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Marriott More Stays, More Miles Sep 1-Dec 31

Marriott Rewards members choosing miles instead of points have the option to earn up to 30,000 bonus miles for hotel stays from September 1-December 31, 2011. Unlike MegaBonus, this promotion does not require VISA payment. There are six participating airlines and members must select one of these partners when registering for this bonus miles promotion:

  • Delta Airlines SkyMiles
  • United Airlines Mileage Plus
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Lufthansa Miles & More
  • GOL/Varig Smiles
  • LanPass

Bonus miles earning begins with the second stay after September 1 based on the following earning chart.

  • Stay 1 = regular base miles of 2 miles/$1 (JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, Edition, Autograph Collection) or 1 mile/$1 at Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites).
  • Stay 2 = Base Miles + 1,000 bonus miles.
  • Stay 3 = Base Miles + 1,500 bonus miles.
  • Stay 4 = Base Miles + 1,500 bonus miles.
  • Stays 5 to 17 = Base Miles + 2,000 bonus miles.
  • Maximum 30,000 bonus miles is reached after 17 stays.
  • All Marriott brands worldwide, including Ritz-Carlton participate in this promotion. LT Note: the new Marriott AC brand in Europe is not listed on the Marriott miles earning page or in this promotion’s terms.

Loyalty Traveler Analysis:

This “More Stays, More Miles” offer is an alternative promotion to the Marriott Megabonus for Fall 2011 running Sep 15, 2011 to Jan 15, 2012 for members who choose to earn miles. This miles promotion does not require VISA card payment. Your Marriott Rewards account earning preference must be set to miles rather than points to view this offer.

New members must enroll in Marriott Rewards and existing members must register for this promotion either online at www.MarriottRewards.com/MoreStays-MoreMiles or via the Marriott Rewards service center in the U.S. and Canada at 800-859-0686.

The primary points offer for Marriott’s MegaBonus is a possibility of one free night at a category 1 to 4 hotel after two stays, with a maximum bonus of two free nights after four stays when payment is VISA. You must register for MegaBonus by October 31.

MegaBonus is a targeted offer and Marriott Rewards frequent guests are likely to have a points based offer for 15 to 25 nights. There is also a version awarding 5,000 points every two stays. Here is my August 16 Loyalty Traveler post on Marriott MegaBonus.

Since Marriott Rewards members must choose between earning either points or miles and members have the ability to switch earning preference between stays, there may be potential to earn both MegaBonus and More Stays, More Miles bonuses by switching earning preference from miles to points during the overlapping promotion period of Sep 15-Dec 31 for these two offers.

I’d love to hear Marriott Rewards member input about the feasibility of earning miles for some stays, switching to points and earning MegaBonus credit for some stays, and switching back to miles again for other stays. Does it work to switch earning preference and alternate between a miles promotion and points promotion with Marriott Rewards for different stays?

Marriott Rewards More Stays, More Miles for up to 30,000 miles Sep 1-Dec 31, 2011

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Last year when Delta was giving 5,000 bonus miles per stay (I believe it was), I was constantly changing my stay preference from points to miles based on my stay. If it was a multi-night expensive hotel, I was earning points (and stays towards the Megabonus promotion), and when it was a one night stay (which it typically was), I was earning miles and getting the 5K bonus on Delta. I had no problems at all. But again, that was my experience!

  2. I switch my earning preference to get miles for one night stays and switch to miles for multiple night stays. Marriott has the best system for doing this of any major hotel chain. The points/miles post very predictably on the second day after the end of a stay. After the system does the posting, one can switch the earning preference for the next stay. This quarter I managed to max out on the 40K MegaBonus for 25 nights and have 72,000 SW airline miles so far (the SW miles promotion doesn’t have a cap). I’m traveling solo and have perfected hotel hopping for promotions based on stays instead of nights.

  3. Correction to my comment above: I meant to say I switch to points for multiple night stays. Also, I realize the Southwest Airlines loyalty program is now Rapid Rewards points instead of miles.

  4. Good to hear this works as well as I thought to switch between points and miles for different stays.

  5. Thanks Ric…

    I am in the same boat – some one night stays prior to 9/15. Thanks for sharing this information, as I switched my earning to miles for at least the next couple of weeks.

    I may just keep it at miles for the rest of this year. My offer from Marriott is 15 nights / 25,000 points, and I don’t think I’ll be staying 15 nights… So this miles earning is a great opportunity to maximize return…

  6. As a Lifetime Platinum Elite Marriott Rewards Member, I have typically left my earning status as Marriott points, but have been frustrated with the recent stay 2 nights get one night free (maximum of 2 free night) promotions. Marriott has been willing to convert the free nights to points based on number of nights stay (first promotion this year was 50,000 points for 25 nights, the one that just ended was 40,000 points for 25 nights stayed). Since I do not use a Visa card with my stays, the current promotion has no value so I will try the More Miles/More Stays promotion.

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