good question. I'm not sure we have ever really discussed, or been told why that is the case. I always felt that it was a competitive area of the business and in order to be price competitive, they put the point structure in to place. I could be totally wrong. Anybody else have an explanation?
I suppose it was a conscious decision to award one half the points for RIs based on the fact that folks staying there for the most part are re locators, or folks whose house is being repaired aftera fire, etc., and not the normal business traveler. In addition the full breakfast and afternoon reception (albeit less than in the past) might have been considered compensation for a traveler and worth something other than points. I guess I really have no idea but these seem to be plausible explanations,
The 'newer' Residence Inns (Long Beach Downtown comes to mind) have the kitchenettes and are set up more as meeting or business gathering hotels. The rooms are certainly not 'family stay' oriented like the older RI's with the separate bedrooms for family sleeping. This RI is a beautiful property.
It would be good to hear from Andy (or someone from Marriott) why the 5 point rule is in effect.....especially when their price points are not any better than some full service Marriotts.
the policy makes sense in theory, but in practice it doesn't work. why not have a rolling policy that allows for full points in stays of less than 30 days, and 1/2 points for stays beyond the 30 day milestone? why would Marriott alienate those folks that might choose these properties for a short stay just because of a rule that is in effect to protect Marriott from the extended stay guest? doesn't seem to make any sense. of course, rules not making sense seems to be a trend at Marriott at this time......
I like this idea as well. Having stayed frequently at RI's and TownPlace Suites, I have noticed that a large number of the guests are short-term business travelers such as myself. However, that is a function of location,
I like both the Resident Inns and TownPlace Suites. They are quite comfortable. but very importantly most of the ones I have stayed seem to have very low staff turnover. Due to my work, I seem to be back to the same location several times over the course of the year. and I admit, it is nice to enter a location and be recognized by name by the staff.
There are several brands that only give 5 points per dollar. They include FF, CY, and Springfield Suites.
I've been looking for a place to address problems for long stays so that others would know what to do about them if their points go unposted. The hotel must pre-close in order for points and nights to be posted or both points and nights could go unreported until you leave. At this point, I'm not sure what would happen if they decided not to post all of them, or what would happen on missed Mega Bonus points or nights.
The desk clerk who had been taking care of the pre-close for us each time we were billed was offered a better paying job, so once she left, nobody else was shown to do this.
Be aware of personnel changes and how they can effect your nights and points reporting.
We've now finished the last 5 days of the Mega Bonus that we've actually had since the latter part of Feb. Nothing had been posted to Marriott since Feb. 17, so we got credit for 25,000 points today and the points and nights for March will be posted next week.
I was also checking on a posting at CY that gave us too few point in March, but it was corrected by posting too many points by giving 10 points per dollar, so I'll have to ck. on that on Monday since the last CS answering wouldn't address that on Sat.
Thanks, tryt and SS. I'm still learning how to navigate on this site.
Is there a way to get to the Acct., reservation, and "How to" pages from the MR Insiders?
So far, I have to leave MRI and sign in again under Marriott reservations. But I just recently learned how to go from there to here.
Marriott Insider opens as a new tab on my machine. I have my tab setting (on Firefox) to open a new window as a tab. This should allow for a Insider to be in a new tab and the Marriott website to be retained. All you would need to do is click on the tab. IE allows for a similar type of action.