Marriott eBreaks are discount rates released on Monday for hotel stays the following weekend nights from Thursday to Sunday. Friday or Saturday night stays are required, so if you want a Thursday or Sunday night, then you must book at least a two-night stay to include Friday or Saturday night.
What grabbed my attention this week are rates for hotels in a variety of cities at under $65 per night. Like Atlanta, where the Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory area is $75 per night for a full-service upper upscale Marriott and lower tier brands have even lower rates. Courtyard Atlanta Alpharetta is $51 per night and Courtyard Atlanta Northlake is $50.
Marriott Rewards MegaBonus offers a free reward night at a category 1 –5 hotel after two hotel stays by January 15, 2014. Rates this low mean two stays can be completed this Friday and Saturday night in the Atlanta area for $101 + tax to earn a category 5 hotel certificate.
What kind of value is a Marriott Rewards category 5 hotel certificate for one free night?
There are 551 Marriott Rewards category 5 hotels worldwide. Here are some examples, starting with Georgia.
The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens, Autograph Collection in Pine Mountain, Georgia has regular weekend rates of $229 to $239 per night in April and May 2014. The rate for a Friday to Sunday 2-night stay April 25-27, 2014 is $574.04.
The rate to earn one free night with Marriott MegaBonus in Atlanta area hotel stays this weekend is under $120 all-in after taxes at a cheap Marriott brand or about $175 for two nights at a full-service Marriott hotel.
Spending $240 to $350 to buy four hotel nights over the next couple of months earns two more hotel nights, potentially worth as much as $574. This is a good deal to consider.
With a spouse, friend or partner the opportunity to book two rooms under each account can earn even more free nights. I find it is better to pay for hotel stays when needed, even if they cost more, rather than booking hotels just for the loyalty program bonuses. Yet, there are times when your best travel planning may include booking hotel stays simply to earn the bonus.
Diversify your free night earnings
Three years ago my advice to readers was to get elite status with a program and save with add-on benefits. My attitude has changed in the past three years as room rates have climbed beyond the 2007 peak rates in many places.
My advice now is plan for free rooms whenever they are easy and cheap to acquire, regardless of the hotel chain. There are deals all around and your options open up even more when you have free room nights across a variety of hotel chains to redeem at a moment’s notice on your travels.
In my quest to maximize Marriott Rewards MegaBonus offers I have earned Marriott Silver elite by staying 10 nights in 2013 while earning free night certificates for Category 5 hotels from this current MegaBonus and the two other MegaBonus free night offers this year.
Marriott Rewards is my go to program for one night stays this season, especially since SPG, Hyatt and Hilton all have promotions based on staying 2 to 5 nights to earn any bonus points. (Well, technically SPG earns double points so $175 spent for two one-night stays with SPG will earn 350 bonus points. Woo hoo.)
Two one-night stays with Marriott by January 15, 2014 earns one free night. And that is a great promotion deal.
And after earning my two free night limit, there is always Kelley’s account to pick up two more category 5 nights, if desired, after paying for 4 one-night stays.
Marriott eBreaks June 17-20, 2013
Sign up for Marriott e-mail notices to receive your own email alert each Monday on the following weekend’s eBreaks rates.
Alabama – Mobile $71 – $159
Colorado – Boulder $80 – $120
Colorado – Denver $63 – $104
Colorado – Fort Collins $95 – $143
Colorado – Grand Junction $84 – $10
Florida – Naples-Fort Myers $63 – $87
Florida – Shalimar $107 – $115
Georgia – Atlanta $50 – $111
Georgia – Macon $71 – $95
Georgia – Multiple Cities $71 – $95
Indiana – Multiple Cities $80 – $91
Louisiana – Baton Rouge $79 – $87
Maryland – Baltimore $79 – $223
Montana – Multiple Cities $71 – $123
New Hampshire – Portsmouth $147 – $171
New Jersey – Atlantic City $79 – $207
New Jersey – Trenton-Princeton $87 – $143
New York – Buffalo $119 – $167
North Carolina – Charlotte $79 – $111
Ohio – Cincinnati $80 – $151
Ohio – Cleveland $87 – $95
Oregon – Portland $71 – $135
Pennsylvania – Philadelphia $79 – $143
Texas – Dallas-Ft Worth $71 – $199
Utah – Salt Lake City $63 – $127
Washington – Multiple Cities $79 – $159
Canada – Manitoba CAD103 – CAD111
Canada – Vancouver CAD183 – CAD239
Mexico – Cancun $79 – $174
Mexico – Toluca $60
Terms & Conditions:
Rates are per night.
- Thursday requires a Friday night stay.
- Sunday requires a Saturday night stay.
Please note that some hotels only offer eBreaks rates Friday – Sunday. View Terms & Conditions >>
When booking online, be sure to include MEB in the corporate/promotional box. To reserve by phone, call 1-800-752-7571 and ask for Marriott eBreaks.
Marriott eBreaks rates are exclusive to members of the eBreaks program. Therefore, they do not qualify for Marriott’s Look No Further® Best Rate Guarantee.
Marriott is peaking in my neighborhood
Coastal California is in peak season during the month of October when temperatures in northern half of California often hit the warmest weather of the year in places near the Pacific Ocean where it typically does not rise above 75 F. most of the year. I don’t know if October has the same significance in southern California where it is warmer year round.
Unfortunately, no Marriott eBreaks deals in California this weekend, unless you want to check out Long Beach.