So I am now Platinum! So I walk in the Courtyard and the offer me points or a market item as my gift. I find that offensive. One I earned the points due to the amount of travel. And now you offer me a trade off. Come on Marriott is that the best you can do! I think every Platinum member should at least get one thing from the market place with no trade offs on points. A bottle of water would be nice! You need to do a little more to take care of you Platinum members! Maybe a paper under the door too would be nice.
You are still getting the 50% bonus points for being Platinum. The points you are trading off, for a sundry item, are the Gift Points. I find that many Marriotts, all brands, actually give me one water or snack anyway. I always take the points since they are much more valuable then a water or Snickers bar.
Ken WuHan is correct. This is an additional gift, certainly not a substitution for points. And I think most of us choose the additional 500 points (since that would be equal to $50 spending) and would just as soon buy a snack ourselves. That said, I too have usually found complimentary water, coffee and other snacks in my room.
Last night I arrived in Cairo, Egypt and was as usual asked whether I would like the points or a gift. I chose the points but when I got to my room there was a fresh fruit basket, bottle of water, and TWO platters of Egyptian desserts and cookies/chocolates.
This really got me thinking - considering my market gift is almost always a couple of beers or 20 oz sodas, I had to wonder if I am getting ripped off. Since I stay almost always at CY or FF, what's worth more? The sodas/beers ($4-$7) or points (200)?
Far and away - take the market items. See Marriott Points - just how much are they worth - an analysis
I may be in the minority, but I always take the wine and fruit at full service hotels. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening and find the pricing in the restaurant or lounge to be exhorbitant. I enjoy the fruit as a snack or for breakfast if I have an early flight. I have plenty of points. Please don't take my 'gift' away.
Since Europe hotels offer complimentary wine in the lounges, I take the points when travelling overseas.
I'm a little lost here. As a welcome gift I can get 500 Reward points. One night at a cat 6 hotel would cost me 30,000 points. So I would have to make 60 stays to get a 'free' night. The welcome gifts that I always receive have a retail value of about $30, and is therefore a lot more value than a Snickers bar. Even supposing the gift is worth just $25 then after 60 nights the value I receive is in the region of $1500. That sort of value must equal 2 or 3 nights in a Cat 8 hotel!
Ping - I just cannot follow that logic. My $ values is the number of points divide by 10, so 200 points would require purchases totaling $20 in order to earn. Sure I could go for a coke, or I could purchase a coke on my own and add it to the bill. So let's get a $2 coke (or whatever) and add another 20 points, now I got 220 points and only spent out of pocket 2 beans... ;)
I always choose the points when traveling for business, cause i can always expense out whatever i want to buy. When i travel on personal vacations i always choose the welcome gift. For me its nice when traveling with family or a spouse to treat them to something nice to start off the trip. And yes, maybe my half bottle of merlot and cheese plate doesnt equal $50, but its nice to enjoy a little something on a vacation with friends and family. My parents recently joined me on a vacation to ireland and we all enjoyed our irish beer and gormet cheese plate! I probably would have been the only one who got any satisfaction out of the extra 500 points :)
You have hit one of the reasons that some places Hilton does a better job at serving the business customers. I try to maintain status with both but the arrival experience in say an HGI just puts Courtyards to shame. So much so that I generally won't stay at a Courtyard unless there is mitigating circumstances. I must say the Marriott and JW Marriott service makes up for it in the higher end hotels. I typically do take the bonus but certain hotels are exceptions. The Camel Back Inn (JW Marriott) is one that I always take the gift.