I remember a time when Marriott rewards had the ability to give airline points as well as hotel points. A once used practice by Marriott is no longer-Hilton does continue this tradition (not sure what company started it first).
With a down economy that will pretty much be with us for a good 10 years, maybe it is time for Marriott to bring that same feature of yesteryear.
Reason I say this, is that recently Delta (I am sure other airlines as well) recently annouced MR Triple Summer Miles Program.
Stay at any of over 3,000 participating Marriott® hotels worldwide from June 1 through August 31, 2009.
Earn unlimited triple miles – beginning with your second stay – with either Delta Air Lines SkyMiles® or Northwest Airlines WorldPerks® during the offer period.
Enjoy your substantial, and greatly accelerated, triple miles earnings!
My question in all this, and I don't know the answer to this, but don't you have to switch from points to earning miles with this promo?
What I would like to see Marriott do, is let you earn BOTH points AND miles-something Marriott use to do. Food for thought, but there are tons of deals out there, seems like the norm now compared to a few years ago.
I use Hilton AND Marriott. I actually think Hilton is a better property particularly the garden inn over courtyard. BUT Hilton requires a LOT more points for a free hotel stay. Yes you get air miles AND points at Hilton but you can earn free hotel stays a lot faster at Marriott
"What I would like to see Marriott do, is let you earn BOTH points AND miles"
Restoring the benefit of earning points and miles is a great idea. With several airline partners and 32 million Marriott Rewards members, Marriott's storehouse of guest information, redemption usage and preferences is deep and rich. Hopefully, Marriott can gleen insights and develop a promotion that takes earning points and miles to a whole new level.
With the lionshare of properties and members in the US and major expansion of properties targeted in Europe, earning miles and points is very ripe for exploration and innovation. Thanks for posting this.