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This is a friendly reminder that Spring Megabonus is winding down. Make sure to get your qualified stays in by 4/30/11.
It is with mixed feelings that I am pleased/disappointed to report that I did not meet the minimum 20 night paid stay threshold. Bad because I didn't get the extra points. Good because I was able to spend more time with the family.
For those of you in a similar situation, there is good news. There are three flavors of the Spring Megabonus:
Luckily, you can switch to the others if you need to. Just call customer service, tell them you won't quite make the minimum stay requirement, and ask to be enrolled in one of the other options (not sure if this is a courtesy only applied to Platinum Elite or not). Based on prior travel patterns, I was automatically enrolled in the 20/25 night program and will only get 16 nights this time around. They switched me to the 15/20 night program when I asked.
Which brings up another interesting point. If you are in the 20-24 paid night range, it is actually more beneficial to be in the lower program (40k vs. 35k) but this obviously goes away if you hit 25 for 50k...
That's odd since I was able to switch mine about an hour ago.
The rules say that you must be registered by March 31st. Maybe they thought you were trying to register, not switch versions of the promotion?? But they should have seen that you were auto-registered as a platinum.
The rep I spoke to did say that it was a manual process. It could be that switching from the 20/25 to the 15/20 promo is simply a matter of someone going in and manually depositing points into the account and the free night ecert option is something that has to be done by the system.
Sorry to hear they weren't able to accomodate you.
OK, just for kicks, I called back Customer Service, talked to a different person, and they WERE able to switch me to the "Free Cat 1-4 certificate after two stays (max 2)" Megabonus! (Maybe the 1st guy misunderstood what I wanted) He informed me that the certificates would appear in my account sometime around the middle of May, as he had to do the request "manually".
Thanks for the reminder. When the promo started, I was certain I wouldn't get to the 20/25 levels. I read about the number of stays for free nights alternative. I didn't know you could switch if you wanted.
I had a ton of last minute business pop up starting the first week of March. It looked like I would come close to the 20 so I hung in with the 20/25 promo. I'll end up at 22 nights.
I was unaware of the third tier....15/20. Your posting brought it to my attention. I just called customer support. The young lady said she'll make a note of my preference to change and will check my account on May 3. At that time she'll switch me and I'll get 40,000 vs. 35,000. Is this the "manual" adjustment that is being referred?
I am miffed with the Cat 1-4 restriction of these "Spring MegaBonus Free Night Certificate" certificates. It offers very few options in countries like UK. Hilton had a similar promo last year and they allowed HHonors members to use the free night certificate at ANY of their properties. Wish Marriott also offers such certificates and not provide ones which cannot be used anywhere nice. (I certainly dont want to use these certificates to stay in a Residence Inn)