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Marriott recently announced the fall MegaBonus promotion that requires useage of a Visa credit card. Has anyone ever been able to negotiate something with Marriott that precludes the use of the Visa card? I just am locked into using a corporate amex and would like to have my cake and eat it too. thanks in advance.
The Fall promotion requiring Visa was quite a shock. It is a surprisingly anti-corporate move from a company that thrives on corporate travelers. As a previous Hilton Diamond member, I was convinced by co-workers to move to Marriott because of the great service they offered corporate travelers. Maybe I was too hasty.
I don't actually mind the promotion being tied to a particular credit card company's card, but what I do mind is the sticker I found on my paper this morning which read:
"Earn up to
TWO FREE NIGHTS
OCTOBER 31, 2001
I find that kinda misleading. I went online to check the bonus and low and behold it is the last line of the Visa deal. I can see the points being tied to a Visa card, but the nights as well? How come the sticker did not make that clear, and as a result the search for the ellusive reward promised was a waste of my time.
I, too, want to express serious disappointment in the tie to VISA only for MegaBonus points. Not only do I travel significantly on my Corporate Amex, but that card is also tied to my personal Platinum Amex --- the card I use for EVERYTHING else in my life... There is simply NO WAY I'm picking up a VISA card, as I have too much invested via multiple AMEXs! I find this alliance between VISA and Marriott to be annoying at a minimum, and feel Marriott needs to offer an alternative for the discriminating Amex cardholder. If the bonus point programs don't become card-neutral, at least, I may need to seriously reevaluate my continued loyalty... This program is supposed to be about Marriott brand loyalty - - - not co-branded loyalty to VISA. Please listen to your business travelers Marriott - there are a lot of us out here...
Marriott's promotion is misleading. The requirement to use Visa is not clear (for example in the FAQ's where they define a "Qualifying Stay"). Even if it were clear, it annoys many of us who are required to use Corporate AMEX (thanks to the other posters who've made this point as well). Very disappointed in Marriott. I never felt this way as a Starwood Platinum.
I'm also tied to a Corp. AmEX card for business travel and think it's crazy that Marriott does not reward all of us loyal road warriors. Funny, Marriott doesn't seem to demand "visa-only" as payment for their hotel rooms (they gladly accept AmEX then ). Why not do a scaled-down bonus for AmEX users or a bumped-up reward for Visa users during the MegaBonus Promos? To cut us out entirely, doesn't sit well with me - especially since the credit card I have to use for work is not my decision.
Clearly, I'm not alone.