I agree with Cali, the 75 night per year is the target. Keep in mind, those nights can come from paid stays, birthday bonus, credit card bonus, and rollover nights. I think meeting planning helps too, but not sure about that.
So, let's say daleafs has hit 75 nights stayed this year as of Sept 5.
1) If he/she stays any additional nights between now and 12/31...they would essentially rollover. Since they have been averaging about 9 nghts/mo ytd...we'll add 20 for the rest of 2012..shouldn't be hard at current rate.
2) If daleafs gets the Credit Card in January, 2013...Chase will kick in 10 or 15 nights..plus let's give it 3 nights for spending on the CC....total 13 or 18
3) Sign up your birthday and gain 1 night
Subtotal... 20 plus 18 plus 1 equals 39 for 2013..... daleafs would need to stay 36 nights during 2013 to bring the total to 75 and score Platinum through 2014.
Happy birthday to both of you.
Your lesson of the day:
By probability theory if you have a group of more than 23 people, the probability that 2 of them have the same birthday is over 50%. If the group size is 100, it is almost certain. See chart below. n is number of people and P(n) is the probablility that 2 have the same birthday.
We have used the senior discount for my husbands age, and you are right... sometimes it can be fairly significant, as much as 25%. But here again, must be careful. I did some price comparing recently for SF properties, comparing regular price with senior and AAA, and the out come was interesting. At some properties, the discount was about 10-15%, at some, no discount, but at one property, it was 30% more! And sometimes the AAA discount is even better.
pluto, I always check all the rates, sometimes with different combinations of weekday/weekend rates. As we have said in other discussions, it also pays to check the rates once you have made them because there is sometimes fluctuation. The discounts we have gotten with AAA rates have more than paid for the membership.
Ok, so here's the deal. I just called Marriott Rewards and found ought that my birthday was registered in their system, but for some reason, an email was activated to me. So, now after my next stay (next week sometime) I'll get two nights awarded for that stay instead of one. Sounds like a convoluted way to get from A to Z, but I'll take it, as long as it happens as explained.
As someone mentioned in an earlier post, call Marriott Rewards to make sure you're registered for this on going "Happy Birthday Promotion."
If you have it entered into your profile, you should get it automatically, but the first time it doesn't hurt to call customer service to make sure it gets in. Also, just to make sure you understand, it is not a free night to stay somewhere, but a night credit towards your number of nights needed to stay to get your next level, or towards the number of total lifetime nights stayed.
sandie, I don't remember doing anything special. I had an email this morning from Marriott Rewards wishing me a Happy Birthday and wanted me to confirm my rewards number and my name and told me the night would be posted within 48 hours. By the way, welcome to Marriott Insiders. Sure hope you will tell us about your travels.
Marriott hasn't even given me a thing on my birthday, not even when I'm spending with them (which I have done seven of the last twelve years). But then, nobody else does, so I should actually be relieved. I mean, who wants their only birthday greeting coming from a freaking hotel chain?
I managed to skip it this year as it came on Saturday, which is pretty much never a hotel night for me. But then I have a three-day weekend of being bored to tears at home instead of a filled day on the road, which helps it go by more quickly.