This month, we stayed at The Buttes Marriott Resort (no resort fee, but there was a parking fee) in Phoenix and the Irvine Marriott Hotel, also with a parking fee. The parking lot at the Buttes is uncontrolled (but monitored, they give you a placard to display) and we did receive Marriott Rewards points for the parking spend there. The parking lot at the Irvine Marriott is manned and the charges were billed to the room, but we did not receive MR points for the parking spend there. What is the rule then? Can anyone explain this? Please and thanks.
My experience has been dependent on who owns the parking structure. My rule of thumb is this: when Marriott owns the parking facility, I earn points (JW Grand Rapids); when the parking is owned by a third party, I earn no points (Renaissance Grand St. Louis).
I'm sure there are exceptions on both ends (I seem to recall earning points when parking next door to the Bristol City Centre).
It may just come down to the individual property, but so far, my rule of thumb has been pretty consistent.
At FS hotels you earn points on room rate and all ancillary spend charged to your room, excluding any 3rd party charges. So if the hotel runs the carpark it's an ancillary spend, thus earning points but if it's run by an independent provider then it's a 3rd party charge and earns none.