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Marriott Rewards introduces 25% discount Seasonal Awards

Marriott Rewards now offers “Seasonal Awards” for select properties worldwide for at least 25% fewer points than a standard award stay. This 25% discount even applies on top of already 20% discounted 5th Night Free awards.

This means a category 7 hotel that is normally 35,000 points per night and 140,000 points per night on 5th night free is just 105,000 points for five nights with a Seasonal Award. This is a 40% discount. Wow!

The first batch of participating hotel properties include locations in 17 international countries in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. US properties in Arizona, California, Nevada, New York, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are listed.

Basically there are hotels in New York City and Europe offering seasonal award stays at 25% off from January 1-February 28/March 1. The Caribbean and Mexico seasonal awards Sep 23-Nov 23, 2013, California and Arizona seasonal awards are for summer 2013 stays.

Here are two examples of the 25% discount for New York and Amsterdam.

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Algonquin Hotel, New York Feb 25-27, 2013 is a Category 8 Marriott Rewards hotel normally at 40,000 points per night and drops to 30,000 points per night with a seasonal award.

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Marriott Amsterdam is a category 7 award at 35,000 points per night and drops to 26,250 points per nihgt with a 3-night seasonal award February 11-14, 2013.

Looking at the published rates I find the redemption value for points for these two specific stays to be around the point where spending cash might be a better value. But subjectively the points redemption value depends on your cash vs. points finances at the time.

Note: Marriott Amsterdam offers upgraded rooms with Executive Lounge and Leidseplein (party-central) view for an additional 75EUR per night.

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February 17-22, 2013 5-night stay Seasonal Award for Marriott Amsterdam is 105,000 points discounted from normal 140,000 5th night free rate.

The published rate for this stay in a Family Room is 966.38 EUR or USD$1,253.

This award stay provides a redemption value of $11.93 per 1,000 Marriott rewards points.

Combining the 5th night free discount and a seasonal award looks like the real redemption value bargain of this new Marriott Rewards points stay option. 

 

USA

Arizona

Camelback Inn®, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Canyon Villas

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

The Buttes, A Marriott Resort

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

California

Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Palm Desert

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas I

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge I-The Villages

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge II-The Enclaves

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

  • June 17 – August 30, 2013

Nevada

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

The Cosmopolitan

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas Airport

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Fairfield Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Henderson/Green Valley

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Springhill Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Hughes Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

TownePlace Suites Las Vegas Henderson

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Courtyard Las Vegas Summerlin

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Residence Inn Las Vegas South

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Las Vegas Marriott

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

Marriott’s Grand Chateau 1&2

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

SpringHill Suites Las Vegas North

  • July 15 – September 30, 2013

New York

The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel 57

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

The Carlton, Autograph Collection

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square South

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper East Side

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Fifth Avenue

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Chelsea

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

New York Marriott Downtown

  • January 1 – February 28, 2013

US Virgin Islands

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Puerto Rico

La Concha, A Renaissance Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Mexico

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
  • September 23 – November 23, 2013
CasaMagna(R) Marriott Cancun Resort
  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

 

Aruba

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

MVCI Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

British Virgin Islands

Scrub Island Resort, Autograph Collection

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman Marriott Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Costa Rica

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Saint Kitts and Nevis

MVCI Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club
  • September 23 – November 23, 2013
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
  • September 23 – November 23, 2013

Austria

Vienna Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Renaissance Wien Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

The Imperial Riding School Vienna, A Renaissance Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Belgium

Brussels Marriott Hotel

  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Czech Republic

Prague Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Denmark

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

France

JW Cannes
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Germany

Berlin Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013
Hamburg Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013
Heidelberg Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013
Munich Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Hungary

Budapest Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Netherlands

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013
Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Poland

Warsaw Marriott Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

Switzerland

Renaissance Zurich Hotel
  • January 1 – March 1, 2013

 

Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards FAQs

What are Seasonal Awards?

Seasonal Awards from Marriott Rewards offers you discounts on redemption rates during certain times of the year. 

What is the value of Seasonal Awards?

Hotels participating in Seasonal Awards offer a 25% discount off the Standard Award pricing. View redemption rates for each hotel category participating in Seasonal Awards. 

Which Marriott brands participate in Seasonal Awards?

Seasonal Awards is a global program that includes these brands from the Marriott brand portfolio: JW Marriott®, EDITIONSM, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Marriott® Hotels and Resorts, Marriott® Conference Centers, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, Springhill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, and Marriott Vacation Club®. Please note that only select hotels in these brands participate.

Does The Ritz-Carlton participate in Seasonal Awards?

Yes. The Ritz-Carlton hotels offer Seasonal Awards at varying times of the year. Please note that only select hotels in these brands participate.

How do I find hotels offering Seasonal Awards?

The Marriott Rewards Seasonal Awards homepage lists participating properties by U.S. cities and international countries. Alternately, Seasonal Awards will display in Search Results when available if the Use Marriott Rewards points box is checked.

Participating hotels change throughout the year, so you’ll want to visit often to see which hotels are available for your worldwide travels.

If a hotel is listed as participating in Seasonal Awards, will there always be availability?

Seasonal Awards are offered at hotels during specific times of the year. The hotels and time periods vary but availability is guaranteed during the participation dates under the Marriott Rewards No Blackout Dates program.

Are e-certificates available for Seasonal Awards?

Yes, they are available. 

Are upgrades available with Seasonal Awards?

You may combine standard cash or point upgrades with Seasonal Awards when booking a redemption stay. However, Seasonal Awards do not affect the points required for upgrades.

Where can I get help with Seasonal Awards?

We’ll be happy to help you. Simply contact the Marriott Rewards Customer Service office closest to you.

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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