I'm in 2 promotions....not certain if they are same type though...started at different times....end at different times...different brands....overlap for June/Jul
I was also wondering if you could "double dip". I signed up for two promotions. (1) 5000 points for two stays at Fairfield Inn & Suites and (2) Summer Bonus Promotion (2 stays in June-August get 1 free night---has a one year expiration period that is longer than prior promotions!
I recently stayed for my 2nd night at the FI&S and was credited 5000 points. I also received my 1st stay credit for the Summer Bonus Promotion-- my first night at FI&S was in May before the Summer Bonus started.
I am in 2 promotions, but not double dipping.
So far, I have 1 SHS stay in May, and need a 2nd by July to get 5000 points
Four Marriott stays, so 2 certificates. If I make 2 more stay [not counting SHS] I will get 1 more certificate which is the max for the summer.
when i switched from the weekend Summer Bonus to the 40k Summer Bonus, I asked if i could also be in another promotion at the same time, and the MR rep said no! So maybe you fell throught the cracks somehow?! I am happy, as I already am 40 percent of the way to meeting the Promo.
Do you see this promotion in your Marriott Promotion Central section? You can try contacting Marriott Rewards and ask them to switch you to the promotion you mentioned. As long as it's not a "targeted" promotion, they should be able to make the change for you. But like lone6star said, don't expect to take advantage of both promotions. It's usually one or the other.
My thought would be that when you clicked on the promo you wanted it took you to a page that had the promo that Marriott assigned to you. What you can do is call them and ask to be put into the promotion you want. At the same time...ask if you can be in both because there are multiple promotions going on during these summer months. I had a Fairfield Inn promo and the Marriott Summer promo.
For the most part, Rewards members are able to participate in more than one promotion at a time. Keep in mind that there are usually multiple offers within any given promotion. You are only able to earn one offer within the same promotion. Example: As mentioned above, The Summer Global promotion has different offers. You wouldn't be able to take advantage of the "Earn a free night for every second paid stay" in addition to the "Earn 5,000 for weekend stays" at the same time because they're both offers from the same Summer Global promotion. However, as a couple of you have described above, you're signed up for both the Summer Global promotion AND a particular "brand" promotion. That is perfectly fine.
One example I can think of where someone couldn't participate in multiple promotions at the same time is if one promotion is for point-earners and the other is for miles-earners. Another example, although rare, would be if you're a Marriott Rewards member and Ritz-Carlton Rewards is running a promotion this is exclusive to Ritz-Carlton Rewards members. This may happen from time to time, but the promotions are usually interchangeable between programs.
I originally had the weekend Summer Bonus promotion. When Californian told me that I could call up CS and switch to the stay 25 nights and earn 40k points, I did so and switched. At the same time, I asked the CS Rep if I could be in more than one Summer Bonus promo at the same time, and she replied "no". So if I call up now, and mention what you say, who will be right? The 40k promotion is perfect for me, but if I could also be in the promo, that earns you a free night, for every 1 or 2 stays, I would like that as well! I already have 2 stays so far in June 2012.
I am signed up for both the SHS stay 2 nites and get 5000 points,and Summer Global promotion. Both are earning rewards, but I am not certain if would be on the same stay, as the SHS started 1 month earlier, and my SHS stay was before Summer Global promotion. Hotels since this started have not been SHS. i do have a SHS stay planned in July while both promos are in effect so it will be interesting to see what happens.
If you can't find any other good ways for your 1-4 Cat. certificates; then what I like to do, is use them for arrival/departure comfort zones. There are some very nice 3's and 4's near airports (most with complimentary shuttles). For example, I have a trip to Chicago and in order to get a better airfare, I fly out on a Monday rather than the more expensive Sunday. I stay at the O'Hare Marriott Suites (the Spring Hill and Renaissance Suites both qualify and are equally pleasant). I've done this in several cities and had an easier and less expensive travel, something to consider if you have the extra day either prior or after your actual trip.
Type in the three letter airport code in Marriott web site reservation box. Here's a few in the US to get you started, all with free transportation;
Renaissance - LAX - L.A. (last time I was there a few months back, still had CL opened on weekends)
Renaissance - PHL - philly
Marriott - ATL - atlanta (no shuttle, but free, very quick train/tram)
Marriott - DFW - Dallas
Residence Inn - PHX - Phoenix
Residence Inn - DCA - Reagan Wash. DC (Pentagon City)
Marriott or Marriott Suites - IAD - Dulles Wash. DC
And so on, and so on. Enjoy
Being one step below the Amish when it comes to technology, that's beyond my skill level Lone6star, but I'm sure Jasper or Pained Platinum or some of the other pros could do something like that. Of course you know, we'll start trending airports and Mother Marriott will raise them to 5's next year so let's enjoy while we can.
No need to type brand - just take a look at the first four or five brands that come up (based on proximity to airport) and pick the one you prefer, after confirming it's a Cat 4 or lower. This strategy is also very useful when trying to line up free airline tickets with points - sometimes it's worth leaving a night earlier or staying a morning later in order to get one of the 'rare' (nowadays) point saver tickets.