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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 Jul 2, 18, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by bhrubin View Post


I book groups, too.

The qualified spend details aren’t yet announced, but the elite nights for groups have been announced. If I remember correctly, it’s 10 elite nights for the first group/meeting, plus 1 elite night per 20 rooms consumed after that. The last is pretty much the same as SPG Pro in the final year or so.
How meetings will be credited night-wise going forward has not been announced. Marriott's getting rid or ten nights for each meeting after the first is a rumor started by a blogger. While it might turn out to me true, there has been no word from Marriott. The marketing materials say you get ten nights for the first meeting but nothing about subsequent meetings. The terms for the new program are "Coming Soon." Marriott has been using a version of getting ten nights and Silver for the first meeting since at least 2010, but people are jumping on a slight change of wording to indicate there will be a change. Members are planning to be done with their meetings where they need the nights for qualification by Aug 1 out of caution, but nothing has been announced yet so we do not know what will be credited after the change.
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Old Jul 2, 18, 6:43 am
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Originally Posted by Soccerjoshj07 View Post
I guess I was curious on the average length of time people are seeing.
The first one I did was 3 weeks ago. I had planned to do all the meetings there because of price and convenience, but I didn't book another because they didn't post. Last week, they posted bonus points and no nights. I called Marriott, and they called the hotel: their excuse is that they are a new hotel (opened in April) and figuring things out, and to give them a week. They have a lot of meeting space, the contract had Rewarding Events language; hard to believe I'm the first one who raised the issue. Am still waiting on them.

One place posts the same day. Another takes a few days. I needed 12 meetings, and the place that posts quickly got most of the business.
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Old Jul 2, 18, 9:22 am
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Anyone got some decent priced properties that post quickly? I have a trusty one that I do the bulk of my meetings with, but there is some lag in getting nights credited.
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Old Jul 2, 18, 3:46 pm
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Does Marriott allow you to get credit for multiple short meetings in a day? I know I can ask the hotel to post the meetings as separate through GPT, but will I get credit from Marriott Rewards for multiple events or will they all count as one because they took place the same day?
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Old Jul 2, 18, 11:04 pm
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Originally Posted by DealAddict View Post
Does Marriott allow you to get credit for multiple short meetings in a day? I know I can ask the hotel to post the meetings as separate through GPT, but will I get credit from Marriott Rewards for multiple events or will they all count as one because they took place the same day?
Why risk it? Just do one a day.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 6:41 am
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Originally Posted by DealAddict View Post
Does Marriott allow you to get credit for multiple short meetings in a day? I know I can ask the hotel to post the meetings as separate through GPT, but will I get credit from Marriott Rewards for multiple events or will they all count as one because they took place the same day?
I do believe I've read posts of this working. The trick here is to make sure the property posts them as different contracts, not just different meetings. There have been posts of properties that posted meetings on separate days under the same contract and only got credit as a single event.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by RogerD408 View Post
I do believe I've read posts of this working. The trick here is to make sure the property posts them as different contracts, not just different meetings. There have been posts of properties that posted meetings on separate days under the same contract and only got credit as a single event.
Since some hotels are unfamiliar with the 10 nights credit, they may end up combining meetings into one posting because it is easier and in their opinion has no effect on the customer. As long as you have separate contract IDs, you should be OK booking multiple meetings in a short interval. Having gone through this with supposedly separate meetings and spending a lot of time and some extra money getting credit, if I ever tried this again, I would put some time between meetings.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 10:17 am
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I just had points posted by a hotel I've used in the past. Event was held about two weeks ago.

Points were posted as 'Bonus' points and no nights were awarded.

Wondering if this is a sign of the end?
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Old Jul 3, 18, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by rny321 View Post
Since some hotels are unfamiliar with the 10 nights credit, they may end up combining meetings into one posting because it is easier and in their opinion has no effect on the customer. As long as you have separate contract IDs, you should be OK booking multiple meetings in a short interval. Having gone through this with supposedly separate meetings and spending a lot of time and some extra money getting credit, if I ever tried this again, I would put some time between meetings.
Yes, the properties do not pay out the nights so they have no need to know anything about them, although it would be nice if they knew the impact of what they do have to do.
Originally Posted by jbarm View Post
I just had points posted by a hotel I've used in the past. Event was held about two weeks ago.

Points were posted as 'Bonus' points and no nights were awarded.

Wondering if this is a sign of the end?
No, just a sign of the times we are and have been in for some time. Since the property doesn't pony up the nights (they come from MR) they don't learn anything beyond their bare minimum and what they did still meets their obligation. You need to get back with the property and request they use the Group Posting Tool so MR is alerted they need to post the nights. If they don't know anything about that, and it's very likely, then ask them to escalate the request with their MR contact or do that yourself if you can get through to someone that knows what you are talking about (many CSRs have no clue about Rewarding Events).
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Old Jul 3, 18, 10:53 am
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Asked them to check on it and my contact assured me that the event was posted properly. Did not get the Rewarding Event Email, though I did get nights last month without the accompanying email from Rewarding Events.

Guess I will wait and see if anyone else is seeing this before I escalate.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 11:07 am
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Originally Posted by M.dA.R. View Post


This:

Where did you pull this from? It appears to be the existing rules and marketing materials, not the new Rewarding Events materials, although the old could be the same as the new. As is presently mentioned in the marketing materials, and has been mentioned since at least 2010 with some small changes in language in those eight years, someone who holds a meeting gets ten nights for the first meeting bringing the member to Silver status with one meeting. What is not known is whether the system will remain the same and members will get ten nights' credit for each meeting after that or if despite using the same marketing pitch there will be a change and ONLY the first meeting will give ten nights' credit and only one or none for meetings after that. There is a rumor that despite using very similar language as that which has been used for eight years there will be a change but Marriott continues to say "Coming Soon" when asked about information on the new Rewarding Events program. There will be a new program, it was announced along with the announcement that the SPG program is being retired, but there have been no details released but plenty of unconfirmed rumors.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by jbarm View Post
Asked them to check on it and my contact assured me that the event was posted properly. Did not get the Rewarding Event Email, though I did get nights last month without the accompanying email from Rewarding Events.

Guess I will wait and see if anyone else is seeing this before I escalate.
If it was me, I'd get them to acknowledge they know of and used the Group Posting Tool specifically. They have other ways to post MR benefits but they don't trigger the 10 nights from MR so saying "posted properly" is not adequate.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by CJKatl View Post
Where did you pull this from? It appears to be the existing rules and marketing materials, not the new Rewarding Events materials, although the old could be the same as the new. As is presently mentioned in the marketing materials, and has been mentioned since at least 2010 with some small changes in language in those eight years, someone who holds a meeting gets ten nights for the first meeting bringing the member to Silver status with one meeting. What is not known is whether the system will remain the same and members will get ten nights' credit for each meeting after that or if despite using the same marketing pitch there will be a change and ONLY the first meeting will give ten nights' credit and only one or none for meetings after that. There is a rumor that despite using very similar language as that which has been used for eight years there will be a change but Marriott continues to say "Coming Soon" when asked about information on the new Rewarding Events program. There will be a new program, it was announced along with the announcement that the SPG program is being retired, but there have been no details released but plenty of unconfirmed rumors.
https://members.marriott.com/rewarding-events/

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Old Jul 3, 18, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by M.dA.R. View Post
That is similar to language Marriott has been using for years. Everyone knows you get ten nights credit for the first meeting. Currently you also get ten nights for each subsequent meeting even though they use this language in the advertising. The question still remains whether that is continuing or ending, and the language so far does not address meetings beyond the first ten. The language does not say you only get ten nights for the first meeting. Until Marriott releases the new terms and conditions, where it presently states you get ten nights for each meeting, nobody will know for sure. So far there is only an internet rumor indicating it is changing, which it might, but there is no official word .
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Old Jul 3, 18, 1:09 pm
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FWIW, in my case the property GM was using the group posting tool, but his boss—who was, apparently, out of town—needs to sign off on those points, and that guy hadn’t done it, so nothing has posted. my first meeting was in mid May.

points still haven’t posted, but I’ve been assured by Marriott that they’ll be posted by Friday of this week...or I can call again.
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