Posted by Ric Garrido

Marriott Rewards offers triple miles with any of 26 airlines for stays at any Marriott brand hotel February 1 – April 30, 2011. Triple miles begin with second stay during promotion period. Marriott Rewards members need to switch earning preference in online profile to miles in order to register for this promotion.

Marriott Rewards MegaMiles Promotion offer link.

Participating Airline Partners

  • Air Berlin topbonus
  • Air China
  • Aeroplan (Air Canada)
  • Aeromexico
  • Air France / KLM
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Alitalia MilleMiglia
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Asiana Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Airways JetPrivilege®
  • LAN
  • Lufthansa
  • Singapore Airlines
  • TACA Airlines (As of February 1, 2011)
  • United Airlines
  • USAirways
  • Varig
  • Virgin Atlantic

 

Marriott Rewards Earn Rate for Miles

The base-level earn rate is 2 miles per $1 in hotel spend at Marriott, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Autograph Collection hotel brands.  Only 1 mile per $1 earned for stays at Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites.

Oddly inconsistent with Marriott Rewards is the lower earning rate of 1 mile per $1 hotel spend at Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites. Hotel stays in these three brands earn full points credit at 10 points per $1, yet only 50% miles credit. Earning reduced miles for stays at Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites is consistent with 50% base points earn rate for these brands at just 5 points per $1.

Triple Miles Calculation

6 miles per dollar hotel spend at Marriott, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Autograph Collection hotel brands.

3 miles per dollar hotel spend at Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites.

 

Loyalty Traveler Analysis

Any stay over $83 at an upper tier hotel earns more than 500 miles as a comparative data point to Hilton HHonors fixed rate of 500 miles per hotel stay for HHonors Points & Fixed Miles earners.  But HHonors members still earn points in addition to 500 miles.

Assume a 6 points/$1 Marriott stay at $800 and 4,800 miles earned, in lieu of 8,000 points. That seems like an equitable trade-off in miles.

But I would go for 10 points per dollar rather than triple miles on any stay at Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites only earning 3 miles per dollar.

Marriott Rewards Excellent Points-to-Miles Exchange Rates for High Points Transfers

You can ultimately earn more miles by earning points instead of triple miles at Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites during this MegaMiles promotion.

Marriott Rewards points at the 125,000 points level exchange into 50,000 miles. The 50,000 miles exchange rate is 10 points = 4 miles or the same as earning 4 miles for every dollar in hotel spend. The exchange rate available with a 70,000 or 125,000 points-to-miles transfer is better than 3 miles per dollar with this triple miles promotion.

Spend $1,000 at Courtyard and you earn 3,000 miles during this triple miles promotion.

Take 10,000 points instead.

You can exchange 10,000 points into 3,571 miles when making a 70,000 points to 25,000 miles exchange through Marriott Rewards.

10,000 points equals 4,000 miles at the 125,000 points to 50,000 miles exchange rate.

Brands offering 6 miles/$1 triple miles are a good mileage earning opportunity since this rate is higher than the points-to-miles exchange rate that maxes out at the equivalent of 4 miles/$1.

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus offers members a free night after two stays during this promotion period. Free nights may be the better offer for some members.

MegaMiles 2011 is a good triple miles offer for Marriott Rewards miles collectors, although members may want to actively adjust your online earning profile to get the better value for each hotel stay.

Related Post: Marriott Rewards MegaBonus Feb 1- April 30, 2011 (free night after two stays)

3 Responses

  1. I’ll be at at the Marriott Phuket Beach Club timeshare during this promotion…would I be eligible for this promotion for any money we spend at the Marriott?

  2. SC – That is a question better answered by Marriott Rewards customer service.

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