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martig4 Aug 29, 10 12:04 pm

Platinum Status in Eight Days and $800 - No Stays Required
 
Meeting planners are given 10 nights elite credit for every meeting they book systemwide at Marriott.

My wife's business has meetings often at a Courtyard locally for $100 - $200 per meeting.

She has not stayed one night in a Marriott property this year, but has 540 nights elite credit to date this year. Yes, they do a lot of 2 hour meetings. Points are given for the spend. There is a promotion for double points on meetings until Dec 31, 2010. She will rollover about 800 nights by end of year and made Platinum in January!

This means one could have 8 "meetings" at a Marriott property at $100 each, and have eighty nights credit. This technique could also be effective for those who need to do mattress runs to obtain status. I haven't found a better deal for a night credit than $10 per night ($100 per meeting / 10 nights credit).

Has anyone tried to use this strategy to obtain status? Appears this could be more effective than cheap stays on a mattress run to reach a given status level.

CJKatl Aug 29, 10 1:06 pm

What a great tip. I bet there will be people who, come December, will want to do this to cross the finish line to G or P.

allset2travel Aug 29, 10 4:48 pm

Can we call this MR (meeting-run)?

heralder Aug 29, 10 6:42 pm

To qualify for the Rewarding Events program, according to the terms, a meeting may need to include overnight room bookings. Specifically, the FAQ state "the room block must actualize with at least 10 rooms on one night to earn points or miles."

There is a separate provision allowing points for certain catering-only events. It's not clear what the minimum spend level is for a "qualifying group, meeting or event."

stinger Aug 29, 10 7:07 pm

Been aware of this for a couple of years now. I do some bookings of meetings and always get 10 room nights, it shows separately on my totals but is included for my platinum status. Have three already booked for the fall so looking forward to my 30 extra nights as well as triple marriott miles if you use a visa card to pay for the event. My meetings are a little more substantial with a luncheon usually for a $3-5K spend for 50-75 people.

martig4 Aug 29, 10 10:09 pm


Originally Posted by heralder (Post 14568415)
To qualify for the Rewarding Events program, according to the terms, a meeting may need to include overnight room bookings. Specifically, the FAQ state "the room block must actualize with at least 10 rooms on one night to earn points or miles."

There is a separate provision allowing points for certain catering-only events. It's not clear what the minimum spend level is for a "qualifying group, meeting or event."

We always get credit for meetings - without a stay. We've had 59 (590 nights) meetings this year so far. No overnight stays.

qazw1 Aug 30, 10 12:03 am

So one is basically booking a conference room for $100 to $200. Get 10 nights credit every time. And the points will be base on the cost of the meeting?

stinger Aug 30, 10 6:26 am


Originally Posted by qazw1 (Post 14569595)
So one is basically booking a conference room for $100 to $200. Get 10 nights credit every time. And the points will be base on the cost of the meeting?

Yes, points are based on the cost of the room and any F+B. Right now there is a double points promotion for meetings, triple if you pay with visa.

AustinFlyer76 Aug 30, 10 8:08 am

Um ... wow to this post. this is super intriguing. Thanks!

jcthorne Aug 30, 10 9:43 am

Suggestions for hotels to book a cheap meeting for someone just a few nights shy of platnium?

pinniped Aug 30, 10 10:27 am

I'd be hesitant to book a meeting room and then not have a meeting...a little more noticeable than a mattress run where you don't sleep in the room. :)


However, Fantasy Football drafts are this weekend... Someone should go all moneybags and announce that you're hosting your league at the Courtyard, just like a real pro league would do it!! :D


(OK, that's be a seriously minor-league pro league, but still... :p)

VickiSoCal Aug 30, 10 10:39 am

Best bet would be to call your local area hotels- You need to actually show up for this one.

qazw1 Aug 30, 10 4:02 pm

Book a meeting and I guess invite your local FTers.

kennycrudup Aug 30, 10 6:40 pm

Who says anyone has to show up to this "meeting" but me?! I bring my laptop and/or a DVD player (don't they usually have a projector) and watch a movie- "Meeting Run" achieved!

martig4 Aug 30, 10 6:48 pm


Originally Posted by jcthorne (Post 14571328)
Suggestions for hotels to book a cheap meeting for someone just a few nights shy of platnium?

Rooms for an hour or two can be had at both Courtyard's and full-service properties in most areas for very reasonable rates.

Don't ask for more than a standard setup in the room and book for a small number of people.


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