Marriott MegaBonus California Adventure

Marriott MegaBonus won the 2013 Freddies Award last night for best hotel loyalty promotion in the Americas.


Marriott Monterey, California

The past few nights I have been hotel hopping in southern California earning free night credits for the Marriott Rewards MegaBonus two stays = one free night at a Category 1-4 hotel. This promotion ends April 30, 2013. You had to register by March 15 so too late this round if you did not already sign up.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the current Marriott Rewards MegaBonus.This offer will likely be repeated in 2013.

My California road trip so far has placed me in a Courtyard, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn. While the average price for Marriott brand hotels for the areas I search is probably in the $150 range, there have been good deals to be found for $100 per night or less. There is even a $69 rate at a Marriott full service hotel tonight.

My plan is to redeem the MegaBonus free night certificates  at Category 4 hotels before about 370 hotels in Marriott Rewards category 4 change to category 5 on May 16, 2013. That is almost 50% of the current Category 4 hotels changing to category 5 and becoming ineligible for the Cat 1-4 certificates I’ve earned from this Marriott Rewards MegaBonus.


Fairfield Inn Placentia, California.

Fairfield Inn was a comfortable bed and basic room. Residence Inn and Courtyard were upscale stays. All the hotels have been places I would return without hesitation.

This tour of Marriott brand hotels will be a valuable experience for comparison to the Choice Privileges 2 stays for 8,000 points promotion I will tackle on my road trip from Monterey to Colorado Springs for the BoardingArea blogger BAcon conference in two weeks.

Earning Marriott Rewards and Choice Privileges free nights should make my next trip to Europe a bargain vacation.

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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  1. Although not always a favorite in the blogosphere, Marriott is a sound, solid program.

    Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay is one of my favorite ‘Marriotts’!

    “All the hotels have been places I would return without hesitation.”

    This is all that many travelers are looking for: Hotels where I need them, consistent in what they deliver.

    I think people who appreciate Marriott would echo your thought, even if they have never stayed at a certain hotel: They know what to expect from Marriott.

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