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happymommy Oct 30, 10 3:12 am

Springhill Suites? I didn't think of those, more of the full service Marriotts. That is a great idea - did you just call and have them email or mail you a contract? Do you have to physically check into the meeting room?

o2bonn Oct 30, 10 10:24 am

Originally. they were going to e-mail a contract to fax back. I asked if I could respond to an e-mail. They e-mailed the terms and I responded back accepting the terms. I did show up b/c I wanted to scope out the situation for future "meetings." One reason I used this location is they book direct. Most of the CYs and Res Inns in my area are centrally booked by Marriott. That means less opportunity to get a good price. BTW, they put my name on the door!:cool:

happymommy Oct 31, 10 4:25 am

I think I know which hotel that is - it's only about 20 minutes from my house (if it's near BWI, where I fly out of mostly).

I may look into that, to boost my husband's nights next year (he's going to have the 75 again this year, after our Interval International getaway to Orlando before Christmas at the Marriott Harbor Lake - 7 nights in a 2br for only $300).

I could meet a girlfriend and bring lunch and use the room I guess!

If you didn't show, but still paid, would you get the points or the night credits? I'd be afraid to be charged but get no credits.

SacTownGuy Oct 31, 10 6:18 pm

If you didn't show, but still paid, would you get the points or the night credits? I'd be afraid to be charged but get no credits.


I would be shocked if you had to show up to get the credit. This is a deal aimed at business professionals who book meeting space. Stuff happens sometimes and meetings get cancelled last minute. I would almost guarantee you don't have to show up to get credit.

GetawaysRus Nov 1, 10 5:31 pm

I'm amused...

I work for a decent size company. My immediate department is small, and we actually do have need for an off-site meeting. After reading this thread, I started considering a local Courtyard because this would be a win-win. The department gets to hold its meeting and I'd get the elite nights. I'm willing to cover a small out of pocket cost (which would in turn be tax deductible for me).

The funny thing is that my company is a very good customer of many local businesses. So, when I called the local Courtyard, the person in charge of booking events offered to comp the meeting room (no charge) for a short (2 hour) meeting as a courtesy. It was a very kind offer.

But that probably won't work for me... I just can't imagine I'd get elite night credit for a no cost event.

yngdiego Nov 1, 10 9:25 pm


Originally Posted by mikesimm (Post 15030942)
The meeting was booked for last Saturday. The Elite night credit of 10 nights was in my account on Monday.

Did you show up for the meeting?

TrojanHorse Nov 2, 10 6:12 am

A few initial questions before the eye roller poster comments

1. So I take it you have to register as a meeting planner? How do you do this?
2. Iím still confused whether you can or can not book this online
3. Can I legitimately book for one as say one would need a C/R to use for a couple hours, heck I could even do my work there for a couple hours
4. Has there been any issue when asked what kind of catering and you say NONE
5. What are some of the rates you folks are getting?
6. Minimum hours to book? Is it one, two, more?
thanks
7. I presume a saturday would count as well; hmmm a College football watching party :p


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 14597286)
I took the liberty of contacting Marriott about this and this was NOT an intentional loophole. The purpose of this was to encourage REAL meeting planners to use Marriott properties for their needs, not for people to make fake meetings to earn nights at an extremely discounted rate. I am sure the loophole will close soon

That was uncalled for and hopefully you understand flyertalk Karma because what goes around comes around. Mental note, add calitequilasippergirl to my blacklist. Normally this is for CC but now I will never answer any of your posts and if I do it will be with incorrect information.

Originally Posted by username (Post 14610890)
I think a title like this would have caught the eyes of Marriott Concierge. So, do not give calitequilasippergirl a hard time.
Still, whether intentional or not, if it is offered and it works, I would not call it a scam to take advantage of it. That is the whole point of FT :D

I agree, I canít see how MC didnít see this. However to not give that *insert adjective I canít use here* poster a hard time b/c MC probably saw this doesnít cut it; anyone who does what that ** poster did has really cut into the heart of the unwritten rules of FT and in my book gets no sympathy.. ever


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 14617458)
shame on me???????? ROFLMAO
It's ok, it takes all kinds to make the world go round.

Yep SHAME on you.. and unfortunately its this type that I wish werenít on FT

Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 14623648)
On the contrary, it is for me (and everyone else) so I'll be staying. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I'm sorry that mine apparently bothers you so much. Feel free to contact me in PM to discuss further.

Be careful what you wish for and yes everyone is entitled to their opinions and thatís cool but you crossed the line with your phone call


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 14629780)
Annerj
In my opinion, as humble or unhumble as it may be, it is not 'fair' for someone to book a meeting for a few hours with NO intent of having the meeting (not showing, or sitting in the room by yourself) and get Platinum for 10-20 bucks a night.
If you are booking legitimate meetings, my opinion has aboslutely NO problem with that, as you are using the program for it's INTENDED reason.

I don't see how 'phony' meeting bookings simply to accumulate nights provides any additional value to Marriott.

Just my thoughts.

Iíd have to agree with others it does appear that you are quite upset that you have to pay, stay, sleep in a MR bed and earn Plat the traditional way; if you are a PP then you have nothing to worry about. One questions whether you really are PP


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 14662931)
Sorry the delay in response, needy clients :(
What's your opinion of "phony" orders placed to meet the qualification criteria for various airline promotions that require purchases from various stores? What about "mistake fares" and the people who book them? What do you think of companies that purposefully announce promotions with the intent of creating a flurry of sales from bargain hunters, even though it knows it's a loss-leader?

For someone with needy clients, you have plenty of time for this thread
Its not phony if you pay for it and show up; just b/c I go to safeway and buy their four twelvepacks of diet coke for $2.50 each and buy nothing else; doesnít make it a phoney transaction even though Safewayís intent was for me to come in and buy other things with it at a more profitable price.

Originally Posted by saintd (Post 14671540)
i might have an issue with the 'fake' meetings as well. we often use marriott for legit meetings and often have to change our first choice of dates because meeting rooms weren't available. these meetings are generally 20-30 with some attrition and a $2k room rental, catering and a/v spend.

Having an issue is not a problem; calling MR is a huge problem
[QUOTE=calitequilasippergirl;14753959]If you can't contribute to the conversation, don't post. We all have opinions and we are all entitled to share them in a mature manner which I and others have done. If you don't like my opinion, that's fine, but to tell me mine is not needed is out of line. This thread was about getting points/nights for meetings. Which I think is a great program when used correctly. I responded to those who indicated incorrect use of the program (joking or real). I don't claim to be 'more moral', i simply shared my opinion. It it appears moral, so be it. It's been a great conversation with intelligent back and forth. Let's leave it that way. Look in the mirror; calling in is not contributing to the site, never mind the post. As stated above, having an opinion is fine, calling in is not. Yes you are out of line, plain and simple. Now you are even trying to apply your own definition of how a program is supposed to be used and if you donít like it you call in to complain. You sure are inferring you are more moral than others.

Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 15000120)
Dg....

You misread my post and took it out of context. This had absolutely nothing to do with those that are really booking meetingsnor are encouraged to book meetings because of the promo. That is the TRUE intention of the offer after all. My issue was with those who had no intention of booking a real meeting. They alluded to the fact that they would book a fake meeting for as cheap as possible just to gain the ten nights. Effectively gaining 10 nights for a 200 dollar spend when if they had actually stayed those nights they would have spent 1k (give or take). That was never marriotts intent.
Continue to flame. I have to say, I am glad I don't know some of you in 'real' life.

Do you sit in on Marriottís meetings to know their intent? I suppose you know congresses intent of every bill passed as well. Do you know that Marriott didnít say here is the down side of our promo and then decided that the amount of people who may not use the promo the way that they are intending is small enough that they will still go ahead with the promoÖ how exactly do you know what went on in that meeting?

calitequilasippergirl Nov 2, 10 12:54 pm

Blacklist me to your hearts delight.

Kudos to those who used this function for the purpose it was created for. More revenue for the hotel and a perk for you out of it as well!

As a business owner, I would hope someone would bring this to my attention, if something was inadvertedly structured in a manner that I did not intend and taking advantage of it could cost me significant business losses. That's what I did. Nothing more, nothing less. I haven't followed up on it.

MANY people agree with me and have PMed me about it.

Karma - ya, I know what it is. Obviously some of you don't.

I have plenty of time for this thread???? LOL. I check it once a week, at best. Whatever :)

TrojanHorse Nov 2, 10 1:29 pm


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 15061119)
Blacklist me to your hearts delight.

Done


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 15061119)
Kudos to those who used this function for the purpose it was created for. More revenue for the hotel and a perk for you out of it as well!

As a business owner, I would hope someone would bring this to my attention, if something was inadvertedly structured in a manner that I did not intend and taking advantage of it could cost me significant business losses. That's what I did. Nothing more, nothing less. I haven't followed up on it.

significant business losses.. oh my.. now its really piling up in the outhouse


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 15061119)
MANY people agree with me and have PMed me about it.

sure ;)


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 15061119)
Karma - ya, I know what it is. Obviously some of you don't.

great come back :rolleyes:


Originally Posted by calitequilasippergirl (Post 15061119)
I have plenty of time for this thread???? LOL. I check it once a week, at best. Whatever :)

bold my emphasis

the all encompassing answer when either you know you are wrong or your my nine y.o. kid who says that when he can't come up with something better LMAO and shaking my head at the same time

calitequilasippergirl Nov 3, 10 7:47 am

Ok :)

o2bonn Nov 3, 10 9:55 am

Wow. I thought FT was all about sharing helpful tips related to travel - hotels, airlines, rental cars, destinations, etc. including the maximization of legitimate (read: legal) opportunities to leverage that travel for perks. I did not realize that we were supposed to feel bad for doing this. Now, asking a question on FT on these subjects without checking the threads first - that, one should be ridiculed for! :D

Exdon Nov 4, 10 10:26 am

Well, I'd booked three small meetings (five people, no overnights, no or basic catering, 120 min each) in three different European cities in December already before I discovered this thread. Requalifying for Gold with hotel stays will be done end of November, but if I get 10 Elite nights for each meeting Plat is on it's way! I'll report - stay tuned...

UNHBuzzard Nov 4, 10 6:58 pm


Originally Posted by happymommy (Post 15041418)
Springhill Suites? I didn't think of those, more of the full service Marriotts. That is a great idea - did you just call and have them email or mail you a contract? Do you have to physically check into the meeting room?

Up for a MR (Meeting Run)?

bdschobel Nov 5, 10 6:56 am


Originally Posted by o2bonn (Post 15067118)
Wow. I thought FT was all about sharing helpful tips related to travel - hotels, airlines, rental cars, destinations, etc. including the maximization of legitimate (read: legal) opportunities to leverage that travel for perks. I did not realize that we were supposed to feel bad for doing this....

I agree. The folks at Marriott are big boys and girls. If they put out a poorly designed promotion and people take unfair or unintended advantage of it, that's for Marriott to either endure or correct. We Flyertalkers have no obligation to look out for Marriott or solve their problem -- if they even regard it as one, which is far from certain.

Most of all, we shouldn't snipe at each other. We can disagree, even strongly disagree, without becoming hostile. That's not helpful at all.

Bruce
Moderator

SacTownGuy Nov 5, 10 8:24 am

The number of people that utilize fake meetings to gain MR status is so insignificant I don't think Marriott cares.


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