A few years ago, I had quite a bit of job-related travel that allowed me the opportunity to earn points through Marriott. I was able to make my own travel arrangements so I could direct most of my lodging business to the Marriott brand.
I have assisted many colleagues with their travel requests as well. In some cases, I was able to find lodging for them at various Marriott brands.
Since most of the staff who traveled didn't reserve their own rooms, they would come to me to help assist in that area.
I noticed on those occasions that if I booked a reservation online for them, then I would earn nights and points. When they would turn in their hotel folio (with their expense reports), I noticed that my MR # was still a part of the folio. Out of curiosity, when I checked my account, the nights and points were applied.
I just treated it as a benefit of directing the business to the Marriott brand.
Have you had this to happen to you? What are your thoughts? Just a question that I wanted to post on here.
There is no 1 rule on this and every company is different. Usually, professionals working in formal "meeting and event planning roles" in big companies have policies that provide guidence in this area. The policies are focused on ensuring events get booked based on price, venue, specifications, etc. vs the hotel with the best rewards program. Your situation sounds more informal and ad hoc. Doesn't sound like an issue adding your MR # to gain points until such time someone picks up on it and says something. A lot of places view rewards programs as little perks for employees due to their excessive travel (i.e., time away from home). On a lighter note, my mother-in-law once booked a hotel for me (and paid for it) and I wanted to add my MR # and overwrite hers but then I changed my mind. ha
I appreciate the response RROMAN001.
The college where I worked didn't have a stance on Hotel Rewards programs. It wasn't on their radar as an issue. A few of my colleagues new that I was a member, but it wasn't a red flag issue or anything.
When I noticed that I earned nights/points on my MR account, I just considered it a benefit. I figured that if I was drawing lodging business to Marriott when there were other chains that I could've considered, then it wouldn't matter.
On the Flyertalk Marriott Rewards Forum site, a couple of responses indicated that it was against the rules which was the only time I received any feedback on it.