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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 7, 18, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
In case it's not obvious, you need to book really short meetings - 1 hour max - weekends are often cheaper. Use the online tool, then enter into the cheapest hotels and reduce the time element.

You also can look further afield, if you're willing to do a "no show" meeting. From what I gather from this thread, this is very little difference between actual / no show meetings when it comes to the hotel processing your 10 nights correctly.
i have been on the marriott.com meetings and events page when searching properties. I saw an APP but no “tool” per se that allows a search based on pricing. All I see are property filters but none with budget ranges. The form that populates only allows # of antendees as a means of scale, from what I can see. Once I submit that I get the search results. I have to name’s destination so I’ve used states, e.g., CT, MA, NY.

I submitted seven RFPs last night. Four prior, so 11 online. The $470/OC pricing is it so far. I saw the one hour 6am post and in order to get 25 meetings even am being pitched on paying the boardroom price for a foyer. I said these are interviews that may or may not happen and I wanted to block an hour a day meetings in the smallest space possible.

I did insert $100 in some of the RFP form submissions. I did four: three for three props, one for two. I wonder if the low budget scared them away.

it has definitely occurred to me that the sales teams are savvy enough to know demand for these types of meeting are coming in July from my sort, and perhaps I am part of the problem in driving prices higher.
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Old Jul 7, 18, 5:28 pm
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Originally Posted by stc View Post
I would also suggest looking at 6 AM (for 1 hour).
I am hopeful I can follow your sage advice to a tee. Hoping Monday will produce positive results. Thank you for the tips. Really. Have to figure out a way to give back in a meaningful way. The folks here on this forum at Flyertalk are just great.
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Old Jul 8, 18, 7:04 am
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Originally Posted by olindacat View Post



it has definitely occurred to me that the sales teams are savvy enough to know demand for these types of meeting are coming in July from my sort, and perhaps I am part of the problem in driving prices higher.
Your "mistake" IMO is sending RFPs out. Look for the hotels that quote prices online. I started off looking for hotels near airports that are already notorious for being cheap at the weekend. (ATL, IAD, ORD, etc.)

Of course if you actually want to show up, then your range is limited by where you live or are travelling to.
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Old Jul 8, 18, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
Your "mistake" IMO is sending RFPs out. Look for the hotels that quote prices online. I started off looking for hotels near airports that are already notorious for being cheap at the weekend. (ATL, IAD, ORD, etc.)

Of course if you actually want to show up, then your range is limited by where you live or are travelling to.
Good advice for sure. I think it's like anything: if you really want it, a little stickwithitoitiveness will usually do the trick (instead of whining ;-). Will start dialing in the AM. Some pretty nice people here (like you) offering good tips. If I generate results, will gladly share what I can via PM for anyone else needing help.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 5:26 am
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One of my relatives had a meeting that didn't post yet. We emailed the sales manager, with no reply.

So we posted it as a Missing Stay and included the page of the contract that included "Rewarding Events", his MR Number, the name of hotel, and the signature of the sales manager. I'm hoping that works.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by MsEverywhere View Post
One of my relatives had a meeting that didn't post yet. We emailed the sales manager, with no reply.

So we posted it as a Missing Stay and included the page of the contract that included "Rewarding Events", his MR Number, the name of hotel, and the signature of the sales manager. I'm hoping that works.
Depending on the hotel, the meeting coordinator might be really busy.
Have you tried calling them or speaking with them directly (even in person, if possible)?
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Old Jul 9, 18, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by izzik View Post
Depending on the hotel, the meeting coordinator might be really busy.
Have you tried calling them or speaking with them directly (even in person, if possible)?
The meeting coordinator emailed me back, soon after I submitted the Missing Stay and emailed to tell her I had submitted it. She was very nice, said to contact her if it wasn't posted within 24 hours.
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Old Jul 10, 18, 11:03 pm
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Had my first meeting on May 10th. Contract had been signed and what I thought was the proper wording, included. Points posted within days but nights didn't. Contacted the sales rep I dealt with and she indicated that it didn't qualify for 10 nights credit. Went back and forth for a few days and it was going nowhere.

Waited a few weeks to see if the 10 nights posted and they never did so I emailed Marriott Rewards for resolution. Took five weeks but the 10 nights finally posted tonight. Still need 50 points but not sure I want to fight the battle again.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 6:27 am
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I had my first meeting last week on Thursday, I filled the form out on line via the rewarding event link. Before the meeting, I was sent a CC form and a 1 page very informal form explaining what I was going to get. No formal contract. The hotel is 2 miles from my house so I did show up. Before I did, I called the events lady and told her I didn't see anything denoting rewarding events. She said don't worry, I would get my points. I then explained the program to her and that I was worried about the elite nights. When I arrived, she said that she had called Marriott Rewards and had it all figured out, I didn't need anything else. My points and nights posted last night.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 6:56 am
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does anyone have $50 - $75 contacts to share with me on private messages?

Thank you!
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Old Jul 11, 18, 7:02 am
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Originally Posted by Smurfettepharoh View Post
does anyone have $50 - $75 contacts to share with me on private messages?

Thank you!
Toledo was mentioned upthread. Do some research and you'll find that sharing of information leads to better outcomes than asking for it to be spoon fed...
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Old Jul 11, 18, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by MsEverywhere View Post
The meeting coordinator emailed me back, soon after I submitted the Missing Stay and emailed to tell her I had submitted it. She was very nice, said to contact her if it wasn't posted within 24 hours.
Great news! The points and nights posted 2 days after submitting the Missing Stay and exchanging email with the meeting coordinator.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by dualrated2 View Post
Had my first meeting on May 10th. Contract had been signed and what I thought was the proper wording, included. Points posted within days but nights didn't. Contacted the sales rep I dealt with and she indicated that it didn't qualify for 10 nights credit. Went back and forth for a few days and it was going nowhere.

Waited a few weeks to see if the 10 nights posted and they never did so I emailed Marriott Rewards for resolution. Took five weeks but the 10 nights finally posted tonight. Still need 50 points but not sure I want to fight the battle again.
How much time elapsed between the hotel (finally) submitting properly and you seeing the nights post?
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Old Jul 11, 18, 2:11 pm
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How much time elapsed between the hotel (finally) submitting properly and you seeing the nights post?
I'm not sure if the hotel submitted it or if Marriott Rewards overruled their position of denial. The hotel stated emphatically that the meeting did not meet the criteria for the 10 night credit, only points.

It took Marriott Rewards five weeks to get me the night credit and that was after bugging them every week. The online reply always was we are real busy right now but we will get back to you.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 6:03 pm
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Found a decent rate but they came back with a Banquet Event Order single page form. I don't see anything about Rewarding Events on it.
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