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Marriott has just posted the details of its Fall 2015 MegaBonus promotion where Marriott Rewards members can earn bonus points on stays from September 15, 2015-January 15, 2016.

As usual, Marriott Rewards members are given individualized offers, so to see what your bonus details are, you must log in to your account and click on the Promotions link.

Log in and click on the promotions link to see your individual offer.
Log in and click on the promotions link to see your individual offer.

One member of Team TPG without any paid stays so far this year was given the following bonus offer:

  • Earn double points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 20,000 bonus points
  • Register by November 15, 2015
  • Stay at participating properties between September 15, 2015 and January, 15 2016
  • A “stay” is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/checkout activity. See Terms & Conditions for more details.

While another was given this offer

  • Earn 15,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights plus an additional 2,000 bonus points for every additional paid night — up to a maximum of 35,000 bonus points for nights stayed between September 15, 2015, and January 15, 2016, at participating Marriott properties.
  • Register by November 15, 2015
  • Stay at participating properties between September 15, 2015 and January, 15 2016
The offers this time around are pretty much the same as past offers.
The offers this time around are pretty much the same as past offers.

The terms of each offer are non-transferable, so members are targeted based on their program history. However, if you have a lot of hotel stays coming up in your future, it never hurts to call up Marriott Rewards and ask them to sweeten the deal for you in exchange for throwing them some of your business.

Be sure to check your own offer and register prior to any stays during the promotion period and check the terms carefully. For instance, if you have elected to earn miles instead of points on your Marriott stays, you are not eligible for this bonus, so be sure to change your preferences if you want to get in on the MegaBonus this time around.

Participating brands include Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club, Gaylord Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites, Moxy Hotels and Protea Hotels. You’ll receive the bonus points 3-5 business days after the qualifying stay. Note that your stays must be eligible to earn points in order to qualify — nights booked through third-party services may not be eligible.

My Thoughts

The return on spending at a property like the Courtyard Phoenix Airport isn't tempting.
The return on spending at a property like the Courtyard Phoenix Airport isn’t tempting.

Marriott’s MegaBonus has become something of a broken record. The terms are pretty much the same from one season to the next, with the only variety stemming from individual members’ account activity. To be honest, I wish Marriott would get a little more innovative, but as it is, the promo terms I’ve seen so far this time around aren’t really tempting.

Take the first offer, for instance. You would have to stay at least twice and spend $2,000 at most Marriott hotels (except Residence Inns and Towne Place Suites) to earn the full 20,000 bonus points. Those 20,000 points are just enough for a single award night at a Category 4 (out of 9) hotel such as the Courtyard Phoenix Airport, where room rates start around $63. That equates to a 3.15% return on spending. Not terrible, but also not great for a special promo. Granted, you could probably get better value than that by redeeming wisely, but it would still be an effort.

You're better off applying for the current credit card offer if you're just looking for bonus points.
You’re better off applying for the current credit card offer if you’re just looking for bonus points.

If you’re looking to stock up on Marriott points fast, you’re probably better off taking advantage of its current credit-card offer. Marriott recently released a limited-time increased sign-up bonus offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card. You can earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening, so long as you haven’t received a new card member bonus for this product in the past 24 months. The offer is live until August 31, 2015, so get in on it now if you’re interested.

In the meantime, check out these posts on maximizing Marriott Rewards points:

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