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