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Last year, Hilton announced a special fare exclusive to HHonors members for up to 10% off select stays. And earlier this month, Marriott announced that Marriott Rewards members would get a discount on their stay when they book directly through the chain. Marriott announced a start date of April 11 for this new rate, and it looks like the discount is now live.
Marriott Rewards members will now receive special members-only rates when booking directly through Marriott.com, a Marriott call center or through the Marriott or Ritz-Carlton mobile apps. Other perks of being a Marriott Rewards member include points earning, mobile check-in and check-out, in addition to free Wi-Fi.
Here’s what you can expect with the members-only new rates:
- A discount of at least 2% on weekdays and up to 5% on weekends
- The rate is applied to the hotel’s lowest available public rates for non-premium rooms
- Rates must be booked by the Rewards member using the appropriate member rate category
- Member rates do not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms
- Member rates cannot be combined with other promotions, offers or discounts, and are not valid for existing reservations
You’ll be able to choose from any of Marriott’s 4,200+ locations worldwide, excluding hotels in China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
At the New York Marriott East Side, rates for non-members were going for $371 for a two-night weekday stay in May. For non-members, the rate was $399 — representing a roughly 7% discount. For the same period, rates for AAA members were going for $299 per night, which is a much better deal, at nearly 25% off.
The Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel in London is going for around $335 for Marriott Rewards members, whereas non-members will pay around $469 — about a 29% discount. On the other hand, the AAA rate is around $352. In this case, the member rate is a better deal.
As you can see, sometimes you’ll save more with the member rate while other times you may get a better discount through AAA. As always, it’s best to compare rates for yourself to see what the better option is for your stay. There’s really no reason not to sign up to be a Marriott Rewards member — it’s free to join! And if you’re looking to boost your balance, consider signing up for the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, which is currently offering 80,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months.
Featured image courtesy of New York Marriott East Side
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