Marriott room rate structure is insulting. Why does Marriott offer a base room rate of say $300, but then offer a package room rate on the same webpage for $400 that includes a free buffet breakfast for 2? Fully knowing that if you booked the $300 room, then walk into the same restaurant for breakfast and pay $50 for two people to eat a breakfast worth half that much?
Or, better than that, regular room rate of $300, or you can book a "Spa package" rate for $450 per night, that includes a $100 spa credit.
This has been going on for years.
Are people really that stupid? Sure, there are exceptions, but room packages, almost by definition, are a blatant rip off!
I think that this is unscrupulous and deceptive of Marriott.
I do understand you too. But many times I compare packages with rates and they are bettter that the rate that is being offering for members!!! sometimes I choose a package because is more convenient in many aspects. For this weekend I got a good one. They are given breakfast for two adults and two chidren and a free night when you book a three days stay. Being platinum I have breakfast for free up to two people. Really good offer.!!!
So glad to see that erc is feeling the holiday spirit.
Having said that, I'm with jerryl - I don't understand many of the pricing options... But, as long they SHOW me the options, and I can choose the one that works best for me (most often - but not always - the AAA rate), that's OK with me.
And, while I hate to admit it, but if lazy and unsophisticated and less-than-diligent consumers/customers are willing to overpay and subsidize my stay, that's OK with me too....
I agree with the crux of your argument, wally3433. If Marriott is going to offer a package rate, make the cost of the package less than the sum of its components otherwise there is no reason to buy the package. Just pick up the parts a la carte.
Occasionally there are some good deals out there. Finding them can take a bit of trial and error. It shouldn't be that complicated.
I agree, you can find deals out there - rare, but they exist. That's why I read them all.
Yes, I'm venting. But, also a fair warning to most - as erc said, double and triple check all the rates.
Just looked at the Cyber sale - from what I can tell, it's a joke. All the hotels that are at low occupancy anyway. For the two reservations I already had in place, I couldn't save anything: Jan for one night in Park City was $40 higher than the rate I had already booked. Grand Cayman in Feb was not offered. Just the fact that the Cyber Sale rates start at $79 tells me it's not actually a sale. If it said "from $39", it would be a sale. I was not counting on anything significant.
I do understand erc's point that they are trying to hit different expectations for different customers. But, it still boils down to a rip off. Would you expect to pay MORE for a combo meal at McDonalds than the sum of its parts?
I have seen AAA rates higher than standard rates. I have seen rates that include $100.00 daily resort credit more than $100 over standard rates. I have seen a Thursday night rate for $279.00, but if you stay Thursday AND Friday, the rate drops to $75/night. (Marriott Dulles Suites of that one)
Another one that confuses me often is rates that include tickets to theme parks etc. You can select that rate for 5 nights. However, you only need those benefits for one night. That rate is often VERY high. Sometimes those benefits are available one time during stay. It makes sense to book that rate sep for one night only.
I like the variety of rates available based on memberships and status I have. But, its always important to research what makes most sense. As they say, Buyer Beware.