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I called Marriott Rewards to inquire why my nights stayed at the Vacation Club did not count torward the Marriott Summer Promotion Bonus Points. The rep indicated MVCI owner stays are not considered paid nights. I disagree. Owners have paid a significant amount of dollars to stay at the Marriott resorts. And we continue to pay with our maintenance fees each year. It is time for Marriott to recognize the owners as paid guests at the Vacation Clubs. The owners are the reason why the vacation clubs have a higher occupancy rate than the Marriott hotels. We should not be treated as second-class citizens.
When MVCI nights began counting toward elite status in June, 2009, no commitment or expectation was promised that those room nights would count toward promotional programs.
Yes, on the one hand, we MVCI owners buy an initial investment and pay annual operating costs. On the other hand, because we are owners, several questions could be raised:
1. Is it not the owners (us) and not the management company (Marriott) who would/should provide and pay for all amenities? Ultimately, at MVCI resorts is it not the owners who pay the frieght --- and then why add another car to the freight train?
2. Would not further promotional costs just add to our operating expenses?
3. Why would you add the cost of an amenity that creates an incentive to stay at the resort you already own? Put another way, would you pay yourself to stay in your own house?
As a long-time corporate accountant, corporate trustee and financial planner, I am constantly reminded that all expenses must be paid by someone, somewhere. (Something our federal government apparently does not often peceive).