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Old Mar 3, 19, 2:08 am
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Originally Posted by LAX View Post
Has anyone booked a Design Hotel directly with the property (not via Marriott) and gotten points for the stay? I don't mind losing some points for the saving I will be getting on the reservation I recently booked, but if I won't be getting Bonvoy points for the stay if it's not booked via Marriott, then I won't even bother paying with a Bonvoy CC. TIA.

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i did this with spg earlier last year....my flight was cancelled so i had to stay back in a particular city....it was after midnight so i couldn't book online....i went to the property directly & booked the stay there....gave them my spg number & got the points & stay credit....

don't know if things have changed with marriott however i would be surprised it booking directly with the property would count as an ineligible stay....
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i did this with spg earlier last year....my flight was cancelled so i had to stay back in a particular city....it was after midnight so i couldn't book online....i went to the property directly & booked the stay there....gave them my spg number & got the points & stay credit....

don't know if things have changed with marriott however i would be surprised it booking directly with the property would count as an ineligible stay....
Thanks for your data point. According to Marriott's website, stays at a Design Hotel not booked through Marriott won't earn stay/night credits. However, it doesn't specify about points earning. I suspect CC bonus points might be okay as the CC issuer probably won't know whether a stay is booked through Marriott or not as long as the charges come from an eligible property.

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Old Mar 4, 19, 3:17 pm
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Originally Posted by LAX View Post
Thanks for your data point. According to Marriott's website, stays at a Design Hotel not booked through Marriott won't earn stay/night credits. However, it doesn't specify about points earning. I suspect CC bonus points might be okay as the CC issuer probably won't know whether a stay is booked through Marriott or not as long as the charges come from an eligible property.

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It was a pain to get my points credited and mine was booked through SPG at the time. From what I understand, the hotel submits the spend to Marriott and they credit. If not, Marriott can manually enter in the points, which took a while after the hotel and Marriott kept pointing the finger at each other. Ask for a paper invoice when you leave. It'll be your life saver if you have to go the route I did.
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I have an upcoming booking in the Furnas Boutique Hotel (Ponta Delgado, Azores, Portugal). Just received a mail that they're leaving Marriott on May 14th.
There's a second Design hotel in Ponta Delgado, the Azor hotel. It seems they're also leaving.

There's no statement on the Marriott site but both hotels show no availability behind May 14th.

It is still possible to book them on designhotels.com
Makes me wonder : is Design Hotels not a brand owned by Marriott? Is this just a partnership?
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Originally Posted by kcaluwae View Post
.......... is Design Hotels not a brand owned by Marriott? Is this just a partnership?
It is a partnership. Many Design Hotels don't even participate to begin with.
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Originally Posted by LAX View Post
Has anyone booked a Design Hotel directly with the property (not via Marriott) and gotten points for the stay? I don't mind losing some points for the saving I will be getting on the reservation I recently booked, but if I won't be getting Bonvoy points for the stay if it's not booked via Marriott, then I won't even bother paying with a Bonvoy CC. TIA.

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When I read this web page, Marriott says that Bonvoy customers are eligible to receive points at participating Design Hotels -- regardless of whether booked on Marriott channels or not (no fine print or footnotes mention booking source): https://design-hotels.marriott.com/member-benefits/

But this separate FAQ site says that bookings for participating Design Hotels not made through Marriott channels are ineligible only for elite night credits.

Can anyone from the Bonvoy social media team clarify that these statements are correct? If not, the language on the Marriott website is misleading/problematic... Thanks.
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Many Design Hotels don't even participate to begin with.
I know that used to be the case, but is this true even as of 2019? I thought by now you could earn points / night credits at all of them. Am I wrong?
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I know that used to be the case, but is this true even as of 2019? I thought by now you could earn points / night credits at all of them. Am I wrong?
Are you sure you can earn points/nights on all Design Hotels?

From FAQ:
Are all Design Hotels™ member hotels Marriott Bonvoy™ Partner Hotels?
No. Only select Design Hotels™ member hotels are Marriott Bonvoy Partner Hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy Program. To view a list of Design Hotels™ member hotels that are Marriott Bonvoy Partner Hotels please click here.
Can I earn elite night credits for stays booked through my corporate booking tool, or when booking directly with the property at Design Hotels™ member hotels?
No. Only Partner Stays at Design Hotels™ member hotels that are Marriott Bonvoy Partner Hotels booked through an official Marriott reservation channel are eligible for elite night credits and benefits.
The way I read is that you seem to be able to earn points, not nights, at participating hotels irrespective of booking channel. It is still limited to participating hotels.

Please prove me wrong as I would love to earn points/nights at The Omnia or Cervo Mountain.

https://design-hotels.marriott.com/member-benefits/faq/

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The way I read is that you seem to be able to earn points, not nights, at participating hotels irrespective of booking channel. It is still limited to participating hotels.
Darn! I had no idea.

The link to the list of participating properties seems to be broken. Also I thought they had pulled the plug on BRG completely from Design and now I find out from the T&C that they are still included in some way shape or form? But again the link is not working for that either.
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Do Bookings done through Marriott website get both POINTS and ELITE CREDIT nights?
It is not very clear.

And where we can find a list of participating Design Hotels? The link provided on the website seems not to be working fine.

I am thinking about a stay at the MONTANA Lodge Design Hote La Thuile (Italy).
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Do Bookings done through Marriott website get both POINTS and ELITE CREDIT nights?
It is not very clear............
Looks crystal clear to me.
Marriott Bonvoy™ members staying at participating Design Hotels™ will receive the following benefits:
10 points per US$1 spent on eligible hotel charges
Points Bonus for Marriott Bonvoy™ Silver Elite, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite, and Ambassador Elite
https://design-hotels.marriott.com/member-benefits/

Can I earn elite night credits for stays booked through my corporate booking tool, or when booking directly with the property at Design Hotels™ member hotels?
No. Only Partner Stays at Design Hotels™ member hotels that are Marriott Bonvoy Partner Hotels booked through an official Marriott reservation channel are eligible for elite night credits and benefits.
https://design-hotels.marriott.com/member-benefits/faq/

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........And where we can find a list of participating Design Hotels? The link provided on the website seems not to be working fine............
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Participating Design Hotels are what you can book via marriott.com.

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........I am thinking about a stay at the MONTANA Lodge Design Hote La Thuile (Italy).
Yes, I have stayed at Montana Lodge, albeit under SPG, and received both points and nights credit.
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Originally Posted by GoldenItalianBoy View Post
I am thinking about a stay at the MONTANA Lodge Design Hote La Thuile (Italy).
Originally Posted by TerryK View Post
Yes, I have stayed at Montana Lodge, albeit under SPG, and received both points and nights credit.
I stayed there earlier this year (under Bonvoy) and I can confirm: I earned points and night credits. No room upgrade however.
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The link to the list of participating properties seems to be broken. Also I thought they had pulled the plug on BRG completely from Design and now I find out from the T&C that they are still included in some way shape or form? But again the link is not working for that either.
http://www.marriott.com/online-hotel...ng.mi#bestrate
Looking at the T&Cs, it is clear that BRG has been removed from Design in December 2018 so the other link contains outdated info
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