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My Marriott Rewards Sign-Up Offer: Earn Up To 50,000 Virgin America Elevate Points With Marriott Megamiles

by on January 16, 2014 · 17 comments

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In a season of lackluster hotel promos, Marriott’s Megabonus is pretty decent with offers of up to 50,000 hotel points, free nights after just 2 stays and more. Offers are specifically tailored to individuals, so in order to see what you’re being offered, you have to log into your Marriott Rewards account.

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The current Megabonus runs February 1-April 30, and you must register by March 31. While I haven’t been wowed by a lot of the offers readers have written in about, I actually received a different offer for new Marriott Rewards members who sign up and stay that I think is actually pretty lucrative in conjunction with one of Marriott’s airline partners, Virgin America (though it looks like you can select any of their airline partners once you join). The offer stated:

“New Marriott Rewards members who enroll and register for this promotion by March 31, 2014, will earn 5,000 bonus points with every second paid stay, starting with their second stay—up to a total of 50,000 bonus miles, between February 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014, at participating Marriott properties.”Stays must be paid, and it looks like all the brands are participating.

So thinking about it, I could really max out this promo by staying at some cheap properties at around the $100/night mark for one night each and then earn 5,000 bonus Virgin America points every second stay. Those Virgin points are usually redeemable at about 1.5-2.3 cents apiece, so for $200 in spend, I could get approximately $100 back in value to use on Virgin tickets.

For instance, if I were to stay at the Courtyard Austin – University Area, I could get rooms for as low as $88 this winter on various dates.

Screen shot 2014-01-16 at 10.56.55 AMWith taxes, that comes to $102. So for two one-night stays, I’m looking at $204 to earn those 5,000 Elevate points. So then let’s say I turned around and wanted to go spend Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas – must be a fun place to be single! Roundtrip flights to Las Vegas over those days are going for as low as $98.

Screen shot 2014-01-16 at 11.00.06 AMI could score those same flights for 4,233 Elevate points:

Screen shot 2014-01-16 at 11.01.32 AMSo I’d actually be getting a value of about 2.2 cents per point here and over 50% return on my Marriott spending.

If I maxed out this promo at the 20 stays, let’s say I spent a grand total of $2,500 on hotel rooms and credited my spend to Virgin America, which is a Marriott airline partner – I’d get an additional 1 Elevate point per $1, ending up with 52,500 Elevate points, just shy of the 54,500 points I’d need for a roundtrip first class ticket from LAX to Cancun this spring.

Screen shot 2014-01-16 at 11.18.46 AMWhich would cost me $1,200 otherwise – just under a 50% return on my Marriott spending again:

Screen shot 2014-01-16 at 11.19.48 AMBecause Virgin America is an Amex Membership Rewards transfer partner, I could transfer the remainder of the points I need (though Elevate points are a 1:2 transfer partner, so I’d need 4,000 Amex points to get the remaining 2,000 Elevate points I’d need) and enjoy a week of sun and sand.

While I won’t be changing my hotel habits much because of this promo, it does have me thinking about getting some Marriott stays on the books to rack up Virgin points since I want to try out the airline (I still haven’t flown them!), and this could be an easy, cheap way to rack up the points to do so. Only if I can find some cheap Marriott properties to max out the night/bonus requirements though.

Anyone else get this offer – or any other interesting airline partner ones?

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  • Josh

    promo link doesn’t work

  • Josh
  • ms.shopaholic

    Brian staying at a $100 per night Fairfield Inn, GOOD ONE!

  • Ed

    I received the same offer, but I already have a Marriott Rewards account. Do you think I can setup an another account to take advantage of this promo?

  • Alex Fisher

    I received the same offer for United MileagePlus.

  • AN

    You should fly Virgin America, ever since I’ve flown Virgin America, I’ve stopped flying on all other local carriers. All depends on which destinations you want to fly to, since their routes are limited.

  • Patrick

    Can be hard to find particular availability but, if you can do it, I think using the Virgin America points on one of their partners could yield better results. Last October I used 40,000 VA points on Singapore Air for 2 roundtrip economy JFK>Frankfurt flights. It took me 45 minutes on the phone with the representative but we found timing that worked for me and it was a $1900 value.

  • ThorneStockton

    I’ve got 3 consecutive weeks of 4 nights of travel for work each week coming up, of course only one of them is in February during this promo… Oh well, still get an extra 5k by staying 2 nights in Marriott, stay at a different hotel, then back to the Marriott.

    Of course my coworkers will also think I’m crazy.

  • Charles G

    I also received the 50K United miles offer. However, I’m already a Ritz elite member, so aren’t I ineligible for a separate Marriott rewards account?

  • thepointsguy

    :-)

  • thepointsguy

    Gonna try them out using virgin Atlantic miles next week.. Excited!

  • K. Mizushima

    Odd…I registered, but it doesn’t say which airline…does this mean that I can choose???

  • flyatlanta

    you can request to create a marriott account with the same membership number of your ritz elite membership number

  • Jill Spencer

    Thank you for all the great advice you provide. I want to utilize all your tips, but find myself having difficulty tracking all the promotions and point bonuses that are owed to me. What you do use to track all the expected points that are promised from each of the different promotions, so you are certain your points balance is correct?

  • scott

    I just got this offer for Southwest miles. The problem is that you have to forego the Marriott Megabonus promotion of earning a free night after every 2nd paid stay.

  • Megan

    From terms and conditions: Stays at our exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton® , will count toward achievement.

  • hmmm_nice

    I have registered and am going to stay for 15 days now, at official expense. How many consecutive nights do I need to stay to get entire 50K points??

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