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Free night Marriott MegaBonus and weak SPG Fall 2017 offers Sep 12-Jan 15, 2018

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Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest released fall 2017 offers today for stays September 12 to January 15, 2018.

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus is one free night certificate, up to Category 5 hotels, after two stays from Sep 12-Jan 15, 2018.

Only one free night may be earned during MegaBonus promotion. Free night e-certificate is valid for six months from issuance.

Members will receive an additional bonus offer after completing two stays. Last year’s 2016 MegaBonus additional offer was 2,500 points per stay. No word yet what this year’s bonus offer will be.

Marriott MegaBonus Fall 2017

Marriott MegaBonus Fall 2017 and SPG Explore More promotion registration required by November 30.

Starwood Preferred Guest Explore More

  • 500 or 1,000 Bonus Points per stay
  • 10,000 Bonus Points after 25 nights

SPG Explore More Fall 2017

Starwood’s offer for same Sep 12-Jan 15 dates is really weak – again!

Earn 500 bonus points each stay at Aloft, Element and Four Points.

Earn 1,000 bonus points each stay at St. Regis, W, Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels.

Participating Aloft, Element and Four Points properties.

Other participating Starwood properties (I notice several Design Hotels in Europe are not listed).

SPG Explore More T&C

Loyalty Traveler Analysis

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus is one I will likely complete. I love free night promotions that are achievable with low spend.

Sopot Marriott Resort near Gdansk, Poland is a category 5 hotel I would like to stay and there is Marriott Warsaw too. Marriott Lisbon is another hotel I would keep in mind for my travels.

Since I don’t earn Starpoints from credit card spend, SPG is a program I barely use anymore. Their promotions are weak for low spenders. I think I have only stayed one night at a Starwood Hotels in the past three years. There always seems to be a better hotel deal with some other hotel chain for my travels.


Marriott Rewards MegaBonus Fall 2017 T&C

Fall 2017 MegaBonus Terms and Conditions

*A ‘stay’ is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.

• Registration is required.
• Marriott Rewards members who register for this promotion by November 30, 2017 will earn one (1) free night award at a category 1-5 hotel (value of standard free night award ranges from 7,500 points for Category 1 hotels to 25,000 points for Category 5 hotels) after two paid stays* made between September 12, 2017 and January 15, 2018, at participating Marriott® properties.
• If a member completes two qualifying stays during the promotional period, an additional offer may be unlocked and become available in the members account within 2-3 days after the second qualifying stay.
• The member may not receive additional notification except through their online member account and must register for the additional offer within two (2) weeks from the date the additional offer becomes available.
• Maximum one (1) free night award earned with this promotion per member to be redeemed for a future stay at participating Marriott Rewards category 1-5 properties.
• Free night award will expire six (6) months after the date of issuance.
• An earned free night award is good for one (1) single or double occupancy standard room only and includes the cost of the hotel room and applicable room taxes only.
• An earned free night award will be added to the member’s account within 3-5 business days after the second qualifying stay.
• The awarded free night certificate is not transferable and may not be given as a gift.
• Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit and Marriott Vacation Club® owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit.
• Stays at ExecuStay and Marriott Executive Apartments are not eligible for credit toward this promotion.
• Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.
• Members electing to earn miles are not eligible for this promotion.
• For a list of current Marriott Rewards participating brands, visit
• Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton®, will count toward achievement.
• Rooms booked through most third party online retailers and select travel agency bookings are ineligible to earn for this promotion.
• All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.
• See for more information.
• Visit for complete details.
• © 2017 Marriott International, Inc.


  • Christina September 6, 2017

    I tried registering and each time I tried a red box popped up saying something like, “You are not registered for this promotion.” Any ideas why that might be?

  • Ric Garrido September 6, 2017

    @Christina – No idea on problem.

    Work around might be logging into your Marriott Rewards account and there should be listed something like ‘New Promotions’ in the upper right corner with a registration link.

    That is how I registered.

  • Steven Sun September 7, 2017

    What does this mean: “• Only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay.” Does it mean if I book several rooms in the hotel for one night and they only count as one?

    Can I book a room from one hotel for two days to be qualified?

  • Andr September 7, 2017

    Are look no further guarantee rates eligible?

  • Ric Garrido September 8, 2017

    @Stephen – you only receive one stay credit no matter how many rooms you book.

    A ‘stay’ is one night or several consecutive nights.

    You can stay a Friday night, check out and check back in for Sunday night at the same hotel and that counts as two stays. I have done this before when staying in one city and pick another hotel to stay Saturday night.

    Marriott has properties adjacent to each other in some locations. For example, Morgan Hill, California has a Residence Inn and a Courtyard literally connected to each other.

    If I stay Friday night at Residence Inn and Saturday night at Courtyard Morgan Hill, then that counts as two different stays because they are two different hotel properties, whereas two nights at Courtyard is only one stay.

  • Ric Garrido September 8, 2017

    @Andr – Look no further best rate guarantee discount rates count as an eligible hotel stay. I have used these rates dozens of times and always earned promotion credit.

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  • Scott Tinder September 20, 2017

    I completed the requirements for the free night in the first week of this promotion. I received no information after that about the “additional offer may be unlocked”, so I sent in an inquiry to Marriott. In a lengthy response outlining what I already knew about earning the certificate, here is what was buried towards the end:

    “”””The terms and conditions of the promotion specify:
    “• If a member completes two qualifying stays during the promotional period, an additional offer may be unlocked and become available in the members account within 2-3 days after the second qualifying stay.”

    I apologize that an additional offer will not be unlocked for all members who earn the free night e-certificate.

    The terms and conditions of the Marriott Rewards program and this promotion can be found at the Internet web links provided below:””””””

    So all I will receive for the entire quarter, when I over 11 more stays and 25+ nights already booked with another 10 stays and 20 nights left to book, is a certificate and no bonus points.

    Pretty disappointed as my total nights stayed so far this year is 119. Makes me wonder which members actually qualify for the additional unlocked offer….

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