We looked into this, and the stay must be completed on or before May 15 to qualify toward the 2016 Spring MegaBonus promotion. If a stay started before May 15 but ended after, the nights before May 15 would be counted. So, if you stay from May 13-16, two nights (13,14) would be counted.
Interesting. I think it does count. When we book the stay, we don't book it for the date of the check-out, we book it for the date of check-in. Certainly any nights that occur after the 15th wouldn't count if a stay goes beyond that, but by saying the stay has to be "complete" by the end date just shortens the promotion period by a day.
It seems to me that in past promotions a stay/night that begins on the last day of the period and ends the next morning had always counted. It's been a few years since I've had such a stay, but I do have one this year (1 night beginning 5/15). I'd be disappointed to find out it might night count.
bejacob, I, too, would've thought it counts, but I've never stayed on the last day of a promotion, so I wasn't sure. I also have one night starting 5/15 and was hoping it would still qualify for the MegaBonus. This confuses me, because If I were to book a room for December 31, that stay would count for 2016, and not 2017. Or am I wrong on that one, too?
I think you're right. It would post in the new year, but count in the one the was just ending. I'm sure others can chime in on this. I've never stayed on 12/31. Four years ago, I did have a promotion that ended on 4/30 (one of those make 2 stays to earn a certificate). I stayed on 4/30 with a check out on 5/1. That stay counted. I guess we'll find out next week if this Sunday's night counts. It will be my 25th night, so it would be max out bonus part 2 for me.
Update. I just got off the phone with MR customer service for a separate issue and asked about this. The agent first told me that the stay on 5/15 (5/16 check out) would not count toward the MegaBonus. Upon further questioning, the response was, "I don't know if it will count." At least we're all in the same boat.
Here's the exact wording from the terms and conditions for the promotion
It's easy to interpret the end date as either the check-in or the check-out date. I'll be watching my account over the next few days to see what happens when that final night posts. It will be important to file that info away for future bonuses.
Even without that last night, I hit 24 nights and picked up 27k points and a free cat 1-5 cert. Not bad. Oh, and I still have part 3 to complete and a couple months to do it. So, no complaints here. Now it's just a matter of curiosity to see which night is the "last" night of the promotion.
A stay that begins on the last day of a promotion (in this case 5/15 with check-out on 5/16) does count. Everything has now posted to my account. I ended the promotion period with 2 stays (1 free certificate), 25 nights (30k points), plus 4 of the 5 nights needed to complete part 3 (4k points) with a couple months to make one more night (an additional 1k points).
So for future bonuses, a night will count even if it begins on the last day of the promotion.
Was this your offer?
I stayed 20 nights, received 15k bonus points, but never had win #3 unlocked.
I completed my 20th night on the 15th, which posted on the 17th. I'll have to get a mod to look into this for me. carat, can you help?
bejacob, I was informed that with this offer, 25 nights are needed to unlock offer #3. This Megabonus is mega confusion!
Confusion for sure. Even the customer service line wasn't certain. They did think that the 20 nights needed to be achieved by a certain date (no idea what that date might have been). It's also true that no everyone was able to unlock a third offer.
Based on what I know, I think you should be gotten offer #3.