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New Marriott Megabonus September-January Promo: Stay 2 Nights Get 1 Night Free

by on August 3, 2012 · 16 comments

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It’s still only August, so Marriott’s summer Megabonus promo is still running until the end of the month, and you can get in on the Megamiles promotion until October 31, but the chain has already announced the details of its next Megabonus, which will be in effect from September 15, 2012-January 15, 2013. Registration link.

Some people will get different offers because, unlike a lot of the other chains, Marriott specializes offers for each member, so what you have in your Marriott.com account may vary depending on your past stays and your elite status. To find out which specific offer you get, you will need to sign into your account. If there’s nothing there, it’s worth emailing or calling Marriott Rewards to see if you’re eligible or whether someone there can help you become so.

Here are the details of the published promotion:

  • Register online or call 888-MARRIOTT (627-7468) by October 31, 2012
  • Stay twice between September 15, 2012, and January 15, 2013
  • Earn 1 free night after every second paid stay, up to 3 free nights
  • Redeem your free nights at any of nearly 3,000 Category 1-4 properties
  • Free nights must be used within 1 year from date of issue
  • Participating brands include JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Marriott Vacation Club. Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton, will count toward achievement.

This offer is basically the same as the Summer Megabonus one – and still underwhelming! – though it runs for a longer period of time. To get your full value out of this, you’d have to plan ahead and stay at some properties on the low end of the spectrum, like the Category 1 TownePlace Suites in Sacramento, where rooms in October are going for around $97 a night, and then find a high-value property like the Renaissance Moscow Olympic Hotel, where room rates are around $200 a night.

You could use your free nights at the Renaissance Moscow Olympic Hotel, a category 4 property.

So if you spent 6 nights in Sacramento for a total of around $600, you’d get 3 free-night credits you could use at the Renaissance Moscow, which would save you around $600 – essentially a buy-one-get-one-free situation. Once again, an extreme situation- for most people this will be much less lucrative.

That’s just one example. For instance, I found rooms at the Courtyard Charlotte Arrowood, a Category 2 property, going for a low $67 a night in October and November. You could then use free nights at Category 3 properties like the Renaissance Mumbai where rooms are $179 a night this fall, or the Salalah Marriott Resort in Oman could be cool since that country is fast becoming a new jetset destination, and rooms there are going for around $150 a night. So 6 nights in Charlotte for a total of $402 gets you $450 of value in Oman or $537 in India…among other places.

Or why not try out the Salalah Marriott in Oman?

As usual with Marriott’s Megabonus promos, the key is being flexible, looking at places you might not normally stay, and looking at some offbeat destinations to pull the most value out of your free nights.

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  • Michael

    Brian,

    Many are reporting that this offer includes Category 5 hotels. Does that make it worth the effort, if true?

  • JW

    Who currently has the best Q3 promotion? I travel a bit in the fall (only) for work, not brand loyal, but do have the AMEX Platinum. What do people think as a good place to try an maximize Q3?

  • http://antipaucity.com Warren

    Of course, when you travel for business, the free nights and bonus miles are only a possible plus

  • Flyer Fun

    Your link goes to an Promotion that says “stays” and not “nights”. It makes a difference. However, this is better than before, because expiration is one year and not six months.

  • tomSAN

    I find this to be the most lucrative hotel promo at the moment. Hyatt has apparently stopped doing the similar promo that it had been doing for a number of years (with the added benefit that the use of the Hyatt free nights wasn’t limited to its low and middle tier properties.) But beyond the current bonus points promos at the other hotel chains (which require a LOT of stays to add up to a free room at ANY property), I think Marriott’s offer is the best out there for someone (like me) who is not a road warrior.

  • TASSOJUNIOR

    Southwest has one day sale today only for 1/2 off wanna get away fares for travel Sept. 9,11,18,25, Nov.2,31, Dec.6. Availability wide open. Promo LUV2LIKE snagged $85 flights BWI/SEA.

  • Tj

    You can have the Courtyard in Kapa’a (Kauai) for $68/night. Alternate it with your travel partner and stay 8 days. Then use them in Seoul Courtyard which sells for $250-$300/night.

  • TravelShooter

    There are category 4′s in Boston metro or Maine that can be over $230/night in summer…?

  • Mitty

    Looks like this is a targeted offer… used the link posted and logged into my rewards acct and it said the offer wasn’t available for me. :(

  • Sricolts

    if you don’t have a Marriott rewards membership, get a refferal, and you can earn extra 2000 points per stay upto 5 stays.

  • http://twitter.com/jamucsb Jamison

    Fairfield Inn Ontario – as low as $64 a night

  • http://twitter.com/hungarianhc Kevin Hanson

    Everyone will get different offers. You got this one because you don’t stay at enough Marriott properties. Mine is an offer for up to 50,000 bonus points, but I have to stay 25 nights. I don’t think i’ll be taking advantage of the promo. I just hit the summer megabonus. My SPG 3x points bonus goes from July to September – gotta build up those nights!

  • Flyer Fun

    In the past when an offer has not been targeted at me, I have called up Marriott rewards, and they have added me.

  • Brian

    I have a upcoming business trip at Mariott for 4 straight nights in one stay . Do I need split it into 4 check in – checkout at same hotel to qualify for 2 free nights

  • Nikolaos

    You have to change hotel every night in order to get credit for 4 stays. A “stay” is defined as any number of consecutive nights at a property, regardless of the number of check-ins and check-outs..

  • DanR

    This is a targeted promotion only! In the past, Marriott would allow me to manually switch from the Bonus points (which is a poor promotion requiring 25 nights for a measly 40,000 points) to the 2 stays = a free Cat 1-4 hotel. For this fall promotion, Marriott representative informed me they are not allowing members to manually change their promo. Thus I have much less incentive to stay with Marriott this fall.

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