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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 18, 18, 9:37 am
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Originally Posted by Travelsam View Post
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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It is more likely the employees you spoke with at the hotel knew nothing about this then its not being available in the German market. There is nothing in the Rewarding Events terms that indicates any country is automatically exempt. There is a discussion about the conversion rate for currency so it is not like international properties were not considered, and there is mention that RI and TPS brands are exempt, so exemptions are mentioned. Since the nights are awarded by MR and the local hotel is not involved, like they are in the awarding of points, it seems much more likely that the employees are wrong.
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Old Jun 18, 18, 10:13 am
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@CJKatl Could be, but I took three rounds of clarification and specifically asked them to check that upstream with negative answer both times.
I don't feel comfortable booking my meeting (which is quite a multiple from lets say a Regus boardroom) and don't have a confirmation upfront that I will get those nights. Guess in the end I don't have someone avail. to claim these? (I'm MR Plat)

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Old Jun 18, 18, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by Travelsam View Post
@CJKatl Could be, but I took three rounds of clarification and specifically asked them to check that upstream with negative answer both times.
I don't feel comfortable booking my meeting (which is quite a multiple from lets say a Regus boardroom) and don't have a confirmation upfront that I will get those nights. Guess in the end I don't have someone avail. to claim these? (I'm MR Plat)

Best,
Sam
You might want to ask the property if they know of and use the Marriott Group Posting Tool. This is what triggers the nights to be posted by MR. Otherwise a contact with MR directly may get you the true answer. I never trust a property to know the program rules. They only get trained (or retain) what is relevant to the property and these nights come from MR. I had a FDC once congratulate me for reaching Platinum status saying I don't have to spend so many nights in a hotel thinking it was lifetime! Imagine when I explained we've got to do over 75 nights a YEAR to maintain Plat until reaching lifetime at 750 nights.
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Old Jun 18, 18, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by Travelsam View Post
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.

Sam
Are you sure the hotel wasn't just confused and once they use the Group Posting Tool you get the 10 nights anyway: There are many reports of hotels in the USA saying that you don't get 10 nights, except when all was said and done, the people did get the 10 nights.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 6:03 am
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Are you sure the hotel wasn't just confused and once they use the Group Posting Tool you get the 10 nights anyway: There are many reports of hotels in the USA saying that you don't get 10 nights, except when all was said and done, the people did get the 10 nights.
I can't speak about the German market, but I concur with the "hotel getting confused" comment. I don't even bring up the nights with them any more. I simply follow up to make sure the meeting gets posted so that "I get my points". The nights WILL follow.

I just concluded my last Rewarding Event this past weekend... It will put me over 750 nights and my LTP goal! (Yay me!)
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:07 am
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Posting

I completed a meeting at a property and was told the points were posted through EBonus. Does this make any difference?
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:20 am
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I completed a meeting at a property and was told the points were posted through EBonus. Does this make any difference?

Does not sound good.

Allmost sounds like the system used to give service recovery points but perhaps theres a better explanation
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:27 am
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Originally Posted by dsperling View Post
I can't speak about the German market, but I concur with the "hotel getting confused" comment. I don't even bring up the nights with them any more. I simply follow up to make sure the meeting gets posted so that "I get my points". The nights WILL follow.

I just concluded my last Rewarding Event this past weekend... It will put me over 750 nights and my LTP goal! (Yay me!)
Thanks, I will make sure they use the Group Posting Tool (which they confirmed) and have sure my MR# is mentioned in the contract. Should do the job if I understand correctly.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 9:43 am
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Does not sound good.

Allmost sounds like the system used to give service recovery points but perhaps theres a better explanation
Oh Oh. The event person I am dealing with "Director of Sales" is lovely and its not a case of won't do it I think its more they don't know how. I wish I could point them in the right direction.
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Old Jun 19, 18, 11:36 am
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Oh Oh. The event person I am dealing with "Director of Sales" is lovely and its not a case of won't do it I think its more they don't know how. I wish I could point them in the right direction.
Have you tried telling them they are supposed to use the "Group Posting Tool"?
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Old Jun 19, 18, 11:47 am
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It would seem like a benefit to the hotels to post faster. I had one post the next day, and I've already booked another meeting there. It was more than $50, but well worth it to me to know I don't have to spend time chasing the nights if they don't post.

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Old Jun 19, 18, 12:48 pm
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I just reserved and used a conference room in Maine, but the Manager did not seem to know what I was talking about. The conference reservation person was unavailable at the time, so keeping my fingers crossed and lets see if this is going to work. Who should I reach out to in case it does not post in 10 days or so? Marriott or the property directly?

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Old Jun 20, 18, 3:29 am
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Have you tried telling them they are supposed to use the "Group Posting Tool"?
I did but they said they don't use it but will try sort it for me.
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Old Jun 20, 18, 3:33 am
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Oh Oh. The event person I am dealing with "Director of Sales" is lovely and its not a case of won't do it I think its more they don't know how. I wish I could point them in the right direction.
I had this a couple of months ago at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman's Wharf. This particular property has never used the group posting tool for anyone. They posted all of the points associated with events at their property as if they were service recovery points. The sales director was quite apologetic as she said she never knew about the right way to do it.
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Old Jun 20, 18, 3:34 am
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Originally Posted by penlin View Post
I just reserved and used a conference room in Maine, but the Manager did not seem to know what I was talking about. The conference reservation person was unavailable at the time, so keeping my fingers crossed and lets see if this is going to work. Who should I reach out to in case it does not post in 10 days or so? Marriott or the property directly?

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Give it 14 days and then reach out to the hotel.
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