6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2015 9:44 PM by pingreeman RSS

Free Wifi starts today!

ks77 Gold 23 Reviews
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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.

(For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Free Wifi starts today!
    brightlybob Platinum 10 Reviews
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    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

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Free Wifi starts today!
      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      another way to try to eliminate the commissions they would have to pay expedia etc by giving incentive to book direct with Marriott

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    muppetwrangler Platinum 8 Reviews
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    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? 

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Free Wifi starts today!
      ks77 Gold 23 Reviews
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      Good point. My guess...nothing will change, now the other stuff we probably don't use anyway will just cost "more".

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Free Wifi starts today!
    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    Not sure about the rest of you, but I was hoping to start paying for the slow sluggish WiFi just to get more points!!!

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Free Wifi starts today!
    pingreeman Platinum 1 Reviews
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    I love this post! Think of the string thus far created:

     

    1. ks77 notes that most of us are elites - so little difference it makes to us
    2. brightlybob & jerryljerryd  caught the "gothyas" by having to book on Marriott rather than 3rd party sites - probably to save paying commissions
    3. muppetwrangler notes that this probably will have zero or little impact on "amenity" or resort fees
    4. IAHFLYR laments about losing points.

     

    What do all of these have in common?

    1. No lost revenues or costs to Marriott
    2. Marriott saves commissions costing more that WiFi would despite that it should have been free for years
    3. Marriott will probably keep amenity and resort fees unchanged
    4. Marriott saves on paying out points

     

    End Game? No real affect on MR members - but Marriott looks cool by finally relinquishing their stand on charging for WiFi.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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