When FlashPerks first came out, with all of its hype and fanfare, I was optimistic (as shown by my 'Company Man' attitude throughout this thread)
Flash Perks starting July 17th - noon Central time that over time perhaps a worthwhile deal could be snagged over the 12 weeks they were offered.
Without a doubt the award savings offers (half price points) represent a legitimate deal, albeit;
a) requiring a narrow window of travel and
b) due to the limited amount of offers - 10 deals for each night offered (although sometimes since individual days may have been taken, one of two days at full fare might be required for a two or longer night stay)
c) but fair enough, at least they were sometimes there and you were told when they weren't (unlike Marriott Rewards Exclusive Offers)
The merchandise appears (based on speed of redemption) to have been where the meat of the promo existed (anyone land a deal?).
The cash deals for rooms started off similarly, actual savings, but you had to earn them by matching dates and being one of the first ten (one offer was dead, one minute after going up per my attempts and as it turns out, 20 seconds per FlyerTalk - but, ok, you snooze, you lose).
But now the whole shebang appears to be running on fumes. Last week one of the properties was priced at retail (granted, the FlashPerk included breakfast - but for any gold/plat, that kept it from being a deal, i.e. the offer was geared more to the Facebook Rewards newbies) and we saw our first signs of web site malfunction, costing jerrodsdad a shot at some of the merchandise, and this week the property offers seem minimal.
This lead me to be curious if this has become another 'Surprise Party' debacle where a promo is brought out with enormous buzz (no beef with Marriott there, that's the game we're all playing) but then not even meeting the "worth the effort" threshold.
So, what say you Insiders, has anyone secured a FlashPerks deal? Thank you for your input.
None of the hotel offers worked for me, but I wanted a Kindle Paperwhite, so I logged on that week. It was a speedy order process & the Kindle arrived in about 10 days. I know that it would have been inexpensive to just buy one, but it was a good trade-off in points for me. Plus, I wanted to see the process…..really impressed until last weeks snafu for folks trying to access.
Unless, they add some offers for tomorrow's FlashPerk it does appear to running on fumes, as you said. It seems to me that this promotion had (and still has) the formula to be a "feel good" event, create true buzz & goodwill.
It was a good idea, Marriott…..how about wrapping the last few weeks of FlashPerks up with some stellar offers with solid availability? You have a lot of loyal guest's attention…..capitalize on it
I wasn't going to comment anymore (I've learned my lesson with the excitement over folks collecting badges), but then our good folks at FlyerTalk expressed exactly what I was thinking (although, like I said, I wimped out, because the deals sold out in the first half hour); NFL CY Flashperks - FlyerTalk Forums
Not only were the offers hard pressed to be called a deal, but several of the games, NEVER had tickets included, but just offered Courtyard rooms (more than three games had the familiar "The special rate you selected is not available for the dates you requested" from 1:04 on and it was not sold out).
Oh well, I'm done writing about FlashPerks - but thanks FlyerTalk participants for helping me realize I'm not alone.
Marriott is gaining more than anyone else. Everyone likes to jump on limited time offers (something QVC has perfected ), but with such weird dates on some of the property ones or being really close in where most wouldn't be able to book flights or, in some cases, not really offering that much of a discount, this promo to me is more "Flash" than "Substance". Weirdly enough, it's been the merchandise deals that have sold out each time & those are lousy redemptions since you can buy them usually inexpensively. Although someone did get the Vitamix blender yesterday that was more pricey.