Earn 2,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay at any of four Gaylord Resort & Convention Center properties in the USA for stays February 3-April 27, 2014. Promotion code M11.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida (Disneyworld/Orlando area)
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland (near D.C.)
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas (Dallas area)
Gaylord Resorts are purposefully built convention hotels with over 1,000 hotel rooms and provide a self-contained environment of restaurants, activities and recreation space. There are only four of these hotels in the USA and a fifth hotel being built in Denver as the Gaylord Rockies to include 1,500 rooms and an adjacent $25 million water park in the old Denver Stapleton Airport redevelopment of Aurora, Colorado.
I have attended conventions at the Florida and Maryland Gaylord properties. These are unique hotels with huge atriums offering a plant and water-filled environment in what might be considered immense open-space lobbies.
As a Marriott Rewards Silver elite member I received a similar Gaylord Resort offer for 3,000 bonus points + $25 resort credit with Promotion Code EOS.
Loyalty Traveler Rate Analysis
M11 2,000 bonus points deal
Gaylord Palms in Florida showed two offers when I checked the M11 rate.
$299 for 2,000 bonus points pales in comparison to the Marriott Rewards member promotion for $25 per night credit and no bonus points rate at $254.
A member can buy 2,000 points for $25 on MarriottRewards.com so a rate at $45 less per night with a $25 resort credit is the better deal.
$254 per night is still a high price to pay for the Orlando area and DisneyWorld area hotels.
Marriott Rewards Silver Elite Offer 3,000 Bonus points + $25 resort credit nightly
Using my Silver elite member offer of 3,000 bonus points + $25 resort credit nightly is the same $299 rate.
Paying $45 extra for 3,000 bonus points is still not a good deal since there is hotel tax and the rate works out to about $18 per 1,000 points.
Best deal is going for the $25 resort credit rate or possibly an even lower AAA rate with no bonuses.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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