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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 23, 18, 4:21 pm
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just wanted to throw this question out there.

whos using this to get LTPP w/ 750 nights + 2MM pts? trying to see if one can theoretically make it if they start now.
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Old Jun 23, 18, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by GundamWing01 View Post
just wanted to throw this question out there.

whos using this to get LTPP w/ 750 nights + 2MM pts? trying to see if one can theoretically make it if they start now.

I helped 2-3 ppl get LTPP, they are just short nights they already have the points. You have to have the points or the years, cut off on meetings is Aug 1st (probably). You can get the nights, its the points or years that make it difficult. So could you get 2 million by dec? Plus is it really worth it?

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Old Jun 24, 18, 2:49 pm
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Anyone ever book a meeting online and then just never have the hotel or anyone in regional sales reach out to them?

I booked it four weeks ago - it was actually my local CY, and the meeting was yesterday. I was just down the street and checked out my meeting just for kicks it was a nice little room, I was officially listed and all.

However - I was never charged a deposit, never got any contract. I wouldn't mind getting out of this one, as this was my first attempt at an Event and I paid $150, and now wouldn't mind replacing that with another of my $50-$75 contacts I've made.

Thanks.
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Old Jun 24, 18, 9:19 pm
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Originally Posted by JfromTheBay View Post
I helped 2-3 ppl get LTPP, they are just short nights they already have the points. You have to have the points or the years, cut off on meetings is Aug 1st (probably). You can get the nights, its the points or years that make it difficult. So could you get 2 million by dec? Plus is it really worth it?
really appreciate the response. exactly what i was looking for. i blew it off thinking "not worth it" and "i wont make it anyway" but stupid me, im looking into it now because LTPP is once in a lifetime. cant do it via combined years. need to get about 450 nights and 1MM points. didnt even look into what points are included in the LT status. SPG transfers? buying points? hotel only? CCs? not sure, but wondering if its possible and what needs to be done. even for nights, im gonna have to bust out simultaneous meetings in different hotels per day for the next month.
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Old Jun 24, 18, 11:50 pm
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Originally Posted by UA-NYC View Post
Anyone ever book a meeting online and then just never have the hotel or anyone in regional sales reach out to them?

I booked it four weeks ago - it was actually my local CY, and the meeting was yesterday. I was just down the street and checked out my meeting just for kicks it was a nice little room, I was officially listed and all.

However - I was never charged a deposit, never got any contract. I wouldn't mind getting out of this one, as this was my first attempt at an Event and I paid $150, and now wouldn't mind replacing that with another of my $50-$75 contacts I've made.

Thanks.

After the fact might be tricky but it shpuöd NPT be a issue if if you didnt check in just say say did noy hear from the property so you assumed it was cancelled.



I have had properties send me the contract 12hours before a meeting but not had one not respond to a direct reservation before. Only had quotes be blown off...
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Old Jun 24, 18, 11:51 pm
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Originally Posted by GundamWing01 View Post
really appreciate the response. exactly what i was looking for. i blew it off thinking "not worth it" and "i wont make it anyway" but stupid me, im looking into it now because LTPP is once in a lifetime. cant do it via combined years. need to get about 450 nights and 1MM points. didnt even look into what points are included in the LT status. SPG transfers? buying points? hotel only? CCs? not sure, but wondering if its possible and what needs to be done. even for nights, im gonna have to bust out simultaneous meetings in different hotels per day for the next month.
Finding hotels that do meetings took me several months, but I had bad luck and did everything the hard way. Lets say you can find 2 hotels and get your 45 meetings. Hopefully, you find the super cheap $50+ tip and taxes. If you dont then lets say you find normal $100 meetings.

$65 x 45 = $2925 for all meetings @ $50 base
$115x 45 = $5175 for all meetings @ $100 base

You need 1 million marriott points
SPG transfer do not count but others do.. think United or chase or Marriott to Marriott
You can buy points but only 50K/year or have someone gift it to you
Get 2 credit cards before it expires 100k each which is nice but requires $5k spend.. 210k points
Hotel nights depends on how many nights you can do, but you need to do more then this.
Ohh the meetings points got you 6,750 points total
The only way I found to get massive amounts of points, but someone has to have points. a chance at LTPP
Points wise you can easily get 200K its the other 800k that you need in 5 months

It'll cost you probably $15k or more

You have till Dec 31st. Nothing is impossible!

But before you do anything.. ask yourself is it worth it??? will your experience be that much more different as LTPP?
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Old Jun 25, 18, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by JfromTheBay View Post
Finding hotels that do meetings took me several months, but I had bad luck and did everything the hard way. Lets say you can find 2 hotels and get your 45 meetings. Hopefully, you find the super cheap $50+ tip and taxes. If you dont then lets say you find normal $100 meetings.

$65 x 45 = $2925 for all meetings @ $50 base
$115x 45 = $5175 for all meetings @ $100 base

You need 1 million marriott points
SPG transfer do not count but others do.. think United or chase or Marriott to Marriott
You can buy points but only 50K/year or have someone gift it to you
Get 2 credit cards before it expires 100k each which is nice but requires $5k spend.. 210k points
Hotel nights depends on how many nights you can do, but you need to do more then this.
Ohh the meetings points got you 6,750 points total
The only way I found to get massive amounts of points, but someone has to have points. a chance at LTPP
Points wise you can easily get 200K its the other 800k that you need in 5 months

It'll cost you probably $15k or more

You have till Dec 31st. Nothing is impossible!

But before you do anything.. ask yourself is it worth it??? will your experience be that much more different as LTPP?
again. really appreciate the response J. i had jotted similar notes wondering if its even feasible and its great to see your breakdown for more input. helps a lot. yea, not sure if "worth it" would be a question I can answer at this particular moment. but the thought of never having to work for top tier status in the largest mega hotel operator in the world is a nice thought. i wont have an ambassador but i can live with that. on paper, the difference between Plat and PP is very minimal w/ 75% bonus pts vs 50% and prob higher upgrade priority, but in reality, its TBD based on property and staff experience. but also im thinking long term. The benefits will surely change over time and im thinking LTPP will "future proof" things. YMMV i guess.

finding great hotels with great meeting coordinators have been a huge headache. im down here in LAX/SAN. SJC has many business hotels and im certain many meetings often take place so im surprised it took you awhile. maybe you have high standards. haha. im already looking out of state in remote areas for the cheapest "no show" meetings. maybe i will fly in once just to check on things. but some of these guys are asking for fees matching room rates. totally stupid.

spending $3k-$5k for 45 meetings wouldnt be too terrible... ive done crazier more irrational things with mileage and mattress runs, but the 1MM marriott pts will be tough. even with all that creative transfer + CC magic, chase has a monopoly on everything. i need to cool off with chase. apping any more will lead to shut down for sure so im gonna have to use some family. its gonna get complicated. like u said, someone has to have the points to even have a chance. so i guess i will shoot for the moon and land among the stars if i miss. haha. getting LTP vs LTPP wouldnt be so bad either.

thank u for ur comments.

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Old Jun 25, 18, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by GundamWing01 View Post
just wanted to throw this question out there.

whos using this to get LTPP w/ 750 nights + 2MM pts? trying to see if one can theoretically make it if they start now.
I'm working on this right now and will have about another 10 meetings to hit the night requirement (already did close to 20 so far). As others have done, this is future proofing for me since just 1 good upgrade could be worth the return, and I plan to have many future stays with Marriott.
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Old Jun 25, 18, 1:02 pm
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After getting assurances that my meetings would be posted using the Group Posting Tool, the sales manager is now telling me:

I am sorry, but it is denying the postings because you need 10 sleeping rooms as well.
Per Marriott Rewarding Events Rules :


" Whether its a conference, business meeting or social event, you'll qualify for points anytime you book 10 rooms or more for at least 1 night. Points can also be earned for catered only events, such as receptions, banquets, weddings and reunions.

You'll earn 3 points for every US dollar spend up to 50 000 points per event. Or, you can choose to have your reward in the form of airline miles ; you'll earn 1 airline mile for every US dollar spent, up to 15,000 miles per event. "
Thoughts?
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Old Jun 25, 18, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by CLEguy View Post
Thoughts?
Here are the present posted Rewarding Events Terms and Conditions. Scroll down to the bottom left of the page. Term 9 dictates you get ten nights per meeting. The rules have not changed recently. The rules in force at the time of your meeting are what dictate what you are rewarded. Show him these rules. Elevate if necessary.
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Old Jun 25, 18, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by chongl View Post
I'm working on this right now and will have about another 10 meetings to hit the night requirement (already did close to 20 so far). As others have done, this is future proofing for me since just 1 good upgrade could be worth the return, and I plan to have many future stays with Marriott.
same here. plan to stay often at Starriott in the future, hence my consideration for this meeting run. any issues with finding the right hotels and using the GPT?

Originally Posted by CJKatl View Post
Here are the present posted Rewarding Events Terms and Conditions. Scroll down to the bottom left of the page. Term 9 dictates you get ten nights per meeting. The rules have not changed recently. The rules in force at the time of your meeting are what dictate what you are rewarded. Show him these rules. Elevate if necessary.
i would also note term 7:
Qualifying Event charges – food, beverages, meeting room rental, audio visual equipment, and décor ordered by the hotel and paid for on a master account. Guest room rate charges also qualify only when contract has a minimum of ten (10) guest rooms actualize for at least one (1) night of the Event (with or without catering). Qualified guest room charges earn Points or Miles for the Member whether they are paid for on a master account or paid for by the individual guest in the room.

no where does it say your meeting room rental must be accompanied by 10 guest rooms.
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Old Jun 25, 18, 4:26 pm
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I have had a few meetings with a property in the past month. No issues in getting the 10N credited.

However, the last meeting finished last week and today the points were finally posted. Interesting thing is that the 10N doesn't get posted, only the points portion showed up...... Compared to previous meetings this wasn't the case, 10N always came along with the points.....

Should I wait or call the marriott rewards team?
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Old Jun 25, 18, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by tonywush View Post
I have had a few meetings with a property in the past month. No issues in getting the 10N credited.

However, the last meeting finished last week and today the points were finally posted. Interesting thing is that the 10N doesn't get posted, only the points portion showed up...... Compared to previous meetings this wasn't the case, 10N always came along with the points.....

Should I wait or call the marriott rewards team?
It's been an issue for me as well. If you call, you'll probably need to speak to a supervisor.
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Old Jun 25, 18, 4:54 pm
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It's been an issue for me as well. If you call, you'll probably need to speak to a supervisor.
Thanks for the info. Just an observation: I also received an email from [email protected] with subject "Your Meetings and Events Award has Posted: xxxx". This is exactly the same email as my previous meetings. So I do believe the property is using the correct tool this time, but there might have been some hiccups on Marriott system side (especially IT is doing constant back-end migration tasks nowadays). I will wait for tomorrow to see if 10N gets refreshed through the cycle, if not, I will call Marriott Rewards to get it fixed.


[UPDATE] I am able to see the 10N credit if I switch to the UK site (www.marriott.co.uk), looks like it is more an database replication issue. Hope the new site in August is more robust.

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Old Jun 25, 18, 8:09 pm
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Originally Posted by tonywush View Post
Thanks for the info. Just an observation: I also received an email from [email protected] with subject "Your Meetings and Events Award has Posted: xxxx". This is exactly the same email as my previous meetings. So I do believe the property is using the correct tool this time, but there might have been some hiccups on Marriott system side (especially IT is doing constant back-end migration tasks nowadays). I will wait for tomorrow to see if 10N gets refreshed through the cycle, if not, I will call Marriott Rewards to get it fixed.


[UPDATE] I am able to see the 10N credit if I switch to the UK site (www.marriott.co.uk), looks like it is more an database replication issue. Hope the new site in August is more robust.
I am in the same boat. I had my half day meeting on June 1, and I had to chase the event coordinator to post it via GPT. She finally did it today. I am seeing the points (exactly as it appeared in the posting of my event I had at the same property in November), I am not seeing the nights in the mobile app or marriott.com. The points first appeared in the mobile app and then on Marriott.com. Yes, the 10N credit is showing up on the UK site.

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