Marriott launched their latest Marriott Rewards MegaBonus promotion. In addition for earning bonus points for stays, you can also earn bonus points per brand you stay at. Even more points are available through an online game, allowing you to win daily prizes of 50-20,000 points! Read below for the full details of the MegaBonus promotion and the daily game!
Marriott Rewards has been running MegaBonus promotions for a while and similar to previous MegaBonus promotions, you can earn 2,000 bonus points for each stay of at least two nights. I value Marriott Reward points at 0.8 cents/point, so that totals $16/stay or at best $8/night. Given typical Marriott nightly rates, this is not a great bonus, but better than nothing!
As this is the first MegaBonus promotion for the now integrated rewards program of Marriott and Starwood, they are doing something special: You can earn an additional 10,000 points when you stay at 10 of their brands or 29,000 points when you stay at all 29 brands! That’s an interesting add-on, although it will be tough to complete the first step and near impossible to complete stays at all 29 brands, given the regional distribution, pricing of brands and limited number of some brands. You’ll have to jet to Canada to stay at a Delta hotel or to Africa to stay with the Protea brand, for example. And if you can afford to stay at a Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis hotel, you probably won’t be excited to stay at a Fairfield budget hotel to earn a few points. But hey, it’s a nice way to introduce people to the huge list of brands Marriott now has!
The last and easiest component of the promotion is a game, also tied to the brands. You’ll have to match two of the same photos (among six) of different hotels and answer questions about the brands. It’s pretty simple and takes just a few seconds to do. In return, you can win daily prizes of 50 – 20,000 points instantly. As you can see, the chances of winning something are pretty good:
Each time you play, you also win an entry for the grand prize draw: You can win 29 two-night stays, one at each of the brands. The stays will be deposited as stay certificates into your rewards account. The Grand Prize has a value of over $30,000 and US Residents get a $7,000 check to defray the tax implications! Now, that is a pretty impressive and also interesting grand prize – you’ll certainly get to know a lot about the various brands. You’ll have 5 years to use those certificates! There are also 4-night stay certificates at the different brands to be won, with a 1-year validity for the certificates.
I played the game twice so far and won 500 points in one case and 50 points in the other. I only received one email confirmation of the win, so you might want to take screen shots of bigger wins to make sure you’ll get the points. Points should post within 8-10 weeks from “verification of eligibility” (whatever that entails).
While the MegaBonus promotion is rather lackluster (like always), the game is pretty good. It’s easy to participate and win something for your efforts. And you gotta give ’em credit for the playful introduction of their 29 brands – I’m pretty sure even the most frequent Marriott guests will have a hard time naming them all, never mind having stayed at them all!
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