As most of us are elites, this isn't that big a deal but for non elites having free WiFi in ALL Marriott properties makes so much sense. I am happy to see that Marriott has eliminated the ridiculous idea that lesser brands like FFI, SHS, and RI have free wifi but FS Marriotts were charging $10 for it.
Subject to the big precondition:
Must be booked via Marriott channels.
Again for elites collecting points it's not going to catch us out, but for the public who sign up during a stay in the belief their future reservations will get free internet will find themselves caught out when they book via expedia, booking.com, Priceline etc, etc
Free wifi for all rewards members is good, but I wonder about properties, for example, the Napa Marriott Hotel and Spa that charge: "A daily destination amenity fee of USD 20 added to room rate includes Internet, bicycle rentals and more." Since up until now the charge for internet was between $12-$15, how will they justify this amount if a large portion of that was for internet?
I love this post! Think of the string thus far created:
What do all of these have in common?
End Game? No real affect on MR members - but Marriott looks cool by finally relinquishing their stand on charging for WiFi.