Why don't Marriott Resorts or Courtyards give Gold and Platinum members free breakfasts. Realize that they have no Concierge Club but the breakfast, coffee and soft drinks are the only real benefit that you get from these advanced rewards programs. i think that these properties should give you free breakfast vouchers etc... After all a free bag of chips or 200 points is really no incentive to stay at a Marriott over another property.
Indeed, once you reach Gold membership, why not start building points at Hilton or Westin etc..., Marriott should realize that they will start losing customers as they get established in the upper echelons of the programs. Example... Once you reach Platinum Elite, you get free breakfast, coffee, soft drinks and and happy hour snacks at all Courtyard and resort properties,,, no big deal for Marriott but it would keep customers happy that they stayed with Marriott to get Platinum Elite membership instead of going to another hotel Brand all together.. thats a couple of cokes and some cheese and crackers Bill Marriott?. then we will start staying in Courtyards and Marriott Resorts and Vacation Clubs mutch ore often instead of looking into Westin and Hilton. Believe me I love staying at Marriott properties ... WHAT SAY YOU BILL MARRIOTT???
I have been staying at the Courtyard a lot recently. Last time I checked into the Courtyard, I got a small bottle of water and a pack of 2 crackers!
And obviously those wonderful things would cost the hotel so much that they were not offered until I fearfully asked: "may I get some bottle water?"