If California is any kind of indicator, then Marriott eBreaks offer many more hotels for discount rates this post-Labor Day holiday weekend across the USA. There are multiple hotels in many tourist destination cities on this week’s list.

  • Charleston, SC
  • Savannah, GA
  • Nashville TN
  • Los Angeles, CA

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Colorado

Connecticut

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Vermont

Virginia

Wisconsin

Outside of U.S.

Canada

Marriott eBreaks Terms and Conditions

  • 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.
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Marriott eBreaks email this week asks members your favorite Concierge Lounges and Celebrate the end of summer with photos of #sunsets. Share your summer #sunsets on Marriott Insiders.

Here is a Carmel Beach moonset I took Saturday night this past Labor Day weekend without a tripod. I could tell the image was blurred, but I did not have time to stabilize the camera for a clear shot as my party was walking away with their iPhone lights, leaving me to walk alone in the dark night to catch up.

I like the blurred image anyway. I call it Carmel Beach Moonfire.

Carmel Beach MoonFire

Carmel Beach Moonfire – Ric Garrido August 30, 2014

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After a $50 million renovation, Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown opens in 1901 Bartlett Building by Daniel Burnham. The historic office building is now a Marriott brand Renaissance hotel featuring 283 guest rooms and 40 executive suites in the 19-floor hotel. The hotel restaurant is named D. Burnham’s. The grand opening ceremony was held August 26, 2014.

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel is Marriott Rewards category 6.

Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown

The hotel is within walking distance of downtown Cincinnati’s major Fortune 500 firms such as Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, Great American Insurance and Kroger, as well as international data company dunnhumby. It also is conveniently located a block from the heart of the city, Fountain Square, and is near Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park. It is 15 minutes away from the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, ten minutes from the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University and 15 minutes from Northern Kentucky University.

Renaissance Cincinnati

Cincinnati-based FRCH Design Worldwide was responsible for the hotel’s architectural renovation. The 1901 office building, also known as the U.S. Trust Building, was designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham as the tallest building in Cincinnati and Ohio when built. The 1901 Bartlett Building is listed on the U.S.Register of National Historic Places. The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel involved a $50 million redesign of the historic building space, vacant since 2010.

Daniel Burnham Architect

As a frequent visitor to Chicago over the past four years, Daniel Burnham is a prominent name in Chicago’s architectural history. Several Burnham buildings are featured on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise on the First Lady.

Earlier this summer I read The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson.

The book is set in Chicago, circa 1893, intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World’s Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed “Murder Castle.”

The book is based on real characters and events. Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the film rights in 2010.

Wikipedia

I love to read about historic buildings being repurposed into hotels. These older buildings have architectural style and spaces with an interior design elegance not seen in modern hotel buildings. And of course, modern features to make a guest room comfortable.

FRCH said it was careful to pay homage to the history of the building and to preserve its heritage in the midst of the renovation.

Company officials said they also paid specifically employed environmentally friendly practices and products to earn a LEED certification for the project.

WCPO News Cincinnati (better hotel photos than Marriott site)

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181,250 buys a King Bed and other Marriott Rewards FlashPerks Aug 28 are available now for the next 24 hours.

Marriott bed

The bed item comes up with a Marriott Concierge contact message.

Our Concierge would be glad to assist you in checking the availability of a Marriott FlashPerks deal. Please dial 1-888-784-7296 to be put in contact with the Concierge.

The Concierge is available from 8am until 5pm CST, every Thursday and Friday.

If you should require further assistance please e-mail us at www.flashperks@maritz.com.

Thank you,

Marriott Rewards Flashperks

Marriott’s Queen bed is only 168,750 points. Up to 20 available in each size, Queen, King and Cal King.

Hotel Rate Discounts with Perks

The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Package

• 30% off Ambiente and Ambiance Golf Package
• Unlimited golf for two on the Ambiente Golf Course
• Breakfast for 2 daily at Acacia at Camelback Golf Club
• $50 resort credit
Stay Dates: Sep 10-14, 19-21, 25-27; Oct 29 – Nov 1, Nov 5 – 9
• Up to 10 rooms available per night
• Prepay in full, non-refundable, no changes

The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino Package

• 40% off of leisure rates on oceanview and beachfront rooms
• Includes complimentary internet and 20% off spa treatments
Stay Dates: September 28 – October 18
• Up to 10 rooms available per night
• Prepay in full, non-refundable, no changes

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Package

  • Three day/two night package and three 50-minute spa treatments *Treatments include: The Ritz-Carlton ocean based products facial, a mango-guava scrub and massage, and the Ritz-Carlton Signature massage which includes customized aromatherapy and massage techniques
  • Stay Dates: October 5-9 and 12-19
  • Up to 10 rooms available per night
  • Prepay in full, non-refundable, no changes

The Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa Package

• 30% Off Regular Rates
• 30% discount off spa treatments
Stay Dates: October 10 – 31
• Up to 10 rooms available per night
• Prepay in full, non-refundable, no changes

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Package

  • Enjoy the third night complimentary in a Deluxe Ocean View guest room
  • Includes complimentary daily breakfast
  • 20% savings on treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Spa®   * Includes The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, Kapalua Blend Bar Experience, where guests can create their own spa salt and lotion using their choice of salts, fragrance etc, then purchase a massage or scrub and use the products they created in their preferred treatment.
  • Stay Dates: October 28 – November 21
  • Up to 10 rooms available per night
  • Prepay in full, non-refundable, no changes

50% off Reward Night Deals

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Package

17,500 Points per night

• Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost
• $25 spa credit per room per night
Stay Dates: October 1 – 14
• Up to 10 rooms available per night

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama Package

25,000 Points Per Night

• Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost
• Once daily access to the spa water circuit for two adults
Stay Dates: December 1 – 14
• Up to 10 rooms available per night

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50% off rewards stays JW Marriott Costa Rica and Ritz Carlton Canary Islands are two items with an advance preview for Marriott Rewards Flash Perks 24-hour sale starting 12 noon Central time Thursday, August 28.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Costa Rica = 17,500 points per night. Marriott Rewards FlashPerks link.

JW Marriott Guanacaste

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa hotel page link.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is the TripAdvisor #1 rated hotel for the beach resort area of Costa Rica and a 2014 Travelers Choice Luxury Hotel.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort. This oceanfront property is located next to an 18-hole golf course with a coastal layout designed by Mike Young. Off-site activities such as canopy tours, surfing, horseback riding, white water rafting and tours to nearby parks and volcanoes are arranged on site. The property features a spectacular infinity pool, outdoor hot tubs, gym, Kids Club, biking and jogging trails, one of the top five spas in Latin America, five restaurants and two bars.

• Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost
• $25 spa credit per room per night
Stay Dates: October 1 – 14
• Up to 10 rooms available per night

Dates are limited to a two week period in October. Marriott Rewards FlashPerks T&C restrict your reward stay to a maximum four nights with this offer. You can book two consecutive stays from two different account numbers if you and a spouse or friend want more time at the JW Marriott and both members have points to redeem this deal from separate accounts.

Room rates are about $250 per night.

Ritz Carlton Abama, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain = 25,000 points per night.

Ritz Carlton Abama

Ritz-Carlton Abama is ranked #3 of 6 Guia de Isora hotels on TripAdvisor.com with two Gran Melia Resorts rated more highly.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, a part of Spain that is off the coast of southern Morocco.

Google Maps Tenerife

Flights are relatively inexpensive for the 1,100 miles distance from Madrid with RyanAir providing service between Madrid to Tenerife Airports TFN or TFS for under $150 roundtrip in December and Iberia flying MAD-TFN for $200 roundtrip.

Ritz-Carlton Abama Marriott Rewards FlashPerks link.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Abama, offers unparalleled facilities in a unique ocean-front environment. Asian and African influences and scents of herbal flower essences complement the power of the ocean, the healing qualities of plants, the sounds of tropical birds and the warm rays of the sun. The spa features ten lavishly outfitted rituals rooms; a Garden Spa relaxation area; and additional treatment rooms for hydrotherapy, scrubs and wraps  for you to lose yourself in an oasis of well-being.

• Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost
• Once daily access to the spa water circuit for two adults
Stay Dates: December 1 – 14
• Up to 10 rooms available per night

Regular room rates start around 230 EUR per night during this December time period.

Both of these hotels offer more than $12.50 per 1,000 points redemption value with 50% off reward rates.

Marriott Rewards members can buy up to 50,000 points at the rate of $12.50 per 1,000 points if you need more points.

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Marriott Rewards FlashPerks preview August 21 indicates this week is an NFL theme. Courtyard and the NFL have teamed up to create some amazing, one-of-a-kind experiences for your favorite team—and there’s only one package per team!

Marriott Rewards FlashPerks go live at Thursday, August 21 at 12 noon Central time. Items are available for purchase for 24 hours or until sold out.

Marriott Rewards FlashPerks preview:

  • One exclusive Courtyard NFL Sunday Game Experience per team that includes game tickets for two adults, a $100 Southwest Airlines gift card and a $25 Courtyard gift card to use at The Bistro
  • A Courtyard & NFL Network VIP Studio Tour, where you can go behind the scenes of the NFL Network studios to see a live taping and get a VIP viewing of the games
  • A Weber Q1000 Gas Grill with Rolling Cart for all of your game day grilling needs (32,500 Marriott Rewards points; usually 62,500 points. 20 items available). This item retails for $170 at Target.
  • A $50 Omaha Steaks gift certificate for nearly half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost (10,000 points; regularly 17,500 points)
  • 18-piece BBQ Set 7,500 points (30 available)

There will be likely be additional items available during the 24-hour Marriott Rewards FlashPerks sale.

Check MarriottRewardsFlashPerks.com August 21 for prices on these NFL packages.

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This week’s Marriott eBreaks offer room rate discounts of 20% for paid stays from Thursday, August 21 to Sunday, August 24. There are participating hotels in 19 states, Canada, Aruba and Panama. Thursday night stays require Friday night and Sunday night stays require Saturday night for these discount rates. Friday or Saturday night can be booked as one-night stays. These discount rates earn Marriott Rewards points. Rate rules at most hotels generally have a flexible cancellation policy allowing day of arrival cancellation with no penalty.

Alabama

California

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

New Hampshire

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Outside of U.S.

Aruba

Canada

Panama

Terms & Conditions

  • 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.

Manhattan Beach Marriott

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Marriott Rewards has a redemption option for Venice Simplon Orient Express luxury train journey using Marriott Rewards points. Regular passage is $3,140 one-way for overnight travel between London and Venice, Italy or the reverse route. London to Venice (or vice versa) one-way Superior Class travel for one passenger aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is 285,000 Marriott Rewards points for one person in a double carriage. Round-trip is 400,000 points for one passenger or $4,710 to purchase a ticket. That is a good redemption value for Marriott Rewards points, but you either need points for two passengers to book a double occupancy cabin or pay for the second passenger.

The Original Orient Express Rail Journey

Murder on the Orient Express is a 1934 Agatha Christie mystery novel featuring her fictional detective Hercule Poirot traveling on the Orient Express luxury sleeper train service from Istanbul to Paris.

Orient Express 1888 poster

1888 Orient Express London-Paris-Constantinople (Istanbul)

Wikimedia link.

The original Orient Express operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits ran train service between Paris and Istanbul from 1883 in a 3-night journey. These were the first sleeping cars and dining cars used for long-distance train travel in Europe. Georges Nagelmackers, Belgian founder of Campagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, was inspired to upgrade train travel in Europe by a trip he made in the USA on Pullman night cars.

There is a hotels connection between Campagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits and Accor Hotels which include luxury brands Sofitel and Pullman. There is also a connection with Carlson Hotels (Radisson, Country Inns & Suites) with  Carlson being 55% owner of Carlson-Wagonlit Travel. But those are different stories.

From 1883, the Orient Express operated between Paris and Istanbul in three nights and three times per week in each direction. The Orient Express deployed the first sleeping and dining cars for long-distance train travel in Europe. In 2003, the company restored seven cars of the famous Pullman Orient Express and made it available for tourist events. After 2007, the night sleeper service named Orient Express only operates between Strasbourg and Vienna. Made obsolete by Europe’s high-speed rail network, the Orient Express made its last run on 14 December 2009.

Wikipedia Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

American businessman James Sherwood purchased and restored historic 1920s and 1930s Pullman rail cars and rail cars from Campagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits in the 1970s and 80s. The first London-Venice train journey was run in 1982.

The company is now owned by luxury travel provider Belmond, which operates hotels, trains and river cruises. The Venice Simplon Orient Express website offers video of the train cabins.

London-Venice train

Simplon Venice Orient Express London – Venice rail journey prices August 2014.

Luxury train travel in the UK and Europe using Marriott points is an option for the well-traveled seeking a unique kind of travel experience. London to Venice one-way or round trip on historic rail cars from the 1920s and 30s provide a taste of travel pre-dating air passenger flights and before high-speed trains.

Marriott Rewards offers rail journeys through Belmond beginning at 85,000 points per person for day travel in Britain, up to 400,000 points for round-trip rail travel between London and Venice.

Marriott Rail Journeys

Belmond rail journeys available using Marriott Rewards points.

http://www.marriott.com/rewards/usepoints/morerew.mi

London-Venice Orient Express travel details

2 Days / 1 Night, from US$3,140 per person (or 285,000 Marriott Rewards points).

The classic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train journey. Depart London mid-morning for your luxurious overnight journey to Venice, where you arrive late afternoon the next day.

Day 1 – Depart London Victoria Station 10:45am.

  • Board the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria station, your steward will show you to your reserved seat.
  • Sit back and enjoy Brunch served with a Bellini as you travel through the Kentish countryside.
  • After crossing the Channel board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
  • Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by our skilled French chefs.
  • After dinner retire to your cabin, which has now been transformed into a cosy bedroom.

Day 2 – Arrive in Venice, Italy 5:56pm (17:56)

  • You awake to the magnificent mountain and countryside scenery as breakfast is served in your cabin at a time to suit you.
  • Spend the morning relaxing in your cabin or in the Bar Car chatting to fellow guests.
  • Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch which is served in another one of the beautiful restaurant cars.
  • While away the afternoon admiring the passing scenery as the train travels through the Italian Dolomites.
  • Later, afternoon tea is served in your cabin.
  • All too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Santa Lucia station.

Britain and Southeast Asia Rail Journeys

There are several other luxury rail travel journeys available through Belmond The following trips are available for booking using Marriott Rewards points.

Singapore to Bangkok (or vice versa) one-way Pullman Cabin travel for one passenger aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express for 240,000 Marriott Rewards points. 3 days and 2 nights. Retail price $2,560.

Singapore to Bangkok (or vice versa) one-way State Cabin travel for one passenger aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express for 290,000 Marriott Rewards points. Retail price $3,740.

 

British Pullman & Northern Belle Journeys

Belmond UK website

Bath Excursion aboard the British Pullman train, includes round trip travel from London to Bath, tour of Roman baths and supper for 105,000 Marriott Rewards points.

Bath Excursion aboard the steam-hauled British Pullman train, includes round trip travel from London to Bath, tour of Roman baths and supper for 120,000 Marriott Rewards points.

The Golden Age of Travel excursion on the British Pullman. Round trip signature journey through Britain’s glorious countryside for 85,000 Marriott Rewards points.

The Golden Age of Travel excursion on the steam-hauled British Pullman. Round trip signature journey through Britain’s glorious countryside for 105,000 Marriott Rewards points.

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Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay 20,000 points reward nights are 50% off the regular category 8 rate with Marriott Rewards FlashPerks beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 14 at 1pm Eastern time, 12 noon Central, 10am Pacific.

Marriott Rewards Flash Perks have been posting each Thursday for the past month with a sneak preview of some offers released the day before on Marriott Rewards Insiders community forum. The discount reward deals are generally the hotels that book out the quickest for the limited rooms offered. Sydney at 20,000 points per night will likely be a quick sell-out for the 24-hour sale period. Be ready when Marriott Rewards Flash Perks post tomorrow if you want this deal.

I will have a full list of FlashPerks hotel deals tomorrow once they post. The Marriott Sydney is definitely a great value.

Most offers for tomorrow have no room rates posted yet, but here are previews of some other FlashPerks hotels and items available tomorrow, August 14.

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A new Marriott MegaBonus offer launched today for registration. There are several versions of Marriott MegaBonus Sep 15, 2014 to Jan 15, 2015. Marriott MegaBonus shakes up the past two years of free night certificate offers. Members are reporting only various bonus points offers for the newly released Marriott MegaBonus promotion today. There are no reports of free night certificate offers by members for this MegaBonus promotion.

You must register for Marriott MegaBonus by November 15, 2014.

Sign into your Marriott Rewards Promotion Central starting August 13 for your 2014 MegaBonus. Register between August 13 and November 15, 2014 for your own personalized offer on stays between September 15, 2014 and January 15, 2015. For complete details, call 888-Marriott (627-7468), contact Customer Care, or visit MarriottRewards.com/MegaBonus2014.

Participating Brand(s): 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® and Moxy Hotels®. Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement.

Versions of Marriott MegaBonus Sep 15, 2014 to Jan 15, 2015

Version 1: Earn double points with every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points.

Version 2: Earn 2,500 bonus points on every stay, starting with your second paid stay, up to 25,000 bonus points.

Version 3: Earn 25,000 bonus points after 12 paid nights, plus an additional 5,000 points after 18 paid nights, up to 30,000 bonus points.

Version 4: Earn 25,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights, plus an additional 15,000 points after 20 paid nights, up to 40,000 bonus points.

Version 5: Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus and additional 15,000 after 25 nights, up to 50,000 bonus points.

Version 6: Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus an additional 2,000 for every additional paid night, up to 55,000 bonus points.

My Marriott MegaBonus offer

My offer is Version 2 for 2,500 points per stay beginning with second stay. My targeted offer is the best choice of these six versions for me since it allows earning 2,500 bonus points from the second stay. Three one-night stays allows me to earn 5,000 bonus points over the four month promotion period. I am unlikely to stay sufficiently to make a big dent in this MegaBonus.

I need a minimum 11 one-night stays to max out my Marriott MegaBonus offer cheaply. I currently have several free night category 5 hotel certificates from the previous Marriott MegaBonus offers where I earned one free night after two one-night stays. I’ll be redeeming some of these during the four months of MegaBonus.

Version 1 for double points would be preferable to me if I planned to spend some deep pockets cash with Marriott in the $1,000+ range during the promotion, but my pockets are not that deep.

Version 3 for 25,000 after 12 nights would be preferable if I was planning an extended stay or two at a Marriott, but I have no plans for a long stay with Marriott or any other hotel chain over the next few months. I usually spend points for long stays to take advantage of good redemption value opportunities.

 

Want a Different MegaBonus Offer? Call Marriott before registering for MegaBonus 2014.

Elite members have leverage for requesting a different promotion offer from the versions listed.

Marriott Rewards customer service changed my offer during the last MegaBonus.

At the time, the courteous Marriott Rewards customer service representative stated it is preferable to call and request a change to your targeted offer before you register for MegaBonus.

No guarantee you can change your offer, but you can try if one of the other versions of MegaBonus might work better for your travels.

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Marriott eBreaks August 14-17, 2014 edition has a whole lot of Atlanta area hotels. Atlanta Marriott Marquis at $79, The Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection at $107, or JW Marriott Buckhead Atlanta $127 per night are just three of 30 hotels listed for Atlanta area Marriott eBreaks.

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Seems like Sacramento is the only California place with weekly eBreaks offers. I keep meeting people in Monterey escaping the 100+ degree heat of the Sacramento Valley to chill in our 68 degree deep coastal fog cover that sticks around overhead most days in August.

Perhaps the Marriott eBreaks selections are better for your travel destinations this weekend.

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