I prefer bonus points and number of nights. I can never meet the MegaBonus because my travel schedule is about 90% controlled by my work trips. So I like the little ones like 2000 bonus points after each paid stay for a period of time (which is how I got 6000 bonus points this spring).
Very nice. My trip this week has not posted yet. Though I am mixing in a lot of Hyatt this year. I requalify for Diamond at Hyatt by the end of the month and since I already have LT Plat, I don't focus on Marriott too much - unless I love the property or the location. SPG - only Gold this year, random nights at Best Western and Drury for some Board visits. I am kind of all over the map this year - well the past 3 really.
Yes. They offered it back in December. I watch/read the Points Guy for those kind of offers. Maybe go to his website and search Hilton Status Match to see if there is anything current. I was upgraded to the Ambassador Suite in Xi'an China 2 weeks ago..unbelievable upgrade and I had prepaid the room for 2 nights months earlier on Hilton 30% off spring sale for an out the door $162/nt including 2 breakfast buffets for both my wife and I so in reality I scored the Ambassador suite for $100/nt
I like the mix that we have had so far this year, The summer bonus works well for me because I am having a few one night stays. Last fall mega bonus worked well for me because I had two week long stays in the period. I think that Marriott has done a reasonable compromise so that leisure travellers have at least a chance at getting something out of the bonus
I prefer a mega bonus promotion where I have at least a chance to earn something, as opposed to absolutely nothing, which is what I earned this past spring, despite my stays. Being repeatedly offered a bonus promotion, whose single threshold is such that I have no chance of meeting, is a bit annoying.
I am thankful for the summer bonus promotion, where I can at least earn something on an incremental basis. Marriott, please keep the incrementally based bonus promotions coming.
As far as preferring offers that are based on nights or stays, I'll have to go with stays, but only since those are the ones that usually have incremental thresholds, where as the offers that specify nights usually consist of one grandiose threshold that must be met, and generally easy for business travelers, leisure travelers, not so much.
As far as earning bonus points or bonus nights (and by bonus nights, do you mean the certificates?), again, I'll have to go with bonus points, since I'm one of the unfortunate folks who have a difficult time finding a use for the cat. 5 certs (based on where I live, where I travel and my calendar), despite, the considerable effort I always put into the research of trying.
Yea. I don't mileage run anymore. I ran to 1K a few years ago when I was working for the government and not traveling as much. But now, when you are on a plane as much as I am, the last thing I want to do is fly when I don't have to. I even have a trip planned to Alaska on AS in a few weeks (oh yea, I have MVP75 status with them as well) and am thinking about cancelling the fully refundable trip as I just don't feel like getting on a plane and sleeping in a hotel for vacation. Think I want to be home! Sorry Marriott!