1. I consider the rewards earning rate for Marriott Marquis to be disproportinately low at 1 night accumulated for every 3 nights stayed abd would suggest that this be raised to 1 night for 2 stayed. Any comment?
2. I think it a bit mean of Marriott not to include money spent on incidentals whilst staying at a Marquis not to be included as 'spend'. Any comments?
Firstly, welcome fellow Brit... Good to have you around.
I think you've got it wrong about Marriott Marquis, the Marquis appendage refers to Marriotts megahotels, supercentral properties with huge numbers of rooms and conferencing facilities. As they are Marriott hotels you earn 1 elite night every night you stay and 10points per $ on rate and incidental spend.
I do know the Marriott Executive Apartments and Execustay have a 1 night in 3 elite qualification rule, and 2.5 points per $ earn rate. Like the 5 points per $ rule for Residence and TownePlace, it seems wrong, but 'dems de rules in Marriotts game of "merry go points", or in Executve Apartment terms, nights! I don't see any change coming here. As for disallowing incidentals, only a minority of Marriotts brands award points on incidentals, they are Marriott, JW, Renaissance, Autograph and Vacation Club. The other 12 brands award points on room rate only, and a particular standout here is the Courtyard brand, now celebrating 1000 hotels that deny elites free breakfast and points on incidentals!
I hope CumbrianSteve that you're chasing this up with Marriotts Plat line. If so, please do return to us with the outcome. Also make sure you've counted your points, 10 per $ for Marriotts. If it's less, and I suspect it is, then raise that with the Plat line too.
My guess is that it's a coding problem, as I understand it each hotel has a code which when typed in awards the points and night credits. If a clerk has been using the old code for the Exec apartments, you'll get 1/3 nights and 1/4 points. It needs correcting!
Your last statement makes a good point. Many MRI complain about CY properties but I think rightfully so. Properties are nothing special usually, have no CL, no Gold/Plat breakfast, often times have high weekday rates, only offer 5 points per dollar on room rate only, and upgrades because of floor plans and design are basically non existent or nothing special. It makes me wonder why people use CY properties as much as they do. My guess, location. Next to large corporate parks, airports, city centers near conference centers, etc.
I agree with every word, except that Courtyards award 10 points per $ on room rates, not 5!
A true oddity of the scheme is that with the full sevice hotels that offer free breakfast to all Golds and Plats and the brands that offer free breakfast as part of the room (Fairfield Inn, Spinghill Suites etc) we have a situation where breakfast is not part of the package for elites only at Marriotts most numerous hotel brand, Courtyard. Oh, and their latest European acquisition, AC!
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Concerning your post, I'm going to seek clarity around this topic. I'll follow up with what I find out!