would be platinum on Aug 1st.
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Old Jun 15, 18, 7:41 am
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Does anyone know how and where to use the "Group Posting Tool"? The hotel general manager does not know and is asking me how he can post my events. He has never done this before. Thanks!
Have him contact his Marriott Rewards contact, I'm sure they will walk him through it. Also, you could contact MR and explain the situation and they could find someone to work this out with the GM. Gotta be a bit embarrassing to have to ask the customer how to use an internal process. Someone wasn't paying attention.

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Old Jun 15, 18, 7:48 am
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I booked a meeting at Spring Hill Suites through the Rewarding Events website. There was a digital contract with terms and conditions on the booking page, but no mention of 3x points or elite night credits. Should this be in the digital contract?
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Old Jun 15, 18, 7:51 am
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I booked a meeting at Spring Hill Suites through the Rewarding Events website. There was a digital contract with terms and conditions on the booking page, but no mention of 3x points or elite night credits. Should this be in the digital contract?
Yes, it should be, but not surprised it's not. Just get confirmation the property knows about the Group Posting Tool and that they will use it when your event is over and you should be good to go. The property does not pony up the nights so they may not even be aware they will post, but nothing will happen if they don't use the GPT.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 8:07 am
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I would try to make it before 8/1. This year will be last to achieve the lifetime platinum premeir.
Agreed. My contact mentioned that the party is over on 8/1 for group meeting bonuses. That does not mean it is fact, but is another data point from someone in the company that is aware of the nuances of the program.
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Old Jun 16, 18, 10:05 am
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Contact me via PM if you want info on properties that will do $50/30 min.

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Old Jun 18, 18, 4:17 am
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You shouldn't post this so Marriott can't crack down on property.

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Old Jun 18, 18, 9:20 am
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Just to inform you, this does not work in the German market. Through their website mentioned here I have inquired two different Marriott brands for an actual meeting and received the answer twice that no nights will be posted unless there's a connected stay in the hotel.

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