Marriott Launches New MegaBonus Promotion, ‘Belly Flops’ on Giveaway

Oct 7, 2018

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Legacy Marriott Rewards members know about the hotel brand’s long-time MegaBonus promotions. And Marriott’s first MegaBonus post-integration is now live, offering members the chance to earn up to 124,000 bonus Marriott points.

However, that level of earning would require the Herculean feat of staying in Marriott hotels every day of the promotion, switching hotels every two nights and covering all 29 brands. Instead, most members will likely only earn a few thousand points, as the promotion offers 2,000 bonus points for each stay of 2+ nights and a 1,000 bonus for each different brand you experience, starting with the second brand.

To start earning, you’re going to have to sign in and register first and then stay between September 26, 2018 and January 31, 2019. You’ll want to register as soon as possible, and registration ends January 7, 2019.

If members find this promotion rather disappointing — especially compared to past versions of MegaBonus — you’re not alone. But, Marriott planned a giveaway to run concurrently with MegaBonus. The “29 Ways to Stay” sweepstakes was announced to be a daily giveaway with more than 2.4 million instant-win prizes. The grand prize is a two-night stay at each of Marriott’s 29 brands. That’s 58 free nights everywhere from TownePlace Suites to Le Meridien, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, W Hotels and Westin properties.

The trouble is the giveaway failed to launch Thursday morning when the countdown clock hit zero:

As Marriott confirmed on Twitter, it turns out that the publicized promotion wasn’t ready for showtime. Marriott Rewards has responded with the identical response below to at least 18 inquiries about the promotion:

Marriott loyalists have taken to the hotel brand’s messaging board to vent their frustration with the failed promotion launch. Already frustrated with the merger integration, members dubbed the failed promotion launch “29 Ways to Belly Flop.” Unfortunately, there’s still no word from Marriott about when this promotion will go live.

Although the promotion shouldn’t be technically tied into the integration, this is yet another frustration for members now more than one and a half months after the Marriott, SPG and Ritz programs were combined on August 18. Hopefully, Marriott will be able to quickly resolve and relaunch the 29 Ways to Stay promotion, and the issue won’t drag on like the program merger issues.

TPG reached out to Marriott for this piece but didn’t receive an immediate reply.

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