The MegaBonus is here!
Here's what I got
To earn up to 45,000 bonus points:
It's a little bit out of reach based on my planned stays. Currently looking at 17 paid nights, so I might try to add a few more to reach 20. Either that or see what others got and ask to switch to something more beneficial. On first glance it doesn't appear to be as good as past promotions (didn't the last one only need 15 nights to earn 25K points?).
So Insiders, what are the details of your 2015 Fall MegaBonus promotion?
To earn up to 35,000 bonus points:
Marriott Rewards know their audience (members). I got "Earn double points with every stay, beginning with your 2nd stay, up to a maximum of 20,000 points." That's okay, though; the announcement of the new MegaBonus came out on the first day of the new academic year. And any stays between now and mid-January will be courtesy of points, thanks to a smokin' Chase Marriott Rewards card. But in the end, I'm just glad the bonus is back.
Last year A, this year B, Sept 15- Jan 15. Keep in mind, generally points decrease in value year to year due to category creep. At every stay/night point, the bonus is lower this year.
1A) Earn double points with every paid stay*, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points
1B) Earn double points with every paid stay*, starting with your second stay, up to 20,000 bonus points
2A) Earn 2500 bonus points with every paid stay*, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points
2B) Earn 2000 bonus points with every paid stay*, starting with your second stay, up to 20,000 bonus points.
3A) Earn 25,000 bonus points after 12 paid nights, plus an additional 5,000 points after 18 paid nights, up to 30,000 bonus points
4A) Earn 25,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights, plus an additional 15,000 points after 20 paid nights, up to 40,000 bonus points
4B) Earn 15,000 bonus points after 15 paid nights + 2,000 bonus points after each additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points
5A) Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus an additional 15,000 points after 25 paid nights, up to 50,000 bonus points
6A) Earn 35,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights, plus an additional 2,000 for every additional paid night, up to 55,000 bonus points
6B) Earn 25,000 bonus points after 20 paid nights + 2,000 bonus points after each additional night, up to 45,000 bonus points
I guess this is ok for me. not sure if i should switch to double points since i will be paying almost $400 for a ritz stay. Other stays are about 150 but no more than 200.
I must respectfully disagree with your assessment that Marriott knows it's members, foxglove, as I received the same mega bonus promotion offer as vaboywnder, which amounts to NO bonus promotion, since there is no way I can come close to satisfying the offer terms. So literally NO bonus, none, zip, nada, rien, even though there will be a few Marriott stays. Had I received your offer, I might have at least had a shot at earning a little something. Why does Marriott insist on dissing it's loyalty customers so? I am feeling a little bit betrayed by this unfortunate (for me) promotion.
Just like pluto77 I'm not overjoyed by my offer. More than likely all of my travel during this time period will be leisure travel and it would be difficult to reach 15 nights. I used to receive offers like 3A from vickisocal listing above. It was definitely more of an incentive to stay 12 nights to get 25K bonus points. I don't think 15k points is worth making extra mattress runs on. I may call Marriott Rewards customer Service and see if I can switch to the Double Points promo as it would likely be more beneficial to me.
Like past promotions, I expect many folks will not be happy with the offer selected by Marriott. There seems to be little correlation to travel history and which promotion is assigned. If anything, Elite status seems to be somewhat of a consideration in that most often Platinum members get a more difficult (more nights required) promotion to achieve than Silver members. I'm sure that doesn't hold true in all cases. For once, I got a promotion that might actually fit. Though I'll still need a few extra nights, it will be nice not having to call to switch (as I've had to do on every offer over the last 3 years).
The best thing to do if an offer is clearly out of reach is to call customer service before the promotion starts and ask to switch. Some CS reps will tell you call back near the end of the promotion to switch so they can select a promotion that will be suitable to your stays. This is my preferred choice, but last time I was told by a long time CS rep (25+ years) that I should have called before the promo started (which I did). Even in you cannot get someone to change your promotion at the beginning, ask them to make a note on your account that you called and requested a change. That way when you call back a couple days before the promo ends (don't wait until after it is over or you'll be out of luck), there is a record that you tried to switch earlier. Regardless of when you call, you may not have the choice of any offer out there. The default promos is probably either a) double points after every 2nd stay or b) 2000 points after every 2nd stay (both up to a maximum of 20k points) and you may be steered toward one of those.
Marriott could avoid the frustration of switching promotions by letting us choose the offer best suited to our travel plans. As long as multiple promotion options are available, some (many) of us will get one that isn't the best one for us.
I don't even pay attention to Megabonus offers any more because the ones I receive are out of reach and don't provide nearly the value that they did previously. It would be interesting to do a promotion analyses to see whether their recent promotions have generated the incremental business that they had in the past. I know that I had always made an effort to reach my goal. Now, the equation doesn't work for me: value<incremental effort