Marriott Launches 2012 Megabonus

by on December 20, 2011 · 16 comments

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Marriott is very predictable when it comes to their promotions – they use the same name and overall concept making slight tweaks each time. So once again, they announced a Megabonus promotion  for Spring 2012 and you will get one free night at a category 1-4 hotel for every two stays. You must register by March 31, 2012, for paid stays made between February 1 and April 30, 2012.

Registration link.

Press release link.

Higher-ranking elites will get better, targeted offers that will be available in your “Promotion Central” portion of your account. These will be in addition to the basic Megabonus and can get lucrative – like 50,000 extra points for 25 nights.

I think this is a decent promotion, but nothing that will get me to switch my loyalty to Marriott anytime soon. Frankly, my main issue with Marriott’s program is that their top-tier status is only achieved with 75 nights, whereas Hyatt and Starwood (which in my opinion offer more valuable top-tier programs) allow qualification with as little as 25 one-night stays or 50 total nights.

Additionally, Marriott has 8 free-night tiers and you can only use their free nights from Megabonus at categories 1-4, which are disproportionately their lower-end hotels. I personally value loyalty programs to allow me to stay in aspirational, higher end properties.

That being said Marriott has a great footprint and a hugely loyal following so they must be doing something right!

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  • Ad

    i follow them because of their price matching policy which is the best in the industry. No questions asked for the lower price + BOGO coupons which are valid on almost any rate …

  • Dhammer53

    I’m happy to stay 2, get 1 free. There are plenty of decent Cat 1 – 4 hotels. As a matter of fact, there’s a Renaissance close to HPN that makes for a pleasant weekend getaway.

  • Tom

    My Megabonus is one free cat 1 -4 night for every two stays up to THREE free nights. If you use them on CAT 4 properties, this is the equivalent of 60k MR points. Granted, you have a limited time to use them, but in my opinion, this offer is MUCH better than the 50k for 25 stays offer.

    As far as Cat 4 properties, go I stayed at the Doral Resort in Miami with a free night cert in November. As a plat, they upgraded to a golf view. Our room had a direct view of the 9th green of the TPC Blue Monster.

  • Will

    Big-time Marriott newbie (jumped on the 70k card offer), but when I click the Registration link, it just comes to Promotion Unavailable. Is this only for higher-level elites?

  • Rahul Dodhia

    The offers are being targeted, so some people get the free night / 2 paid stays. I’m not getting that, my offer says Earn 25,000 points after 15 paid nights + 15,000 points after 20 paid nights — up to 40,000 bonus points.

  • Rocky Horan

    You said you prefer Hyatt and Starwood over Marriott, But what about Marriott vs Hilton?? I would love to see a compare and contrast cahrt of the four like you did with the airline elite status!

  • Rob Perelman

    I had the same problem, Will. I had my account set to earn miles to an airline partner. After I changed my settings to earn Marriott points, it let me register for the promotion.

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  • Tai

    I was wondering if you are going to stay at a Marriot for at least 4 days and you checked in and out everyday would this count as 4 separate stays to qualify for a free stay with this promotion?

  • Christel

    Has anyone gotten e-mails from Virgin America or other airlines about the Marriot Megamiles promo? Apparently, you can earn 2000 bonus miles as well as airline base miles for each stay through April. Thoughts?

  • Aaa

    No, it does not.

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  • William Chang

    It works for me. I generally always book separate night reservations even for a consecutive nights at the same hotel. It’s a loophole, but the hotels always allow me because they value my business and I get some extra platinum check-in bonus points so everyone is happy.

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  • DM

    Is it possible to register retrospectively. I never knew about bonus offers. I stayed for about 40 nights in the promotion period at a Marriott property. Is it possible, that I can still get the benefits?

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