Dec182014

Marriott deals scored on Super Silent Auctions

Yesterday offered one of the best deals I have seen for discount rates at Marriott Hotels. On Monday, I posted Bid for 64 Marriott deals in Omaha Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser and I was surprised there was little feedback on the offers. Sure, no points were involved, but when you can get a luxury hotel for $50 per night including breakfast, the deal trumps the points in my travel world.

At one point, a couple of minutes before the auction ended, I had $700 on the line for seven hotels and 14 nights. Then, I decided I did not want to plan a year of travel around cheap Marriott rooms. The road trip in my head to San Diego, Scottsdale and Las Vegas dropped out as I stopped bidding for JW Marriott Camelback (winning bid $135 for two nights), and JW Marriott Las Vegas (winning bid $135 for two nights with breakfast).

The spring ‘drive out of Florida’ road trip was a good dream, but I was not sure I would be doing that again this year. Miami, Orlando and Savannah dropped off my bid list. JW Miami went for $150 for two nights with breakfast, Grand Bohemian Orlando $70 for one night and Marriott Savannah Riverfront $105 for two nights.

Europe in summer 2015 is the one trip already scheduled and London Marriott Marble Arch was one of my regular bids, but once it hit $200, I dropped that idea. Still the winning bid of $290 was less than 50% of regular rates at $145 per night and the stay included breakfast. I stopped bidding on Frankfurt Marriott too when someone raised my $75 bid. The winner of Frankfurt Marriott picked up two weekend nights with breakfast for $80.

The one bid I did not give up on was Marriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco. I had the high bid at $95 for two nights with a sea view and breakfast included. I was outbid at $100 and in the final seconds I hit the $105 bid button. The message came back Auction Closed. $50 per night for a Monaco harbor view is quite the deal for someone else.

In the end, I settled for a trip to Disneyland and the Anaheim Marriott for two nights with breakfast for $110 + $15 for certificate shipping and Boston Copley Place for $80 for one weekend night, including breakfast for two.

Sample Winning Bids

These hotel auction items were nearly all two night stay certificates and nearly all included breakfast for two.

Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino Marriott 115

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale 135

Marriott Marquis San Francisco $250

JW Marriott Cherry Creek Denver (one weekend night with valet parking) $80

Anaheim Marriott $110 (I won this bid)

Grand Bohemian Orlando (one night only with parking, no breakfast) $70

JW Marriott Miami $150

Marriott Riviera La Porte De Monaco $100

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel $80

Marriott Savannah Riverfront $105

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile $150

The Depot Minneapolis $55

Marriott Boston Copley Place $80 one night (my winning bid)

JW Marriott Las Vegas $135

Portland Oregon Marriott Downtown Waterfront $105

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown $120

Renaissance Austin $75

Marriott London Marble Arch $290

Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star St. Thomas U.S Virgin Island Resort $235

Seattle Waterfront Marriott one night $90

Renaissance Paris La Defense two weekend nights with breakfast $80

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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Comments

  1. @David – glad to hear you participated and won a hotel stay in the Super Silent Auction. I was wondering if I had a super silent readership or simply no interest in these offers?

  2. Ric, I also found out about the auction from your blog and won two nights at the Harbor Beach Fort Lauderdale Resort & Spa for $155! I checked rates in February before bidding and most are $400+/night, so huge savings for me.

    I think your readers didn’t want to draw too much attention to the auction from others so we would get these great deals!

    Thanks for the info!

  3. Did you receive an email already that you won? I thought I won the Nashville auction but I didn’t receive an email so I am wondering if I was outbid at the last second.

  4. @Eric – I received an email today notifying me I had won an auction, but no specifics. I went to the Super Silent Auctions bid page and the page showed me as the winning bidder for the two hotels.

    @DaveinDC – Glad to hear that several of the winning bidders are readers. I know what you mean about drawing attention to auctions. I have watched bids increase dramatically after I write about an auction.

  5. I won two…..

    One for downtown KC and the other for ABQ.

    I’m going to be moving to Topeka for a job next week so I figured I’d FI a weekend in downtown KC area and explore.

    I was planning on a trip to ABQ in the summer …last time I was there was the mid 90s other than a drive thru about 10 years ago.

    Shouldn’t that Portland one been for the one in Oregon ?????
    Other issue with that was the use date being something like march 19. Was this through November like others I would have bid on it. If I recall Saturday market doesn’t start till around late March.

    The seattle waterfront …it was for just 1 night with summer months blocked. I put in on the other for sesttle but was outbid.

  6. I thought I won one – as I it outbid notices on all but one – but have yet to see an email. Fingers crossed.

  7. I received my invoice on Friday, Dec 19 for the two auctions I won, but it only gives the price to pay without specifics on the auction items. Like I said, I see the items where I am the winning bidder on the original bid page and the invoice amount is equal to those two items.

  8. @Dan – You are right about my placing Portland Marriott in the wrong state. Funny thing is I never bothered to look. The March date kept me from bidding since I didn’t think I could get to Maine by March. I certainly could have made it to Oregon.

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