Please let me know if this sounds correct. Yesterday I had an overnight stay with Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta - Vinings for check out today 12pm. I was not greeted as platinum member nor offered a choice of points or market items. I thought about it later that night and called the customer line as it's not stated exactly what to do on the Marriott site. I spoke to Yolanda and I explained the situation to her. She placed me on hold on three different occasions so that she could call the hotel. No one ever answered. At that point she said she would make an "issue" email to the GM of that hotel.
This morning I went to the front desk and again explained the situation. The first person I spoke to did not know anything about the platinum arrival gift so i had to wait on another employee to get to work. Once she arrived she looked in the system and said the guy applied points ( to which i do not know how much, but can find out how much from the Marriott site for this particular brand hotel). So I stated i did not know that nor was I asked or acknowledged. The employee said I they might have to check the security tapes to verify but she is unsure and to call the GM when he gets in later.
So, I call the customer line again and speak to Shalice and she explained to me that you have to "wait and see if they can make it right for you" or give the hotel a chance to. I mention it's called an arrival gift and that I showed the clerk and mention to Shalice about the compensation and read from this very rewards-insiders others accounts about getting money. Shalice said that if points are not posted to my account customer care can do it for me. But again I asked about the compensation or if it applied and how do people get it. I was told if after 2 weeks you don't see points then you might be able to get it.
Does this sound accurate to anyone??
It's a sticky issue I believe. On the surface, Marriott is stating that they would like all Elite member guests to be greeted at the front desk and recognized as Silver/Gold/Platinum. Also, they would like all Platinum members to be offered the arrival gift. As you point out, it is an ARRIVAL gift. Whether it's 200 points, 500 points, or an item from the market, a gift should be verbally offered and accepted. That is the intent, as I see it, from Marriott Rewards Corporate. It's a great idea.
Now, let's talk execution. As we all know, this recognition and gift "ceremony" does not always occur as planned. Quite often we check in at a Marriott brand and nothing is said. If you, as the customer, bring up the points vs gift idea, the front desk associate will normally say something like "Oh, most people just take the points, so I put them in for you." Sometimes we don't bother reminding the front desk and typically the points will show up in your account when the stay posts.
By the "letter of the law" Marriott has stated that if you do not receive the Platinum arrival gift, you will be compensated. I have read on here, that more than one person has asked for and received this compensation. In your instance, it sounds like there was poor training at the front desk. The second person you spoke with verified that the points were applied to your stay. Most likely, they will show up in your account. So, you ask, is this the right way it should go down? I think that answer is "no". Should you give Marriott time to "make it right"? That's your call. Normally stays will post within 48 hrs after checkout. If your stay does not have the points attached, I think you should call and receive the compensation. If the points are there, then the ball goes back to your court. Do you want to escalate the issue? Were you interested in the market item vs the points and feel that by not given the choice, Marriott should live up to their pledge and extend additional compensation?
Overall, the challenge to live up to the stated benefits of the MR program have been hit or miss. We all feel good when a cheery front desk associate recognizes our loyalty and executes the check in process to the letter. Marriott has set up this expectation. When it doesn't go off as planned, we all (mostly), feel the difference and drop the organization down a peg on the perfection scale. I think most of the time we shrug it off and move on. BUT, every once in a while, we decide to escalate the issue and seek satisfaction. I've been faced with that decision, others have been faced with it, now you're faced with it. Just like you, we all choose our battles. This may be one you choose to fight or not. Good luck.
Welcome to the forum. Below are the 'terms and conditions' as stated on the Marriott Rewards website. As listed, your compensation, should you choose to pursue it, would be $25 for FFI. Pained really said it best, and well done, Pained. Mike, I concur with your disappointment in the execution of this benefit, and wish you better in the future.
Guaranteed Platinum Arrival Gift is available at all participating Marriott Hotel brands. If guarantee is not met, guest compensation applies (see below):
|JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott |
Hotels & Resorts
|Courtyard (U.S. & Canada), |
SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn
|AC Hotels, Courtyard (outside U.S. & |
|Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownePlace |
|Marriott Vacation Club||$100 USD|
*Hotels outside the U.S. and Canada will pay the equivalent in their local currency.
In a perfect world, everything goes according to what OUR wishes are. But, we don't live in a perfect world. I think pained has put together a very good and logical approach to your issue.....along with a dose of real world reality. Pluto has given you the compensation levels as well that can be paid based on the situation. The T+C's also include the caveat that request must be made while at the property. That rule is here:
Now, back to that perfect world as I have seen it through the eyes of my stays with Marriott:
I can't even begin to count the number of times I have not been recognized/acknowledged/thanked for my loyalty as a Platinum member. Some of those issues I report here (when they miff me enough to the degree I think others should know about it), most go to the forget about it file. When they get reported by me, I usually have had some overbearing situation (beyond the greeting/gift game) that moves me to report it. Since you are a platinum elite, I can't believe that this issue hasn't happened in the past with all your stays at marriott. Did something happen here that elevated the issue this time to the point of going after the compensation? If there is more to the story, please let us know.
Good luck with the resolution process and let us know how it turns out!
I have had many times that I did not get the gift. Most os the time, I was greeted and and accepted points and later found that I did not get the points. I called CS and they were given to me without question. However, I did have some times when I was not given anything. Once at the Copenhagan Marriott, I spoke to a manager while there and was given $100, the last time was at the Denver Marriott West. I was there on a weekend and they put your name on a list for a free breakfast. I realized that I was not greeted, offered a gift and told that my name was on the list for breakfast and my keys were not elite. I spoke to the manager, she gave me the $100 and put my name on the breakfast list. In both cases, it was offered but in both cases, I noticed it while I was there.
I did check after the first time if the person who made the mistake had to pay it and was told that Marriott paid it.
thank your for the insightful and diligently written replies.
Firstly I would like everyone to know that may read this post. I am not being disgruntled or irate and I hope not to convey that to anyone reading this.
Secondly - Jedd McConnell ( the GM) called me and was great about the whole situation. He was very apologetic and told me that he would send me a 25 dollar gift card. He also explained to me that what they do is offer points and a market item because the want to give more than 250 points and that I should have been offered that.
All in all I am very happy. Also note that I never once had an issue with any of the staff. They in fact were all great, especially the gentlemen that checked me in ( I wish I had his name ). I had to have gone out of the hotel about four times and he greeted me each and every time. I would definitely stay at this hotel in the future and I just wanted that to be known. This was the only issue I had at this hotel.
tef6178 - coming from recent stays (last 30 days) - I've stayed at the Marriott on 555 Canal, New Orleans, SpringHill Suites Cincinnati, Atlanta Marriot Century Center and never had an "issue". All of my experiences have been great.
You knew of the Platinum arrival benefit though, correct?
As others have noted, you must request the compensation prior to checking out of the hotel so next time you now know to ask if you are not offered the arrival gift upon arriving at the property. Another excellent reason for Insiders to help others when we travel.
If you ever travel to the Birmingham, AL area, this property still provides options for the arrival gift (at least they did last year). https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bhmhv-renaissance-birmingham-ross-bridge-golf-resort-and-spa/
It is a little bit outside the city, but well worth the drive.
Also, recently stayed at the Marriott Grand Cayman. They also offered arrival gift options....we chose the wine and cheese. No half bottle of wine...the full 750 mL was a very nice surprise! One other note is that it came very quickly.
Nice arrival gift options are something we may want to really highlight here! Maybe they will see we brag about certain properties to create some competition amongst them to step up their game!