A small paragraph in this story:
Starting Tuesday, Marriott will offer its Marriott Rewards members a third night free when they redeem points for two consecutive nights, and two free nights to those who redeem points for four consecutive nights. Valid for stays through Sept. 7. (More details will be provided on www.marriottrewards.com after March 24.)
Good for Marriott Rewards members! If the No Blackout Dates policy is enforced, the new promotion * should stimulate long weekend getaways especially with Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day planning already actively underway. Thanks in advance for posting the details.**
According to Platinum Elite reservations, the published list of participating hotels is incomplete and limited to full service hotels. For example, the Seaview Resort & Spa in New Jersey is not among those listed but is participating. Instead of 75,000 points for 3 nights, it's 50,000 points. However, Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Hampshire is not participating.
It's a step in the right direction. Let's hope they make it a permanent change. Here's the article:
The link is:
Very few resorts participating -- the list is here:
I have to assume that the decision to change the Rewards program wa being considered for a long time and vetted with many folks inside and outside Marriott before last Fall's implementation.
As most of you frequent travelers know, Marriott has a revenue setpoint calculated for them by a third party (who they are I do not know). The set point is based on local competiton, occupancy rates, and I suppose revenue per room history.
But in a depressed economy, the rules are changing more quickly than the corporation can handle--thus, I would assume, we get the 24 March additional free nights promotion just announced.