Marriott MegaBonus spring 2015 is open for registration in your Marriott Rewards account. Despite Gary Leff of View from the Wing declaring MegaBonus dead Marriott’s MegaBonus is Dead, But the Name Lives On. Here are the Offers., the perennial offer has simply returned to its pre-recession crisis versions of bonus points instead of free night certificates.

The free night at a category 1-4 or 1-5 hotel was a good deal while the run lasted (2009-2014), but it looks like the new world financial order, at least in the USA where the vast majority of Marriott properties are located, has Marriott MegaBonus dropping the free night offers. Every other hotel chain dropped free night offer promotions before 2014.

Here are versions of Marriott MegaBonus listed on FlyerTalk:

Spring MegaBonus 2015 Options:

  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay that includes a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday — up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays over weekend day)
  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays)
  • Earn 2,500 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points (maxes out after 11 stays)
  • Earn 2,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 13 stays)
  • Earn 10,000 points after 10 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 17 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 15,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 45,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 35,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 55,000 bonus points (maxes out after 30 nights)

My offer (Marriott Silver) is 3,000 bonus points beginning second stay, up to 24,000 points with 9 stays.

My wife with no elite status received 2,500 bonus points beginning second stay, up to 25,000 points with 11 stays.

These are the best offers for members who will likely have fewer than five 1-night hotel stays. I can earn 12,000 bonus points with five low-cost stays.

I liked earning the free night certificates, however, the massive shift of hotels out of Marriott Rewards category 4 and 5 over the past three years has made free night certificates far less useful. I had one free night certificate expire on me last summer with so few hotels in California at Category 5 in places I wanted to visit.

The value of Marriott points is they stick around for a long time. Unlike Hilton HHonors, who regularly purge points from inactive acccounts, which can be as little as 12 months of inactivity, Marriott Rewards typically lets points sit in accounts even after several years of inactivity. Before MegaBonus started the free night offers in 2009, my account had points available from my previous hotel stays in 2002. That is what I call loyalty to the customer.

Marriott New Member Free Night Offer

Looks like the free night at a category 1-5 hotel after your second paid stay in 120 days is still available for new member enrollees.

Marriott free night new members

Terms and Conditions

  • This promotion is valid for new members who enroll in the Marriott Rewards® program on or after November 4, 2013.
  • Your earning period starts the day you enroll through the end of that month, plus an additional 120 days.
  • Make two paid stays at a participating Marriott® hotel during your earning period to receive a free night certificate at any participating Category 1-5 hotel.
  • Stay at participating Marriott hotels, which include the following brands:  JW Marriott®, EDITION®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, AC Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Hotels & Resorts®, Courtyard by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, Gaylord Hotels® and Marriott Vacation Club® brands.
  • Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement.
  • A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.
  • Please note that this is an electronic certificate and will be automatically deposited into your Marriott Rewards account after completing two qualifying paid stays.
  • Certificate must be redeemed within one year from the date of issue.
  • Certificate is for a standard room type.
  • You may use additional Marriott Rewards points to upgrade your room type, subject to availability. At participating Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites properties, Certificates are for a studio or one bedroom.

Marriott’s acquisition of Africa’s largest hotel chain will soon offer Marriott Rewards members loyalty benefits. 26 South Africa Protea Hotels join Marriott Rewards Feb 23, 2015 and nearly 100 more hotels will become part of Marriott Rewards in late 2015.

Protea Hotels in South Africa join Marriott Rewards February 23, 2015.

Protea Hotels in South Africa join Marriott Rewards February 23, 2015.

The hotel category these hotels have been placed in for their initial entry is great news. The highest hotel category is 5 or 25,000 points per night with 5th night free.

Protea rates Cape Town

Sample Protea Hotel rates in Cape Town, South Africa March 9-11, 2015.

Cape Town South Africa March 9-11, 2015

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel = $283.60 per night March 9-11, 2015 or 25,000 points per night.

Protea Hotel North Wharf Waterfront = $216.02 or 20,000 points per night.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town = $178.74 per night or 25,000 points per night.

Room rates are quite high for these Marriott Rewards category levels. This looks like South Africa is a great destination with Marriott Rewards points for 2015.

Cape Town

Category 5:

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

Category 4:

Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge Waterfront
Protea Hotel North Wharf Waterfront
Protea Hotel President
Protea Hotel Sea Point
Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Waterfront
Protea Hotel Cape Castle Waterfront

Category 3:

Protea Hotel Tygervalley
Protea Hotel Durbanville
Protea Hotel Mowbray (opening February 2015)

Johannesburg

Category 5:

African Pride Melrose Arch

Category 4:

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch
African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Category 3:

Protea Hotel Wanderers
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton
Protea Hotel Parktonian All-Suite
Protea Hotel Midrand
Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport
Protea Hotel Samrand
Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport
Protea Hotel Roodepoort

Durban

Category 3:

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge
Protea Hotel Umhlanga
Protea Hotel Edward

*Marriott Rewards redemptions are not available for booking until February 23, 2015

10% off Africa room rates for Marriott Rewards members

Marriott is currently offering a 10% off BAR rate for Marriott Rewards members.

10% off Terms & Conditions

  1. Protea Hotels in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban will participate in Marriott Rewards® starting February 23, 2015 after some necessary system upgrades. The remaining locations across Africa within the Protea Hotels portfolio will join Marriott Rewards in late 2015 after the same necessary system upgrades. Until then, Rewards members are unable to earn Elite benefits, Elite nights, points or airline miles for stays made prior to these dates.
  2. Promotion rate is a 10% discount on best available rate and is per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservation.
  3. Offer applies to members of Marriott Rewards or The Ritz-Carlton Rewards only.
  4. Valid member account number must be used to secure reservation to qualify.
  5. Discount applicable for arrivals seven (7) days a week.
  6. Advance reservation required.
  7. 10% discount cannot be combined with any other promotion or group discount.
  8. Rooms booked through third-party online retailers, such as Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, Travelocity.com, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Priceline, etc. are not eligible for discount offering. Wholesale packages and series tours are not eligible regardless of booking source.
  9. Available for up to two (2) rooms booked and paid for by the member.
  10. Blackout dates may apply.

Searching hotel rates this past week revealed, at least for coastal California, the nights before December 25 are generally lower rates than nights from December 25 through New Year’s. This is something to keep in mind when choosing a hotel stay for a holiday getaway.

Marriott eBreaks this week for December 18-21 offers discount rates at participating hotels around the country.

  • Rates are per night. Thursday requires a Friday night stay. Sunday requires a Saturday night stay.

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Outside of U.S.

Canada

Mexico

Venezuela

Remember to check your Marriott Rewards account for the new Spring 2015 MegaBonus offer that is scheduled to post today. Marriott stated it would be available by the afternoon of December 17. I checked at 5:15am Pacific time. No offer yet. http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2014/12/16/marriott-rewards-2015-spring-megabonus-registration-begins-december-17/

Marriott lovers: Read my post on the Omaha Children’s Miracle Network Marriott Hotels auction ending at 4pm Central Time today, Dec 17. There are some fantastic deals available if auction bids remain this low. You probably won’t get points for the stay, but with a hotel rate at a fraction of the regular rate, do you care?

Bid for 64 Marriott deals in Omaha Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Marriott Rewards 2015 Spring MegaBonus will open for registration tomorrow, December 17, 2014, according to Marriott Rewards Insiders. 2015 Spring MegaBonus runs February 1 to April 30, 2015.

Registration opens on December 17th, when you will be able to visit your Promotion Central page to receive your unique offer. All offers will be available by 5:00pm EST on the 17th. All qualifying stays can be paid using any payment method/credit card of your choice (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.)

Registration is required by March 31, 2015

Earning Dates: February 1, 2015 – April 30, 2015

Participating Brands:

EDITION,® JW Marriott,® Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels,® Marriott Vacation Club, Gaylord Hotels,® AC Hotels by Marriott,® Courtyard by Marriott,® Residence Inn by Marriott,® SpringHill Suites by Marriott,® Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott,® TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, Moxy Hotels® and select Protea Hotels®.  Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton,® will count toward achievement.

Questions? You will also find FAQs and official terms & conditions when the registration period officially begins December 17th at MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus.

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This week’s Marriott eBreaks Dec 11-14, 2014 features hotel discount rates in 35 states and 5 countries outside the USA. Thursday requires a Friday night and Sunday requires a Saturday night. Friday or Saturday bookings can be for one night stays.

Two ways to book:
Reserve below — make sure MEB is in the corporate/promotional box. Reserve by phone — call 1–800–752–7571.

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District Of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Outside of U.S.

Brazil

Canada

Curacao

Mexico

Panama

Every week I read this message on the Marriott eBreaks page:

“Pick your spot in the US, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean or Latin America.”

I placed Europe in bold. I have never seen a hotel in Europe listed on Marriott eBreaks. Is there a different eBreaks list for Europe?

Marriott Rewards free WiFi worldwide begins January 15, 2015 for all members who book through Marriott direct channels including Marriott reservations centers worldwide or a Marriott website, including mobile apps.

Participating Marriott brands for free in room WiFi include:

  1. JW Marriott,
  2. Autograph Collection Hotels,
  3. Renaissance Hotels,
  4. Marriott Hotels,
  5. Marriott Executive Apartments,
  6. Gaylord Hotels,
  7. AC Hotels by Marriott,
  8. The Ritz-Carlton.

These brands join the other Marriott brands, which already provide free Wi-Fi today.

  1. EDITION,
  2. Marriott Vacation Club,
  3. Courtyard,
  4. Residence Inn,
  5. SpringHill Suites,
  6. Fairfield Inn & Suites,
  7. TownePlace Suites,
  8. Moxy Hotels.

Free Wi-Fi for Rewards members is not available at hotels that do not participate in the Marriott Rewards program or at Atlantis Paradise Island, (except for Gold and Platinum elite members at Atlantis).

Gold and Platinum Elite Rewards members will continue to receive free enhanced in-room Wi-Fi where available at participating hotels worldwide regardless of booking method. This benefit does not apply to meeting rooms.

Participating brands include: The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance Hotels,Marriott Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites and TownePlace Suites and Atlantis Paradise Island.

Non-Participating Brand:

Protea Hotels is the hotel chain in Africa acquired by Marriott this year. The hotels in Protea are not yet a fully integrated hotel brand in Marriott Rewards and the free WiFi benefit will not apply to Protea brand hotels. Hopefully this will change in 2015. Loyalty Traveler – No Marriott Rewards credit before 2015 at 116 Protea and African Pride hotels bookable on Marriott.com (May 30, 2014).

Non-Participating Properties:

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore
  2. Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve®
  3. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  4. The Ritz-Carlton Destination Clubs
  5. The Ritz-Carlton Residences®
  6. The Abaco Club
  7. JW Marriott Miami Beaux Arts
  8. Residence Inn at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Non-Participating Partner Hotels:

  1. Hotel Ritz-London – London, UK
  2. Hotel Ritz Madrid – Madrid, Spain
  3. Bulgari Hotel, Milano – Milan, Italy
  4. Bulgari Resort, Bali – Bali, Indonesia
  5. Bulgari Hotel, London – London, UK
  6. ExecuStay®

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Marriott International has a CyberMonday 30% off North America hotels offer with several components. There may be some good deals, but the terms are prepaid, nonrefundable rates. Caribbean resorts, Gaylord resorts and Atlantis are participating in this sale.

USA and Canada hotels for 2-night weekend stays Jan 1-Feb 28

30% off rates at select hotels applies to stays of at least 2 nights between Thursday and Sunday nights January 1 to February 28, 2015.

Reservations
Be sure that promotional code 444 appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1-800-228-9290 in the US and ask for promotional code 444.

United States

Marriott CyberMonday sale

 

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This week’s Marriott eBreaks offer hotels in 25 states, Canada and Panama for discount rates from Thursday Nov 20 to Sunday Nov 23, 2014. If California is an indicator, then there are many more hotels participating this next weekend than in average weeks. Lots of hotels under $100 per night.

Marriott eBreaks 11-17

Alabama

Arizona

California

Connecticut

Florida

Illinois

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Missouri

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Outside of U.S.

Canada

Panama

  • Rates are per night. Thursday requires a Friday night stay. Sunday requires a Saturday night stay.
  • Rates are valid for dates specified in email at advertised hotels only.
  • eBreaks rates are exclusive to customers who subscribe to the eBreaks program. Therefore, these rates do not qualify for Marriott’s Look No further Best Rates Guarantee.
  • A limited number of rooms are available and will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Advance bookings are required and must be guaranteed with a credit card.
  • Rates are offered Thursday through Sunday Some hotels only offer eBreaks rates Friday- Sunday. These hotels indicated with an asterisk ( * ) next to rates.
  • Rates are standard room, per night and based on single are double occupancy.
  • Rates are non-commissionable and not include taxes, fees, or other costs or gratuities.
  • Rates cannot be used in conjunction with other offers and/ or discounts.
  • Does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms.
  • Canadian cities are quoted in Canadian dollars and US cites are quoted in US dollars. All other destinations are quoted in currency listed.
  • Rates are eligible for Marriott Rewards Points and miles credit. Join Marriott Rewards for Free »
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On Wednesday I fly to Dublin, Ireland from San Francisco. Yesterday I wrote about my 12 nights in Ireland and London with six paid nights and six reward nights. I thought my travel plans were all set…until I woke up this morning and realized I have seven hotel reservations for 12 nights.

I kept thinking to myself that I had three nights in Dublin before flying home. In reality, I will be in Dublin four nights. I needed one more hotel night since I am on a 13 night trip.

Powerscourt Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection

In February 2013, the 200-room Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt Hotel was foreclosed and shuttered. The hotel is in County Wicklow, 25 km south of Dublin. Powerscourt Hotel changed ownership and reopened in late 2013 as an Autograph Collection brand hotel of Marriott. 

Loyalty Traveler (Oct 3, 2013) – Bye-Bye Ritz Carlton, Hello Powerscourt Autograph Hotel Ireland

Powerscourt Estate is a 13th century historic estate. National Geographic voted the estate as the #3 garden in the world. The highest waterfall in Ireland is located on Powerscourt Estate. Lonely Planet named the Powerscourt house as one of the top 10 houses of the world.

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Marriott eBreaks Nov 13-16 hotels are discount rates available for hotel stays next weekend beginning Thursday, November 13 through Sunday November 16. Thursday requires a Friday night and Sunday requires Saturday night for these rates. Friday or Saturday can be one-night stays.

Two ways to book:
Reserve below — make sure MEB is in the corporate/promotional box. Reserve by phone — call 1–800–752–7571.

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